Conference 18 Abstracts
Association for the Study of Dreams
UCSC Santa Cruz, California, USA
Title of Presentation:
Dreams of the Calling: Nightmares and Inspirational Dreams
Biography -David Gordon, Ph.D.
David Gordon, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice and
founder of The Dreamwork Institute in Norfolk, VA. He has co--hosted the
public radio program DreamWorks and currently writes a monthly column on
dreams for Visions Magazine in the Norfolk, VA. David is a board member
of the C.G. Jung Society of Tidewater, Virginia and Membership Chair for
the board of ASD.
Summary of Presentation
This workshop will focus on the phase of the Mythic Journey known as
the Calling. Experiential work and didactic discussion will focus on
three archetypal dream motifs associated with the Calling and how these
dreams teach the values needed to respond to our psyche's call for
renewal and awakening.
- Becoming familiar with the three archetypal dream motifs which are
hallmarks of the Calling - dreams of Resistance, Ambivalence and
- Understanding the four types of Resistant dreams commonly labeled
nightmares and the lessons they teach.
- Learning the general emotional challenges and spiritual lessons
presented by Calling dreams and how they prepare us for our Journey.
- Name three types of Calling dreams.
- Name three of the four most common nightmare themes.
- State why Calling dreams are beneficial on our Journey.
This is a minimum two-hour workshop, though I would prefer 21/2 hours
if possible. Circular seating is required.
Participants will be given examples of the three archetypal dream
motifs associated with the Calling: Resistant, Ambivalent and
Inspirational dreams. These dreams directly assist us in becoming aware
of the values that must be learned to respond to our Calling. These
values include the importance of attention, reflection and willing
sacrifice. Honoring these values prepares us to persevere through the
transformative fire of the Quest - to the reward of a more emotionally
and spiritually meaningful life.
Special emphasis will be placed on the presence of the healing energy
and solution always present in every Calling dream, but often obscured
by the experience of anxiety, fear and loss. Those attending will leave
the workshop less fearful of their nightmares and more aware of their
Calling and its lessons in their journey.
Experiential group work will utilize a modified Taylor type approach
with the goal of teaching participants how to identify and work with
images of the Calling in their own dreams.
As noted above I am a Clinical Psychologist currently licensed to
practice in Virginia. I have been offering dreamsharing groups and
workshops for 15 years and utilize a Jungian conceptual framework. In my
individual and group work with dreams, I emphasize a gentle and highly
non-intrusive, respectful method. The integrity of the dream and dreamer
is always maintained through rules regarding anonymity and the owning of
personal projections i.e. "If this were my dream…."
In addition to didactic discussion, participants in this workshop
will have the opportunity to share and work with a Calling dream. The
dream will become the focus of a process typical of the Taylor approach
to group dreamwork and in addition; I will interject explanatory and
instructive comments relative to the theme of the workshop as we go