Join Ken Kaplan as he delves into the secrets of dreams. Learn about the four arcs and stages of the dream, techniques of examining dreams such as the “gestalt” and “dream interview” techniques, and much more.
THE PURPOSE OF DREAMS IS TO REVEAL COMPLETELY YOUR INNER LIFE AND TO SUPPORT THE HEALING INTEGRATION OF THE SELF. DREAMS NEVER LIE- YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU.
1)Almost ALL dreams have a “trigger” or relationship to either an actual event or predominant mood or set of feelings in current waking life. For effectiveness one must find that relationship to fully “uncover” the dream’s meaning. THE FOUR ARCS OF THE DREAM
2)Dream symbols are completely unique to the individual and even to time, place and event in that person’s life. Although general archetypes can be helpful in a limited way, approach dream dictionaries with caution.
3)Treat all aspects of the dream as you, except for certain circumstances. Even small details/symbols can yield extremely valuable information.
4)Use a “gestalt” technique to probe your dream by using the above assumption. “Become” the various parts of the dream and give them voice. Talk to them to elicit what “they” (you) think, feel, and believe about the person or situation. Use a journal or separate chairs to create a dialogue.
5)Use or synthesize the “dream interview technique” (see accompanying page) to further enhance your understanding of the dream and its parts. http://yoursleepinggenius.com/programs/how-to-conduct-a-dream-interview
6)The Four Stages of the Dream- (their primary structure) ’”Setting, Problem (Issue), Development, Resolution and Message.”
7) The dream changes as the waking life changes. Dreams in the first 3 arcs can only comment on what is in waking life.
8)Welcome nightmares. Nightmares express strengths that have been “dispossessed” or “blocked out”. They appear in shadow form as attacking or assaulting because they powerfully seek reintegration. Negative recurring dreams are the strongest example of that forcefulness.
9) Be wary of taking dreams literally. Approach dreams with the intent that meaning lies in several layers and that the conscious mind’s interpretation is usually false or limited. Look for puns, play on words, humor. The dreaming mind is inventive, creative, and playful.