Henri Rousseau Sleeping Gypsy Henri Rousseau, The Dream
Henri Rousseau Sleeping Gypsy Henri Rousseau, The Dream Memories Memories What IS in our brain that the dreamer can magically pull out of its hat?
1. Episodic Memories which are actually perceived and known; An actual memory of actually riding your bike to school that day, for example. 2. Procedural memory Procedural is the steps to doing something, or learning to do it; Learning How to ride a bike 3. Semantics
Semantics are long term memory; it is the symbols and meanings that the symbol emotes (with a feeling), or connects in general to something, but not an actual specific experience or a specific thing. Semantics are the words we use when trying to give meaning to the image or a feeling. For ex. The image of a bicycle might be used in advertising to represent childhood. When a dreamer thinks of a bicycle it could have many interpretations and many meanings until put into context with the other events and images of the dream, therefore the words to describe it would vary greatly Dreams are filled with metaphors and semantics mixed in with episodic memory and learning Think of all that stuff we as a class put into our collective brain, (some of it is your and some is not. Some is
nonsense and some is not) and then think about what ends up in your dreams) Marc Chagall The Dream Chagall, Cow with a parasol Cows have different meanings to
different people, in different cultures. Any image will have a different meaning depending on the dreamer and the context. Marc Chagall Wedding Candles
What the effects are if certain areas are damaged. We know that a person can remap his brain after an injury. Does a dreamer remap his brain for lucid dreaming and to recall and control his dreams? Magritte: Golconda Magritte,
Infinite gratitude Magritte Castle in the Pyrenees Categories, and different kinds of dreams: 1. Meaningless Based on Memories from the past or present, significant and not significant, but not having any deeper meaning: often it's just replaying the day's events over and over like a 'broken record.'
Can be a repetitive organizing of events and information. -The brain processes information, categorizes and summarizes it, deletes some and prioritizes some; -the process is not unlike an ongoing master filing system that will always be part of your identity. -Think of it as having a free file clerk who's always on the job. Some better than others!! 2. Entertainment Creative people often rewrite and recreate what they've read or seen on TV or the movies, and in a way that is entertaining to them. The dreams are fun and interesting but don't hold a deeper meaning. -The ability to create dreams that have characters and a plot are the infancy of lucid dreaming but because its 'plagiarized' from your
culture, it's important to understand it as such> and then make it your own. What is wonderful about these dreams is they can become a fountain of inspiration for an artist or writer 3. Repetitive and recurring -Dreams that repeat, and might be repeating, because the brain does in fact repeat frameworks, perhaps due in part to memory reflex, and they may not have meaning or meaningful content. - Recurring is a dream that does have meaning and content because it conveys an emotion or raises a question. It may continue to recur until the dreamer understands why, and then stop. Over time, if the question is resolved but the dream comes back, it will usually be a metaphor/symbol for a contemporary problem 4. Night terrors/nightmares
-Night terrors usually grip young children under eight, (and not adults) and are much more severe than nightmares. -Nightmares can seem very real because the emotion is in intense and real. Because it is frightening, the dreamer should try to understand the dream. Gestalt therapy can be used to resolve recurring nightmares, Categories of dreams, cont. 5. Signal dreams Signal dreams point to something, solve something or help the dreamer make a decision- usually by presenting a 'piece of evidence' that signals what to do. It can also point to something that has already happened but the dreamer is in denial about.
6. Predicative or prophecy Piecing together facts or a series of events that already exist, but the dreamer is in denial over or has just not considered. Many events in the future, (except for chaos) have one or many things in the past that caused or built up to the event; in dreams the mind puts these pieces together and sometimes gets it right. 7.
Healing/Prodromic Research has shown that dreamers have certain dreams before migraine and asthma attacks. In ancient Greece they believed these dreams could help a person overcome an illness if he rested. This falls under the category of predicting, but in at least some cases might be accurate because the body is in the act of scanning and healing itself during sleep, and if a part of the body is bothering the person, it may pop up in the dream during NREM.
