As a first phase, before a dream is told and in order to be truly present to the dreamer and what he or she will tell, it is very helpful to still your mind. Far too often, when approaching a dreamwork session, all sorts of thoughts and feelings occupy the mind, some associated with what one may know about the dreamer, and many more that have to do with one's own life situation in its many facets.

     Quieting then consists in a conscious effort to quieten the mind and open oneself to what will be said and shown as the dream is told. Deep breathing and other meditation and mindfulness techniques can here be very useful in order to achieve the balance and inner quiet that is needed. This is a way of honoring the dream and the dreamer.

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