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00 - Welcome to Engaging with Dreams!
« on: January 31, 2010, 04:27:11 PM »
Welcome to the Engaging with Dreams workshop!

As the title suggests, we'll be looking at ways of getting more out of dreams especially through recognising where our own ways of thinking and being can be used to special effect.  The workshop involves sharing material from two dreams (one each week) and discovering how our own resources, other people's resources and published resources may be of interest to us.

I hope to show that dreamwork is not a dull, pretentious discipline limited to those with fixations about mothers, sex and tenuous symbolism.  It is about how we can use our own resources - essentially our selves and our own experiences - to the mysterious unconscious world of dreams.

Dreams are generally considered to be the products of unconscious processes, by which we mean thoughts and feelings that occur outside of our conscious control.  This has led some to conclude that we need to understand the language of our unconscious mind through the symbolism of dreams.  Yet most have found that dream dictionaries constructed using these ideas to be highly speculative and probably flawed.  Are there other ways of getting access to the dreamer's unconscious?  I believe there is.  But it is not straightforward, and for many of us we perhaps only get a sense of what's going on no matter how hard we try and find meaning.  It is that 'sense' that Engaging with Dreams is about.

Through looking at our own dreams and the dreams of others, we'll share our observations, our emotional responses, our gut reactions and indeed anything that arises for us.  In doing so we'll find our more about how we personally understand unconscious processes and how these are revealed in dreams.  Dream work of any type is a highly inexact science so what each of us will take from the workshop will be different and personal, perhaps shaped by the kinds of people we have each grown up to be.

Engaging with Dreams runs from 1 to 15 February, in seven simple stages (which I will post each Monday, Wednesday and Friday).  No previous experience required.  The more the merrier!

If anyone is feeling particularly impatient or competitive, then by all means start a thread which will be your miniDJ/workbook for the next two weeks.  e.g, "Burned up's mini DJ".  More information to follow tomorrow.

Sweet dreams.
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Re: 00 - Welcome to Engaging with Dreams!
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2010, 05:23:18 PM »
One thing which is nto immediately clear to me. Is the purpose of the mini DJ to house dreams of particular interest, or ALL dreams over the course of two weeks.

Stated differently, you mentioned digging into one dream per week. How would that work exactly? Who picks that dream, etc ...

Thanks!
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Re: 00 - Welcome to Engaging with Dreams!
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2010, 12:15:10 AM »
Dreams are generally considered to be the products of unconscious processes, by which we mean thoughts and feelings that occur outside of our conscious control.  This has led some to conclude that we need to understand the language of our unconscious mind through the symbolism of dreams.
:paranoid:  Is this the place to discuss things yet?

If anyone is feeling particularly impatient or competitive, then by all means start a thread which will be your miniDJ/workbook for the next two weeks.  e.g, "Burned up's mini DJ".  More information to follow tomorrow.
One thing which is nto immediately clear to me. Is the purpose of the mini DJ to house dreams of particular interest, or ALL dreams over the course of two weeks.
Yes--please clarify.  I will withhold starting a mini DJ until then.

This sounds like it will be fascinating Bu.  :goodjob:

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Re: 00 - Welcome to Engaging with Dreams!
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2010, 08:56:00 AM »
OK, to clarify, the mini-DJ will probably only ever contain two dreams.  One from this week and one from next.  (In session 4 I think).

So this week, by Wednesday, just place one new dream into it.  More than one dram and my part 2 might get confusing!

As it's also a workbook, your list of current beliefs and disbeliefs (from my 01 post) will go in there too.

Hope this helps rather than :hrm:

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Re: 00 - Welcome to Engaging with Dreams!
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Re: 00 - Welcome to Engaging with Dreams!
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2010, 12:38:30 PM »
More than one dram and my part 2 might get confusing!

Of course I mean dream.  But the first sentence is also correct!
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