Will Sharon - Dreamwork for Coaches, an ancient experience in a new context
Neuroscience tells us that everybody dreams. History tells us that dreams have inspired scientific discoveries (Einstein, Bohr), music (McCarthy) and literature (Shelly, Stevenson) to name a few.
Virtually all cultures prior to the modern age valued dreams as part of the human experience; it is only fairly recently that we have confined dreams to the analytic process and convinced ourselves that their meanings are clouded in mystery that can only be deciphered by experts. Coaching traditionally deals with what we could call Day School.
We work with the client’s waking experience and help them transform through the radical change that comes from the deep awareness they experience in the coaching process. Night School, the time that we are asleep, offers us an additional pathway or dimension to the coaching relationship. In seeing dreams as messages from the soul or the self, we provide the client an opportunity to become aware of the fullness of their experience as a human being. The goal is to integrate what they learn in Night School to what they know from their experience in Day School and vice versa. As coaching reclaims this experience for our clients, we demonstrate how the fundamental tools of active listening and asking powerful questions provide the client with the confidence to access and understand the different elements of dream messages. That understanding, like any transformative insight is co-created between the coach and the client.
We listen to dreams with the same profound curiosity as we do the needs and values of our clients. By going on the journey with them into a dream we expand the intimacy and trust that is the cornerstone of the coaching relationship.
Will Sharon has 15 years of clinical and coaching experience during which time he has worked extensively with dreams. He also has a 30-year corporate career where he held “C” level positions in Technology, Real Estate and Risk Management in Financial Services and Advertising.
Will has teaching and training experience that spans 40 years. As a social worker, he taught adjunct courses in undergraduate and graduate programs in everything from group dynamics to medical sociology. He has taught Risk Management at Strathmore University in Kenya as well as for Watson Wyatt in Thailand. He now teachers the ICF certified virtual course Dreamwork for Coaches and also works with coaches individually using a practicum approach to understand the basics of using dreams in coaching.
Benefits for the participants
- How to use the basic coaching tools of active listening and asking powerful questions to help the client access the message of their dream through the co-creative process.
- How to help clients reclaim their dreams as a part of their experience and demystify the process of understanding the messages they receive.
- Clarifying the difference between dream interpretation (giving advice) and dream animation (helping the client understand their own experience).
- Gaining a clear understanding of how to listen to the three level of a dream – the story, the emotional arc and the message.
- Clarifying the two basic types of dreams – Reflecting dreams and Becoming dreams.
Writing down their dreams in the week(s) prior to the webinar would be a very useful preparation for this session.