A. T. Funkhouser, Bern, Switzerland

Summer, 2012

     Jung had this to say about dreamwork: “An arbitrary translation of the dreams is absolutely inadvisable. That would be a superstitious practice based on the acceptance of well established symbolic meanings. But there are no fixed symbolic meanings” (C. W. 4: 539).

     And in another place: “I said, ‘Look here, the best way to deal with a dream is to think of yourself as a sort of ignorant child or ignorant youth …’” (C. W. 18: 200 – The Tavistock lectures, no. 3).

     And further: “I want to emphasize that it is not safe to interpret a dream without going into careful detail as to the context. Never apply any theory but ask the patient what his [or her] dream images mean to him [or her]” (C. W. 18: 248).

List of chapters

   A brief historical survey
   Dreaming and sleep
   Special Forms of Dreaming
   The unconscious
   Communications from the unconscious
   The purposes of dreams
   Various levels of dream meaning
   Jung's scheme of inner figures
   Four basic "tools" for working on dreams
   Final remarks
   Appendix A: Groupwork guidelines
   Appendix B: Dreamwork philosophy and Jeremy Taylor's Basic Dream Work TOOL KIT
   Appendix C: A format for a dream group session
   Appendix D: Your dream cow is not like I imagined it to be