Dream Groups

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Chief Seattle

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” – Chief Seattle

Dream Groups have been an interesting experiment in my private practice as a Jungian analyst.  In 1986, inspired by reading Lakota anthropological texts, I decided to bring people together to discuss their dreams.  It was mind-expanding for me to discover that the First People of the American Plains felt dreams were not silly, not to be ignored and not only for individual dreamers, but that some were meant for the entire community to ponder and acknowledge with ceremonial significance. They new that important dreams with certain characteristics needed to be told to the whole tribe, or misfortune could befall them.  They also knew that dreams have impact on others who hear them, as well as the dreamer.  Since my training as a Jungian analyst has given me valuable experience in working with dreams, putting individuals together to dream in a group setting seemed like a natural thing to do.