The course is a simplified and easy-to-use version of the dreamwork psychology methodology developed by Strephon Kaplan-Williams, designed to be used by everyone interested in exploring their dreams.
Historically there has been a big tendency to impose on dreams to get meaning a Symbol System. In psychology it is their personality theory, like the Jungian anima-animus or shadow-persona. Such imposing of a symbol system onto dreams to produce dreamwork is likely to be highly distracting, taking people away from direct re-experiencing of the dream and not towards it.
This overview is Strephon Kaplan-Williams’ featured presentation at the International Association for the Study of Dreams Conference. June 19, 2004, Copenhagen, Denmark.
1. WHAT IS PURPOSE? We do not discover a purpose for ourselves by defining what purpose is. We so often ask, what is my purpose in life? I don’t know what it is. Show it to me and of course, I will live that purpose if I agree with it. …
“A professional has developed objectivity towards the dream, the dreamer and the dreamwork process through achieving a character development that no longer seeks to have the ego in control in dreams or in life.
This is a major shift that can only occur if the leader or guide has submitted to both a supervising professional dreamwork guide and developed a balanced relationship between the personal ego and the larger center that produces the dream.”
“I will not interpret other people’s dreams for them, saying what their symbols means as if I am an authority; I will let my dreams guide me and not seek to guide my dreams” […]
These training modules were piloted as an educational structure for the 4-years Dreamwork Psychology Course in Romania (2004-2008).
The Dreamwork Record Form is a dreamwork tool for recording and interpreting dreams, using the post-Jungian approach developed by Strephon Kaplan-Williams.
1. Expect adversaries. Meet your adversaries head-on. Stand for values. Take your defeats whatever way you can. Grow by them. Do not try to defeat your adversaries. If you have sufficient power, at least try to neutralize them. 2. Tell the truth in conflicts . . . because honesty is …
Kaplan-Williams earned two master’s degrees at the University of California Los Angeles and San Francisco in English literature and Counseling psychology. He received extensive Jungian analytical training for ten years with the Guild for Psychological Studies, graduating as one of their main leaders. He has undergone fifteen years of Jungian analysis and had many other trainings in modern California therapy approaches. He is responsible for originating the Jungian-Senoi method of dreamwork development and healing.
Strephon about Strephon:
“Greatest Outer Accomplishment – the bringing in of the Dream Cards to the world.
Most Valuable Inner Accomplishment – healing of my traumatized psyche through fifteen years of Jungian analysis, eight years of bodywork and ten years on the mat Aikido.
Heart – to practice acceptance and sharing openly with compassion and passion.”