Neuroscience tells us that everybody dreams. History tells us that dreams have inspired scientific discoveries (Einstein, Bohr), music (McCarthy) and literature (Shelly, Stevenson) to name a few. Virtually all cultures prior to the modern age valued dreams as part of the human experience; it is only fairly recently that we have confined dreams to the analytic process and convinced ourselves that their meanings are clouded in mystery that can only be deciphered by experts. Coaching traditionally deals with what we could call Day School. We work with the client’s waking experience and help them transform through the radical change that comes from the deep awareness they experience in the coaching process. Night School, the time that we are asleep, offers us an additional pathway or dimension to the coaching relationship. In seeing dreams as messages from the soul or the self, we provide the client an opportunity to become aware of the fullness of their experience as a human being. The goal is to integrate what they learn in Night School to what they know from their experience in Day School and vice versa. As coaching reclaims this experience for our clients we demonstrate how the fundamental tools of active listening and asking powerful questions provide the client with the confidence to access and understand the different elements of dream messages. That understanding, like any transformative insight is co-created between the coach and the client. We listen to dreams with the same profound curiosity as we do the needs and values of our clients.
By going on the journey with them into a dream we expand the intimacy and trust that is the cornerstone of the coaching relationship. Participants in the Teleclass will get an overview of:
- How to use the basic coaching tools of active listening and asking powerful questions to help the client access the message of their dream through the co-creative process.
- How to help their clients remember and document their dreams.
- The context of understanding how dreams communicate with the rational mind.
- The roles of the Dreamer (the client) and the Listener (the coach) in working with dreams
- How to demystify the process of working with dreams through the use of imagination. Active Imagination allows the coach and client to re-enter a dream and further explore the animals and characters that may appear.
- How to understand the emotional arc of a dream, identify where the greatest energy is and work with the client to explore how that informs their waking life.
- Understand that some dreams are diagnostic in that the demonstrate a limiting belief or behavior (sometimes these appear as repetitive dreams and sometimes and nightmares) and some dreams are prescriptive, suggesting that we pay attention to an experience or intuition.
Approximately half the class will be a discussion of using dreams in the context of the coaching paradigm and the second half will be a coaching demonstration so you can witness the power of working with dreams in your own coaching practice. We will be doing 1-2 demonstrations, so bring your dreams to the class if you want to experience this first hand!
About Will Sharon, CPC, MSW
Will Sharon has 15 years of clinical and coaching experience during which time he has worked extensively with dreams. He also has a 30-year corporate career where he held “C” level position in Technology, Real Estate and Risk Management in Financial Services and Advertising. Will has teaching and training experience that spans 40 years. As a social worker, he taught adjunct courses in undergraduate and graduate programs in everything from group dynamics to medical sociology. He has taught Risk Management at Strathmore University in Kenya as well as for Watson Wyatt in Thailand. He now teachers the ICF certified virtual course Dreamwork for Coaches (11.5 CCE’s) and also works with coaches individually using a practicum approach to understand the basics of using dreams in coaching.