Landscapes of the unconscious: toward a deeper understanding of self through dream-work
LE3 .A278 1999
Master of Education
This dissertation is a narrative exploration of dream work and its value in my own experience as a developing therapist. It is my contention that dream work involves the identification and amplification of personal metaphor and symbol, and the identification of recurring themes which are reflective of one's personal life experience. I believe dream work can enable one to identify as well the personal myth or script by which one has lived one's life. In my experience, dream work has been an effective means of discerning my own intuitive inner voice over the years. It has also enabled me to be more fully aware of my emotional and psychological dynamics, and their potential impact on my therapeutic practice and therapeutic relationships. My research is autobiographical in nature and draws from journals kept over a twenty-year period. It also chronicles for the reader a gradual coming to voice, to self-realization and to a new perception of wholeness. In many ways in the writing, I have become my own therapist,and like my clients, found myself taken places I never expected to go by the process. One never knows where the road will lead when one embarks upon a journey.
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