Why Not Get Together to Dream?
Writers have groups that critique their work and give them emotional support during their lonely times. Support groups encourage members to share their issues in a safe environment. Religious organizations promote home groups to their members to study scriptures and to encourage each other through life’s journey. There are all sorts of groups for all sorts of things. Why not start a dream group?
People that practice dream interpretation together gain insights as they work to discern each other’s struggle with the process. By working together on each other’s dreams they also develop the gift of empathy, as each person’s inner workings are shared.
Gain Insights from Other Dreamers
For many years we have given workshops and seminars where individuals share their dream — and their understanding. At the end of these times we often find that people in the workshop remark how insightful other’s dreams had been for them. Working together on our dreams with a group of peers gives us support but we also learn what is happening to others because of their dreams.
Sharing our dreams with each other give us practice in hearing the voice of the Spirit in the lives of others. We also get to experience and relate about the way the voice of the Spirit energizes us.
Importance of Sharing Our Dreams
Truth be told, we are more likely to do the work needed to interpret our dreams — yes it is a bit of work — if there is someone willing to listen to us in a way that validates the experience we have.
That’s why it is important to be careful when inviting a person to join your group. You want someone who understands how to interpret dreams the way that you do. Otherwise you get someone who is good at sharing their opinion instead of discerning the interpretation God gives them.
Who Should You Invite Into Your Dream Group?
It would be helpful if the people you invite into your group exhibit the following qualities:
Respectful of Others — someone who honors your personality and your spiritual journey
Non-judgmental — someone who will not judge you; someone you invite feedback from
Trustworthy — someone who will NOT spread the material outside of the group
Imaginative — someone who asks stimulating questions and gives interesting perspectives
A Good Visualizer — someone who can picture your dream in their imagination as you tell it
Sensitive — someone who senses when to listen, encourage, ask a question, or make suggestions
Nuts and Bolts of Running a Dream Group
- Even in a group of peers, someone needs to act as the host or moderator. That person manages the group’s time and sees that the group’s work gets done. The task can be rotated among each member. Ideally that person will break the ice by asking questions and suggesting tasks.
- The ideal group size for something like this is four although five or six will work. Over that and you are getting too large for each person to work on their own dream in a session.
- The group needs to agree on protocols to follow and basic procedures that will enable everyone to be honored and the group times to be well used. Part of that protocol should ensure that people come to the group prepared.
- After the group first gets together in each meeting to socialize, they should transition into an attitude of reverence and a sense of the sacredness of what they are about to do. Meditation with spiritual music followed by the lighting of a candle and a short spiritual reading may get you all in the right spirit. In this way your group will acknowledge the Spirit’s presence and affirm each person’s dream as a gift from God.
- In whatever order you want, let people share (in turn) one new dream. Let one member at a time be focused upon, responding to questions other members ask to clarify detail. It would then be good for the person to share their work on the dream and then allow the others to give their impressions and understanding of the overall meaning of the dream or of the individual symbols.
- It is a good idea that the either the group or each individual member develop a dream dictionary of the symbols that come up in the group and the meanings that were discerned by the members.
- It is to be understood that everyone comes to the group prepared. The dreams presented should be written out and the dreamer should have at least started working on interpreting the dream themselves. It might be helpful if each member were given a copy of the individual dream to look at as it is read aloud.
Sharing your dreams together as spiritual gifts will yield an enriching and satisfying beauty to your dream work.