Dreams are the guiding words of the soul.
~ C.G. Jung
Those who lose the Dreaming are lost.
~ Aboriginal saying
Even when I am asleep, someone inside me is awake and knows.
Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.
~ Joseph Campbell
An uninterpreted dream is like throwing away an unopened letter from God.
Learning the language of your dreams is a powerful tool for self development, self awareness and understanding the nature of soul and psyche. I help individuals to learn this language and understand the value presented to them regularly in their nightly visions. In my beautiful office in downtown Asheville, on the telephone, on Skype or Zoom we can engage this exploration together.
I also conduct dream groups. Write me or call with inquiries.
“Dreams are pure nature,” says Jung. Nature is offering us this gift, let’s listen! They invariably provide profound, practical, useful and healing insights, designed by the psyche just for us, saying what we need to know now, for the sake of wholeness and healing.
Why Work with your Dreams?
An article by Tayria Ward, Ph.D.
The Talmud states that “An uninterpreted dream is like throwing away an unopened letter from God.” Whatever we call that intelligence that is bigger than us, it speaks to us in dreams. Every scripture, prophet and world myth has examples of people receiving important messages in dreams. Joseph received Jesus’ name in a dream. Buddha’s mother had a dream that prophesied his birth. Joseph in the Old Testament was treasured by the Pharaoh for his gift of dream interpretation. Einstein received his theory of relativity in a dream. Paul McCartney first heard “Yesterday” in a dream. The list goes on.
Testimonial about the experience of being in a dream group:
Dream group has been the most successful therapeutic experience I’ve had. I’ve always been prone to intellectualize and have a hard time feeling the emotion while I’m talking about specific events in therapy. Also, I can be feeling the emotion but not able to verbalize it. Talking about my dreams and the symbolism and hearing others speak about their dreams and mine helped me bridge the gap between my emotions and my ability to verbalize them and know where the emotions originate. That has been so helpful to me, I can’t tell you.
New York Times article regarding sleep and dreaming
Quotes about Dreams
That which the dream shows is the shadow of such wisdom as exists in man, even if during his waking state he may know nothing about it…. We do not know it because we are fooling away our time with outward and perishing things, and are asleep in regard to that which is real within ourself.
–Paracelsus, quoted in The Dream Game
In the beginning was the dream. Through the dream all things were made, and without the dream nothing was made that has been made.
A dream has to be lived with. It is not a puzzle waiting to be solved by the intellect. It is, rather, a living reality and must be experienced. Certain key dreams, certain images, will last a lifetime.
-James Roose-Evans, Passages of the Soul, p.3
Those who have compared our life to a dream were right…. We sleeping wake, and waking sleep.
-Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 1580
Dreams… are pure nature; they show us the unvarnished, natural truth, and are therefore fitted, as nothing else is, to give us back an attitude that accords with our basic human nature when our consciousness has strayed too far from its foundations and run into an impasse.
–C.G. Jung, CW 10, par. 317
Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious.
We can say that dreams are the letters of the Self which the Self writes to us every night – telling us, do a bit more of this, or a bit less of that, or go ahead to the left, or go ahead to the right. And as I say when one looks back one sees there is a pattern in this, as if the Self is having a plan with us, a kind of destiny.
— Marie Louise von Franz
The realization that there was a pattern to my life, one which made sense, came about in a curious way. Shortly after moving into the Villa Seurat I had begun to record my dreams. And not only the dreams but the associations which the act of transcribing them induced. Doing this over a period of months, I suddenly began to see, “To suddenly see,” as Saroyan says somewhere. A pregnant phrase—to anyone who has had the experience. An expression which has only one meaning: to see with new eyes.
I dream my painting and then paint my dream.
–Vincent Van Gogh
All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.
Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.
Just a week before he was assassinated, Abraham Lincoln had a dream that he discussed with several people. It seemed that he was walking through the silentWhite House toward the sound of sobbing. When he entered the East Room, he was confronted by the sight of a catafalque covered in black. He asked the guard on duty there who was dead. “The president,” said the soldier.
–The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes
I don’t use drugs; my dreams are frightening enough.
In forming a bridge between body and mind, dreams may be used as a springboard from which man can leap to new realms of experience lying outside his normal state of consciousness and enlarge his vision not only of himself, but also of the universe in which he lives.
Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?
Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which, if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or a Shakespeare.
All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.
I believe that dreams transport us through the underside of our days, and that if we wish to become acquainted with the dark side of what we are, the signposts are there, waiting for us to translate them.
You know that there’s a whole underground system that you call “dreams,” having nothing better to call them, and that this system is not like roads or tunnels but more like a live body network, all coiling and stretching, unpredictable but finally familiar — where you are now, where you’ve always been.
WHAT TO REMEMBER WHEN WAKING
In that first
in which you wake,
to this life
from the other
there is a small
into the day
What you can plan
is too small
for you to live.
What you can live
will make plans
for the vitality
hidden in your sleep.
To be human
is to become visible,
what is hidden
as a gift to others.
the other world
in this world
is to live in your
Excerpt from ‘What to Remember When Waking’
From RIVER FLOW: New and Selected Poems
Many Rivers Press. ©David Whyte