The Mentorship Program
Preparation for the Sessions
The Dream Helper
Preparing for Session 3
pages 81-88 of the pink book and imagine how you will conduct the group.
background reading, read at least
Dream Helper Ceremony.
attention to how the dreams were worked with in two stages. The first
stage: people found patterns in the dreams and tried to identify the
problem area of the focus person. The second stage: after the focus person
revealed the area of concern, people interpreted their dreams in terms of
their personal meaning and shared these insights.
a related web site there is substantial material on the dream helper
ceremony, including what others have written about it. For this
information go to www.creativespirit.net/healingdreams
about Group Processing:
processing the group's dreams, be patient, be curious, work the process
and hold out for the target person reading their question aloud until the
group has polished their hypothesis/diagnosis/advice.
As an example complex pattern from two dreams: In dream one, someone is
sitting at a red light at an intersection, and then the light goes green.
The person begins to enter the intersection when, off to their right they
see another car crossing into the intersection at high speed. The person
holds steady, then enters the intersection. In dream two, someone gets up
from watching TV to go into the kitchen to make a cup of coffee. The
person reaches into the refrigerator for the cream, they are about to pour
some into their coffee, but they discover that the cream has soured!
Common pattern: Something unexpected counters the expectations and
anticipation of a person as they are about to initiate action.
If they didnt do their personal dream interpretation, here is a quick
process that they can all participate in.
Have the group members write out some possible titles for their dream.
Polish these titles to come up with one best title that describes what
happens in the dream. Not a commentary on the dream, but a short
description of what happens in the dream, including a verb word, to
Have them now close their eyes and relax. Instruct them, "Imagine
looking into a mirror and see yourself reflected. Make a heart connection
with yourself, so that you see yourself with compassionate empathy. Now
pretend to see your dream title flash across the mirror. Ask, 'What does
this dream title say about me?' Answer that question silently."
Have them all open their eyes. Now go around the group, and let each
person answer this question: What am I learning about myself from this
dream that may be helpful to the focus person?
At the end of the group, ask them how they might dream for themselves at
some point in the future. What does their skill at dreaming for another
suggest about their intuitive dream abilities?
to Consider After the Session:
Did the focus person seem to receive helpful information from the group
process? How do you know?
Did the group participants succeed in finding insights about themselves
that related to the focus person's concern? What examples do you have?
Did anyone spontaneously note the resemblance between the "In My
Experience" exercise, where a personal memory was used to help a
person and this exercise where a personal interpretation of a dream was
used as the helpful offering?
What manifestations of group bonding did you observe? What special
connections between people seem to be forming?