Creative Dream Group
Feeling Disconnected and Depressed? Lacking a Sense of Purpose in Your Life?
Here's a Powerful Way to Get Back in Touch with Your Resourceful Self!
Some people are so active and outer-focused that they lose touch with their inner resources and feel that they are existing more that thriving. They may feel depleted, lacking the joy they once had. Maybe they feel they have no purpose or that they have lost a part of themselves.
They can ignore these signs and symptoms, but that inner voice won't be hushed indefinitely. It will generally exact a price, possibly through feelings of anxiety, low self-esteem, alienation, depression, or neediness. Feelings and symptoms are a wake-up call. They say, "Pay attention to what you need. Listen to your feelings. Reconnect with your internal guidance system."
If this sounds like you and if you're currently out of touch, there are ways to reconnect with yourself. One very powerful and effective way is to pay attention to your dreams.
You may not remember your dreams.
Dreams are a powerful builder of confidence, authentic spirituality, and abundant living.
Before Christianity, dreams were considered an important source of healing on many levels. In ancient Greece, if someone was sick they went to the temple and were prepared to have a healing dream. Afterwards, the priest-healer would give them the prescription -whatever the dream showed would heal them.
The early pioneers of modern psychology used dreams as a way of uncovering the roots of a person's emotional and mental problems. In fact, it was Freud who said, "Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious."
Many other 20th century dream theorists and researchers believed that dreams provide opportunities for intrapersonal and interpersonal growth and healing.
When we work on our dreams and connect to our center,
Some of the contributions dreams make to our well being are:
Ursula knew that it was important for her to address anything that would come up in her internship. Her supervisor suggested that Ursula join a creative dream group as a way of staying in touch with herself and as an approach to working with clients.
Creative Dream Work is a process which includes meditating, creating art, sharing, and doing a Gestalt working on a dream. Each time when the dream group met, they would all do a brief meditation to form an image of one of their dreams. Then they would make a piece of art on their image. If they wanted feedback, other group members would give impressions of their art. Finally, if someone wanted to go deeper, they could do a Gestalt working on their dream with the group leader.
Ursula initially became excited when she recognized that her dream presented information she needed to resolve a problem.
One day Ursula took her art home and taped it to her bedroom wall.
People often try to find ways to delve into their dreams.
Universal meanings can be helpful by triggering personal meanings, if someone doesn't have a personal meaning for a symbol. But, if a person is unfamiliar with dreams, they can also be thrown off course, thinking that a single common meaning adequately explains their personal dream image.
What is most important is that a dream image is heard and understood personally and experientially.
Creative dream work is experiential and provides an avenue understanding and relating your dream to your personal life.
You may be wondering if you can afford dream work.
The creative dream work group I offer is on a sliding scale so that when there more people in the group, it costs each person less. The maximum enrollment in any dream group will be five participants. The time is increased as the group numbers increase. This way there will be enough time for someone to do a piece of individual work.
For those interested in pursuing dream work as a personal practice in their lives,
Here's what Ursula did to support her ongoing exploration of dreams:
She wanted to stay tuned in to her dreams, so Ursula decided to experiment a bit. She began to do "dream incubation" at night and would ask for an answer to a specific question. Then she would reflect on how the dream answered her question.
She recorded a vocabulary of reoccurring images which helped her understand her own dream language. When she was stumped by an image, she would look in one of her good dream dictionaries for universal meanings, and assess their relevancy to her particular dream.
She also began to do active imagination (the process of re-imagining a dream for new understandings) and write dialogs with figures in her dreams.
Ursula increasingly felt that she was developing a relationship with an
intelligent and powerful ally.
What's your next step?
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Above all I wish you the best in creating a wonderful relationship with your dreams!
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