— there is a crack, a crack in everything that’s how the light gets in.

Anthem by Leonard Cohen

Dreams contain a thumbprint of sight, sound, smell, and touch coming directly into the body, moving through the body and out into our waking world.

They create a crack within us so that the light can come through. When that happens, light and dark meet bringing attention to our souls deep need. Images from our dreams have come to offer alignment, centering, healing, beauty and love from ourselves to ourselves. They speak directly to us about our way of living in the waking world.

Look around. Be curious. Use your incredible innate imagination to visit the uncharted landscape of your own authentic soul through the individualized symbolic language that arises there. It arises organically, somatically from these nighttime adventures we call dreams. They come sometimes from a small fissure and sometimes from a major soul shaking quake striking to our very core.


We will tend to what’s happening here. We will go on an indigenous walk-a-bout and explore this dream landscape together. We will walk softly, observing, noticing, and wondering what is happening. We will use active imagination and curiosity to aide us. We will invite familiars (guides, loved ones, allies) to join us, inform us, support us and help us illuminate and animate this particular dream terrain.

A dream offers a freeze frame picture of where we are now, where we have been and where we are headed at this moment in time. We will bring the dream images alive so they can share with us what they know about this landscape and where we find ourselves currently. As the journey unfolds we will become more familiar with our own particular dream language.

Like a new friend, these images need a little attention. They may ask something of us and in turn we may ask something of them. We have met for a reason. We may form a dream counsel with these images. This counsel can then interact with us shedding light when we are troubled by a personal, cultural, or world issue demanding our focus. In this way we can listen for the world’s voice as we work with its dream for us. These voices can suggest a different way of being as we rise each morning fresh from their touch bringing their support and love with us into our waking world as we strive to live a dream centered life.

By Shel Silverstein
If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er. A pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you are a pretender, come sit by my fire.
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Come In!
Come In!
  • What do they mean?
  • Why aren’t they clearer so that I can understand them?
  • Who is visiting now?
  • Where do they live?
  • Why are they here?
  • What is the dream’s desire?
  • How do we stay in relationship?
  • What are the signs along the way to help us?
  • Where are the cracks where we have given up our authentic self in order to fit in?
  • What is the mask we wear that no longer fits or is stuck on permanently preventing us from living our lives more fully?
  • In what way are the images wounded and how can a shared history bring a new way to view both the crack and the light they bring?
  • What is the world’s dream for us as we move forward with our lives?

About Claudia DeBorde

Claudia has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, and is a credentialed teacher. She has studied Dream Tending with Stephen Aizenstat Ph.D. for 25 years and is currently assisting with the Certification I & II Dream Tending programs.

Her work is based on the concepts of Carl Jung, James Hillman, Marion Woodman, Stephen Aizenstat and many others in the field of Depth Psychology.

She has experience working with individuals, groups, and professionals wanting to infuse dreams more deeply into their lives and various practices.

Contact Information:

Claudia De Borde, MA
Dream Counselor
Tending Dreams

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