We all dream…
… and many of us ask themselves what could be the meaning of our nocturnal adventures and pictures, this other life which seems to be a parallel world to our daily routine? Is it a mirror of ourselves or a conglomerateof non significant neuron firings? Are they just emerging image streams without logic, senseless, without any connections? Or are they significant keys to open questions, creative processes that can help solve problems? Do we sleep in order to dream or do we dream in order to sleep? Is the dream a “mental digestion” or are we even able to travel to foreign worlds or into the future, able to contact our world telepathically? Do dreams help us cope with our everyday lives or do these images only turn into stories created out of pale memories and hunches upon awaking? A dream is a way of thinking that usually occurs during sleep and which possesses certain characteristics. The development or quality of these characteristics significantly depends on the sleep phase during which the thinking process takes place. Phenomenologically, the dream and the reality while we are awake are similar to each other, which means that all five senses are used. However, they differ in the fact that the body of a dreamer is in a deep state of relaxation (sleep), which is part of the dreamer’s transphenomenal reality (Paul THOLEY).
…the dream is a dream is a dream…
The dream is a kind of parallel world in which our realities reflect, portray and communicate.
DreamSenseMemory (© B. Holzinger 2016)
Dreams are our nightly adventures in an otherworld, which already fascinated humankind in the antiquity, inspired to understand dreams as visions about the future, as messages from the Gods or, as in the Asklepios cult, as a cure. The fascination for dreams is still within us and since Sigmund Freud it is understood as messages from the unconscious. 1953 REM-sleep has been discovered and has been understood as the process of dreams. This discovery creates an opening for dreams to be understood scientifically. Though we are not agreeing nowadays if only REM sleep is accompanied by dreams, dream research has established itself, not least by the possibility to study the consciousness in the dream, the lucid dream.
We know nowadays, that dreams are connected to process the senses as well as the emotions. It can be stated that during REM-sleep important sequences of learning take place, above all those concerning our mental state and our performance, like temper, memory and concentration.
We even go that far as to say that during dreams we integrate what we kept in mind from our days into our experience.
It has now become unthinkable to eliminate dream work from any psychological school: it inspires us, gets our attention, but mostly dreams are not interpreted anymore. Based on those insights and on our research, among others the ones about lucid dreams and on the possibility they provide to overcome nightmares, Brigitte Holzinger has developed an easy way for dream work, which on the one hand is based on Gestalt-therapy and on the other hand is using method acting (first mentioned by Lee Strasberg and addressing actors) to access to dreams. To be able to authentically play their roles, actors have to fully embrace the fictive world in which the fictive character they endorse exists. Actors using this method to feel this fictive world with all their senses, they dive into it with the experiences they made themselves, transferring those upon the fictive character as if it would truly exist and be able to have real senses on its own. In the Dream Sense Memory approach, a dream will be worked upon (in group setting or in personal consultation) by being recounted according to this method. It is about embracing a dream with all senses, so that every aspect of it can be uncovered. Only by using also the memory of the senses can the remembrance on the dreamed events be fully recovered and thus, the potential messages of the dream pictures be “sensed” and felt, not interpreted.
Dream Sense Memory is focused on emotions and feelings of the dreamer, experienced through following the sensual memory. The plot and content of a dream come back alive and real as ever, it can physically be felt and experienced and therefore be captured further by the dreamer. Further, for treating sleep disorders, we have developed a non-medication- based method which we call sleepcoaching. Dream work and DreamSenseMemory ® are integral Elements of sleepcoaching. Sleepcoaching can be learned at the Medical University of Vienna (www.meduniwien.ac.at/zk-schlafcoaching) and more information about this method can be found on our website and in our publicized books.
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