Dream groups are the royal road to the community unconscious. By gathering in groups of three to nine people, twice or four times per month, and sharing night-time dreams with each other, you will get real with what’s up in your community very quickly. Dream groups not only build “social capital,” but they are a process of social intelligence. And the intelligence that “comes through” the group, is often very practical. “Be extra careful about health and get rest.” “Are we working too hard?” “Inter-gender conflict in the workplace is happening and it now takes such-and-such specific form.”
Common themes such as these and many others often arise in several persons’ dreams simultaneously. It is as if there is an archetypal pattern acting on the social field. Only by sharing in a group will these themes and patterns be discovered. Bringing them to our attention gives us choice and foresight in our action.
Indigenous peoples the world over have shared dreams from time immemorial as a practical matter of community economy. “Is today good for hunting, or should we stay home and repair our buildings?” And so on.
I propose that “neighborhood” dream groups today can serve a similar function.
I am certified as a dream group facilitator by Dr. Jeremy Taylor and his Marin Institute of Projective Dreamwork. I have been leading dream groups in Ashland, Oregon since moving here in 2004.
This page is a list of resources for further information, books, writings and links on the group dream-work process.
The Group Process for Dreamwork
- A short outline of six guidelines and seven effects of the group dream-work process.
- A blog post that points to the bigger possibilities for democracy, local economy and ecological sensitivity that group dream-work provides.
- Political scientist Dr. Jack Wikse’s wonderful essay on the dynamics of discussion groups, including dream groups, David Bohm groups and Patrick Lamare groups, and the connections between authority, projection and truth.
Three of my favorite books on dreams are:
- Ariadne’s Clue by Anthony Stevens
- Dreaming While Awake by Arnold Mindell
- The Living Labyrinth by Jeremy Taylor
Each author gives quite a different perspective on dreams, but all perspectives are complementary. Stevens provides a scientific and evolutionary approach to dream symbolism (along with a great symbol thesaurus). Mindell provides practical exercises in a cosmology of Dreamtime that is mystical and shamanic. And Taylor provides a concrete framework to dream interpretation that draws on Jungian, mythological and universal themes from the world’s wisdom traditions.
Reading these books will give you a broad, diverse and stimulating perspective on dreaming. You will be able to feel into what directions are most stimulating for you to pursue in greater detail.
Papers I’ve Authored
Two papers that I have written explore how groups can create a collective, multi-dimensional understanding of a dream.
Dr. Jeremy Taylor’s website — much more content, resources and links than here!
Dr. Marcia Emery’s great Web radio show, The Partnership of Intuition and Dreams, is wonderful. She interviews leading psychologists, scientists, and growth workers of the dreams and dreaming field.
A good interview of Jeremy by Marcia.
Montagu Ullman on dreams, species connectedness and the paranormal.
Website of Stephen Leberge, one of the foremost experts on lucid dreaming.
More links at my Diigo library.
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