What is Dream Therapy?
Zoom consultation (60 mins)
Dream therapy goes beyond dream analysis and interpretation where dreams are explored from the ground up. That is, we work the dream by journeying back into the dreamscape and exploring specific dream phenomena (dream characters, archetypes, symbols) by way of mimesis or transiting into image or presence.
Intelligence is extracted from the spirit of the dream which expands awareness and creates a shift in being.
Through this therapeutic process, meaningful connections or associations can be attributed to waking life, to dream clusters or simply by sitting in their presence, we can allow dream images to work their magic on us.
The outcome may not always provide a cut and dry ‘analysis’ but offers expanded awareness and/or a shift in the dreamer and situation related to the dream.
This understanding goes beyond intellect as a fully embodied way of being.
Dream therapy is effective for working with nightmares, recurring dreams, PTSD dreams and everyday dreams.
Enjoy a private and in depth Embodied Imagination® dream therapy session where together we’ll explore various aspects of your dream including archetypes, dream characters and symbols to promote insight, awareness and a true state of gnosis (deep inner knowing).
Embodied Imagination® – A Therapeutic and creative method of working with dreams
Embodied Imagination therapy is a highly specialised form of dream therapy whereby the dreamer embodies specific dream phenomena within the dream (e.g. human, animal, other living and non-living forms) with the aim of experiencing the perspective of the other.
The process entails removing the self from habitual consciousness and everyday self constructs (gender, socioeconomic status, education etc) and allowing for deep and spontaneous insight via mimesis or mimicking these dream phenomena. The process relies on and reveals the dreamer’s intuitive and bodily intelligence in order to gain gnosis – true knowledge or a deep inner knowing – versus a scientific and linear, logical approach.
The method expands both awareness and psychological flexibility, develops new neural pathways and allows for something new and profoundly transforming to unfold.
By holding these multi-dimensional dream states, transformation can occur via an emergent phenomenon – a specific sensation or ‘breakthrough’ that can facilitate growth and healing.
Psychotherapeutic applications include trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief, relationship issues
Creative applications include visual art, theatre, writing and business
How it works
First we experience an encounter within the dream. A figure, a place, a sensation, a presence. By transiting into, embodying and merging with this other state, we receive the gift of their presence.
This gift can assist us for a period of time and purpose before it morphs and evolves into a new dream or it can be something deeply profound that shifts how we perceive something indefinitely.
But we have to do it with our whole body; our dream practice has to be done with everything we are. As long as we are stuck in our heads, new information will not be revealed.
When you can mimic the particulars of each movement and can let go of mind and habitual constructs, you will naturally attune with other – be it human, animal, living or non-living.
A sense of timelessness is felt, we cannot be any place else.
The cultivation of dream therapy is expanding consciousness. Then we can become the tsunami, become the dragon, become the thief, become the stars—absorbed into them, we become everything we encounter completely and totally. This is our true state of being. This is how we attain gnosis.
What to expect
- Surrender to the activation of the subtle and deeper psyche versus rational thought processes
- Imagery can trigger sensations that are often beyond language
- Sensations and bodily information can impact the whole mind-body system in intangible ways
- Information or intelligence may not come in the way we anticipate