Humans have a deep-seated drive to experiment with consciousness, to play with our own finely tuned minds. The dream is the perfect vehicle for this kind of experimentation. Join our community and cultivate the wild and visionary experience of the dream!

Oneironauticum

The Oneironauticum is an international dream group that works with oneirogens—any substance, practice, or experience that promotes or enhances dream states. Founded in 2008, the Oneironauticum gathers on a given night to work with the same oneirogen. At least one group gathers together to sleep in the same space, while dreamers from locations around the world join remotely, all using the same oneirogen. Although they may be separated by hundreds or thousands of miles, on the night of Oneironauticum, dreamers are united community, bound by the common experience of the dream.

Urban
Dreamscape:SF

Urban Dreamscape: SF is a practice of weaving dreams into architecture, turning the landscape into a dream journal. Using active imagination and visualization, I overlay the buildings in my urban neighborhood with my dreams. Urban Dreamscape is a meditation on mapping, a psychogeographical research that breaks down divisions between internal and external spaces. It is a means of creating sacred space in the city. Through the practice, I explore the inner psychic spaces of my dream world, superimposing this intimate realm on top of the city where I live.

Liminal Dreaming

Liminal Dreaming is a way of working with hypnagogic and hypnopompic dream states. Channel the visions you have when you slip into sleep (hypnagogia), the thoughts that drift across the border into dream and back again while you slowly wake (hypnopompia), and the visionary weirdness of delicious naps and delirious fatigue. In these states, the meandering mind rehashes and remixes thought and experience, surfing the edge realm between conscious and unconscious. Like lucid dreaming (but considerably easier to learn), liminal dreaming offers a fascinating mode of playing with consciousness.

Liminal Dreaming Workshop at Beloved

Liminal Mind States Workshop with Jennifer Dumpert and Erik Davis

There is a time of the day that the French describe as being “entre chien et loup”--between dog and wolf. It describes that twilight period when you can no longer tell exactly what you’re seeing. Similar liminal blurring happens in the in-between zones of consciousness, particularly the zones between waking and sleep, attention and trance, baseline and psychedelic. Join Erik Davis and Jennifer Dumpert as they discuss working with these liminal mind states. Hypnagogia—the hallucinogenic, free associative dream state that happens as you drift off to sleep—can be channeled for creativity, problem solving, and consciousness hacking. Meditation clarifies and intensifies attention even as it calms down other features of consciousness, opening up to trance states. The use of subtle allies—mild psychoactive substances like calamus, mugwort, tea or kratom—demand that you consciously tune into the experience in order to build a relationship with the plant. Learning to work on liminal edges of consciousness is like learning to surf, where the water crashes into the land. And like surfing, its fun, playful, embodying, and sometimes spiritually rewarding.  


Liminal Dreaming Workshop at Symbiosis

Liminal Dreaming: Surf the Edges of Consciousness

Liminal Dreamers coast the edges of consciousness, exploring the drifting trance states we pass through as we fall asleep or wake, or during delicious naps or hallucinogenic fatigue. This session will include:

  • Transmission of techniques and exercises for developing liminal dreaming skills
  • Introduction to a variety of oneirogens-herbs, roots, technologies, and practices that promote vivid dreams
  • Discussion of some of the neuroscience around dreaming
  • Review of methods that artists and thinkers from Kekule to Edison to Dali have used to harness liminal dreaming
  • Explanation of dream incubation, a method of healing and problem solving from the ancient Greek temples of Asclepius
  • Discussion of metacognition and how liminal dreaming helps you understand your thought processes
  • Exploration of liminal dreaming as a means of experimenting with consciousness
 

Past Workshops
- Summer 2015

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