DREAMWORK

 

Our dreams combine verbal, visual and emotional stimulation into a sometimes broken, nonsensical but often captivating stories. There is evidence that dreams are places in which we often problem solve, gain self-awareness, process various parts of life and/or improve our overall well-being. Dreamwork is a wonderful place to explore the subconscious mind and bring to the conscious what might need to be known or understood.  It’s a joy to see the faces of my clients who connect the meaning of their dreams to their life and understand the reason or process behind them.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A SESSION

During a dreamwork session, while you are sharing your dream, I will ask some questions to gather as much information as possible. I also inquire on how it made you feel, how you feel now and if there is anything important you feel was really connective for you in the dream. We will explore together the feeling, inspiration, symbolism and the hidden or not so hidden meaning or messages of your dream.

WHY I DO DREAMWORK

 

Dreams have always been a very important part of my life and I have been a vivid dreamer since I could remember. Unfortunately, most of my earliest remembered dreams were scary, nightmarish and would stay with me hours after I woke. After seeing a wonderful Psychotherapist to deal with a loss in my life, I had mentioned some of the nightmares I had struggled with in relation to this loss. Once questioned, I had explained that this was an ongoing issue no matter if a loss is present or my life was calm. I was still plagued with them. He seemed to really enjoy talking about dreams and asked me to consider looking at my dream differently when they would occur. He handed me some literature and tried to reassure me that maybe the nightmares were messages and sooner or later they would calm down over time as I learned to understand them. This was 25 years ago and not only has it proved to be a wonderful asset in healing, but I have also used this skill to help others work through their personal dream worlds.

 

Dreams are Magical…….

There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other. - Desiderius Erasmus

LUCID DREAMS + 6 OTHERS

 

Early references to the phenomenon are found in ancient Greek writing. For example, the philosopher Aristotle wrote: ‘often when one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which declares that what then presents itself is but a dream’.

 

lucid dream is a dream during which one is aware that one is dreaming. During a lucid dream, one may gain some amount of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment. The term ‘lucid dream’ was coined by Dutch author and psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden in his 1913 article A Study of Dreamsthough descriptions of dreamers being aware that they are dreaming predates the actual term. Frederik Van Eeden studied his personal dreams since 1896. He wrote down the most interesting ones, and, out of all these dreams, 352 were what we know now as “lucid dreams”. Throughout all the data he collected from dreaming, he created different names for different types of dreams. He named 7 different types of dreams: initial dreams, pathological, ordinary dreaming, vivid dreaming, demoniacal, general dream-sensations, and lucid dreaming. Frederick Van Eeden said the seventh type of dreaming, lucid dreaming, was the most interesting and worthy of the most careful observation of study. Eeden studied lucid dreaming between January 20, 1898, and December 26, 1912. In this state of dreaming Eeden explains that you are completely aware of your surroundings and are able to direct your actions freely, yet the sleep is stimulating and uninterrupted.

WHY WE DREAM

 

Dreams are the stories the brain tells during sleep—they’re a collection of clips, images, feelings, and memories that involuntarily occur during the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of slumber. Humans typically have multiple dreams per night that grow longer as sleep draws to a close. It’s hypothesized that everyone dreams, but a small subsection of the population reports that they never remember experiencing dreams.

 

Dreams typically involve elements from waking lives—like known people or familiar locations—but they often take on a fantastical feel. While dreams are frequently interesting and can allow people to act out certain scenarios that would never be possible in real life, they aren’t always positive—negative dreams, referred to as “nightmares,” can create feelings of terror, anxiety, or utter despair, and can lead to psychological distress or sleep problems like insomnia. – Psychology Today