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Threads, Knots, and Tapestries: Our Dream Stories and the Collective Unconscious

November 14, 2003 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Friday Talk:

We are connected and dream in more objective ways than has previously been acknowledged by traditional psychology. Objective dreams compensate or give one factual data about waking reality – relationships, health, life choices, etc. Some dreams are meant for more than the dreamer – a bigger audience – the family, the community, the tribe. Often these experiences of unconscious connection happen at the cross roads of our existence, e. g., death or critical opportunity. Then, the psyche speaks in a rare way – and one is healed by listening. Humans are pack animals and the dream make r k n ows well this ancient rule of our tribal nature. Within one’s own dream theat re, our stories unfold using the characters from our lives to weave a pattern – each connected to the other in fascinating complexity. The “communal unconscious” which is the territory that resides between the personal and collective unconscious, will be introduced using examples from synchronicities and dreams.

Related Workshop: Dream Group

Tess Castleman, M.A., is a Zurich graduate and Jungian analyst since 1989, and faculty and a newly elected member of the Curatorium of the Jung Institute of Zurich. She is author of Threads, Knots, Tapestries: How a Tribal Connection is Revealed through Dreams and Synchronicities and the soon to be published: Sacred Circles: Creating Dreaming Community. She has also completed a novel. She lives in Dallas, Texas, and Zurich, Switzerland, where she practices as an analyst. She leads dream retreats throughout the world.

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November 14, 2003
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
We offer Continuing Education Credit through NASW. The fee for CEU credit is $5 for the lecture, $10 for the workshop, or $10 for both the lecture and workshop. To obtain credits, please sign up before each lecture or workshop at the CEU table in the lobby.


Kaiser Permanente Town Hall
3704 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97227 United States
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