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      OPEN MEETING, Fri 10th March, 2017, 7.30 pm
Venue: St Luke’s Community Centre, 130 Remuera Rd. 

 


Dr Chris Milton  -    

THE CLASSICAL JUNGIAN

           
APPROACH TO DREAMS
Dr Chris Milton is a Jungian Analyst and Clinical Psychologist in private
practice in Auckland. He devotes most of his time to adult analysis and supervision. He has particular interests in the Classical Jungian approach
to dreams, spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology, especially the phenomenology of individuation.
           Bring your friends and colleagues!
No prior booking. Tea or coffee available from 7.00 pm.
EDITORIAL
 
Dear Dreamers,
Welcome to our first DNANZ Bulletin February, 2017.  We hope that you have enjoyed a wonderful summer holiday or at least – a nice rest.  In this edition we have an exciting range of articles and several upcoming events to share with you.
  • Bev Rosevear – Kaho reports on Craig Whisker’s second psychodrama workshop on dreamwork, held in November,2016.
  • A dream report from Jeni McGarry.
  • My own piece of client work with a teenage girl suffering recurring nightmares related to a traumatic event in her past. 
  • In the Research Corner Margaret Bowater reviews an article on violence, sex and dreams which links viewing of such content to dreams and nightmares.
  • Then, in the Book Corner, Tay-Marie Yorston reviews Robert A. Johnson’s book, Inner Work - Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth.
 Finally, we advertise briefly three upcoming events which may be of interest to you: 
  • Dr. Chris Milton’s presentation on March 10th on a Jungian approach to dreamwork;
  • Craig Whisker’s psychodrama retreat in Taupo over Queen’s Birthday weekend and
  • Advance notice of our own DNANZ Biennial Conference October 5th-8th this year.
Lynette Papp (Editor)
DREAMWORK WITH PSYCHODRAMA  

Report on the second session facilitated by Craig Whisker for the Advanced Dreamwork Training Group at the Community of St Lukes on 11/11/2016.                                                                                                     
These sessions of psychodrama were a new experience for most of those attending.  Our facilitator Craig was open to experimentation with different models and pathways, from formal and classical to more adapted models.  He involved the group in how they would like to work.  Initially Craig warmed the group up by allowing several minutes of silent reflection for group members to bring to mind any dreams they might like to work with.
 
A volunteer presented a dream and Craig spent some time exploring and setting the scene from before the dream had occurred e.g. earlier in the day. This ritual had value in building trust and slowing the pace of the work, so that a deeper, more complex expression and resolution could emerge. The dreamer used pillows and spreads to set the scene for both daytime and dream-sleep, and then “woke” and reported the dream.  This was followed by selection of other group members to play significant characters or aspects of the dream.
 
Following a full enactment of the dream, the dreamer returned to the sleeping position and then re-enacted the dream, from a chosen starting point. This was the beginning of the process of resolution, and Craig prompted more vigorous self-expression wherever this seemed likely to add to meaning. Moments of connection between the characters seemed to evoke the wisdom of the dreaming self, and deepened the process. After completion of the re-enactment there was time for all to reflect on what the process had brought up for them and to share this with the group.
 
The second dream needed to be worked with in a shorter time and had a theme of surprise and celebration which brought some laughter. The symbolism of the dream was quickly unpacked and the reflection time afterwards covered the whole evening’s experience.
 
By the end of the night, we were all conversant with terms such as context; role reversal; pre-dream; enacting and re-enacting.  We were exposed to a new term “surplus reality,” where new material from the process and the wisdom of the self is integrated into the psychodrama as part of the resolution.
 
What surprised and inspired me was the way individual dreams with very personal issues and experiences became part of the collective experience as universal themes were uncovered – sadness, loss, love, wisdom and celebration. Jung’s notion of individuation seems to suggest that initially we need to find our individual identity and strengths as part of a heroic journey.  I would suggest that part two of this process is being able to identify with the collective human experience and find in what ways we are one. I also like the way that with psychodrama, finding meaning can be subsumed to process and exploration.

Bev Rosevear- Kaho
                    

Dream Report:                           TARANTULA                  

I want to share this dream as a way of bringing more awareness to the power of deep symbolism occurring in dreams. I hope to shed more light on how the unconscious manifests in our dreams as an opportunity to connect more deeply with ourselves and others.  In working with the dream I found reading about spiders from an ancient Vedic mythological perspective helpful.



