Gail Arrenholz

History of Dream Healing

June 21, 2015 in slideshow

  My maternal Grandmother was Native American and I remembered my dreams even as a child.  My mother and family were still connected  to the mystical realm of spirit.  It was not until I went to Nursing School that I encountered a lack of reverence for the dream world.  I played doctor or nurse as a toddler and attempted to heal the various animals on the farm where I grew up.  During a psychiatric rotation in the hospital I met a psycho-dramatist and was so inspired by the emotional healing I witnessed in my patients that I traveled to New
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Gail Arrenholz

Explore Ancient Greece and Turkey (Study Tour and Personal Journey spring of 2016)

June 18, 2015 in slideshow

This program, in English, will explore ancient images that stimulate insight and creativity through guided visits and personal explorations, with a focus on healing sanctuaries.  We will: Visit ancient sites of ritual, cultural and historical importance–notably, sanctuaries to Athena, Dionysos, Demeter, Persephone, Artemis, Apollo, Asklepios and Hygeia.  The trip culminates with modern healing waters of Pamukkale, Turkey. The trip is co-led by Dr. Bella Vivante, Classics Professor Emerita, and Gail Arrenholz, Arts & Dreamwork Facilitator. You may contact Dr. Vivante: http://wingedariela.com or Gail at:  520-449-3855    

Gail Arrenholz

How to Remember Dreams

March 12, 2014 in slideshow

  The most common question I receive in lectures and workshops is, “How do you remember your dreams?”  So first let me just say that you are not alone and you too will learn to remember.  Ask yourself, “Am I afraid of some aspect of the dream world?”  If you are then we can work through those fears.  Second, it is the beginning of a love affair with the beloved and asking the unconscious to “cough up a dream” for your retreat, psych class, or dream analysts will deliver you little and most likely, silence.  Make your journal, buy a
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Gail Arrenholz

Terminology for Dream Content (active imagination, incubation, etc)

March 11, 2014 in slideshow

In order to have a basic understanding of dreams you will need to know some basic terminology and to hear some examples.  So let’s begin.  The same sex figures in our dreams are shadows or figures who personify those things about ourselves that do not fit into our ego ideals.  The shadow includes those qualities that could belong to the ego, but do not because we fear them, or they are felt to be wrong for some reason. Archetypes are the basic building blocks of the personality.  they are patterns of energy which, when released, shape our consciousness, and influence the development
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Gail Arrenholz

How to Respond to Dreams

March 10, 2014 in slideshow

  Don’t think about the dream; just write, and do not censor as dreams are amoral.  Note your feelings, body sensations and images that arise as you write.  When finished, begin associating to the dream figures starting with the most numinous or charged symbol or scene.  Don’t move from the bed and be sure to place journal and pen by the bed.  Some people place a flashlight as well. Associate without thinking.  Later on you can learn to dialogue or actively imagine the dream onward.  I have had tea with a dream figure and danced the feeling tone of a
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