"So... what is dreamwork?" That's the #1 question I get. People are often interested but don't know what to ask.
Below is an imaginary Q&A session that anticipates where your curiosity might lead you.
What is dreamwork?
Dreamwork is the process of talking about dreams for the purpose of unraveling their messages. It is open-minded exploration in a space of not knowing. Simply entering this space is a powerful act.
Do you tell me what my dreams mean?
Nope. My goal is to reflect to you what I notice in your dreams. We explore and unravel the dream together.
Ultimately, you are the authority that determines the significance of the dream. I just try to help.
What's your method?
I ask a lot of questions, I follow my curiosity. I look for the pieces that have emotional charge or a particularly intriguing relational dynamic. For people new to this terrain it may look strange because the focus wanders, it doesn't follow a script.
Our work together will become more powerful over several weeks as we learn each other's language and themes begin to emerge. We'll track those themes from week to week.
What are dreams?
Dreams are metaphor messages, they are a reflective material. Working dreams is like being underwater and looking back up at the surface. Dreams help you see things that you can't (or don't want to) look at directly in conscious life.
Your dreams are here to help you, specifically. They use the vocabulary of your own life ("brown dog" has a different association for me than it does for you). They are daily guidance for you.
Your ancestors dreamed, tens of thousands of years ago. Animals dream. Dreaming is an essential piece of living on earth.
Where do you think dreams come from?
Dreams come from some intelligent source of that sees your whole life and cares about your well-being. That source is not part of your conscious ego, which means it isn't caught up in your mind's stories.
I believe the dreams are "curated" by what some call the Soul or Psyche - the part of you that is connected to a higher power but is still primarily concerned with your individual life path.
Because the dream is delivered to you from beyond your mind, we can be confident that it's the material your soul wants you to work with.
Why do people do dreamwork?
The short answer is that people do dreamwork to seek guidance and healing.
This kind of exploration will naturally...
help your life move forward from a stuck place;
dismantle thought patterns imposed by the dominant culture;
cultivate and honor the feminine (receptive, intuitive) half of yourself;
help you function in the open-minded space of
"I don't know;"
bring you into resonance with the Earth;
evolve your soul;
grow your qi
Is dreamwork a bit self-indulgent, considering the times?
Nope! In fact, those who are familiar with the material insist it is absolutely necessary to be listening to this guidance from beyond the egoic mind right now.
Further, we all need to do our personal work, and this is one way to do it. Dreams show you your blindspots, and this is a time of exposing blindspots.
Just by being willing to do dreamwork you open to direct communication with the mystery, you honor your system's innate wisdom and you uplift the feminine half of yourself. It's good, it's what the world needs right now.
Do you, Mike, believe in magic?
Do I, Mike's potential client, have to believe in magic to do this?
Nope! Come as you are; you don't need to believe anything in particular, and I won't try to convince you of my beliefs. What I say reflects my own belief system (as is the case for everybody), so take what you want from it and leave the rest.
That said, I think you do need to *suspend your disbelief* to do this work. It is helpful to spend time in the open-minded space of not knowing. For men, in particular, it is important to learn how to operate off-script, to swim in unpredictable currents with trust.
If you are willing to sincerely explore your deepest truths, then dreamwork might be a good fit for you.
What do you bring to the table?
I hold a strong, non-judgmental container where big feelings are safe and welcome. I listen very deeply and I ask questions that open the doors of the dream.
I track patterns, I notice the dynamics of dream elements that are in relationship. I have a lot of experience in ceremony, so I know how to operate in non-linear space.
I'm an explorer at heart. Working dreams feels like sitting on a park bench in a foreign country, watching a scene unfold in front of me. I may have no cultural point of reference, but I try to understand the nature of the relationships in the scene by observing closely, using whatever clues I can.
Do I need experience to join a group?
Not necessarily, but I think it's case-by-case. Get in touch, and we can figure out if you'd benefit from doing a beginner's dream series.
How do I incubate a dream?
Write your question in your journal at the top of the page. Keep the journal by your bed and try not to analyze the question too much. Feel into the question and trust that the right dream will come.
When you wake, record your dream in the present tense ("I am walking down the street and I see a dragon to my right..."). If you're a prolific dreamer, use your discernment to either condense the dream or choose the scene that feels most compelling to you. (Please don't share a 7-page dream, as I did in my first dream group). Even the smallest snippets can produce profound reflective feedback.
If you don't recall your dream on waking, start writing anyway. Begin with something like, "If I had dreamt, I would have dreamt that..." then free-write whatever comes to mind for as long as it takes to feel complete. If you don't remember your dream, try again the following night with the same question.
Testimonial from Alison
I found my experience in Mike’s dream group to be invaluable to my life’s work and journey. I’ve taken one 6 week dream group facilitated by Mike and was blown away. I knew Mike was a good dream coach, as he had done some one-on-one consultations with me before, but the dream group surpassed my expectations immensely.
I was impressed with how Mike was able to establish and hold a space in a virtual setting for a group of people (some of us having never met in person) that allowed us to intimately share our dreams with one another. I was also struck by Mike’s leadership style, which was empowerment for all members of the group to step into our own “inner guides” and offer what we could in dream interpretation, which created a dynamic group experience I looked forward to every week.
I would highly recommend a dream group facilitation by Mike to anyone I know and would gladly join any of his workshops in a heartbeat.
Testimonial from Gabi
Working with Mike was incredible. He lead the group with so much insight and integrity and I felt so supported to explore and make discoveries.
I was new to dream work, but Mike is such a wonderful and gentle teacher that by the end of the first session I already felt comfortable. I truly cannot say enough good things! Working with Mike has been such a privilege and I know that what I have learned from him will be touch points that I can return to again and again in the future.