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The only dreams I remember from my childhood are an occasional nightmare and a recurrent dream that I had for several years. I didn't discuss my dreams with my family when I was growing up, so I don't imagine they attached much importance to dreams. As far as the larger community went, I never heard dreams discussed with any seriousness except the ones in biblical accounts in Catholic school religion class.
Someone told me about a dream workshop being held, and invited me to come. That really sparked my interest, and I immediately signed up for an extended (8-week) workshop, and subsequently, many others. I also began reading books on dreamwork.
I had no expectations initially, but after learning some basics of dreamwork and observing its effects I realized the importance and potential inherent in this work.
I began giving dreamwork a larger part in my daily life by keeping a dream journal and continuing my study of the subject, both independently and formally.
When? Once I began studying dreamwork, I approached it primarily from a Jungian perspective with an emphasis on the spiritual messages of dreams (and still do).
Dreams are a primary source of direction, insight and creative problem solving in my life.
My approach to dreamwork has evolved and changed since I first began working with my (and others') dreams. I emphasize a different perspective on the dream than I did at first - less emphasis on the conscious ego's (dreamer's) perspective, and more on the message coming from the other characters and elements in the dream. I have been teaching dream workshops and lecturing on dreamwork for two years now, and my work has repeatedly borne out the validity and effectiveness of this approach.
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