Humans have dreamt since the beginning of human history. Based on sleep research, we know that we have an average of six dreams per night, and 42 dreams per week - quite a lot of nocturnal activity! From a scientific point of view, it can also be stated that the natural phenomena produced by evolution never seem to waste energy, as all phenomena have an important function in maintaining life. Carl Jung saw dreams as a spontaneous process of the psyche, the goal of which was to make itself whole and heal itself. Jung therefore considered dreams to be natural manifestations that maintain health and wholeness, which is why it is very important to attend to dreams in order to hear their message.
Dreams often tell us uncomfortable truths about ourselves, and that is particularly useful to us. - James Hollis
Dream Work can be done through personal appointments or as a group process, either as live meetings or video connection (Zoom). Dream Work also includes personal work between sessions.
You can also learn to understand dreams in special dream groups. The Ullman Dream Group method was developed in the 1970s by the American Montague Ullman, who also acted as a guide and inspirer of the Finnish dream group pioneer, Psychiatrist Markku Siivola. The basic principle is that understanding that dreams are not owned by experts, on the contrary.
My point is not that Dream Work will save the world, but that dreams can be a reminder that it needs saving. - Montague Ullman
What happens in a Dream Group?
At each gathering of the group, one member tells the group one of her own dreams. Active listening is as important as the telling. Although at first it seems that the group is clearly only dealing with another person's dream, as the work progresses the other person's dream may open up very deep dimensions in other group members. The group enters a shared dimension.
In Dream Groups, the most important thing is trust and a safe atmosphere. Other people's dreams are never told outside the group. The members of the Dream Group are equal, and no one can be an expert on another's dream. The dream is processed according to a well-defined and clear order. Different stages have their own important meaning in understanding the dream's message.