CSP 742 Number of Credit Units: 1
Instructor: Jeremy Taylor Phone: 415/454.2793
Sept 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, Nov 5, 12, 19, Dec 3 & 10
No classes Oct 22, 29, Nov 26
All dreams, even nightmares come in the service of health and wholeness and our dreams regularly challenge our unexamined assumptions about ourselves and our world. Often there is a great disparity between our consciously professed ideals and our actual behavior. We may repeatedly and unwittingly damage or destroy the very people or institutions we wish to nurture and support. A conscious exploration of these shadowy energies in our lives can go a long way toward reversing this distressing repetitive drama.
Authentic gender awareness promotes and nurtures erotic/relational knowledge of the world and requires acknowledgement of the “other” as one intimately connected with the deepest self.
Even our most complex, difficult, and "taboo" problems are regularly addressed in creative, amusing and ultimately positive and productive ways in our dreams. We will explore our "hidden dimensions" and how this inner knowledge makes possible an understanding of the relationship between using dreams for personal growth and for the resolution of our many social problems.
1. Attendance 50%
2. Participation in class 50%
List recommended readings:
Taylor, Jeremy: The Living Labyrinth, New Jersey:Paulist Press, 1998
Taylor, Jeremy: Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill, New York, Warner, 1992
Taylor, Jeremy: Dream Work, New Jersey: Paulist Press, 1983
Handout: The Basic Dream Work Tool Kit
Garfield, Patricia: Women’s Bodies, Women’s Dreams, Ballantine, NY, 1988
Signel, Karen: Wisdom of the Heart: Working with Women’s Dreams, Bantam Books, NY, 1990.
Hopke, Robert: Men’s Dreams, Men’s Healing, Shambala, Boston, 1990
(subject to the instructor's changes)
Weeks One - Four
Introduction to the roles of the unconscious and of the conscious mind
Laboratory evidence for dream recall
Historical perspective on dream exploration
Exploring the nature of “authentic gender”
Exploration of “types” of dreams (nightmares, recurrent, lucid, etc)
Exploration of basic guidelines for group dream work
Group dream work
Explanation of archetypes
Exploration of basic archetypes
Discussion of Freud and Jung's theories
Universal language of dreams and symbols
Dreams and creation spirituality
Group dream work and group process