In my dream: I am visited by a giant Tarantula the size of a couch. The Tarantula is making its presence felt so I have to take notice of it. I am surprised and perplexed by its presence but not scared. The eyes are important and the way it is interacting with me isn’t intimidating or scary. I wake up.
What is the Tarantula telling me? The context at the time: I was processing feeling unsupported by my partner. Prior to the dream I was feeling stuck. 
 
The Tarantula is a symbolic presence of a hidden resource available to me that is becoming known. I feel safer and more joyful as a result of exploring the meaning of its presence. Since its appearance I have taken action around my boundaries and am speaking out. I feel subtle movement and more ability to access a deepening compassion.  Through processing this dream I feel less stuck and able to express my need to be heard. Subsequently I have a sense of my relationship growing. I am also developing more awareness and ability to be aware of my own misperceptions and see things as they actually are. 

  Jennifer McGarry
  PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF DREAMWORK:   

WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY:

[Lynette Papp is a counsellor in a large South Auckland school.  She has the permission of her client to use this work in an article. All names have been changed for client privacy.]

This article will investigate how dream therapy can help reveal important information in a client’s life and result in good therapeutic outcomes. It can uncover deep (sometimes forgotten) unresolved issues. Recurring nightmares are a potential indicator of traumatic experience and need to be respectfully investigated (Bowater, email 2015). They are most often the unconscious mind signalling the need for closure.

Over a period of one year I have worked with a 15 year - old female client, Anya, who experienced a traumatic incident at age 10 and subsequently experiences periodic recurring nightmares. The nightmares interfere with her sleep and are usually triggered by current stressful events in her life.

The first nightmare reported is from one year ago. In it the dream ego (Anya) sees herself “asleep in my bed. My friend Sarah is having a sleepover and is sleeping on a mattress on the floor. I sense someone has entered the room but I cannot see who it is. I can hear a clicking sound. The movement stops but I sense the person is touching Sarah sexually. I turn on my light. Sarah is crying and telling me someone has started touching her and he wouldn’t stop. I kind of know who it is but don’t want to admit it. I am sleeping again and then there is light as if someone has turned it on. Then there is darkness on my side of the room and light on her side. The final scene is me seeing Sarah hanging in the middle of the room.”

Dream therapy needs to be pre-framed so that the client understands that nightmares and dreams usually contain metaphors for aspects of one’s life and are not necessarily pre-cognitive or literal. This in itself can have a calming, normalising effect.The client is told how important context is when examining their dream report and can be present or historic.

In discussing context, Anya recalled at age 5 or 6 years she used to sleep on a mattress on the floor next to her sister’s bed. When her dad used to kiss her goodnight he would bend down and she would hear his knees click. In the case of this nightmare it is her friend Sarah sleeping on the mattress on the floor.

As part of the therapeutic process the client is asked to draw the dream. In conjunction with respectful questioning it is an important part of dream analysis allowing the client to see clearly and form her own relevant conclusions. In this case I inquired if there is any similarity between Sarah on the mattress on the floor and herself in that position as a small child. She reported that her father had never touched her inappropriately as far as she could recall.

However, in real life Anya reported that her father had been accused and eventually pleaded guilty to charges regarding Sarah’s violation. The nightmare was a post traumatic re-enactment of the actual event but with a new ending added in therapy. Due to the seriousness of her disclosure we focussed on the final picture of her friend hanging. During the discussion Anya disclosed that she had felt suicidal a few months previously and had made two attempts to hang herself. Although the risk assessment suggested she no longer experienced suicidal ideation, due to co-existing risk factors and the recurring nightmares, I recommended external professional help. A safety plan was discussed and put in place and referral activated.

Anya’s father’s behaviour had been frightening and humiliating for her and had stopped the friendship. Anya said she “felt stupid and hurt and as if she had failed Sarah who was like a sister to her.” They never communicated again and this was a great loss.

In the case of this client the dream analysis raised undisclosed suicide attempts. Rehearsal of new endings along with external agency interventions and ongoing counselling at school helped to stop nightmares for some time. However, one year later identical nightmares recommenced. Further dream work suggested that her friend “hanging in mid – air” indicated there were still a number of issues needing attention. This included a similar unreported experience of sexual abuse at a sleep-over when Anya was 14, lack of closure in her friendship with Sarah, as well as current family conflict. Once again nightmares signalled the necessity for further counselling and intervention for Anya.

