If you struggle with feeling down, depressed, or SAD, there is some good information for therapists and patients on http://www.ubcsad.ca
At this time of year psychologists begin to hear about increased stress, depression, and anxiety even as patients look forward to the holiday season. Please read my article on the About page, called Crossroads of the Season.
Working with dreams is a way to cultivate your inner imaginative life. If you are not in Jungian analysis or depth psychotherapy you may wonder what to do now that you are recording your dreams (see blog entry below). Consider a dream as a possible way to discover unconscious undercurrents and alternative point of views to your conscious life. Dreams use images, symbols, and metaphors. Chose a dream that stands out or is intriguing. To develop a dynamic relationship to the dream, first retell the dream in the present tense, as though it is happening now. Then, you could visually express the dream by drawing the most significant images that tell its story (you can do that on one piece of paper). Another method is to associate to each significant image with the question of "what comes to mind with this image?". When you associate to the image, stay with the image. Write down around the image the associations you have to the image . Ask: "What are the themes of my dream?". Reflect on what is happening in your life right currently. Ask yourself, what point of views or theme(s) of your dream could be of help or give you a different perspective on your conscious situation?
Journal reactions to the reading. What resonates? What delights? What surprises? What shocks? How does Hillman shifts your personal or professional perspective on development and becoming?
Reading: The Soul’s Code, by James Hillman (60-70 pages to read prior to the meeting)
At the center of every life is an invisible mystery that speaks to the question "what is it, in my heart, that I must do, be, and have? And why?’ If you are a practicing psychotherapist and interested in a small reading group (no charge), please contact me at: 503 699 1664.
First meeting: December 9, Wednesday 11:00am-12:30 pm. Chapter 1 through 4 pp. 1-92)
We meet monthly in SW Portland, near I5-217/Kruse and PCC Sylvania
I am a Jungian analyst on the West coast of the USA in Lake Oswego near Portland, Oregon and n Marana, AZ north of Tucson