Dreamwork Group in Loughton, Essex & South Woodford, London.
‘The dream is a little hidden door in the innermost and most secret recesses of the soul. ‘ ~ Jung 1933
As a therapist with a passion for Jungian psychotherapy, dream work is important to me, not only as a therapist but also as an individual who strives to understand more about herself.
Dreams are a link to the psyche, which remains largely unconscious. Through dream analysis a person can connect with a hidden part of their self. Dream work can help a person solve the problems of living and help them to live a more fulfilled life.
Some people claim that they never dream or never remember their dreams but with a little practice and an invitation for the dreams to enter into awareness a person will soon be remembering their dreams with some clarity. So, open your mind and invite your dreams to come to you, what have you got to lose?
In order to start remembering your dreams you are going to need a dream journal (or a simple notebook will do) and a pen. These items should be kept in arms reach, next to your bed or even under your pillow. If you wake up in the night and have fragments of your dream fresh in your mind, you need to start making notes as soon as possible before you start forgetting. If your dream journal or pen is too far away it will be easier to fall back to sleep rather than get up in the dark and start searching for that elusive pen with legs (yes, we all have them).
A good way to remember your dream is to keep going over the dream in your mind whilst you are still in a half-waking state. This keeps the dream fresh in your mind whilst you are waking up and still searching for your pen. The next stage is to write the dream down, make notes, draw pictures, whatever is needed to paint a picture of your dreams. You need to recall as much description of your dream as you can, who was in it, what you did, what you felt, what you heard, what you smelt etc. What colours did you notice? What shapes did you see? What noises did you hear? Were you looking in at the dream as if watching your dream on a television screen or were you inside yourself looking out? As you write down your dream, also write down any thoughts you have, any connections you are seeing, how you feel about aspects of the dream.
When a dream stirs feelings within me I will often type the dream up, as it is easier to work on a dream when you can add some text and highlight bits. I then start looking for links, themes, ideas.. Dreams are personal and each symbol may represent different things to different dreamers. So for example, a spider’s web may symbolise a feeling of being caught up in something for me but for someone with arachnophobia, it could represent fear.
A therapist may help the dreamer to make connections and may offer ideas in the respects that they could say ‘If this had been my dream I would have seen the broken phone as a failure to be able to communicate” this allows the dreamer to see if anything resonates with him or her without offering an interpretation of the dreamer’s dream which is highly personal. Another person can never tell you what your dream means, they can only suggest what it would have meant for them.
I work from the premise that each aspect of the dream represents a part of me. Dreaming about a child may represent the child in me. Dreaming about a ladder may represent how I climb the career ladder. Dreaming about a parent may represent how I parent myself. Each part of the dream is a part of me.
When dreams stay with me, niggling me and leave me feeling unresolved I have found it useful to create collages out of the dreams. I will find images in magazines or print them off the Internet and create a visual representation of the dream. This often helps me to see meanings that had previously eluded me.
For information on upcoming workshops and dreamwork groups in Loughton or South Woodford please contact me.