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Dreamwork and Self-Healing: Unfolding the Symbols of the Unconscious

April 30, 2013 on 6:32 pm | In Dream Types | 4 Comments

There have been many previous books on the physiology of dreaming, the history of dream interpretation, and the meaning of specific dream symbols. But there have been relatively few books exploring the moment-by-moment process of interpreting dreams. This book guides you through this interpretive process, and illustrates how dreamwork promotes emotional, relational, and spiritual transformation. It explores how working with dreams enhances our emotional life, deepens our capacity for relationship, and helps us gracefully navigate change and transitions.The author shows that dreamwork is a natural antidepressant, is effective in transforming anger, bereavement, couples conflicts and impasses, and aids the process of individuation. The book explores archetypal themes and complexes, synchronistic experiences and spiritual awakening in dreams, and representations of the body in dreams. The final chapter, “Taming Wild Horses”, explores animal dream symbolism and its importance for enhancing our human sexuality. The book also describes the Dream Mandala, a method of self-transformation through the union of opposites – the charged polarities of the personality. Dreamwork and Self-Healing will interest all readers who wish to learn about dreams and their healing potential.

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  1. Great read for anyone! Dreamwork and Self Healing is a fascinating examination of dream interpretation, and how it can lead to personal growth and transformation.What I liked most was how the many stories drawn from the author’s psychotherapy practice illustrate how anyone can change their life, gain deeper self understanding, and improve their relationships by paying attention to the messages of dreams. The book shows how dreams can heal our emotional wounds and traumas, alleviate depression, and help make us whole.Drawing from Jungian, Buddhist and psychoanalytic thought, plus personal experiences, Dreamwork offers an articulate look at how dreams contain an inner intelligence that can show us the way forward with clarity.While psychology professionals will surely be interested in the book, it is written in a fluid, non-technical style free of jargon that is accessible to general readers.This book is highly recommended for people who want to learn something useful, practical and spiritual — and who want their lessons served in a chatty, gossipy, easy-reading style.Fantastic book! A great read!

    Comment by Love To Read — April 30, 2013 #

  2. A Summons to Greater Wholeness Dreamwork and Self-Healing: Unfolding the Symbols ofthe UnconsciousReviewed by Scott Kiser, Ph.D , Saybrook UniversityGreg Bogart offers us a powerful source of insight into the enlivening wisdom of dreams with his book Dreamwork and Self-Healing. Drawing primarily from his clinical practice, as well as his own personal experience, Bogart passionately affirms the immense value of therapeutic dreamwork. Far from being merely an academic treatise on Jungian dream analysis, this book is particularly successful in a much more crucial dimension, that of practical life-application. While it provides a substantive and compelling presentation of Jungian dreamwork, this presentation is grounded in application to a broad range of vignettes that demonstrate profound life-transformation. The important role of dreamwork within the psychotherapeutic process is clearly evident throughout the book, an emphasis that is especially significant for clinical practitioners who will find it of great value to their professional work. Bogart also moves beyond an exclusively individual focus by providing a chapter on the healing impact of dreamwork within the context of relational problems, a much-needed perspective regarding an application of dreamwork that is usually not given adequate attention. Perhaps the strongest contribution of the book is Bogart’s discussion of core Jungian concepts and their application to case examples. His articulation of such concepts as archetypes, complexes, persona and shadow, anima/animus, synchronicity, the mandala, and individuation reveals their essential meaning through the dynamic lens of individual dreams and their healing messages. These conceptions come to life, taking on vivid and urgent form as the reader is led to a deeper understanding of their transformative purpose in the dreams of everyday people who struggle for greater wholeness. The central focus on dreamwork as a catalytic facilitator of individuation, and in turn, of individuation as an inherently spiritual process of death and rebirth, represents one of the most crucial and important aspects of the book. For the reader, this affirms and heightens the critical awareness that much is at stake regarding dreamwork, that beyond surface-level interpretations of dream imagery his or her life hangs in the balance, or rather the condition of imbalance that must be sacrificed and left behind on the path of healing. Bogart passionately calls us to unify our inner opposing forces and tensions, to become more fully integrated, balanced, and whole human beings through surrendering to the summons of individuation within our dreams.I can say that through reading this book Bogart has achieved his ultimate goal, at least in the life of one person. I am someone who claims in theory to value the healing impact of dreamwork, but in practice my life does not reflect the disciplined path that he describes. Yet, I can sense a renewal of the inner summons and truly feel inspired to follow it with greater respect and dedication. If you are already on this path this book will be a signpost directing your way; if you are more like me it will be a beacon in the midst of a complacent sea.Scott Kiser, Ph.D , Saybrook University

    Comment by Scott Kiser — April 30, 2013 #

  3. Provocative, Inspiring and Motivating Greg’s new book on dreamwork as a “personalized yoga of the unconscious” was not only inspiring but deeply motivating. Whether you’re new to being a “dreamkeeper” or if you’re an analyst helping others unfold the healing symbols of the unconscious, you’ll find this writing to be as refreshing as it is wise. Greg sets a warm personal tone, punctuated by personal and client examples, stories, and thoughtful references that remind us that dreamwork is a practice that can heat up, intensify, and profoundly guide our waking conscious lives. Dreams are a gift, something that happens without effort–but will we receive them? Listen to them? Greg inspires us to see how our dreams are provocative messages that excite a sense of possibility as well as helping us know the nature of our particular emotional or spiritual malaise. I don’t think I can ever go back to being blas√© about dreams after reading this. This dream yoga is a true gift, and this book, a pleasure to read. ~Elizabeth Spring MA, author: North Node Astrology; Rediscovering Your Life Direction and Soul Purpose.

    Comment by Elizabeth Spring "astrologer, therapist, author" — April 30, 2013 #

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