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    "Tips on Dream Work"
      

    Psychotherapy

    Relationships * Mindfulness * Spiritual Counseling * Dream Work

*Random Thoughts, Tips, Trips on Dreams*

Royce’s random ever-changing thoughts, tips, trips 

unsubstantiated rumors, absolutely true facts

and suggestions about dreams…

(please know that many, maybe all of these, are from my many, many years of mindful

thinking, mindless contemplation, hours of reading, deeply intimate conversations with

countless beings (some of them human), consultations with my dream mentor and deep

friend, Jeremy Taylor, and so many, many others….)

bare, naked dreams-in-the-raw…there are no other kind…

“the dream never lies…”(www.jeremytaylor.com)
(although I may!! as the dreamer! because bare, naked dreams may be too much for the conscious/ego self! and we/I may be too embarrassed to tell or even know/remember the “real dream…

the dream maker does not care about the rules of the waking world…about being appropriate, about being careful to censor images, thoughts, actions or anything else that makes the waking world function as it does…the dream maker will use all images necessary, break any waking life rule to seek health, wholeness, healing and wisdom for the dreamer…

why share dreams with trusted others? you and I are not objective about ourselves, ever…that is an illusion…

“just because it is true, does not mean it is not a projection…and just because it is a projection, does not mean it is not true…” (www.jeremytaylor.com)

dreams always address all levels of our being….emotional, spiritual, health, relational…

one level of some dreams may be waking-life memories…

dreams are not “magic”, in that dreams rarely literally tell us what to do…like, who to marry, where we should move, what jobs to take…our wounded inner, maybe unconscious selves may want an “outside authority”, like a super-parent, God, a belief system or ideology, etc., to tell us what to do…

dreams sometimes offer options…
dreams sometimes offer “time-markers” of our life…

dreams sometimes offer “worst-case scenarios” of what might happen in our waking life to assist us in not being caught off-guard…

the older, more primitive, lower regions of our brain “wouldn’t know a dream if it saw one!”
remember, our brainstem, amygdala and other “lower regions of our brain”, have evolved to help us survive as a species…and do not know the difference between a genuine waking-life saber-toothed tiger chasing us and a dream of the same! the goal of that part of our brain is to help us ‘fight, flight or freeze’ to assist in our survival…thus…

feelings in dreams are not as important as the feelings want us to believe…
we run a risk of “believing” in the literal feelings of the dream and miss the deeper meanings of our dreams…

some dreams are outrageous! and…we remember them! how crafty of our dream-maker…

sensuality, sexuality, spirituality in dreams are from the same energy…this is often about longing, depth, yearning for connection, longing for oneness, union w/ the Other, w/ the deeper, inner being, the self…and, as is true in the waking world, there are many forms of sensuality, sexuality, spirituality…

we do not know where any dream will take us, until we explore…each one of us who offers a dream will have the grace-given, no questions asked option, to stop exploring a given dream at any time…

when a dream is shared, the dream automatically becomes a dream for the community…

what does the dream want of you, your community, your world?

pay attention to puns, humor, symbols…

notice the “shadow” images in dreams…the parts of darkness, like those may be places where we are unconscious and can’t see, or the colors may be “black” or dark…

we have “dark shadow” projections and “light shadow” projections…

“light shadow” may be places in us that are so positive, so full of light, that we project them, in the dream, onto others, still not owning those projections w/in us, about us…

as we work with dreams together, be adventurous, bold, playful, humorous…

own your own projections…do your best to use the word “I”, rather than “you”…

what about “telepathy” and “fore-knowing” in dreams?

wonder about your waking world influences on your dreams…like, what has happened in the days or weeks before that might be influencing your dreams?

what were your “pre-sleep” thoughts?

as your journal your dreams, you may notice recurring themes…
recurring dreams…what messages are you not getting and the dream maker is needing to repeat the dreams?

as a gift of compassion and grace to each other, we will all offer each other, and especially to anyone sharing a dream, privacy and confidentiality of the dream’s and dreamer’s learnings and insights…we are free to talk about ourselves, and we agree to not talk about a specific person, other than ourselves—this is a natural part of who we are as professional psychotherapists—more on this is mentioned in the JT Dream Work Tool Kit

“Appropriate Literalism” – sometimes the energy of “dream death” (profound psycho-spiritual growth & change) is SO strong that it constellates up in waking life experiences & events as synchronicities. (Jeremy Taylor, 10/2014)

Dr. Royce Fitts
(308) 631-2398
www.LivingWithMeaning.com
DrFitts@DrFitts.com