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As far as I remember nobody ever attached much importance to dreams and neither did I. I do remember a scary repeating dream from those days though, which made a strong impression, but as this had to do with German soldiers and my parents' feelings were still very much those of people having suffered from war I probably did not tell them this dream, where otherwise I might have.
Ann Faraday's books and my own search for balance which seemed at that time, some 12 years ago, very much tipped towards intellectual pursuits. I then started a dream journal, took up my psychology studies again and did dream courses and so on and now I use several ways of dealing with my dreams.
For me it certainly was mainly a psychological thing although I would not want to define it in either Jungian or Freudian terms. In addition, dreams were the stories I told myself about myself and my world. I've always been interested in the story-side of dreams as well as in the psychological side of them.
The benefits are great: I use them as a kind of reflection on myself, a way to stand and ponder what I'm doing and experiencing in many ways. Also, I still wonder at the combinations and happenings in my dreams, so in that sense my own fictions still amaze me. I certainly interact with them in different ways now, sometimes just having them resound in me during the day, sometimes actively contemplating them and once I even turned a dream into an embroidered waistcoat. Also, I share my dream knowledge with others, people who come to my talks and classes as well as with others who are actively involved with dreams.
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