ABOUT THE ARMCHAIR DREAMER
Armchair? Why an Armchair?
Well, meditation has its cushions. Yoga its mats.
Armchairs have a long tradition as being the place where analysis, philosophizing, opinion-making, planning, reading, studying, pondering, and conversing.
The armchair’s comfort invites the user to relax, to let go of holding up the body. Once the body is more relaxed, we find ourselves letting go of the grip of our outward focus and our typical perspectives.
Comfortable sitting allows us to bring our concentration to what is at hand, our thoughts or the thoughts of others thru reading and visiting.
But it also encourages us to move towards dreaminess of napping or the place between waking and sleeping. Either is great for dreaming.
Usually, our most comfortable armchairs are found in the more private area of our home. It is off to the side or, if we are lucky, in another, inner room. Those who know us know that this is our chair. Our things, our open books, sticky notes, iPad, and cups surround the chair. Our frequently sitting has even molded the cushion to fit our body parts.
The armchair for many, is the accidental library, laboratory, memory palace, chapel, meditation hall, exotic landscape, and far worlds.
I, Gary Goodwin draw from a wide variety of trainings to teach people the nature, art, and science of imagination.
“My goal is to share what you need to submerge into the incredible and creative inner world. With practice, you will be able to enhance your life in surprising ways by communicating with and learning from your unconscious mind.”
For the record, this is some of the stuff I’ve completed:
Certified – Interactive Guided Imagery (Academy for Guided Imagery)
Certification – (alpha brain wave production techniques) – Open Focus Coaching and Neurosychrony EEG training
Certified – Group Facilitator – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists)
Certificate of Completion – Center for Healing and Imagery
Certificate of Completion – Initial Professional Training – Center for Mind-Body Medicine
Certificate of Completion – Advanced Professional Training – Center for Mind-Body Medicine
Mind Mirror Practitioners Training – Level One – (alpha, theta, and delta brainwave training – equipment and techniques)
– Belleruth Naperstak imagery training
– Eye Movement Integration
Ongoing – Coursework towards Certificate of Completion – Biofeedback Certification Institute of America
Dream Group leader many years, off and on, since 1991.
Nearly 10 years as a presenter at the Jung Society of Washington, D.C.
Frequent presenter at conferences of the International Association for the Study of Dreams
Guided Imagery and Music – Level One Guide Training
Completed Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 – Focusing
General Coaching Training:
Ongoing – MentorCoach
Ongoing – Coursework towards Certification – Creativity Coaching Association
* Note: I do not offer mental health or medical advice, treatment, or diagnosis. Please check with your mental health and health care provider. I provide education on commonly available techniques and equipment (consumer grade) that can be useful to access and navigate imagination.
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