About this course
The Dao of the Night - Dream Series with Erin Langley, LAc and Clarissa Gunawan
*Five Part Live Webinar Feb 18-19, April 29-30, June 17-18, August 26-27 and November 4-5 2023 (Feb & Nov times are 12-4pm PST / PDT and April, June & August times are 1-5pm PDT)
40 CEUs NCCAOM #9191 and CA #1650
“All good teachers recognize that you can’t just do daytime practice, you have to do night-time practice. There’s no daytime practice strong enough to make this unnecessary. This vivid aspect of our experience, night, is too much what we are. So we have to have a relationship with it.” --Liu Ming
This dream series is a complete cycle of teaching broken into in five parts, designed by late Daoist priest Liu Ming. It will present all the profound potentials found in our natural need to sleep. Beginning with the physiological aspects of dream and using dream symbols to interpret medical conditions, then going into an understanding of shamanic dreaming (divination and healing), before finally presenting the spiritual practice of path dreaming, where life and death become dreams.
There is one required text - The Butterfly Book by Liu Ming
- Part 1: Healing - Dream and illness: using dream for healing: In part 1, we will take time to understand the difference between the Western versus Chinese / Daoist cosmology. And from this foundation, learn about the five spirits and the four categories of sleep disorders which can be used to assist in patient diagnosis; can’t fall asleep, can’t stay asleep, no dreaming, and can’t wake up.
- Part 2: Divination - Shamanic dreaming: world of symbols: In part 2, you will be introduced to the world of symbols in shamanic dreaming. We will learn the meaning behind common dream symbols such as travel, traveller and vehicle symbols, animal and plant symbols, and significant places like childhood homes. This weekend will also include teaching about differences between the red and black shaman paths, as well as on the technique of ‘solemnising’ a dream to close off a particular life chapter.
- Part 3: Shamanic - Dream as spiritual path: introduction to path dreaming and types of dreams: In part 3, we learn how dream can be used as a spiritual path, and what the initial, middle and final stages of this may look like. We will explore in more detail the cosmology held by path dreamers; their View, Method and Fruition. And finally, we will discuss the types of dreams that occur at different parts of the night; ordinary dreams in the first part of the night and dreams of clarity (including ancestral resolution dreams) which occur in the middle and last stages of the night.
- Part 4: Path - Path dreaming advanced: intentional and lucid dreams: In part 4, we continue the learning about how to be come a path dreamer. For path dreamers, life and death are a dream rather than a self-created fantasy. Birth, the emergence of an appearance of life, is a dream. Death, the dissolution of the appearance of life, is also a dream. We will learn that though dreamers recognise many types of dreams, the fruition of dreaming is ultimately the dissolution of duality, that is, the artificial boundary between waking and sleeping, and life and death.
- Part 5: Death - Dream as death practice: the five eyes and five 'bardo' transitory states: In part 5, our last weekend will be focused on dream as death practice. You will learn about the cosmology of the five eyes and how it corresponds to the five bardo or transitory states after death.
It is a course perfect for the modern do-it-yourself practitioner, as the student becomes their own teacher, intimately unravelling their own personal cosmology, with their own and ancestral selves. This course is applicable for anyone in the healing arts with a background in Chinese Medicine, Taoism or interest in these areas, we are approved for CEUs for Acupuncturists with NCCAOM and CA state licenses.
About the presenters:
Erin Langley, LAc
"My people are Anglo-Saxon, Celt, Ashkenazi, Frank, Germanic, Nuragic, Ozeiri, and the indigenous tribes of the Kuban River, Caucasus range, and Eurasian steppe. I grew up on Timacua and Seminole land (Middleburg, FL), lived on Chochenyo land for nearly 20 years (Oakland, CA), and recently moved to Cheroenhaka land (Blackstone, VA).
I first knew that I wanted to be a "healer" when I was 11 years old. My maternal grandmother and I were watching a show about a little girl who could heal people while she was asleep. The girl's mother brushed her long, black hair as people gathered around the bed to experience miracles. Something came alive in me instantly, and I knew I wanted to do that. I have since realized that “healing” emerges from a salvational worldview, so I prefer the terms harmonize, recalibrate, and balance.
I come from the rural South. My father's side is all teachers and preachers--circuit riders steeped in strong ideas and faith healing. My paternal grandmother tells amazing stories of her dreams of my late grandfather, who helped her raise her three sons after he passed.
When I was 14, my retina detached, and I learned I'm a mystic. I started having dreams, visions, and out-of-body experiences, which terrified me. Frequenting these liminal places inspired me to record and track thousands of dreams over decades. My scientific approach to dreaming helped me become literate in symbolism.
I conceived Lucid Dreaming for the Earth, which brought lucid dreamers together to help mitigate environmental damage from the dream world. Clinically, I read dreams for portent and diagnosis. I love helping people work with nightmares and recurring dreams. My Master's thesis, Reinstating the Role of Community Dreaming Using Traditional Protocol and Open-Source Technology, explores dreaming as a way of life and a measure of communal health. I cataloged dreams by theme against an astronomical ephemeris to detect patterns and develop a dictionary of portent.
After graduating from the University of North Florida with an English degree, I enrolled in the Indigenous Mind program of Naropa University. I studied with elders while exploring my own ancestral traditions. My teachers—storytellers and medicine people from all over the globe—showed me that everything is natural, and nothing is supernatural. Continuity with my native lands and traditions helped me develop a sense of belonging.
In 2004, I began studying Mantic Arts and Path Dreaming with Liu Ming, founder of Da Yuan Circle and Five Branches University. Shortly after, I enrolled in Acupuncture and Integrative College, Berkeley to finally engage the medical aspects of this ancient holistic system.
I am a mother, writer, fine artist, acupuncturist, and late bloomer living on Cheroenhaka land in Blackstone, VA."
Learn more about Erin at: ancestralacupuncture.com
"My ancestors are from Southern China. My grandparents travelled down south and eventually settled on the Indonesian island of Java, where I was born. My blood is Chinese and Javanese. I now live and sleep on unceded Boonwurrung country, so-called Melbourne, Australia.
What I offer is the ability to describe what it means to hold the Asian View. A lot of people in the West are interested in Asian wisdom traditions, such as Buddhism, Daoism, or in Asian practices like yoga, qigong, martial arts. But without understanding the foundational View, which is very different to the pervasive Western-modern worldview, there will be no fruition. View, Method and Fruition go together naturally, and most important is View. And since I was raised in the Western-modern cosmology, and have begun unravelling in myself the trappings of using it for understanding Asian wisdom traditions, my humble perspective is what I offer.
Education wise I have a double degree in Commerce (hello, Asian ancestors) and Arts from Melbourne University, and hold down a corporate job where I provide risk management for organisations. Ming says there are two things humans occupy ourselves with; healing or divination. Risk management for me is practicing divination in a modern setting. My life is a prayer for modern do-it-yourself practitioners to see that we can start from just right here, wherever you are today, and use dream as a spiritual path. This block of unused potential we seemingly pass over each night, contains all the answers you need. No gurus needed, no complex requirements. Just having a human body is all that’s needed to participate."
Learn more about Clarissa: https://www.instagram.com/crescent_daughter/
Early Bird Rate is $790, Early Bird 3 Month payment plan is $840 paid $280 / month from sign up
Regular Rate is $990 and 3 Month payment plan is $1050 paid $350 / month from sign up
Refund Policy: Refunds will be given in full up to 7 days prior to course launch, within 7 days refunds will be given at a reduced rate of 75%, NO refunds once course has begun or after.