Community Dream Journal

Lately I have taken to keeping a dream journal at home in the attempts to develop the skill of lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming is the awareness that one is dreaming while dreaming. It’s been a fun experiment. Keeping the journal gave me the idea to do it in clinic.

Many patients fall asleep during their session, more so than I would have believed prior to opening a CAP. I have had a few dreams described to me by patients, all really weird and exciting and interesting. What I would like to do is keep a large journal in reception for patients to record their dreams in after they leave the treatment space. I think it is a great way to look at the collective consciousness that unfolds in the treatment space while the needles interact with the patients. I also think it will be a great way to help patients live a more thoughtful and reflective life outside of the treatment room. Culturally, we place so little value on dreaming. We spend up to half of our lives asleep and a lot of this time is spent in dream. Physiologically, our bodies and brain know very little difference between the dream state and the waking state. Therefore, we can use dreams to cultivate a healthier existence in body, mind and spirit.

The mystics would say that we are asleep even when awake, blind to our true nature as Spirit itself. Indeed, the Tibetan Buddhists have whole systems of working with dreams as an opportunity to understand ones true nature. The collective dream field in the treatment room is a very intriguing idea to me. In keeping a group dream journal I would like to look at it over time and see that contours that unfold as individual minds sprout visions in a collective space.

Author: LarryG

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  1. dig

    i dig this idea! would love to hear some updates a little down the road once you have some material combined. i wonder if any running patterns would tend to pop up?