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listening to dreams: an introduction

Three Tuesdays  9.30-12.45

5th March, 12th March, 19th March

Venue: St John the Baptist church hall, Cnr. Pickering St and South Pine Road, Enoggera

Cost: $120. This includes $90 for the three sessions, plus $30 for hire of the hall for three weeks. This amount can be paid in weekly instalments of $40.

A minimum of ten participants is required for the course to proceed.

RSVP date: 23rd February. This booking confirmation is needed, as I am required to pay a prior deposit for use of the hall.

In my work of spiritual direction and companioning, I have found dreams to be a consistent help for the process of listening to the soul. Dreams don’t worry whether a person has the “right” vocabulary about God or churchy things, but they constantly try to take us into a more conscious awareness of opportunities to participate in Love and life.

It has been a privilege for me to have listened to many thousands of dreams through the years, and I’m always amazed at the creativity and ingenuity that they bring forth. Dreams can be like a lighthouse, beckoning us through those times when perhaps everything else has seemed to turn to night.

We may think we have simply “crazy” or “stupid” dreams – yet experience has taught me that it is often the most stupid or crazy scenarios in dreams that can offer clues to wake us up to how we get stuck in one-sided perceptions. In fact, this is what the purpose of dreams seems to be: to move us from a constricted view of reality, into a much more life-giving appreciation of ourselves, others and God.

It has been my experience that dreams mirror the great Gospel themes of reconciliation, grace, healing, love and participation in our life both individually and communally. They draw us into the arena where we experience that there actually is a life within us that we do not make happen, and that this life (the Spirit of God) calls us into the Dance wherein we are invited to forget ourselves and become one with the Dance. Dreams are a “little door” into the recesses of the soul.

TO REGISTER: Email Patrick on patrickoliver01@gmail.com.

Leading others to prayerfully listen to dreams

Four Tuesdays  9.30am – 12.45pm

7th May, 14th May, 21st May, 28th May

Venue: St John the Baptist church hall, Cnr. Pickering St and South Pine Road, Enoggera

Cost: $160. This includes $120 for the four sessions, plus $40 for hire of the hall for four weeks. This amount can be paid in weekly instalments of $40.

A minimum of ten participants is required for the course to proceed.

RSVP date: 28thApril.This booking confirmation is needed, as I am required to pay a prior deposit for use of the hall.

 

This course is designed to help participants to grow in confidence and skill, so they can listen to others who share their dreams. The emphasis is upon practical skills, and so there will not be a lot of theory or input in the sessions. Rather, small group time and sharing of experience will form much of these four weeks. We will be approaching the dream not as something to decipher or to decode, but as a way to help the dreamer become more aware of the invitation to share more fully in a life of grace, in a practical way.

Participants are asked to bring along some dreams of their own, in order to work with them in the small groups.

A certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the course for those who have attended all of the sessions.

 

TO REGISTER: Email Patrick on patrickoliver01@gmail.com.

 





 

The Infinite Circle of Grace Level One:

prayerfully appreciating the enneagram

Three Wednesdays 9.30am – 12.45pm

13th March, 20th March, 27th March

Venue: St John the Baptist church hall, Cnr. Pickering St and South Pine Road, Enoggera

Cost: $120. This includes $90 for the three sessions, plus $30 for hire of the hall for three weeks. This amount can be paid in weekly instalments of $40.

A minimum of ten participants is required for the course to proceed.

RSVP date: 4th March. This booking confirmation is needed, as I am required to pay a prior deposit for use of the hall.

Patrick Oliver’s presentation of the enneagram is called “The Infinite Circle of Grace”. Rather than making pathology the starting point (“what’s wrong with me?”), Patrick makes the beginning point the fact of our being fashioned in the image of God. Rather than starting with the personality question “Who am I?” he begins with the contemplative question of personhood: “Whose am I?”

Patrick describes the differing ways in which we’re born to mirror qualities of God, and how they are given as gifts to be shared for the world. From there, he explores the different aspects of Divine Love, and how in our differences we reflect the beauty, fragility and strength of the Body of Christ.

A particular aspect of “The Infinite Circle of Grace” is its focus upon understanding our own and others’ soul-pain, and how this pain can serve to be a meeting place with Jesus, like the Samaritan Woman’s experience at the well.

The Infinite Circle of Grace” also presents a different way of understanding how in both the Glare and the Gaze, we move around the circle in response to Love’s invitation, to taste the worlds of spaces different from our own preferred space or “nest”.

“The Infinite Circle” is such a helpful resource in spiritual maturing, for it assists us to grow ever more sensitive to the movements of grace, and in the recognition of how grace is ever waiting to meet us in the moments when we might fear we are most alone.

 TO REGISTER: Email Patrick on patrickoliver01@gmail.com.

The Infinite Circle of Grace Level Two:

a training course

 

Three Wednesdays 9.30am – 12.45pm

12th June, 19th June, 26th June

Venue: St John the Baptist church hall, Cnr. Pickering St and South Pine Road, Enoggera

Cost: $120. This includes $90 for the three sessions, plus $30 for hire of the hall for three weeks. This amount can be paid in weekly instalments of $40.

A minimum of ten participants is required for the course to proceed.

RSVP date: 4th June. This booking confirmation is needed, as I am required to pay a prior deposit for use of the hall.

 

This course is designed to sharpen the participants’ awareness of the impact of our soul-joy and soul-pain, in how we all meet and try to engage with life’s vicissitudes and challenges. It highlights how the individual story is within a larger story of redemption.

Emphasis is placed upon assisting participants to listen for the clues and indicators in others’ stories, so they can help them to identify patterns not only of behaviour but of motivation. The course primarily is about assisting others to recognize grace in their life story – even if their life circumstances have not been particularly palatable.

This course would be particularly helpful for those in pastoral and ministry roles, as well as those working in the areas of psychology, social work etc. However anyone familiar with Patrick’s “Infinite Circle of Grace” approach and wishes to deepen their appreciation of the enneagram is welcome to participate.

A certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the course for those who have attended all of the sessions.

TO REGISTER: Email Patrick on patrickoliver01@gmail.com.

 

THE HARVEST OF THE YEARS:

a five-morning exploration of our life’s unfolding

Five Tuesdays, 9.30am – 12.45pm

16th July, 23rd July, 30th July, 6th August, 13th August

This course is limited to five participants

Venue: St John the Baptist church hall, Cnr. Pickering St and South Pine Road, Enoggera

Cost: $200. This amount can be paid in weekly instalments of $40.

RSVP date: 8th July.

This five-morning series offers opportunities to explore and appreciate how grace has been with us through the ups and downs of our lives.  It helps us to respond to the question which can arise in all of our lives at some stage or another: “What’s it been all for?”

Perhaps many of us spent our first few decades trying to mould an image that could we imagined could cope with the ups and downs of life. We may have tried hard, but often it seemed that we could never be good enough, successful enough, holy enough or tough enough.

 

Perhaps we found that life circumstances took us into waters where our former perspectives could no longer hold: perspectives about life, religion, God, parents, family, culture or ourselves could no longer meet the reality of a broken world. Yet somewhere along the line we learned that love couldn’t be earned, that peace of soul couldn’t be bought, and that forgiving life for being imperfect was the only way through.

 

Through it all, the Spirit has been trying to constantly convert us. Can we gain a sense of what God has been up to through our years? Can we come to an appreciation of how grace has been calling forth and moulding something beautiful – within and through the earthen vessels that we are?

 

This series would be valuable not only for individuals reflecting upon their own life’s journey, but also for those in ministry who are accompanying others entering the final years of life.

 

TO REGISTER: Email Patrick on patrickoliver01@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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