Archetypal Dreamwork is a powerful process of working with dreams for personal and spiritual growth developed by Marc Bregman over a period of thirty five years. In The History of Last Night's Dream I tell the story of how I met Marc in rural Vermont more than ten years ago and began my own journey in dreams. I am proud to be learning from this remarkable teacher. And as my practice has grown, I've had the chance to learn directly from hundreds of sessions and thousands of dreams what this work can do.
I began working with clients in 2002. My clients live around the world and we meet via phone, Skype or face to face. Although I've taught at the university and college level for over thirty years, this is the most powerful and moving teaching I've ever been involved in. It is so direct and personal, and so moving to my clients, that I've decided to devote the rest of my life to doing this work.
In my books since The Jew in the Lotus I've documented my own search for meaning and what I've learned from my spiritual teachers which have included Buddhist monks and mystical rabbis. But of all the work I've done, and all the teachings I've encountered, this dream work seems the most direct, the most powerful, and the most available.
It is open to all, regardless of belief or lack of belief. My clients include rabbis, deacons and Buddhist practitioners but also people with no religious practice whatsoever. Dream work does not require it.Yet I believe dreams can open us to the journey of the soul. The work is not moralistic or judgmental. It is not about lofty ideas or sentiments. Instead dream by dream, the work gives us a direct experience of a greater depth of feeling, of sensuality, of emotional relationship and soulfulness. And in time dreams reorient us to a life centered in the heart.
Dream work is not easy, and not for everyone. The level of honesty that dreams provide forces us to face the most profound and difficult feelings. This path requires and develops courage and I deeply admire my clients who have stayed with it over the years. There are times after a session where I just feel a sense of awe at what we have discovered together. That is the joy that sustains me in doing this work.
I only have room for a limited number of clients, but if you feel you might be ready for this journey in dreams, please write me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'll explain in detail what the work is about and answer your questions. And together we'll see if you are ready to begin.
I wanted to share these beautiful statements from two of my clients.
Marian Gay writes,
It's no exaggeration to say that Rodger's book changed my life, and that his dreamwork is saving it.
My pride tends to seize on foolish things that don't amount to much. But if there is a good kind of pride, I think I feel that about this work, a real sense of accomplishment that's unfamiliar to me. I feel proud of the work I've done and feel I'll stick with it in a way I haven't with other pursuits. Usually I have trouble knowing desire, let alone following it, so I'm grateful for this strong desire that doesn't seem to falter.
When I was only a few years old I often dreamt of a fox floating beside me down a long tunnel from the dreamworld, who carried dream objects and people with us back to waking life. I had that dream so many times it's burned into my brain, and in a way feel I'm circling back to it now, some 50 years later.
Before the Saints finally won the Super Bowl this year, the local newspaper held a contest to choose a headline that could possibly express the joy of that moment. The winning choice greeted us in gargantuan letters the day after - a single word: Amen, showing us in the end the experience was beyond words.
That's how I feel now: By some miracle, it's not too late for me after all. I get to live before I die. Amen.
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Kathy Samworth writes,
Rodger, the dreams, and I work together to open the door to my inner life. The dreams are part of that inner life but they also hold the key to it as well. They are so smart, so honest. They know more about me than I do – if that makes any sense. That is where Rodger's expertise comes in. Often, I think I have got the dreams figured out. Then I talk to Rodger and see that I have missed so much. All of us have blind spots that make it difficult to see ourselves. There is often much about ourselves that we don't really want to face, but that is exactly what we need to do in order to grow and become unstuck. Rodger has an ability to see further into the dream than I can. He hits on aspects of my life that I hadn't realized I needed to pay attention to. It is uncanny how "right on" he can be. He patiently works to tease out my feelings (or lack of feelings) associated with each dream. With every session, connection to my inner life, my inner world grows. With this connection, I continue to move toward a more fulfilled life with incredible depth and feeling.
THE REAL WORLD OF DREAMING (CBC)
Watch or download the complete webcast of Oprah's interview with me
This book by Rodger Kamenetz I loved from the cover. Because it's The History of Last Night's Dream:The Hidden Path to the Soul, and if there's a hidden path to the soul I want to know what that is. What's so exciting about this book is that it talks about how there's a whole other life that we are living when we sleep and that our dreams are there as offerings and gifts to us if we only recognize what the dreams are there to teach us, what they're there to tell us about our waking lives.—Oprah Winfrey