Dream Workshop at Surrealist.org
with Professor Nori Muster
How to Keep a Dream Journal
Start a dream journal and record your dreams
Interpret symbols, the language of dreams.
Links to good dream dictionaries.
Recognize archetypal themes in your dreams.
Influence, program, and rewrite dreams.
Gestalt Dream Work
Dialogue with dreams.
Incorporate material from dreams into your art and writing.
Dream Journal Writing Exercises
After you read the assignments, practice what you learned. These exercises will teach you how to process your dreams using your journal.
Surrealist Dream Library—more writing on this subject. You are welcome to browse through the files:
Archetype Workshop learn more about archetypes
Dream Drawing Book line drawings based on a series of dreams
Dream Sketches 2006 line drawings based on the 2006 dream journals.
Surrealist Manifesto statement by the person behind surrealist.org
Dreaming Peace a book for dreaming a better future
Find Me at the Gates a sci-fi short story filled with dream images
Myth and Theme of Ex-membership an academic paper that draws on archetypes and metaphors to describe the psychology of an ex-cult member
Secret Order of the Tarot Deck an essay on archetypes and themes in the tarot deck
Noriland Art an alternative dream reality
History of the Dream Workshop
The Workshop began as a class curriculum I wrote and taught for Virtual University in 1998. It was my first online teaching job, although it was strictly volunteer work. From 1998 until 2010 I wanted to teach online again, and earn money doing it. In 2010, I got my dream teaching job and have been teaching online ever since. Dreams can come true. I now teach three online real estate classes as an adjunct professor at Mesa Community College.
The VU dream class had one hundred students, with active participation on a bulletin board. Click here to see parts of the discussions. Another writer weighed in on symbols and how they came to be, Mark Twain! Click here to see Twain's ideas about symbols. The class also searched for writers and artists who use dream images in their work. This is my personal link collection, click here.
About sixty percent of the students were beginners at dream journaling and were just starting to learn about dream symbols. About fifteen percent already had a good grasp of the symbol language and how to interpret dreams. Several students with knowledge of dream interpretation helped me on the discussion boards, throwing out ideas and good insights.
The remaining twenty-five percent had some understanding of symbols, but reported trouble with recurring dreams and nightmares. I asked them to pay greater attention to the more advanced sections, including archetypal themes, influencing dreams, and using dream images in art. This information allows greater self-awareness and peace of mind for people with troubling dreams.
Delving into the subconscious mind may be fun for some, but dangerous for others. I posted a disclaimer about this in the syllabus, and encourage anyone with psychological-emotional problems to get a support system in place if they decide to pursue a deeper understanding of their dreams. See disclaimer, click here.
As a new professor at VU, one of the volunteers interviewed me for the class profile page: Interview with Professor Muster
Statement about Quantitative Dream Content Analysis
Information added December 20, 2016
Although this workshop is mostly concerned with interpreting dream symbols, there's another field of dream analysis that makes a case for the literal interpretation of dreams. In other words, if you dream about your spouse a lot, most likely you are dreaming about your spouse, someone you think of often, and are concerned with in waking life.
Theoretical basis of Content Analysis:
Dr. Calvin S. Hall began to develop quantitative content analysis of dreams in the late 1940s to draw data from dreams. In the 1960s and 1970s he began to develop his continuity hypothesis that dream content is continuous with waking concerns. Prof. Domhoff, in his book, Finding Meaning in Dreams (1996, ch. 1), lists three discoveries from quantitative dream research. First, evidence of commonalities in all people’s dreams, and in dreams of various populations, such as men, women, teenagers, etc. Second, evidence of consistency of one participant’s dreams over time. And third, evidence of continuity between dream content and waking concerns. This presentation will provide examples that demonstrate the second and third principles.
1) Identify characteristics of long-term dream records.
2) Assess currents of continuity in one person’s dreams over time.
3) Analyze continuity between dreams and waking concerns, and discuss examples.