Spiritual, informational uses of dreams focus of workshop

The presenters say the information in dreams can help with decision-making
Friday, June 22, 2007 | 12:26 a.m. CDT; updated 3:21 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

The path to spiritual growth may be your dreams, and two Columbia women hope to teach people how to harness their power.

Deb Deutsch and Anne Summers will present “The Art of Spiritual Dreaming,” an introductory workshop on interpreting dreams from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Interfaith Center.

If You Go

What: “Art of Spiritual Dreaming” workshop on learning how to interpret dreams and use them in everyday life. When: Saturday 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Where: Columbia Interfaith Center, 4006 W Broadway

Deutsch and Summers, co-facilitators of the workshop, will teach participants how to use the information in their dreams to make decisions and receive warnings and enlightenment.

At the beginning of the workshop, participants will be asked to write down a question they want answered. The pair will lead participants through a series of spiritual exercises to find answers to their questions by the end of the session.

“Dreams can help you in all aspects of life if you know how to understand them,” Deutsch said.

Waking dreams, which Deutsch describes as anything that happens in your waking life that has spiritual significance, will also be explored.

“There are unusual occurrences that you can interpret like a dream,” she said. “You can work with symbols in your waking state just like you would in a nighttime dream in order to get guidance about your life.”

Deutsch and Summers are members of Eckankar, described on its official Web site as the “religion of the light and sound of God.” Eckankar sponsors these spiritual dreaming workshops as part of its teachings.

Marci DeVier, Interfaith Center reverend, said the workshop is an opportunity for people to gain a greater understanding of different spiritual paths.

“Many religions are saying the same things with different words,” she said. “If we learn about different spiritual paths, I feel strongly we will have more acceptance and openness among each other.”

Deutsch said that the workshop is not used to persuade anyone to join Eckankar and that people of all faiths are welcome.

“Our position is, you can leave it or you can take it,” she said. “It is not something you try to convince other people of. We just want people to have the information to use if they want to.”

Summers, who has practiced spiritual dreaming for 32 years, said she uses the art of spiritual dreaming in every aspect of her life, including her decision to stop driving on back roads at night.

“After nearly being in four car accidents in less than a month, I wrote to our spiritual leader and asked him what it meant,” she said. “Then I had a dream with flashing lights, fire trucks and ambulances, and I was laid out on a stretcher being lifted above the emergency vehicles, which meant I was dead. I knew then to stay off the back roads at night or I would be killed.”

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