Experience the power of your dream world
Are you curious about your dream world and what it may tell about yourself?
Dreams exist in a spatially unbounded universe where we are allowed to do the impossible …
In order to grasp the meaning of dreams we need to move away from our answer addicted and determinist culture. Any fixed interpretations will deprive us from the rich diversity of cross cultural and historical perspectives. Our inner world of images, symbols and narratives can greatly vary depending on our cultural heritage, family history and our connections to symbolic imageries that may come from very ancient unconscious memories. Applying a fixed recipe to interpret dreams is an incorrect way of unveiling the deep and multi faceted meanings that lay in our dreams.
Exploring our dreams without a preconceived idea, even looking for what does not want to be seen, is how we can uncover their most nourishing and meaningful layers. Dreams are the expression of our unbounded imagination. We need to collaborate with our imagination, with the mystery and the yet unknown and infinite dimensions of life itself, to find the golden gifts that lay in our dream world.
Over the years working with my own dream world has dramatically extended my perceptions of the multilayered, interconnected and subjective qualities of self and reality. Dreams have also become a deep well of artistic inspiration and creative aliveness.
In this workshop I combine a Jungian approach to symbols, archetypes and collective unconscious, with powerful Gestalt tools to constellate dreams and unveil significant layers. Using meditation, creative writing, painting, shamanic journeying, theater, oracles and mandalas, this workshop offers a rich palette of exploration, expression and integration in the very language of our dream world: metaphorical, visual and sensorial. We embark on a journey into the deep waters of our personal and collective unconscious where dreamers can experience the multi layered richness of their own dream world as well as the infinite play of mirrors and interconnectedness at work with other participants’ dream world.
Some background about the importance of dream …
Scientific research has proved that dreaming is essential for our mental health. It has a central role in the regulation of our nervous system and the development and regeneration of our brain. If we are deprived of our dreamtime we quickly develop neurotic behaviors. Dreams also play a central role in the fixing of memories and therefor in the learning process.
Everyone dreams even if some of us do not remember, average adults dream 30% of sleep time. A scientific study has showed that young babies dream 80% of their sleep time while their brain and nervous system is developing. During that time the mother also dreams 80% of her sleep time. She is accompanying her child in the development of brain and nervous system. This helps us to understand the state of symbiosis that seams to exist between a mother’s unconscious and her child during pregnancy and early life. Also we could extrapolate that it might be when and how we receive our ancestral unconscious symbolic inheritance. Our symbolic dream language is deeply nourished and shaped by our cultural-familial inheritance and psychological history.
Every day and every second of our awaken life our unconscious brain records thousands of data through our senses. This information is being processed and stored during sleep and particularly dreamtime. Because the process of individuation and socialization obliges us to control from a very young age our impulses for efficient functioning in society, we become rather disconnected from our inner world and its messages. Dreams have an elliptic way of telling us about aspects of our inner life that we might not be aware of while busy running our outer life. Dreams often points out to unconscious inner tensions, repressed or unconcluded themes, impulses, anxieties, emotions, memories, needs, that we haven’t been able to address in our conscious day to day life.
When we are able to bring the information that lays in our dreams to consciousness and integrate its meaning we experience a sense of wholeness where psyche and body are one. We receive an insight, a clear moment of understanding through our body and mind, when the totality of ourselves is being strengthened and nourish. Our perception of self and reality in our awaken life becomes more complete and broad.
Some tips to start exploring your dreams:
- KEEP A DREAM JOURNAL!
- Play with
- Give life to
- Sustain the mystery
- Allow to evolve
- Paint dance mime sing sculpt
A great book to guide you into dream exploration:
The Art of Dreaming: Tools for Creative Dream Work by Jill Mellick