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Part I: DREAM INCUBATION AND LUCID DREAMING PRACTICES: Incubating Awareness into the Cycle of Night and Day, an evening with Tim Lyons

  • Friday, August 13, 2021
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Zoom, Eastern Time
  • 17


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An Evening With

Cooking With Self Love in the Psychic Kitchen, Part 1. Three Friday evening talks (you are invited to attend all or each) on exploring how to “cook” holistically with the inner fire of your alchemical kitchen, and hopefully, get to taste some nourishing dishes.

“I [Jung]: Allow me the indiscrete question: have you ever had an incubation sleep in your kitchen?
 L [Librarian]: No, I’ve never entertained such a strange idea.
 I [Jung]: Let me say that you’d learn a lot that way about the nature of your kitchen. Good night, Sir!”                                                                        
                  - C.G. Jung, The Red Book

         Tonight’s program is about using dream incubation and lucid dreaming practices to mine the wisdom of the psyche and body so we can take direct responsibility for our health and individuation. Through these techniques we can develop our intentional awareness by asking our dreams for guidance, not just for revelation for healing our traumas and diseases, but also to prevent them.

          What are the shelves of our inner kitchen stocked and conditioned with; what are our minds and bodies consuming? Through dream incubation and lucid dreaming, we can learn to prepare and embody Self-loving nutrients for our inner alchemical processor. In these recipes the ingredients will be fresh organic mind matter, not digitally enhanced through artificial intelligence. There will be no GMO's or harmful additives. We can draw from the world of the archetypes for unpolluted minerals and spices. We do not have to worry about fake news in these depths. Instead of the popular habit of binge watching, we can take on our own hero’s journey rather than watch someone else’s.

         The premonitory wisdom of our body and psyche can let us know, especially if we ask, where we are being taken health wise. This way, we may not need to wait for a mental or physical health crisis to develop in order to act. We can listen to the needs of the psyche and body to become aware of what triggers inflammatory projections psychologically and biologically. Through lucidity practices we can learn fearlessness and peace of mind, refine our emotional and physical actions, and strengthen our body’s immune systems. Developing incubation and lucidity practices in our waking life helps us to turn inward to reconnect with ourselves despite increasingly addictive distractions of daily life. Instead of experiencing numbing passivity, we can actively pursue our own self-realization and holistic health.

** Three Friday evening talks (you are invited to attend all or each) on exploring how to “cook” holistically with the inner fire of your alchemical kitchen, and hopefully, get to taste some nourishing dishes. 

Please note: after the program ends at 9:00 PM there will be an extended question and answer discussion for those who would like to participate in this option.

Timothy Lyons, LCSW, is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist in private practice for individuals, couples and families in Capitol Hill, D.C. and Takoma Park, Maryland. He has a certificate for postgraduate studies from the Philadelphia Jung Institute and is a frequent presenter at the Jung Society of Washington. His postgraduate studies also include infant observation and art therapy. Tim’s work is further enhanced by his studies of Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism, yogic philosophies, Hatha yoga and Qi Gong. He has also completed teacher training in Trul Khor (Tibetan yoga). His earlier career as architect and editor includes writing for the Washington Post, and lecturing at the Smithsonian Institution. 

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