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Dreams and visions

Dreams and visions

“In this brief transit where the dreams cross”: this fragment from the poem Ash Wednesday by T.S.Eliot leads into considerations of the remarkable human capacity to make personal sense out of inchoate trauma. Ash Wednesday in catholic liturgy, marks a turning again into darkness, into human pain and despair…hoping for re-birth. What is captured in these words plays into and out of experiences that we know….the loss of self, the loss of reality and then the painful retrieval of self and reality from the dream-like, the weird, the half-known, the barely-sensed. In this presentation the particular creative process of one woman will be described. Dreams and visions held the moment to moment experiences she needed to re-trace, to find her way hoping, not-hoping, turning again into the pain, to find herself vital, physically vibrant, whole-hearted again. Particular attention will be given to the nature and role of dreams, the role of an “active imagination”-like process, the differentiation of these from trauma memories, and the therapeutic relationship that holds these processes.

Conference: Demo
Areas of Interest / Categories: Dissociation, Dreams, Trauma