Using Liminal Dreams for Creativity, Problem Solving, and Accessing the Visionary Mind

Liminal dreaming occurs at the boundaries of consciousness. This category of dreaming is made up of hypnagogia—the hallucinatory dream state through which we pass as we sink into sleep—and hypnopompia—the floaty, mesmerizing dreams we have as we surface back into waking. Liminal dreaming is one of the most unusual states achieved by our brains, both experientially and as measured by EEG.

In this workshop, participants will learn about liminal dreaming: what it is; how it works; and various ways in which artists, inventors, scientists, and thinkers of all sorts have harnessed hypnagogia and hypnopompia for specific purposes. Participants will learn exercises that allow them to practice liminal dreaming and how to use this extraordinary mind state for:

Creatively and problem solving: Access the visionary power of hypnagogia and hypnopompia using liminal dream practices developed by Thomas Edison, Salvador Dali, and a range of other impressive artists and thinkers.

Dream incubation: Engage the dreaming mind to help answer personal or intellectual questions, encourage the healing process, or enliven intuition using this practice that comes to us from the Greek cult of Asclepius.

Yoga nidra: This ancient practice involves slowly withdrawing the senses to reach the state of consciousness between waking and sleep. The goal is to direct intention and, ultimately, achieve Samadhi.

Oneiromancy: This form of divination through dreams is used by many traditional cultures to contact divinities or ancestors in search of teachings and wisdom. We’ll explore the use of oneirogens—herbs or substances used for oneiromancy.

JENNIFER DUMPERT is a San Francisco-based writer and lecturer, and the founder of the Oneironauticum, an international organization that explores the phenomenological experience of dreams as a means of experimenting with mind. She also teaches the practice of Liminal Dreaming—surfing the edges of consciousness using hypnagogic and hypnopompic dream states. Jennifer has lectured and led workshops at festivals, conferences, and venues such as Summit at Sea, Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis, the Women’s Visionary Congress, Breaking Convention, Esalen Institute, Ojai Institute, Psymposia, and Priceless. She wrote “Meeting in Dream Worlds: Oneironauticum”, a chapter in Exploring the Edge Realms of Consciousness Liminal Zones, Psychic Science, and the Hidden Dimensions of the Mind, published by Evolver Editions. “Dream Tripping”, an article about using dreams like psychedelics, appeared in the summer, 2016 issue of Erowid Extracts. In March/April of 2016, Jennifer led a six week class through Evolver called “Expand your Mind: How to Work with Liminal Dream States”. She contributes to the online journal Van Winkle’s, and has published in Dreamflesh, Dream Time, and Reality Sandwich. She is involved in the Consciousness Hacking movement and has presented at CH SF, CH NYC, and the Transformational Technology conference. Jennifer serves as secretary on the board of directors for Erowid Center. She posts a daily dream to Twitter as @OneiroFer.