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

Dreamwork and Self-Healing: Unfolding the Symbols of the Unconscious
October 22nd 2009 by Routledge
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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. It also explores the technique of the Dream Mandala as 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. “This book makes an important contribution to our understanding of dreams and psychotherapeutic technique. Greg Bogart shows how Jungian dreamwork can be applied effectively in brief-term and long-term therapy, couples counseling, group process work, and as a catalyst for personal transformation. "Taming Wild Horses" is a powerful case study that's unlike anything I've ever read. Bogart's creative reading of Jung, Von Franz, and Edinger, his centering, integrative dream mandala method, and his brilliant chapter on dreams and spirituality make this book highly recommended reading.” —Stanley Krippner, PhD, Co-Author Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work with Them

 “This is a book on dreams like no other. Greg Bogart's inspirational approach to spiritual depth psychology is potent medicine indeed. We find ourselves drawn into these gripping stories, awed by the vitality of dreams, which reveal both the sources of our wounding and paths to healing. Bogart's innovative approach to the Dream Mandala allows us to reach the organizing foundation of dreams, and to perceive their profound relational, archetypal, and spiritual significance. This book will be a beacon for anyone seeking the guidance and wisdom that comes to us from the mystery within.” —Linda Schierse Leonard, PhD, author of The Wounded Woman: Healing the Father-Daughter Relationship

 “Finally, a unique and remarkable book has appeared that is valuable to the student, the patient, and the informed clinician. Bogart's subtle, brilliant reflections provide an in-depth resource for Jungian analytic thought reflecting his extensive experience as a writer, teacher and clinician. I highly recommend Dreamwork and Self-Healing for professionals, their clients, and others given to self-reflection.” —John Conger, PhD, psychoanalyst, author of Jung and Reich: The Body as Shadow

 “That Jungian dream work can advance psychological healing is convincingly illustrated in this book. Properly understood, dreams enhance the dialogue between therapist and patient about specific problems in living, contribute to a therapist's deductions about a patient's internal object relations, and add to the growth of the patient's self understanding. In his beautifully detailed accounts of clinical cases, Greg Bogart shows himself able to listen sensitively to his clients' dreams and to share what he finds in them. He demonstrates that dream symbols, delved into with respectful curiosity, can often convert a patient's complexes into constructive life energies.” —John Beebe MD, Jungian analyst, author of Integrity in Depth

 “This is a rich and enthusiastic book about dreams in clinical practice. Bogart's approach to dreams is inspired mainly by the classical and archetypal Jungian traditions. Through the many detailed accounts of his patients' dreams (and some of his own) he explores how relationships, archetypal themes, complexes, persona and shadow, anima and animus, individuation, synchronicity, spirit and body are expressed in dream work. The clinical vignettes demonstrate the evolving therapeutic process as facilitated by dreams and reflected in them.

Bogart's passion, respect and devotion to working with dreams is palpable throughout the book and so is the therapeutic, healing effect his approach has on the patients presented in the book.” —The Journal of Analytical Psychology

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