JUNE

15th

BEGINNING

Awakening to Dream Kit

This 10 week class offers a kit designed to awaken to dreams in your life. With weekly videos, exercises, prompts, and activities, this offering focuses on the embodied dream as a lived experience and practice. Unlike other courses, this kit has everything you need without the group circle, opening, closing, session with Heather, or creative partner.  "Everyone has an opus--a soul work." C G Jung

This course comes with a discussion group, monthly support group (for 1 year), and 1 session with Heather.

Dream Kit

This is a dream kit designed to support your creative transformation through harnessing the power of dreams. This is a journey of the dream imagination that explores dream techniques from Jungian and other dream traditions. Dreams offer a powerful and ancient insight that can help us navigate our life and time. Awaken to a life of greater depth by dreaming the dream on in your life. Play on the shore between the conscious and unconscious to integrate dreams in your life.
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Why a KIT?

A kit is a slightly shorter and more independent path, offering an ongoing monthly drop-in versus bi-weekly and one session versus 2 with Heather.

An Introduction

Getting to know Heather and the PATH
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Who is this path for?

This class is for anyone who wants to awaken the embodied imagination, entering into more intimate communion and communication with their soul and soul's way of knowing. No art skills or knowledge are required for this journey. It has everything you need . . . but it doesn't have the live support. So, this is an offering for you if you are introverted or already have your own partner and circle to support you. Do you feel that you have a solid foundation and good support? Maybe you have already taken one of the other classes and want more. Then this is a class for you. 

Choosing your PATH

Is this the right path for you?
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The Power of the Imagination

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Imagination is the language of the soul. Pay attention to your imagination and you will discover all you need to be fulfilled" and "Knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world." Albert Einstein

What people are saying . . . 

This coursework is deep psycho-active or soul activating creativity. It is often described as life changing, offering the gift of getting to know your soul and yourself. It is not easy, but it is profoundly rewarding and affirming, touching upon the core of who you are and why you are here. At its foundation this art is about your heart's purpose and soul's calling .
Its beautiful the language that you use. . . I really feel that you have made such a huge contribution to our souls, to our artistic creative selves. . . You have come in and created a furthering of neuropathways and pathways for us to look at the artist, the archetypal artist, and give us a place where we can have soul. I have great appreciation for what you have done with your dissertation. I would like to have a lot more Jungian work like this.
Fanny Brewster, MFA, PhD, analyst, artist, educator,, and author
Heather is a masterful educator on how to heal and grow through art. Her presence is open, kind, wise and playful. She is skilled at creating an amazing and safe container for individuals to explore, go deep and have meaningful transformative experiences while guided by her. Her engagement with nature as a vessel for her work is powerful. Embarking on a journey of personal growth with her guidance will be blessing in your life.
Mary Gibbons, MD, physician, policy maker, educator, and facilitator
Heather is an exceptional teacher and group facilitator, as well as a beautifully soulful artist and person. She is gifted in leading persons in learning how art evokes the soul while also guiding them into creative exploration of their own inner images. Heather's depth and breadth of knowledge on Jung's Red Book is rare and is complimented by a graceful adeptness at teaching others how to journey into the spiral of their own depths through art and creativity.
Fanny Brewster, MFA, PhD, analyst, artist, educator,, and author
Heather clearly brought scholarship and art together to achieve a transcendent function in a really beautiful way.
Jennifer Leigh Selig, PhD, educator, speaker, and award-winning co-author of Deep Creativity
You and the work you are doing are an inspiration.
Susan Rowland, PhD, educator, speaker, and co-author of Jungian Arts-Based Research
Heather is a creative genius, making artists feel safe to explore and create.
Victoria Christiansen, MFA, MSW, therapist and award-winning author of Feminine Mysticism in Art

Why walk this path?

What people have experienced
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Heather Taylor-Zimmerman, PhD

Following in the soul's footsteps

Heather experienced a soul's call to walk the transformative path of the Soul of Creativity. Having spent decades in self and soul-directed exploration as an artist and seeker, she has taught this process in college and workshops. Active imagination is at the heart of this work and is a capacity that Heather has cultivated over her whole life and in her art. With a doctoral degree in archetypal psychology on art as a transformative process (based on Jung's Red Book), she is passionate about the transformative power of art. Heather is a playful creative who combines eco, art, and play therapy in a path that is embodied and natural.

Dream the Dream On

Following those who have gone before

While Heather has researched the soul's creativity to walk and lead others on this path, your soul is your real guide. Combining cutting-edge science and ancient wisdom, this path's deep magic is the soul. It is the soul you follow and only you can connect to your soul (You). The heart of this path is your relationship with your soul that connects you with your greater Self.
"Only in our creative acts do we step forth into the light and see ourselves as whole and complete." C G Jung

Basic Questions

Do you need to be able to draw and other questions (no).
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Active imagination is powerful.

