Awakening the Dreamer

A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born.”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

When one realises one is asleep, at that moment one is already half-awake.”
~ P.D. Ouspensky


According to the achuar, an ancient indigenous tribe from the Amazonia for who dreams are essential part of their cosmology and everyday life, we are dreaming the wrong dream: ours is a delusional dream of consumption: a dream where more is better and where our individual wellbeing is a function of our work and dedication (with no consequences, causes or responsibilities from or to other beings and ecosystems): we control our fates and deserve whatever we want as long as we see it available. In our current dream, there are no consequences or responsibilities to anyone but ourselves…

The “Awakening the Dreamer Symposium” as Pachamama Alliance calls it, is the voluntary offering and participation in a process of mutual “awakening” from this destructive dream.

This “training” has many similarities with the “Work that Reconnects” for which I’m also training as facilitator. The Work that Reconnects is based in Joanna Macy’s work with communities and groups and uses the image of an ever-evolving spiral.

I am a trained facilitator of the “Awakening” and are open to offer it to groups, institutions and communities that are curious and want to go beyond and embrace real accountability at the individual, family, group and community levels.

What would you experience during the “Awakening” and how is it offered?

The fastest and easiest way to familiarize yourself with the Awakening is to take their online (2-hours) free course here. While this is great as a starting point, it may leave you with a need for deeper understanding and commitment and thirst for community and real support.

In that case, you can be a participant of a hands-on symposium: just ask me! Or check the Pachamama Alliance website to look for facilitators and events in your area…

I offer both “The Work that Reconnects” and the “Awakening the Dreamer” to schools, colleges, churches, mosques, temples, grassroots groups, neighbourhoods, agencies, non-profits and communities. Stay tuned for events announced in this website…

In the hands-on symposium, we will have the chance to walk together through four important questions and seven sections:

The Introduction is designed to make people feel safe and welcomed: this is, after all, the beginning of a challenging but empowering journey, that of waking up from a bad dream and the co-creating of a new dream towards an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just presence of human beings in the planet

I. Where Are We?

Participants are invited to become aware of the urgency and scope we face through the deeply inter-connected environmental, social and spiritual crises of our times. We also become aware of the systems and structures that sustain and feed these crises.

II. How did We Get Here?

We will help each other to begin to free ourselves from the unconscious unexamined assumptions that allow us to “dream in trance” and sustain the systems and structures that feed these crises: what are them? How can we become more aware and change them?

A New Story

Thankfully, a new story is emerging around the world: from the food sovereignty and slow food movements to many local and global initiatives to live and share in a different, more regenerative, respectful and sustainable way. This new narrative is sustained by both modern science (that proves that all is interconnected and how systems affect each other) and the ancient cosmology of indigenous peoples around the world

III. What is Possible Now?

We can make a difference in how the future unfolds, this difference can be embraced at four levels or dimensions: the personal/individual, the personal/family/work/school level, the group/community level and the institutional and policy level.

We won’t leave you hanging in doom and gloom: by exploring what’s possible, we will move towards empowering, inspirational and energizing ways you can become engage.

IV. Where Do We Go From Here?

What do you do now and how?

This section allows you to take responsibility and become accountable with the aspects you choose to stand for: how would support the co-creation of an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on the planet?

How can you work in community? Where and when and with whom?

This is a lifelong process, so the workshop doesn’t end here: while we support you here to take the first steps (or continue and re-energize the ones you have already taken), we look into the future, to make it sustainable for you, your family, group, institution, business, school or community…

V. Closing

We close re-visiting the concept of “blessed unrest” of what is already happening around the world” the huge, un-named, unstoppable groundswell of creative, committed energy and action that is being generated around the world to not only oppose the crises, but to build what’s next…

If you want to learn more about the symposium, watch this brief trailer:

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