Saturday, July 21, 2012

Dream on...

What a fun (and enlightening) time we had on Friday afternoon with Forest Nui Cobalt at our dream interpretation workshop! Forest was great about giving the traditional explanations of dream themes--the archetypal meanings of flying, water, and those "unprepared" dreams (like, there's an algebra final this morning and you suddenly realize you haven't attended the class in weeks, haven't studied, and are standing in the quad in your underwear)--and tying in Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's five stages of grief as an example of how our subconscious mind works out issues in our dreams.

Then we all shared some dreams from our journals or from memory, both one-time and recurring, some positive and some nightmarish, and discussed what their meanings could be. We also talked about the role dreaming can play in creativity--if your dreams are telling you a story, write it down and see where it leads. It was a fascinating exchange! Our conclusion? Pay attention to your dreams and see if they are trying to tell you something about your waking life that it would help you to know! After all, one-third of our lives are spent sleeping...but that doesn't mean there's nothing going on...

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