How many of us have dreamed one of the following night stories; being chased by a predator animal, an encounter with a criminal, the ability to fly, a loss of teeth, exploration of rooms in a house? Dreams can evoke both curiosity and trepidation!
Carl Jung directs us to see all dreams as a potential vehicle of awakening. Thus, it is good to take our dreams seriously by recording them in a dream journal and by pondering them throughout the day. In “holding” our dreams in conscious awareness, we discover that our dreams reveal both our inner world and give clues about our relationship to the outer world. Through our dream stories, which present us with archetypal images, startling scenarios, puns and wordplays, our psychic material is creatively brought to our waking consciousness so that we can assimilate this material that is hidden from our awareness. Working with our dreams brings forth both wholeness, authenticity and undiscovered treasure.
Because we tend to literalize our dreams by trying to figure them out according to our logical perspective, we often miss the true objective of a dream. This is because a dream engages the metaphorical area of our brain for the purpose of bypassing our logic to expand our perspective. For this reason, it is advisable to foster the life flow of dreams with a trusted companion and/or a dream honoring community. By tending dreams with dream workers and dream circle communities we discover the relevance of our dreams as they touch the context of our lives and assist us to pursue our unique destiny.
There are three options for dream consultation:
1) Monthly Dream Circle, hosted by Gretchen, through Hope+Wellness Marin at 200 Tamil Plaza Suite 130, Corte Madera Ca. 94925. The group meets at 6:30 PM every second Monday. Please RSVP with contact link on this page.
2) Private consultation. Bring your dream journal for an hour of focused dream work.
3) Therapeutic Consultation. Gretchen will enter the therapeutic session for 30 minutes to consult with client in the presence of the therapist about any particular dream which seems most evocative for the client. Tending the material which is communicated through dreams opens key areas which deepen the work of the therapeutic process.
International Association for the Study of Dreams