Dreams have always fascinated humans. From the beginning of time, people have tried to decipher the strange visions visiting them at night - some saw them as real experiences, others as the unlived life of our primitive, instinctual side, and others as the nighttime effects of indigestion. However, it was Sigmund Freud who truly reignited our passion for dreams in the West. He called dreams the via regia - the royal road to the unconscious. And boy, was he right.
Even though Freud's work was seminal for psychoanalysis, we owe our infinitely rich framework for dream analysis to his student, Carl Jung, whose fascination for the collective unconscious, alchemy, and mysticism allows us to give our dreams the reverence they truly deserve.
Carl Jung instructed us to see dreams as inner dramas where all objects and figures appear as symbols. In the dream, everything means something, and the only person who can translate it is the dreamer. The symbols may relate to the dreamer's everyday world, or to larger, archetypal themes. They may give the dreamer an early warning about something that may happen should they hold on to a rigid attitude, a new perspective about something unfolding in their life, or even a whole new direction. That's the compensatory function of dreams in action: to show us the other side of our consciousness.
How does it work?
Dreams are one of the richest, and most overlooked tools we have for our self-development. By listening to our dreams, we become engaged in our process of individuation - no longer as passive observers, but as active participants, ready to grow.
My approach focuses on guiding you to find your own meanings by exploring the symbols on a personal and archetypal level, and then finding some of the messages the dream might have for you at this point of your life. Together we will decide on what next steps you may need to take in order to integrate the dream and honour it. This may mean keeping a dream journal for more guidance, discussing a new topic with your therapist, making changes in your life, or just creating a small ritual.
Dreamwork is a fascinating area of inner work, and I'd be honoured to guide you through it.
“In each of us there is another whom we do not know. He speaks to us in dreams and tells us how differently he sees us from the way we see ourselves. When, therefore, we find ourselves in a difficult situation to which there is no solution, he can sometimes kindle a light that radically alters our attitude - the very attitude that led us into the difficult situation.”
- Carl Jung