Dream analysis in psychotherapy

Dream analysisThe basic function of dreams is to express the psyche. The content and the narrative of every dream as well as every aspect of each particular has messages and meanings for us. The images presented in dreams can be viewed as parts of us and may shine a light on the inner dynamics of our lives.

Re-entering into the dream using the waking dream technique allows for direct experience and connection with the dream material.

There are many types of dreams:
reflection of day
opposite
psychic dreams / lucid dreams
spiritual dreams

Working with dreams from a spiritual perspective involves the following:

a. Exploring the dream in the waking state to elicit dreamer’s associations.
b. Linking the exploration of dreams with the body (grounding it in our
feelings/sensations) and the chakras.
c. If appropriate, using the waking dream to reveal the spiritual dimension of
the dream.
d. Working with the shadow in dreams as a window to the spiritual
dimensions and then grounding the experience in the personality.

Spiritual dreams involves recognising polarities of spirit versus matter in dreams. Imagination as a bridge between spirit and matter.   Some dreams show influence of spirit or transcendental consciousness, e.g. in landscapes of planes and in qualities invoked, associated with those planes. Some dreams show influence of material life, these are more of a personal nature, material consciousness.
Most dreams are a mixture of both.

For the transpersonal school, especially the CCPE, nothing changes in therapy unless the spiritual perspective is present and unless we consciously work with the spiritual perspective.  We can see dreams as revealing to us our transformation process (or lack of transformation).

Dreams can reveal the different personalities that interact within our inner world through symbols that contribute to the totality of the self. From a transpersonal perspective the dreamer should be helped to find their own guidance and meaning through working with the dream. The therapist should be wary of making interpretations. Sharing with the client your thoughts on the dream after they have had an opportunity to experience it directly, is more appropriate.