Artwork – Pradeep_3’s from “http://alphacoders.com/users/profile/54704“
INTRODUCTION POST ONE
The kind of dreamwork that we do at “Student of the Dream” is probably different than any other dreamwork that you have ever heard of or read about. We don’t interpret dreams and we don’t look at them in isolation from the dreamer. You cannot interpret a person and for us you cannot really interpret a dream. Imagine that you tell someone about your day and instead of really being present with you in that moment, they instead start interpreting everything you did, giving you a bunch of psycho-babble about why you did what you did. I hope that you would tell them (politely of course) to go take a hike. Interpreting a dream has about the same level of meaning.
We are meant to be in relationship to our dreams, not judging or interpreting them. We are meant to learn what it means to be present with these gifts from our sleeping consciousness. This is the first step in learning about this practice – it is a process of learning to be with your dreams in a personal and experiential relationship.
As I write this series, I will periodically give meditations or exercises to do…
Exercise #1 (from my friend and fellow dreamworker Kezia Kamenetz) – Take a dream that you have had and see if you can write it or tell it to someone without interpreting it. Notice the urge to judge the dream as a good dream, a bad dream, a nightmare or one of my favorites “that was such a weird dream”.
As you write or speak the dream, see if you can be with the actual visual and feeling experience of the dream, as much as possible without judgment or using shorthand descriptions. For example, one of the most common dreams is one that people call “cheating dreams” where either the dreamer or the dreamer’s partner is “with” someone else.
Instead of saying “I was cheating”, see if you can just write or tell the actual events of the dream – what actually happened ie “I was with someone and looking deeply into their eyes” and also what you felt ie “I felt loved”. Or “my partner was with someone else and I felt a lot of pain” or anger, or whatever feeling comes up for you.
Notice what it is like to be with whatever dream comes to you, in this way versus what it is like to interpret, label or judge a dream. It is a challenge for most people to do this but if you are able then you may find yourself looking at the same dream with a surprisingly different perspective ie what if what we think is “cheating” is sometimes just about a need or desire that is calling to us. We’ll never know unless we make space to feel what is actually true…