The Twilight Zone--Dreamwork


The Twilight Zone--Dreamwork

A place to share insights and exchange ideas about various forms of dream work.

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Latest Activity: Nov 1

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Dream of Turtle Populations at Night

Started by Matthew Thomas. Last reply by Gunni-Britt Borden Nov 1. 12 Replies

Hi all, there has not been a lot of activity on this group recently and I don’t know how many folks are around, however I have a dream I’d love to get any feedback on.  This is from two nights…Continue

Tags: Ocean, Night, Turtles, Dream

When Dreams Depict a Stage in the Alchemical Process

Started by Dorene Mahoney. Last reply by Dorene Mahoney Sep 30. 4 Replies

I have been going through profound changes for the last three years that have included a number of losses. I have glibly referred to my situation on occasion as "my dismantling." I'm coming out the…Continue

I feel like a fraud

Started by Alan A. MacKENZIE. Last reply by Alan A. MacKENZIE Oct 16, 2014. 2 Replies

I wonder if anyone else has the same struggles I do?I have OSA.  Try as I might, I simply cannot seem to remember any of my dreams.   It's the most frustrating thing -- not having dream recall.  As I…Continue

A dream of a polluted world

Started by Robert Matejko. Last reply by Ed Koffenberger Oct 1, 2013. 3 Replies

  Hello all. I hope I'm following the format correctly in posting a dream here for analysis. I've really dove into depth psychology over the past few months, and I believe its affected the content,…Continue

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Comment by Julie Ann Perkins on May 23, 2010 at 7:12pm
Good move, setting this up, Dorene!
I like the image, too. I was just reading an old dream when I got your invitation to join.... the fish are jumping, Julie
Comment by Bonnie Bright on May 23, 2010 at 10:05pm
Dorene! So glad you created this group. I'm looking forward to doing a session with you soon so you can use DreamTending on me. Thanks for your good work!
Comment by Dorene Mahoney on May 23, 2010 at 10:14pm
Thanks, Bonnie--I LOVE dream work! It's pretty funny, because when I encountered forms of dream work over the years that involved applying fixed interpretations on dream images, I felt completely dumb . . . As a result, I turned to collage, which I considered "dreams made manifest." Engaging with collage images in Active Imagination opened up astonishing revelations and insights. Tending dream images in that way has completely turned me on to dream work.
Comment by Dorene Mahoney on May 25, 2010 at 9:05am
Jung said that the imaginal work that he documented in the Red Book was the basis for all of his academic and theoretical contributions that followed. Wow! Given that this chronicle of his active imaginations occupied him for only a couple of years, and he contributed prolifically over the next 40 years, that's a pretty clear directive on the importance of such inner work. I have seen over and over that the act of engaging with dreamscapes and dream images as if they are living creatures, distinct from our rational selves, brings about a shift for the better in the individual's sense of wellbeing. Of course, these images have something important to "say" to us: Otherwise, they would not have shown up at all. Even those images that spring from the collective, or the World's dreaming, would not have come through unless they had met with some resonance deep within the individual's psyche. As a dream worker, I consider myself a facilitator of these "conversations," and I have found that I don't have to tend all the figures that seem important, or take a dream through to some resolution--the simple act of guiding the dreamer into some form of relationship with even one figure is deeply touching and can be transformative. It's about making real and deliberate contact with a soul figure, even if the connection is brief and light.
Comment by Lynlee Lyckberg on June 1, 2010 at 9:01am
Really love this forum and the exchanging of ideas, dreams, insights! Continuing on ones journey into relatively unknown territory via dreamwork is the most amazing and engaging endeavor we can take! Thank you, Dorene, for traveling on this path with me ,now! Blessings, Ari
Comment by Dorene Mahoney on June 1, 2010 at 8:10pm
Great to have you in the group, Ari! Won't you weigh in on Ed's dream in his "Group Work" string?
Comment by Dorene Mahoney on September 24, 2010 at 9:27am
When I took the series of classes offered by Stephen Aizenstadt on Dreamtending, I was most captivated by the notion that one could tend a physical (or emotional) symptom in the same way as a dream. That is, one could have the person speak about the symptom as if it were a dreamscape. Such an approach to healing is based on the belief that under every symptom is an image or figure that, if related to, will individuate and implicate in some way the symptom itself. I have been able to "symptom tend" on two occasions with astonishing success. However, I've realized that it is crucial to have some kind of container for the work. In both successful circumstances, the individuals were committed to deep work and familiar with Dreamtending. When I have tried tending physical symptoms with individuals who were unfamiliar with the depth of this kind of work, I encountered immediate resistance and unwillingness to go along with the work. I didn't ask to touch their bodies or anything. I simply guided them into their own imaginations to discover what images arose when they experienced their symptoms, etc. All of this was with their express permission. However, they did not seek me out. Maybe that's the key. It was disappointing, because I think the approach is nothing short of astonishing.
Comment by Ed Koffenberger on January 14, 2011 at 2:35pm


In response to your question about those who do dreamwork and their proper background and training, I would suggest that there is still a rich tradition of spiritual direction within all religions that works with dreams. I know that there is a suspicion of such religious perspectives and find an interfaith approach most helpful. As to the readiness of people to approach their dreams, I'm guessing that even a Westernized follower of any faith tradition would balk at the suggestion, unless they have chosen a spiritual director as their witness.

Comment by Dorene Mahoney on January 14, 2011 at 5:02pm

Hi Ed,

Good thought. Would you do me a favor? I screwed up and sent my question out instead of putting it in the group as a discussion thread. So, now I've cut and pasted it into the group. Would you cut and paste your response, as well, so that others can see it? Many thanks.

Comment by Ed Koffenberger on January 14, 2011 at 5:38pm
No problem. Will do.


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