Pre-Cognitive Dreamwork and the Long Self
April 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, 2023
4 Live Classes | Offered Live via Zoom
What you will receive
- 4 Live Webinar Sessions with Q & A
- 4 Links to the Recordings
- A Learning Resource Guide with additional material
Every culture on earth, except for ours, accepts that dreams sometimes foretell future events or experiences. This reality has been excluded from Western science and scholarship since the Enlightenment, but the barriers around this taboo topic are beginning to erode, thanks to new scientific developments (e.g. in quantum physics) and to an informal “citizen science” facilitated by the internet—people sharing their precognitive dream experiences. Precognitive dreams are real, and they are not occasional or rare. Many of not all dreams bring information from our future, and that is readily discoverable through a few simple steps. It has startling implications for our understanding of time, consciousness, and the self.
In different ways, the depth psychological schools of Freud and Jung have both paved the way to an understanding of dream precognition, yet both have also contributed to some of the confusion and misunderstanding that still prevails around the topic. This course will look at the evidence for precognitive dreams, historical attempts to study them scientifically, and newer scientific approaches and theories that can shed light on how they work, as well as the implications of precognition for understanding the self biographically—the “long self.”
This course is ideal if
- You are interested in the nature of time, causality, and synchronicity
- You have had dreams that came true and seek insight
- You have had premonitions of disasters or a loved one’s death, and feel guilt or confusion
- You are already experienced with Freudian or Jungian dreamwork, interested in a challenging new interpretation of these schools of thought
Week 1. Precognitive Dreams—cases, evidence, history of the topic; basic instruction in precognitive dreamwork and homework assignment for the course
Week 2. Precognition in the Clinic—closely reexamining some key case studies of Freud and Jung; revisiting synchronicity in light of 21st-century physics and neuroscience; why precognition is so commonly misrecognized (e.g., as telepathy); precognition’s relationship to memory; causal circularity and fate; how does cosmology help us understand symbolic transformations in dreams?
Week 3. Understanding Premonitions—clearing the confusions that surround dreams of disaster and death; the existential roots of precognition; what are the potential mental health implications of precognition and premonitions?
Week 4. From the Instant Self to the Long Self—precognition games for advanced players (in lucid dreaming, meditation, etc.); how does it change our understanding of the self to directly experience its duration in time, via precognitive dreamwork and waking precognitive experiences? Time loops as koans
By the End of This Course You Will Be Able To
- Identify the remarkable mirroring of aspects of quantum physics and Jung’s psychology
- Express a historical view of the correspondence theory (as above so below), its loss post-Renaissance, and Jung’s reclaiming through the mandala symbol and synchronicity
- Articulate your understandings of a series of dreams by both Pauli and the author, specifically the expression of the unconscious on the problem of spirit and matter / inner and outer life
- Define the qualities that characterize a phenomena expressing at the level of the three or the four consistent with Jung and von Franz’s account
- Apply these to qualities to identify a three or a four level expression of a specific inner or outer state
Get the Book
Wednesdays, April 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, 2023
5:00 – 6:30 PM PDT
- $225 General Rate
- $175 Pacifica Alumni, Full Time Students, & Senior Rate
- $125 Pacifica Student Rate
Program link will be sent out prior to the event. For those unable to attend live, the presentation will be recorded and the link shared after the event.
About the Teacher
Eric Wargo has a Ph.D. in anthropology from Emory University and is the author of two books about precognition: Time Loops: Precognition, Retrocausation, and the Unconscious (2018) and Precognitive Dreamwork and the Long Self: Interpreting Messages from Your Future (2021). He has presented his work at meetings of the Society for Scientific Exploration, the Parapsychological Association, at Lily Dale Community, and at the Esalen Center for Theory and Research. He also writes about science fiction, consciousness, and parapsychology at his popular blog, The Nightshirt. He is currently writing a book about the role of precognition in creativity, tentatively titled The Prophetic Imagination.
Cancellations 14 days or more prior to the program start date receive a 100% refund of program registrations. After 14 days, up to 7 days prior to the program start date, a 50% refund is available. For cancellations made less than 7 days of program start date, no refund is available.
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