Here's how to start gathering and working with your dream material:
First you need to remember your dreams:
The best way to do this is to keep a means of recording your dreams right next to your bed, so that you can capture them straight away. When you wake up, aware of a dream Â? remain still in the same position, with your eyes closed. Mentally run through and remind yourself of the dream action you have just experienced. Now record brief notes and key words Â? these will remind you of the rest of the dream later.
If you woke in the night, you can go back to sleep at this point Â? your notes will bring back the dream action later.
Keeping a Dream Journal will encourage you to remember more dreams and more details of your dreams.
Dream interpretation pointers:
1) look for the literal / surface interpretations
2) look for symbolic references and metaphors
3) creatively free-associate links to your life
4) take the perspective of characters and elements in your dream and free-associate on the meaning of the dream from their perspective (Gestalt approach)
Recall the dream in a relaxed state, eliciting all the sensory information Â? what you saw, heard, felt, smelt, tasted.
Ask open questions Â? who, what, when, where, how to gain information and to ask the person to explore different perspectives, eg. different characters/objects in the dream, different courses of action, different endings.
About the author:Susanna Bellini runs Dreamwork and Dreamweaving seminars in York, UK.
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