Workshop, Presentations

Dreaming the Sacred Life: Entering the Dreamworld

     

How do we live a Sacred Life? The Talmud offers that a dream that goes without interpretation is like a letter that goes unopened. The wisdom literature reveals many stories of listening to dreams as guides. The roots of modern psychology began with the writings of Freud and Jung on using dreams to reveal the unconscious. Yet, for most of us, dreams are negated as the results of yesterday's experience or last night's pizza. Just as none of us would continue speaking if we were ridiculed or ignored, the Dreammaker reveals herself only to those who seek her guidance. Why do we remember and learn from our dreams? Jungian analyst June Singer states most simply and elegantly, "Our dreams are our connection to Mystery and a living experience with the unconscious." These workshops will introduce dream interpretation as described by the writings of Carl Jung, Marie-Louise von Franz, and Eugene Gendlin.

Day One, Morning: The structure of the dreamworld is presented by a review of Jung's basic concepts of the human psyche: the Persona, the Shadow, Ego, Anima/Animus, and the Self. Using these core psychological components, learn to identify the immediate issues that are seeking conscious awareness through the drama of the dream. Practical tools for remembering and working with one's own dreams will be introduced. Dr. Canterbury-Counts will work with participants dream as a model for practice. Interested volunteers should provide him with a one page description of the dream.
Day One, Afternoon: Dr. Canterbury-Counts will work with participants dream as a model for practice. Interested volunteers should provide him with a one page description of the dream.

Day Two, Morning: The process of knowing one is "on the right road" can be filled with doubt or dependency on others. Dr. Eugene Gendlin, with his development of the Focusing technique, has provided an easily learned procedure for active listening to one's inner guide. His teaching on the use of the focusing technique for dream interpretation will be introduced and practiced.
Day Two, Afternoon: Dr. Canterbury-Counts will work with participants dream as a model for practice. Interested volunteers should provide him with a one page description of the dream.

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