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Transformational Dreamwork

Posted by Susannah Benson on Nov 15, 2015

Almost a year has passed since our November 2014 conference on Dream Alchemy, and as we complete a busy 2015 year of workshops and presentations we are currently preparing for our February 12-14th  conference with Dr Michael Conforti on Dreams and the Eclipse of the Creative Psyche.

The focus of our year’s work has been on the theme of change—inner and outer,  and how dreams assist us to navigate life cycles and transitions. I have presented on this topic in Sydney and recently in October for the Brisbane Jung Society.

How we meet change—whether bidden or not—is often a key marker of our underlying resilience and sense of hopefulness. At critical points of personal life-changes, and in times of cultural shifts and turbulence, we find that dreams frequently come to the fore, revealing insights and animating the experience of the change at hand.

Current dream research points to how change comes as dreams weave new information into established memory pathways. Dreams make new connections and provide new/novel insights that can help in problem-solving and integrating experience. Dreams can help support emotional processing and contribute to increased creativity and insight—personally and collectively.
Our engagement with dreams necessarily takes us into deep terrains and invites a certain kind of consciousness—a quietening and dimming of our habitual knowing and ways of seeing to one of a ‘soft-gaze’ and the ability to ‘sit with’ and to be both witness and witnessed.

Transformation is integral to nature’s ways and dreams are a powerful window on natural transformation processes. In our September workshop on Dreams, Archetypes and Transformation, we considered how change and transformation are key archetypal patterns. We reflected on how these archetypal patterns have been lived in myths, stories and dreams and considered their personal relevance and impact on social/cultural life.
Our engagement with dreams and archetypal patterns has been enriched and deepened through our partnering with the Assisi Institute to offer an online 9-month dreamwork course on DreamPatterning.  The upcoming conference with Dr Michael Conforti is an opportunity for practitioners and anyone interested in developing their own dream insights to engage with a leader in the field of dream, archetype and symbol.Dr Conforti's work has drawn praise and been influential in diverse fields such as writing, dance, theatre and science. We will see how a receptivity to the dream message allows for an opening not only to Psyche and Self but to the creative life, revealing generative possibilities for life-forward action and growth.

Wishing to all a very good end of year and for all the possibilities of a creative and generative 2016.

This blog was posted in Dreams and tagged in archetypes, Conference, dream, dreams, February, research, symbols, transformation

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