Dreaming

22 Sep

Dream Epistemology

How Do We Know What We Know? The Johari Window breaks knowledge down into four categories:   “Known to Self” “Not Known to Self” “Known to Others” “Not Known to Others”   When you put these four together in a grid their intersections create four different types of knowledge: Developed in 1955 by Luft and Ingham, the Johari Window has usually been used to help people better understand their interpersonal communication and relationships in self-help groups and corporate settings.  What if we were to apply it to understanding how...

22 Sep

Why did I have that monster in my dream?

What does it mean to say, “To the extent that others represent parts of yourself, to abuse or manipulate someone else is to do damage to the part of yourself that they represent”? Do others represent parts of yourself? Yes, based on at least three lines of reasoning. The first is an inference you can make from your own dreams and the other two you can find from thinking about your everyday experience. In a dream, if you are chased by a...

21 Sep

When Is a Nightmare a Good Thing?

No one likes getting scared, whether during waking life or during a nightmare.  The problem is made even worse when we get scared for nothing – the “snake” is seen to only be a rope, we had the time right after all and we’re not late, or everyone finds our speech or performance was great.  We tell ourselves, “Why did I get so scared when the problem was only in my imagination?” Such self-deception directly threatens the image we want to...

21 Sep

How You Are Killing Yourself In Your Dreams – And How to Stop

Stress is recognized as the number one proxy killer disease today. The American Medical Association has noted that stress is the basic cause of more than 60{be93f16b5d2e768a85ea81ebc8356f268811d3908838ae6233aa33d012b25ec9} of all human illness and disease. These include chronic fatigue, headaches, dizziness, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, irritability, anger, and panic disorders, decreased energy level, mood, and appetite, grinding teeth and tension in your jaw, insomnia, immune system dysfunction, asthma, ulcers, depression, nervousness, increased heart rate, strokes, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes (both type 1 & 2),...

21 Sep

How Do Dream Characters Come to Be?

How Do Emerging Potentials Come to Be?The Perspective of Chaos Theory From Transformational Dreamwork Think of how phenomena come trooping out of the Desert of Non-existence into this materiality. Morning and night, they arrive in a long line and take over from each other, “It’s my turn now.  Get out! Rumi How can a Clearly Prepersonal and Irrational Process Produce Transpersonal Results?On the surface of things, there is nothing rational, much less transpersonal, about interviewing dream characters like a monster or angel and the personifications of waking life issues, such as...

21 Sep

Sources of Resistance to Dreamwork

If we were to take the point of view of space aliens, we might find it strange that a species would spend so much energy watching and learning about celebrities that they hardly know and so little on the seemingly inexplicable creativity that erupts from within themselves every night. Why isn’t everybody doing dreamwork?  Reasons range from derision of those who waste their time in such irrelevancies, to having done a lot of dreamwork oneself and being quite confident that...

21 Sep

Debunking Misunderstandings About Dreaming

I Can Interpret My DreamsYes, you can, and you will most likely be embarrassingly wrong. This is because “you” did not create your dream.  Until you listen to the parts of yourself that did, you will probably be mostly projecting your own meanings and biases onto your dreams and pronouncing those to be what they mean.  You can easily test this approach.  Simply take a dream of your choice and come up with your best interpretation.  Write it down.  Then...

21 Sep

Four Aspects of the Study of Dreams

From Transformational Dreamwork Joseph Dillard What are four basic approaches to understanding dreams and how can we use them to work with our own dreams more effectively? A. Narrative Analysis – Understanding the mind as revealed through dream interpretation. Since Joseph interpreted the dreams of Pharaoh, it has been assumed that waking awareness can accurately analyze and interpret dream narratives. In the final analysis, it is our waking identity that must determine both the meaning and what actions to take based on what we...