IINTRODUCTION TO THE DREAMS AND DREAMING DEPARTMENT
by Richard Wilkerson, Dream Educator
Dreams, a nightly gift and a part of the natural process of being alive, are being re-discovered by our culture. The meaning and value of your dreams will vary according to what you and your society decide. Our society is changing. We used to only value dreams in the context of psychotherapy. Now, after 30 years of self-help support groups and insightful professional research, we have learned that a dream need not be dismissed as "just a dream."
What does your dream mean? What have we learned? What does science teach us about dreams and dreaming? The dreams and dreaming department will be exploring these and many other questions about dreams.
We will also be making a few assumptions about dreams. These are:
Clinical vs Peer Dream Work
Clinical dreamwork is done within the context of psychotherapy and clinical & sleep research and has different approaches and goals than peer dreamwork.
Self-help mutual aid programs are made of peers who face a common concern. They provide emotional and other support by sharing their personal experiences and exchanging resources. Self-help programs organize to offer peer support, advocacy and a combination of the two. Peer dream sharing may have moderators, but the basic model is one of equal exchange.
Richard Wilkerson is general editor for The Internet Dream E-zine, Electric Dreams, and director of DreamGate, the Internet Communications and Dream Education Center. He writes the Cyberphile column for the Association for the Study of Dreams Newsletter.
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