Since 2017, Healcyon has been involved in training with the Alchemical Dreamer’s Guild (ADG). Link completed the Initiation into the Guild in the Spring of 2018 and became a Guild Collaborator. In September 2019, Healcyon and the Guild teamed up to Co-Facilitate an Askelpain Camping Retreat in the mountains of North Carolina. Since then it has felt appropriate to list Dreamwork as a modality that Healcyon offers, as well as list upcoming events of the Alchemical Dreamer’s Guild!
What is Dreamwork?
Working with Dreams is as incredible field with many approaches and styles. Any method that uses dreams and their imagery for the purposes of reflection, growth, or creativity can be seen as dreamwork. Simply put as the name implies- it is working with Dreams! There are many methods, such as Archetypal Dreamwork (Carl Jung), Projective Dreamwork (Jeremy Taylor), and then we have the guild’s Authentic Dreamwork (Benjamin Whitehurst).
The Guild’s Dream Circling
Healcyon and the Guild practice a method of Dreamwork called Dream Circling, and it is why our modalities have so much overlap and synergy.
Most dream groups out there today focus on analyzing dreams for their symbolic content, as well as psychological analysis of the dreamer. When sharing with friends, it is often normal to hear this type of language: “What do you think this dream means? Is it pre-cognitive of the future? What is going on with my subconscious?”
The Guild’s method of Authentic Dreamwork takes a meditative/spiritual approach. Rather than focusing on meaning or symbolism, which is only a few layers of the incredible depth in dreams, a holistic approach is taken including all the layers of a dream. Some examples of these layers are: Kinesthetic feel of images, Somatic Experience (where do I feel this dream in my body), and Channeled Associations (what experiences or curious thoughts arise).
Circling is a practice of its own, which involves the interpersonal connections and depth of awareness in being with a group. A group’s attention will often meditate on ‘what it is like’ to be with someone as they are, and to offer reflections of their experience. Often this is done sitting in a circle, hence the name, but Circling can be done one on one with a client to better understand their World.
When weave these two together skillfully, you arrive with the practice of Dream Circling. A spiritual practice that has incredible depth as well as the richness of community. This is also an incredibly safe path (like Qi gong!) because Dreams arrive when we are ready to have and integrate them.
Each Month the Dreamer’s Guild hosts a by donation vegetarian breakfast and dreamwork practice. If you would like to experience dreamwork please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a consultation on if this is suitable for you. It is an invite only event so we do screen interested parties!