WORKING WITH DREAMS

Montague Ullman, M. D.

 

Based on the mastery of a few essential principles, getting close to one's own dreams is both possible and useful. The purpose of the workshops is to engage the dreamer in a process of self-discovery through the connections one can make between dreams and waking life.

 

The dreamer and the group will interact in working through the personal meaning of the dream. They will develop a familiarity with the language of the dream through a series of exercises designed to illustrate how the dream­er uses imagery to express feelings, how to identify events in waking life that trigger the dream and how past memories are integrated into present concerns. In the course of this the participants will acquire an appreciation of the artistry of the images they create, the accuracy with which these images can light up long hidden aspects of their own past and the way in which these processes come together to shed light on their waking experiences. Dreams are exquisitely sensitive instruments for helping us recognize and respond to novelty in our lives.

 

Dr. Montague Ullman is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded the Dream Laboratory at the Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, N. Y In 1974 he resigned his position as Director of Psychiatry and Director of the Community Mental Health Center at Maimonides to devote himself to dream research and the development of group approaches to dream work. He is currently Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Ullman is the author and co-author of several books, including Dream Telepathy (Macmillan), Working With Dreams (J. P Tarcher, Inc.), co­editor of The Variety of Dream Experience (Continuum Press), and co-editor of the Handbook of States of Consciousness (Van Nostrand Reinhold).