I’ve been a member of my Dream Group for close to 20 years now. We get together the first and third Saturdays each month most of the time, and tomorrow we gather in Erlanger. The first meeting each month is at one another’s homes, the last is at the studio of one of our artist members.
First we settle in, catch up with each other and where we are life-wise at the moment. That just sort of occurs casually, as we pick our chairs, get our coffee and tea, begin to talk. Then there’s a pause and either one of us starts reading a dream we’ve had, or one of us asks another if she has had a dream. We listen to the dream itself, and ask questions about dream details. After that, we often ask that it be read again.
Then the discussion begins, usually preceded by: if this were my dream….. It is totally the dreamer’s prerogative to say what the dream is about. Our job is to think about it, absorb it, poke and prod gently – until the dreamer smiles and relaxes. Then we move on to the next dreamer and go through the same process.
After 20 years, I can now sometimes say what my dream is about. But I am constantly amazed at how much richness of interpretation, how many new insights that had not occurred to me, and how much meaning there is in my dreams, once the group gets hold of them.
Dreams are an incredible resource in our lives – and I thank all my fellow dreamers for their help in working with me to uncover the many layers of meaning in those resources.