When we activate our imagination we activate an inner way of knowing at the heart of creativity. Jung described this, saying, "Active imagination requires a state of reverie, half-way between sleep and waking. Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable."

Creativity connects you to your soul

You walk on stepping stones that introduce fundamental concepts, quotes, and skills. These steps are patterned to help you follow your soul. Each week you will get a new video to watch, along with creative prompts, tutorials, and a written material. You journey held within a circle of support and aided by an alchemical partner, interacting in live zoom sessions and a private social media platform. The learning structure includes many unique features that help support you. Activities are woven throughout the coursework to help you bring your embodied imagination to life in YOUR LIFE--in your nature and nature.
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This is a trailhead to the imagination.

As you walk you activate your imagination and open to the symbolic guidance of the soul in synchronicity, dreams, and visions. You are dreaming yourself awake and learning to see the waking world as if in a dream through the symbolic sight and insight of your soul. Opening to an archetypal perspective, you will begin to perceive the mythic story that underpins your life, guiding you on a path both within and without. As you move through the coursework, each week's lesson will "show up" and reveal itself in living images and experiences to deepen your insight. 

Coursework and play . . .

Each week your content drops down for you, but you can complete it at your own rate. Find your won way and rhythm.

A structure to CONTAIN the process

This process is contained by your soul along with 3 circles of support that expand with you as you create your opus. Each is designed to offer a different level of containment as you individuate into yourself and group.

Alone

You travel alone.

like Jung
To really get to know yourself and soul, you need to walk alone. So, this journey is primarily between you and You.

Partner

A partner helps to mirror you.

like Jung's patients with him
Jung viewed his patients art and worked with them one on one. So you can find your own partner to help hold you.

Group

A circle to discuss and reflect.

Like Jung's inner circle together
Jung led his inner circle on this path, creating a container for group growth. So, you can create your own circle.

Creating a container for sacred space.

Additional containment comes from creating sacred space in an art studio, creativity altar, and in your art which can be seen as your "church" and "cathedral," housing your soul. In these spaces you create a place of renewal and retreat for you to come back to again and again, whether creating art, lighting a candle, meditating, or doing gentle yoga. These spaces help to cocoon you as an alchemical container of transformation throughout your process, nurturing your creative practice in your body and a body of art. You will create your own container in your way with a circle ritual that opens and closes the class. 

A 10 week journey

While you do not have to follow a timeline or finish each week, the content drops weekly to help pace you as you travel. The kits are designed to provide a minimum of support and let you navigate on your own. They offer a chance to learn on your own while providing structure.

Dream Introduction

Step 1

Introduction to dream journaling, basic skills, and practices.

A Jungian Approach

Step 2

Exploring examples from Jung's dreamwork in your life.

Dream the Dream On

Step 3

The embodied imagination of Christiana Morgan.

Dream Catching

Step 4

Creating practices to catch and hold your dreams

Dream Tending

Step 5

Tend the living garden of your dream landscape.

Dream Time

Step 6

Learning to navigate by exploring dream time.

Archetypal Dreams

Step 7

Embracing the big archetypal dreams.

Befriending Nightmares

Step 8

Befriending your nightmares as allies.

Day Dreaming

Step 9

Day dreaming with active imagination.

Lucid Dreaming

Step 10

Awaken in your dreams for renewed creativity.

Your soul brings you a vision 

Jung said that you cannot go directly into the unconscious but if you create unconsciously with your hands your soul would bring you a vision. Imagination has the roots magi for magic and image and it is the heart of this visionary path. As you walk you are activating your imagination and remembering how to play with your soul's images that guide you. Open your eyes, heart, and mind to a new way of seeing and being. Learn to navigate by starlight through the dark night of the soul.

Soul advice: "drop into your heart"

In our modern world we have become head-centered, dismissing emotion and intuition as inferior feminine ways of knowing. In a very real way, this path leads from head to heart, reconnecting inner masculine and feminine ways of knowing in a union or coniunctio that alchemically unites above and below, spirit and matter. This is a path to wholeness that integrates all parts of our being in newly discovered yet ancient embodied ways of knowing rooted in the earth.

The soul speaks in images

The soul's communication is symbolic and imagistic, embodied and imaginal. Jung said that his soul did not have speech centers and let her use his to speak, and studies have found that during spiritual experiences speech is not generated in normal speech centers. Nor is core wounding reached by speech. Both are accessed through the imagistic and embodied language of the soul. So, this soul path combines visual and verbal imagery in the way of the soul (the picture superiority effect) in which words are symbolic and metaphoric images, combined with visual art. When Jung's soul referred to the Red Book as art, she meant all of it.

The soul's ethic is authenticity

This is a very simple path that requires that you honor the soul and the soul's images. Jung called this being a disciple to the image but it is really a discipleship to your soul as a guiding image. What this looks like will be unique to you but it is characterized by a sincere attention to the details of your soul's images, a willingness to follow them as a path.
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