Dream Groups, Courses & Lectures
The Way of the Dream
8 Week Introductory Course
Craig Jarman has been running The Way of the Dream Introductory Course since 1990. The course is designed to introduce participants to both the practice and theory of dream analysis.
Each week covers a particular area of dream psychology and/or symbolism. Each class of two hours includes both a theorectical and practical component.
Participants are invited to present a dream before the group for interpretation. In this way both the individual and the group gain a deeper understanding of the process of dream analysis.
Exploration of the purpose of dreams and the many approaches to dream analysis. Techniques to enhance dream recall. A methodology for working with dreams is also presented.
Jung’s theory and discoveries
The Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung, was a pioneer in the study of dreams. This class explores the fundamental principles of Jungian psychology and how they apply to the study and interpretation of dreams.
The shadow figure typically makes its appearance early on in the exploration of one’s dreams. The shadow is all that has been left behind during one’s psychological growth and represents a raw and primitive aspect of one’s self. At the same time the shadow represents a bridge to one’s fuller Self – acting as a guide on the journey toward wholeness. This class explores how the shadow figure may be recognised and befriended.
The anima is Jung’s term for the feminine set of principles and psychological traits. This class explores the figure of the Mother, the Lover, Amazon and Priestess. Participants are encouraged to investigate which of these figures have been developed and which remain untapped.
The animus is the masculine and generally takes the form of the Warrior, the Father, the Puer (boy) and the Priest. Again participants are asked to identify which of these psychological figures have been developed and which remain unconscious.
The appearance of animals in dreams is highly significant – signalling that a major force is being tapped or grappled with. This class explores the symbolism of such animal figures as the horse, the snake, birds, fish, bears, dogs, cats and any other animal that the group chooses to discuss.
A dream will always have a setting. Sometimes we find ourselves in such places as the city, sometimes in the country, jungle, forest, desert, seaside, indoors or outdoors. The setting of the dream helps to identify where in life the message of the dream is focussed.
In the dream we typically find ourselves in a particular situation. We may be running from someone, at work, in amorous embrace, lost, driving, walking, flying etc. This class provides a guideline as to how to interpret the activity in the dream.
Our psychological growth follows many well trodden patterns of development. These patterns are reflected in myth and fairytales. The phases of the individuation process will be reviewed in light of the story of Arthur and Merlin, the Zen Ox Herding Pictures and the various stages of the alchemical process.
Upon completing the eight week course participants have the option of continuing with the study of their dreams through the dream groups. In the dream group participants are invited to share their dreams with others as well as assist in the interpretation of dreams. The dream groups continue for an indefinite period of time and represent a means by which one may continue with their journey by way of the dream.