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Dreamwork

Sleep and dreaming seem to be how we seek to make sense of our world and our experience. The dreams we remember might then be seen as communications from our unconscious to our conscious minds of something of this process and what it relates to.

Working with our dreams on a regular basis can help us in many ways. For example, we can understand something of the issues that are occupying us at a deeper level or gain greater clarity about them. Through this we learn more about what we might do to address them. Respecting them and taking them seriously, and wanting to know something of what they are trying to tell us, can also help to restore some trust of our unconscious, which we may have largely ignored for many years. This helps to bring a greater sense of wholeness to ourselves and balance in our lives.

Working with dreams routinely over time as part of a personal development process can also bring insights regarding some of the changes that have taken place over the period.

It is possible, and indeed desirable, to learn how to work with our own dreams. However, they "speak their own language", which is symbolic in nature, rather than literal, even when they have borrowed scenarios from everyday life. It thus requires time to learn something of that language, and some support and assistance can help with getting started. AS well, most people find it harder to work with their own dreams, and so exploring them to some degree with trusted colleagues or with a counsellor can prove beneficial. Even after we have gained some insight into a dream by ourselves we will commonly learn more through sharing and exploring it with another person. Even through the process of repeating a dream aloud to someone else we may find new possibilities and understanding coming to us.

Additionally, since dreams are in essence a very private conversation they need to be treated as such, and only discussed with those whom we believe will respect them. The counselling setting offers such a place.

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