Dreamwork in Community
Spring is the season of reawakening. Such is the case for frogs, field mice, snakes, fish, and still others who feel the call of life after a long season of hibernation. Spring’s warm and gentle energy welcome back swallows and wild geese returning from the south, while begonia, apricot blossoms, cherry blossoms, and peony unabashedly display their beauty and draw in bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds who eagerly dive in head first!
There exists a parallel between the colorful blossoms of spring and the flowering of one’s consciousness. Rising from below the thick layers of snow and frozen earth, a new life within and around us wants to get out and make itself seen. The season of spring is also a beautiful metaphor for the awakening of our consciousness. As insects, plants, animals, the land, and us collectively awaken from a long winter’s slumber, we awaken to yet another phase of nature which is a part of the interminable cycle of change. In doing so, we also awaken to the realization that now is the time to set our intentions for the seasons ahead.
Like the farmers who seek the cooperation and blessings of nature as they sow their seeds, we may consciously sow new intentions capable of giving life to that which we hope to reap. Dreams from sleep, then, is a sacred portal through which we may reconnect with our truest desires for wherever our consciousness is most expansive, the field of possibilities are the most fertile. May the infinitely fertile field of the universe manifest the fruits of your labor in the seasons ahead!
Why do dreamwork?
Being in communion with your dreams remembered from sleep is a meaningful and transformative way to reveal to yourself the direction and purpose of your own unconscious mind. Moreover, the relationship we establish with our unconscious mind through dreams, especially in a “community” format leads not only to personal development, it actively foments our individual as well as collective spiritual evolution. The inevitable result is social transformation.
How is dreamwork done in community?
For those of you who have yet to experience dreamwork in a group format, it is a circle of people coming together to discuss dreams they remember from sleep.
The discussion is facilitated in a specific manner (called “projective dreamwork”) so that everyone can retrieve useful insights from the dream(s) shared for all dreams speak the universal language of metaphor and symbol. Simultaneously, every person who is a part of the group cannot help but be a valuable contributor to the insights gained by everyone, because we are each unique, not only in our presence and personality, but also in the lives we have lived.
Dreamwork’s impact in community building
Based on the observation and work of my teacher Jeremy Taylor, who has worked with people in hospitals, prisons, schools, in the United States and other countries for fifty years, dreamwork in this projective group format has a profound impact in bringing people together. He personally witnessed how social workers and prisoners began to overcome their own personal prejudices and became able to see themselves and others as human beings just like themselves.
Dreamwork reveals the universal bond which we all share with Life, and it reveals to us our own humanity because it shows us we are more than what we think we are. Much more. This has been my experience and observation since 2014 as well, since I first began to work on my own dreams.
“Awake and through the power of language, we are able to keep in touch with others. Asleep and dreaming, we use a different language to tell ourselves stories about ourselves that we have not heard before.”Montague Ullman
Dates, timing and pricing
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Virtual or in person
I run “Dreamwork in Community” in person whenever possible. However, based on the locations of the participants who sign up, we may run our sessions via video-conferencing or do a hybrid version: in person plus Zoom.
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About the facilitator: H.D. Lee
Committed to the spiritual adventure of his own life and the role of midwifing beauty, goodness, and truth into the world through creative and regenerative endeavors, H.D. Lee is here to share what he has learned through his teachers in transpersonal psychology, spirituality, and the arts.