8. Day dreams and visions the same in most respects, whether youre awake, asleep or almost asleep Essentially, these are your thoughts that you can see, but no one else can Categories of dreams, cont . 9. Astral plane
- A Special Place where the dreamer goes to meet and talk with their ancestors (Am. Indians) -other names include God, Spirit, Heaven or the Other Side. - Collective unconscious - Synchronicity (quantum physics theory) -Transcendental/Universal - Flying - Out of body experience (OBE) - Vision(s) (can be one image that stays, or a narrative) 9. Lucid dreams can include any of the above and the following sub-categories:
-False awakening -Visions in dreams that go beyond creative thinking, envisioning -are especially vivid and can't be explained because the dreamer did not create it - dreamer has nothing in his knowledge to contextualize the vision, yet its clear & distinct - very memorable with profound meaning (Carl Jung opened dialogue with his visions) 10. Epic Dreams Epic dreams are any of the above which affect the dreamer in a way that he/she alters in some way the direction of their life, a course correction so to speak, or it affects decisions about their life and relationships, or changes how he/she thinks of themselves.
Fills the dreamer with awe and remains with you for years as if it was last night A few terms: Collective Unconscious Carl Jungs theory: he developed this from the realization that the house was a metaphor and could be used as a framework to analyze dreams; evolved to Analytical Psychology * The collective unconscious is the sum of all thoughts, memories, impulses, desires and feeling of which you are not aware but which influence your emotions and behavior. * The collective unconscious is a way to organize and interpret our experiences, to see how we are similar to each other, and become aware of each other
The collective unconscious is the repeating symbols, signs, elements and images that carry and convey messages Personal unconscious Personal Library Archetypes Puns, metaphors and personal myths Universal collective unconscious
Universal library Archetypes
Magical realm Shared experiences Shared dreams On the same wave length. resonating Astral plane For those instances, if its something we cannot know, than its --- what? ** in Avatar, the Sacred Tree, The Tree of Souls, Tree of Voices and the vast network of roots, which they connect to by using their braids, are their collective unconscious ** Energy is borrowed and one day you have to give it back.
Carl Jung Dream Journal - extraordinaire How to lucid dream Gestalt Method Reflection Active attitude Set the intention
Embrace your dreams and your dream self (Gestalt Psychology) Auto suggestion- an idea exclusively occupying the mind turns into reality Control your life: Control your dreams Yoga meditation/Dzogchen/Asian Clear the mind Dream question Dream Helpers (in Japanese theyre Keuna, for ex.)
Kabbalah Concentrate on an image, to fill the mind Electronic manipulation - Lucidity Institute (masks and lights) - Thinking Cap - Dream Controller How to remember your dreams Before you go to sleep
1. Expect to remember your dreams 2. Review past dreams 3. Get ready to record your dreams 4. Make preparations and be willing to stay awake and record one 5. Review the day, going back to the morning 6. Brain dump, to relax and reassure 7. set the intention 8. Dream question
Upon Waking: 1. start recalling your dream from the ending, backwards 2. try and recall all that you can 3. think of an event that triggered the dream or relates to the dream 4. Dont be discourages if you cant recall all of it Daily 1. value each dream and keep a dream journal
2. accept all dreams 3. consider recalling a skill to learn and improve 4. dont compare recalling one over the other 5. if you recall it during the day, what triggered it (dj vu?) Dreams often occur in series. After youve recorded many of them, youll see a theme will continue over a few nights, if you learn from the dream the series will end or evolve to the next level. If your subconscious is trying to teach you something, the imagery will continue until you understand or put away and tried at a later time if youre not ready to face it. These kind of dreams are usually about your behavior, your actions and reactions in life and experience
The Gestalt Prayer Fritz Perls I do my thing and you do your thing. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations And you are not in this world to live up to mine.
You are you and I am I. And if by chance we find each other, it's beautiful, If not, it can't be helped. Fritz Perls (1893-1970) Gestalt Therapy pioneer MUSIC for listening Free falling john mayer live (great 4 minutes (10 sec, commercial) )
Learning to Fly live w/ Stevie Nicks: 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20Ov0cDPZy8 minutes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p_f7Df2-oM&feature=related
sky sailing Brielle 4. minutes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PkzsMak6P8&ob=nb_av2e http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbxsmcT7GOk In Dreams 2.5 minutes Roy Orbison MOVIE CLIPS/ USE FOR IMAGES and SYMBOLS 1. Peach orchard esp. 3 minutes- 7 to understand http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qMqTZ-Jnbw&feature=related 2. Kurosowa w/ music from Enya. 3.5 minutes
edited and merging of dreams with music by Enya Is Kuorsoawa asking himself: " Am i Van Gogh? " http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJ90m9y4fx8&feature=related 3.summary of movie DREAMS 2.5 minutes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTRw66CnWLI&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTRw66CnWLI&feature=related Waking Life :http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7583894250854515095#
Billy Joel river of dreams http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSq4B_zHqPM Harper Simon - Wishes and Stars http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW1sIo9wjI4&feature=branded
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