1st Edition

Dreamwork and Self-Healing Unfolding the Symbols of the Unconscious

By Greg Bogart Copyright 2009
    324 Pages
    by Routledge

    324 Pages
    by Routledge

    There have been many previous books on the physiology of dreaming, the history of dream interpretation, and the meaning of specific dream symbols. But there have been relatively few books exploring the moment-by-moment process of interpreting dreams. This book guides you through this interpretive process, and illustrates how dreamwork promotes emotional, relational, and spiritual transformation. It explores how working with dreams enhances our emotional life, deepens our capacity for relationship, and helps us gracefully navigate change and transitions. The author shows that dreamwork is a natural antidepressant, is effective in transforming anger, bereavement, couples conflicts and impasses, and aids the process of individuation. The book explores archetypal themes and complexes, synchronistic experiences and spiritual awakening in dreams, and representations of the body in dreams. The final chapter, "Taming Wild Horses", explores animal dream symbolism and its importance for enhancing our human sexuality. The book also describes the Dream Mandala, a method of self-transformation through the union of opposites - the charged polarities of the personality.

    PART I. THERAPEUTIC DREAMWORK 1. Introduction 2. Dreamwork and Psychotherapy 3. Dreamwork and Relationships 4. Twenty Dreams of a Young Artist PART II. JUNGIAN DREAMWORK 5. Archetypal Themes 6. Unfolding the Complexes in Dreams 7. Persona and Shadow in Dreamwork 8. Anima and Animus in Dreams 9. Dreamwork and Individuation 10. The Dream Mandala 11. Synchronicity and Dreams 12. Spirit and the Body in Dreams PART III. CASE STUDY 13. Taming Wild Horses: A Study of Animal Symbolism and Male Sexuality


    Greg Bogart

    This is a book on dreams like no other. Greg Bogart’s inspirational approach to spiritual depth psychology is potent medicine indeed. We find ourselves drawn into these gripping stories, awed by the vitality of dreams, which reveal both the sources of our wounding and paths to healing. Bogart’s innovative approach to the Dream Mandala allows us to reach the organizing foundation of dreams, and to perceive their profound relational, archetypal, and spiritual significance. This book will be a beacon for anyone seeking the guidance and wisdom that comes to us from the mystery within."  • Linda Schierse Leonard, PhD, author of The Wounded Woman: Healing the Father-Daughter Relationship

    ‘Greg Bogart shows how Jungian dreamwork can be applied effectively in brief-term and long-term therapy, couples counseling, group process work, and as a catalyst for personal transformation. "Taming Wild Horses" is a powerful case study that’s unlike anything I’ve ever read. Bogart’s creative reading of Jung, Von Franz, and Edinger, his centering, integrative dream mandala method, and his brilliant chapter on dreams and spirituality make this book highly recommended reading."  • Stanley Krippner, PhD, Co-Author Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work with Them

    ‘For followers of both Freud and Jung, our analytic work must balance the dream with the transference. While the transference relationship has been abundantly considered in the literature, the process of dream analysis in recent years has remained unaddressed. Finally, a unique and remarkable book has appeared that is valuable to the student, the patient, and the informed clinician. Bogart’s subtle, brilliant reflections provide an in-depth resource for Jungian analytic thought reflecting his extensive experience as a writer, teacher and clinician. I highly recommend Dreamwork and Self-Healing for professionals, their clients, and others given to self-reflection."  • John Conger, PhD, psychoanalyst, author of Jung and Reich: The Body as Shadow

    'Properly understood, dreams enhance the dialogue between therapist and patient about specific problems in living, contribute to a therapist’s deductions about a patient’s internal object relations, and add to the growth of the patient’s self understanding. That Jungian dream work can advance psychological healing is convincingly illustrated in this book.'  • John Beebe, MD, Jungian analyst, author of Integrity in Depth

    ‘This is a rich and enthusiastic book about dreams in clinical practice. Bogart’s approach to dreams is inspired mainly by the classical and archetypal Jungian traditions. Through the many detailed accounts of his patients’ dreams (and some of his own) he explores how relationships, archetypal themes, complexes, persona and shadow, anima and animus, individuation, synchronicity, spirit and body are expressed in dream work. The clinical vignettes demonstrate the evolving therapeutic process as facilitated by dreams and reflected in them. Bogart’s passion, respect and devotion to working with dreams is palpable throughout the book and so is the therapeutic, healing effect his approach has on the patients presented in the book."  • Review in The Journal of Analytical Psychology