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|We tend to believe that dreams...
Contradictory to your view of dreams?
...dreams are like fish. When you by interpretations lift them up from their own home element, they may still seem like fish but they have lost their life.
If you really want to understand dreams, instead of widespread preconceptions, explanations and theories, you must undress your interpretations, take a deep, experiential plunge with your dream group friends; dive deep and experience dreams in their own element.
It is what this book is all about.
1945: born in Helsinki, Finland
1968: as a young lad had a sudden life changing experience one midnight about how following established truths cannot ever lead to an authentic and profound understanding of life.
1970's: Medical Faculty years with residency in psychiatry, haunted by the narrowness of psychiatry.
1980: meeting prof. Montague Ullman; seeing for the first time how dreams can be opened without any interpretative violence to the dreamer.
1981: qualified as a psychiatrist.
Since the 80's has led and supervised experiential dream groups without interpretations, and has come to know that dreams point even beyond themselves to yet deeper dimensions of human soul, to those dimensions he, as a young lad, had once seen a long time ago.
M.D., specialist in general & liaison psychiatry, has practiced both in Finland and Sweden. Siivola began his collaboration in 1980 with prof. Montague Ullman who was an internationally renowned psychiatrist & dream researcher and who developed his Experiential Dream Group Process. Siivola introduced this process to Finland, and has trained dream group leaders with diverse occupational backgrounds around Finland. He has also applied this process as a supervision method both for somatic and psychiatric health care professionals, with profound effect.
Siivola created Ullman's site in 2000 in close collaboration with Ullman, digitizing Ullman's writings to Internet. After Ullman's departure in 2008 he also organized with Varida Kautner The Ullman Legacy; a source site dedicated to Ullman's life with writings from people who appreciate Ullman’s work. These texts in combination with Ullman's own writings constitute the most extensive reference site of Ullman's life work.
In 2003 Siivola co-founded The Dream Group Forum in Finland, which arranges annual dream group training seminars free of charge. He created the Internet sites for both Finnish and Swedish Dream Group Forums, being in the latter also an Honorary Member and a certified dream group leader & supervisor & teacher.
Cosimo published Siivola’s book: Understanding Dreams: The Gateway to Dreams Without Dream Interpretation in 2011. It is an English translation of his bestseller book in Finnish (Unien opissa, Kirjapaja 2008, converted also to e-book). He translated Ullman's book Working with Dreams to Finnish (Paljastavat unet, Karisto 1982). His essay Uni - tuttu tuntematon (Dream - The Familiar Unknown) on dream work was published in Jyväskylä University Psychology Report Series (1984).
Web dream sites he has created & maintaining:
Facebook dream groups he has created & maintaining: