Pour Like Smoke: The Dissolving Dream Ego and the Poet’s “I”

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  • May 17, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


CEUs: 2

Instructor: Rodger Kamenetz

*Lecture not eligible for volunteer benefits.

In Natural Dreamwork we view the dream point of view as gradually shifting from ego to soul. This means there is an increasing dis-identification with waking life ego and its concerns, and a focus on intense and embodied feeling. In this lecture, we will look at dream examples where the dream point of view loosens and ultimately loses connection to its waking life age, identity, gender, and occupation, becoming increasingly open to a dream point of view that is entirely compassionate. We will also look at examples of this dissolving ego and compassion in the poetry of Walt Whitman, John Keats and Arthur Rimbaud.

About the Instructor
Rodger Kamenetz is a poet and author of eleven books. His best known are The Jew in the Lotus, an international bestseller about Jewish-Buddhist dialogue and The History of Last Night’s Dream, which was featured on Oprah Winfrey’s “Soul Series.”  A Professor Emeritus of English and Religious Studies at LSU, he founded the MFA program in creative writing. His poetry has appeared in five books, most recently, The Lowercase Jew (Northwestern) and To Die Next To You (Six Gallery), in dozens of anthologies and in The New Republic, The Southern Review, Grand Street, Shenandoah, Crazyhorse, and many more. Since 2003 he has dedicated himself to working with clients who find spiritual direction in their dreams. More at www.kamenetz.com and www.thenaturaldream.com.



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