How it Works
The facilitator will ask the dreamer questions, but not give an absolute interpretation of the dream, or dreams, in return. It is up to the dreamer to interpret what feels true to them based on the dialogue that occurs with themselves, or with a facilitator.
The stories in dreams, even if unfamiliar, can sometimes be very powerful. They may not seem like it on the surface when first telling a dream. I often say there is one hunderd meanings to a dream. This is mainly to encourage people to keep an open mind. One may know one or five meanings to a dream almost right away. Or they may not even think of any. Sometimes people areunaware of the feelings in dreams. Often it seems, when opening up to the feelings of dreams, it seems like you tap into a memory from your life that often includes a feeling that perhaps needs to be acknowledged, or felt, at this current time in your life. Often people don't know why these memories open up. But they often report afterwards it felt like a "blockage" was opened in them. Often though it seems, there is no clear familiarity with the content and feelings of dreams. It can be very disorienting. Sometimes there seems no connection to one's life thus far. Some people suggest it may be linked to:
- A collective unconscious memory... if such a thing exists
- A memory connected to genetics or family lineage... if such a thing exists
- A past life memory... if such a thing exists
Of course, I have no idea which, if any, of these is true. Maybe none. But sometimes the primal nature of the reactions that occur in people seems far beyond the experiences of this lifetime. I personally have said so many times "I know I had a difficult childhood, but this dream is intense beyond anything I've experienced..."
Doing dreamwork, in my view, is for somebody who is either curious, or a seeker, or simply wants "more" from their life. Someone who wants to thrive. It's also for people who don't particularly want to seek advice or insights from the other more regular routes. Or perhaps they have tried more mainstream routes of self-discovery or therapy and the results are not what they've desired.