I am both an individual dreamworker and a part of a larger community of dreamworkers. I work with dreams with individuals and I work in group settings acting as facilitator. I also currently practice as a medical doctor doing anesthesia and emergency medicine and I have a small pain clinic affiliated with a physiotherapist. I am affiliated with a larger international dreamwork community that unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) do not fit under one umbrella or training institution. See the practitioners section of this page for similar affiliated and like-minded individuals such as Sue Scavo and Bill St. Cry. The Natural Dreamwork affiliation has been beneficial in bringing together a group under a common title and goal, but it is not very broad reaching at this point of this writing. It is my belief the style of work I do (and we do) is not out of keeping with principles of institutional training for psychology and psychiatry and would indeed augment these programs. I endeavor to adhere to both ethical and scientific principles as I my dreamwork practice unfolds.
Dreams are about truth. "The truth is inconvenient, and when it comes, one must adjust everything to fit the truth, and not vice versa." - Words that came in a dream, the night after I personally held back the truth from a trusted person. Dreams changed my life in a profound way. And they continue to. I'm watching them change the lives of people around me. I practice as a medical doctor, and I have seen some things that change peoples’ lives quickly: surgery, insulin, adrenalin for example. These have rapid external effect. I have also found, that with a motivated person, a dream can also have a remarkably rapid internal effect for that person. This can occur just by holding space and helping hold the mirror for that person while asking simple dream questions.
Dreams can give new perspectives and open up new possibilities, insights and truths for the dreamer. I feel compelled to talk about this both as individual and as a practicing medical doctor who desires to have the best outcomes possible for people on both external and internal levels
What brought me here and why?
It is my experience that living with hope, self worth, and inner peace, is a more fulfilling way to live personally, and in community. I have seen no modality as effective in achieving these goals, as I have with working with ones dreams. These are just a few of the benefits that I have both seen and felt. I'm certain there are many ways of achieving such goals. And that's great. I have personally tried many other ways and paths. But they didn't work as quickly or effectively for me. As a medical doctor, I have tried many treatment modalities with clients and patients. Working with dreams I have found is one of the strongest adjuncts to the care plan. Dreams will open up truths for that individual in a way that's highly specific for them. Sometimes by showing them what's not true for them, or what's no longer true for them, and hence offer new narratives for their life. They tend to show people how they are "in their own way". Dreams open up feelings. They help open up what seems dark, and what seems light. And if a person is willing, the light they will find will change their being. Their outlook. Their life. And that's powerful. That's why I love working with dreams.
I will mention personal anecdotes and dreams on this website to illustrate what I am attempting to communicate. The purpose is not to tell my life story, but the examples I give I hope will give context and be helpful. I personally found “dreamwork” (defined below) in 2012 while looking for something that would make my life more fulfilling and help my marriage. I worked with my own dreams with a facilitator personally for 6 months and felt so much possibility for change open up for me, that decided I needed to learn how to do this for others as well. So I did. I have been doing dreamwork as a facilitator since early 2013. I love seeing the effects this exploration has on others and hearing their stories of how their outer lives change as a result of following the lessons they learn from their dreams. I personally find the Buddhist tradition has the most accessible language for what often happens to people: they often find bits of inner peace and joy scattered throughout the wars that are often going on within them. Even amongst sorrow and grief, and that gives them hope. They often seek more insights from dreams, and then they find more. Their lives become more rich. That's my story too. For those that don’t feel at war, (many feel like they are at an “inner war” in a way that's beyond words) dreams often open up new possibilities in their lives in ways they hadn't considered. It's rewarding for the dreamer. It’s rewarding as a practitioner since it fills my cup, it makes me feel alive, it has made me a better person. It has shown me that even though things can be uncomfortable parts of life that can feel dark, there's still uplifing parts that can feel more light. I can relate to what many spiritual traditions say about this. I still visit outer places of worship because I'm curious what "fills other people's cup" and I believe community connection is invaluable. I have prior been judgemental about what other people are up to and why. My dreams showed me my own judging nature. It's not for me to know what's right for another person. I have found each individuals' dreams guide them in a way that's highly specific for them.
I actually used to regularly think I was "fixing" people. Even worse, I thought I was "saving" people. Then my own dreams showed me how aggressive and irritating this can be. (Click here for dream). The world is filled with people thinking they know what's best for another person. And they actually might. But on some level the person has to figure it out themselves. They have to do the seeking and finding themselves. This has been a real edge for me as I currently have a day job as a medical doctor. And in this job I do try to fix things.
I have found that even if I do nothing other than be a supportive ear, the courage the person has to come to me and "release" the dream to me may be enough to change the way they feel. Maybe even change the way they relate to the world. Sometimes I will point out that there was an option or hope in the dream that they hadn't seen before. But just the very act of sharing can be rewarding.
To bring dreamwork to a braoder range of individuals so the benefits can be realized. To do this with no agenda to fix or save anybody, but rather to empower them to harness and maximize their own inner capacity to heal and change their lives in a way that serves them, their families, and their communities. To speak, whenever possible, in a language consistent with scientific methods and principles, while ultimately striving to continue research by producing evidence for claims over the long term.
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