oNE-ON-ONE dREAMWORK OFFERS THE MOST INTIMATE eXPLORATION
"Lera has a unique enthusiasm and passion for seeing and feeling dreams as an entry into ourselves and all that we can become.” M.M.S.
Soul Centered Dreamwork is similar to a free form dance. Your dream images and feelings always lead, and I follow with deep listening, curiosity, and questions. Each dance is improvised, particular to you, your interest, your desires and your comfort level. Each step is a choice and you always have the final say. As the dancing continues, lasting changes occur and more of your soul is freed to participate.
Dreamwork is about finding and releasing the patterns that have inhibited our soul's expression far too long. It's about gathering our true expression home.
On the practical side, a session goes like this. You contact me by email. We set a time to meet on Zoom or on the phone for your free introductory 30 minute session. Ideally, you write your dreams in first person, as soon as you awake from them; and you email them to me prior to the session. At the beginning of our session, we chat a little about what's happening in your life. Then we open the dream. I listen perceptively and ask questions to clarify your dreams and gather as much information as possible. We continue to explore this way allowing room for you to discover what the dream means to you. With permission, I may offer ways a dream may be an expression from a previously exiled "part" of yourself or how a dream may be assisting/supporting your life goals and direction.
Lera's Dream Example:
Having the tender support of a facilitator and dream group made it safe for me to bring my own exiled parts back home.Before, when I worked for years “on my own,” my healing progress was very slow. I saw patterns, I felt my feelings, but mostly I just saw what was wrong and not much about how to change it. The real healing happened when I started working with others. That's when I really realized what my soul was trying to realize through me.
I still value working dreams with my mentor. I believe what we each really need is someone who can:
hold a safe space for us
truly witness us - then and now
ask questions to stimulate discovery
offer possibilities to uplift us
reflect back to us who we truly are
Here’s an example of one of my recent dreams worked with my mentor:
I’m a college student and I’m really, really sad over an injustice on campus. I have my head in my arms on a table in a cafeteria. My boyfriend arrives, sits close and tenderly caresses me, after a while he invites me to play a video game. I wake up with a sad, heavy heart.
First I worked the dream myself. Since there were no current injustices in my waking life causing a heavy heart, I guessed the dream was expressing the despondency of a much younger self. From prior dreamwork, I felt sure it related to the injustice my two year old self experienced as trauma. The despair was surfacing now because this exiled part of myself finally feels safe enough with me to express it. I knew it was good to thoroughly feel the sadness rather than distract myself from it. I even mentioned still feeling it as I shared the dream with my mentor. After listening and asking permission, he drew my focus to what I wasn't feeling as deeply. He started telling me a beautiful, extended story of this handsome boyfriend being with me, lovingly caressing me. As my focus changed, I felt my 2 year old self open to receiving the tenderness offered by my boyfriend in the dream and by my mentor in waking life. No longer feeling totally alone in the place of trauma, or alone in the exiled space, she is now surrounded, in the dream and in waking life, by loving people.
Of course I had rationally seen and appreciated the love in the dream but just knowing it hadn't gone deep enough into the subconscious to lift me out of the sadness. I needed a different perspective from a trusted source. I needed a new story. I needed to know that was then and this is now.
Katherine Bell (Santa Cruz, California), founder of Experiential Dreamwork and the Santa Cruz Festival of Dreams. She is a member of the IASD Ethics Committee.
Noxi K.'s testimonial:
"I have been working with Lera over the last few months in the container of dream work. It is true that "you don't know what you don't know" and I would never have imagined how a whole new world would open up through working with my dreams.
Lera is able to help you draw parallels between your dreams and waking life. What has been so useful for me is when she talks about archetypes in the dreams and the help and support that is available for me in my waking life. I find this comforting and encouraging, knowing that I am not alone.
I’ve seen my dreams change over time to reflect the growth and expansion I am experiencing. The dreams have helped me be with the traumatized and neglected parts of myself and use the energy of the dreams to transform them.
Lera is able to hold you and your dreams in such empathy and loving compassion to be with the aspects that are tender. She is also able to bring great wisdom and insight that can help you see things that were once hidden. Get ready for your life to be transformed through dreamwork. Your dreams hold the power and the key to deeper levels of knowing, being and healing."