Where did this work begin?
Archetypal Dreamwork, a form of Jungian-based dream work, was founded by Marc Bregman over 40 years ago. As a young man with a deep interest in the work of Jung, Fritz Perls, and others, Marc began by working with clients and their dreams integrating these different perspectives and also including a form of humanistic astrology developed by Dane Rudhyer. What he brought most, however, was a deep curiosity to dig into the intention of the dream. For me, Bregman began a process that opened the door to an ancient tradition of working with dreams - a door that offered to take this tradition another step.
Dreamwork, for me, is a living body of work. It changes and grows because we, the dreamers, change and grow. Not just individually, but also collectively. The world was a different place when Jung was opening the door he opened into the dream. I assume that in another 100 years, the world of the dream will be different than what it is now.
And so, over the years, Archetypal Dreamwork has grown through the lived experience of the dream, through the unique dream community that has sprung from this particular way of working with dreams. As dreamers have been willing to open to the deepest traumas, to confront the darkest parts of themselves, to be willing to open to profound experiences of divine love and support, the dream work has evolved as well.
The dream invites us all to be pioneers of our own work, to not have a "teacher" define the parameters of that exploration and adventure. To open more doors to this ancient tradition, that is also a living and breathing practice. One that challenges us to move beyond any structures we may want to impose.
In this way, we each continue to open all the doors that deepen and broaden this ancient tradition of delving into the mysteries of the dream.