DREAM RESEARCH CORNER:                                           
 
“Violence, Sex and Dreams: Violent and Sexual Media Content Infiltrate our Dreams at Night” by J. Van den Bulck, Y. Cetin, O.Terzi and B.Bushman.
This is the title of the leading article in the latest issue of Dreaming, Vol 26:4, Dec 2016, (p.271-279).  It provides a summary of a survey of 1,287 participants in Turkey, aged 10-60, who did a survey measuring their “media consumption” (on all screen devices) and dreams on the previous night. Because the media often contain violence and sex, the question at issue was whether exposure to screen media during daytime would influence the participants’ sleep and dreams. The answer is a clear Yes.

The survey was rigorously designed, comparing content and frequency of media consumption with dreams, not only on the day the survey was held, but also on the day before, for comparison. “For both measures, media consumption was positively related to dreaming frequency. Media content also influenced dream content.”  Those who watched violence tended to dream of it, and those who watched sex tended to have sexual dreams.
Age difference was not significant.
 
A previous study of 2,546 adolescents in Belgium in 2004 (by Van den Bulck) found that 33% reported nightmares related to TV content – while some reported pleasant dreams.  The researchers conclude with “recommendations for sleep hygiene: avoid media with violent and sexual content.” 
 
I am left wondering, how closely do parents keep watch on what their children are absorbing before bedtime?
                                                                         Margaret Bowater 
BOOK CORNER

 Inner Work - Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth.

Author: Robert A Johnson.                          
Robert A. Johnson is a seasoned Jungian Analyst and noted author of many books including Inner Work written in 1986. His wealth of experience, knowledge and insights in Jungian theory and practice are reflected in this well written book that sets out complex theories in simple approachable language. This makes Inner Work accessible to a wider audience, beyond that of clinician and client.  It explores the inner work of the unconscious through dreams and active imagination.
Johnson provides a practical approach for working with dreams showing the movement of great energy systems within the unconscious. These may include conflicts, fears, anxieties, pleasures, joys and challenges within the dreamer. Dreams are seen as treasure troves of images tailor made for each person in their own symbolic language. From dreams we learn to look for an attitude, an inner personality, an inner development, mood or conflict that presents itself in the form and colour of the dream image. The dreamer is invited to acknowledge and address the mood, attitude or conflict that is presented, in concrete ways as part of their inner healing journey towards integration of the self.
Johnson's 4-step approach to dream analysis is set out in Chapter 2 where each step is discussed in detail with examples to assist in the application: 1. Associations, .2. Dynamics, 3. Interpretations, 4. Rituals.
Inner Work also outlines the process of active imagination where the dreamer goes into the dream world while still awake and dialogues with the dream images that present themselves. Johnson describes active imagination as the special way of using the power of the imagination to develop a working relationship between the conscious mind and the unconscious.  In Chapter 3, he discusses Active Imagination and provides a 4 step approach along with illustrations: 1. The Invitation, 2. The Dialogue, 3. The Values, 4. The Rituals.
In summary, Johnson provides a wealth of practical insights, teaching, instructions and guidelines on the nature of the unconscious and conscious minds, dream analysis and active imagination from a Jungian perspective.
Reviewed by Tay-Marie Yorston

                   Advance Notice from the Dream Network Aotearoa-NZ                            

DREAMS AND IMAGINATION
RESOURCES FOR HEALING
Thurs 5th Oct 4 pm to Sun 8th Oct noon, 2017
Keep this date free for our second Biennial Conference
at the Franciscan Retreat Centre in Hillsborough.
Share a weekend of insight, inspiration and fun!
Are you interested?  Contact Margaret Bowater
by email mandebowater@gmail.com   

PSYCHODRAMA RETREAT
QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND, Fri 2nd-Sun 4th June, 2017
Tauhara Retreat Centre, Lake Taupo
   with Marian Hammond and Craig Whisker
Certificated Psychodramatists (AANZPA)
This personal development workshop offers a mid-year opportunity to pause and reflect on your life and significant relationships. Psychodrama is used to create a supportive working group in which to explore what liberates and what limits you in building the life you want. Psychodrama encourages fresh responses to familiar problems and constructive responses to new challenges. Increasing your spontaneity enables you to achieve greater satisfaction with yourself and with others in everyday life. No previous experience required.
    Further information see http://tauharacentre.org.nz
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