“The dream is a little hidden door in the innermost, and most secret recesses of the soul, opening into that cosmic night which was psyche long before there was any ego-consciousness, and which will remain psyche no matter how far our ego-consciousness extends.” — Carl G. Jung
Scientific research demonstrates that everyone dreams, even the people who do not remember their dreams as they awake. Most of us do not know what to do with the images, feelings, stories and landscapes we bring back from dreamland. This leads us to have a tendency to search dream dictionaries, which will impose someone else’s meaning on our dreams, or discard them altogether under the banner, “that was just a silly, stupid or scary dream… just forget about it all… let’s get coffee and start the day!”. I offer you a different way to look at, and experience the deeper meaning of your dreams. When properly attended to, dreams can become the good friends, and sometimes the advisors they have the potential to be. Dreams can help us look at our blind spots, as well as the signposts along our journey and challenges.
There are many different ways to make sense and interpret dreams. I favor, and offer you a creative, empowering approach to dream-work. An approach that allows you to directly engage with your dream figures, whatever they may be, and get to know them deeply; so that their meaning becomes clear to you. A blue tree with pink leaves, an animal that wants to hurt you, a sexy man or woman who seduces and makes love to you, a scary thug in the car next to you at a red light, an angel or a god who is pointing you in a specific direction, etc. All important aspects of dreams, when given voice and proper attention, will reveal a different perspective to help you better understand your current challenges. This interactive and embodied approach to dream-work is especially useful when accessing highly charged, disturbing, and recurrent dreams.
Many times during deep psychological work, and often prior to beginning psychotherapy, the unconscious—or what I like to call the Dream-Maker—will provide very rich dream images. Whether these dreams wake us up in the middle of the night, or leave us feeling enchanted and uplifted as we awake, they can often be used as a compass pointing in the direction of the psychological work asked of the unconscious.
Recurrent dreams, dreams that have a common theme, or a common thread, are often the insistence of the Dream-Maker that we take notice of these disowned parts of ourself, or to the contrary, that we untangle ourselves from the parts of our personality that have taken over who we really are at our core. Whatever the case may be, working with dreams is a powerful way to honor the wisdom of the psyche as a whole; and the evolution of the Self within that psyche. Mindful dream-work allows for a deeper, richer and a more soulful internal life!