|8 Mondays, March 7 - April 25|
$80/person for an 8-week-series
Sign up here: dreamwork.eventbrite.com/
Most every culture honors and works with dreams, but ours. Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious
and 90% of our mind is unconscious. And, the unconscious always wins (Jung). To know your dreams is to know your motivations, your emotions, your memories, your Self in a way that is impossible by any other means.
Group Dreamwork, as developed by Jeremy Taylor and practiced by Tim Anderson, MDiv, is a fascinating and fun practice that enables you to better remember and understand your dreams, your Self, your world.
Each week we look briefly at a dream from each group member and delve deeply into two dreamers’ dreams. The dreamer hears from other group members what the dream would mean if it were theirs and discuss their dreams in depth. This projective practice enables all of us to self-reveal throughout the process and to never fall into the trap of trying to tell anyone (except ourselves) what a dream means. We also do gestalt dream drama and role play, as time allows.
If you can, attend Jeremy Taylor’s free introduction to Dreamwork on Friday, Feb 25th, followed by his Saturday workshop: local.mynorthwest.com/theevent.php
If you are moved by the process, sign up for an 8-week Dreamwork Group with Tim Anderson, MDiv. If you miss Jeremy Taylor, come 90 min. early on the first evening and we will get you up to speed.
8 sessions, 8 people, $80
Sign up here: dreamwork.eventbrite.com/
Tim Anderson, MDiv, read Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams at age 13. He studied Dreamwork with Stephen Kaplan and Jeremy Taylor and practiced it with violent schizophrenic adolescents at St. George Homes, a Jungian treatment center. He has started and facilitated a number of dream groups, some that have lasted many years.
His dreamwork style was developed by Jeremy Taylor, based on Carl Jung's archetypal psychology. Taylor says: "All dreams come in the service of wholeness and healing. Participants freely project onto each others' dreams, enabling the dreamer to find the meaning the dream is offering, and enabling everyone to understand themselves better."
Rules for Jungian Dream Groups
1. Everyone dreams, every night of their life. Once we join a dream group, we start to remember more and more dreams (usually exactly the number of dreams we need).
2. Dreams don't lie. They are filmed live and in person within us. They reveal objective facts of our subjective (inner) life and give us information about our next step.
3. The dreamer is always in charge of what to believe, how much personal material to share, and when to stop.
4. We respect each dreamer's anonymity and privacy. Confidentiality is required and agreed upon when joining the group.
5. "All dreams speak a universal language and come in the service of health and wholeness," writes Jeremy Taylor. They always have healing opportunities in them and confirm that you are ready for that growth!
6. Dreams are a message from your inner (unconscious) self to your outer (conscious) self. When your head gets the message that your heart already knows, you will feel it intuitively, emotionally and physically: Believe that evidence. The dream wants you to believe you.
7. When dreams are approached with curiosity, they come to life, remind us of things, and reveal riddles, insights and humor. They can adjust our point of view, predict the future, link people in the group together, comment on the discussion itself, and bring our deepest truths into everyday life. You'll be surprised by what happens in the dream group over the course of 8 weeks!
8. Explanatory Dreamwork is when someone else tells you what your dream means. In Exploratory Dreamwork each person is the final expert on the meaning of his or her own dream.
9. "If this were my dream , it would mean / it would be about..." is how we discuss and interpret someone else's dream. This keeps us from getting defensive or telling the dreamer what their dream is about, and ir guides us through a process of self-revelation.
10. Universal symbols can speak to everyone who hears them, often in completely personal ways. The universal and the personal meet in dreamwork. One person's dream is everybody's dream. Any dream we work on can give you insight.
11. Dreams are always on time. They will synchronize with everyone in the group, with other dreams discussed at the same time, and with events that have not yet happened. Emerson said, "Every man is a doorway through which the Infinite passes into the finite." Dreams are the Doorknob.
12. There are no trivial dreams. We have repeatedly seen one tiny dream fragment, deeply understood, change an entire life direction or self-definition.
13. Dreams always bring information you do not already know. They come from our unconscious, so others can often see implications hidden from us. Whether you're the dreamer or not, you will learn something you don't already know. Dreams invite community.
14. Dreams are like diamonds; from every different point of view they reveal a new facet of light. Symbols have many meanings that are simultaneously true. Every symbol has a light and a dark meaning; an inner and an outer meaning; a physical, a spiritual, an emotional, a mental, a cultural, and an archetypal meaning, etc. It's not that A or B is true, it's that A and B are true, and C... Group dreamwork provides a valuable diversity of viewpoints.
15. Dreams store meaning and energy. They are stories that link our conscious mind to the unconscious, to mystery, intuition, and deep knowing. As Muriel Rukeyser put it: "The world is not made of molecules, the world is made of stories."
16. We work with 1-2 dreams in depth and briefly discuss every member's dream at each meeting. Many dreams don't open before 30+ minutes of effort; afterwards, they may become unclear again. Sometimes you must un-peel the oniony complexity all over, while other symbols will never be forgotten.
All the things one has forgotten
scream for help in dreams.
~ Elias Canetti