What Is The Meaning Of Waking Dreams In Psychology?

The Meaning Of Waking Dreams In Psychology

The method

Do you count sheep before you sleep? If you haven't gotten into this habit, know that this animal still enters 6% of your dreams, without your knowledge! This is the statistical result obtained by Georges Romey who, for twenty years, has deciphered more than six thousand dreams and referenced some five hundred symbols. The third volume of his Dictionary of Symbolism is available from Albin Michel.

Georges Romey is not only an informed dreamer: a therapist, he has developed his own method, the free waking dream.

Objective: to resolve psychological blockages and trigger a process of psychic transformation thanks to the symbols of dreams. Nothing to do with the conventional approaches - Freudian or Jungian - of the analysis of the waking dreams of our nights: here, we dream "live", and without sleeping!

"The first time, I was amazed," says Alexandre, IT consultant. After a period of relaxation, the therapist asked me to describe the first image that came to my mind. It was a horse. Gradually, I saw the unfolding of a real movie. I would never have believed that our imagination could make us see such precise images ...

The grammar of our dreams

Of these scenarios which seem to be constructed spontaneously, patient and therapist analyze the most important symbols. But not only. Indeed, for Georges Romey, the language of our dreams is not a vocabulary in which each image, taken separately, would have a unique meaning, it is above all a real grammar. First difference with the traditional analysis of dreams.

One example: Aline's "dream", in which she saw three objects - a bicycle, an owl and glasses. The relationship between these three words? Not the meaning, but the form: two circles for the eyes of the owl, for the frame of the glasses and for the wheels of the bicycle… It is this chain of images, "masterpieces that the unconscious enjoys. to compose ”, says Romey, which constitutes the“ grammar ”of our dreams. "A symbol has no life of its own and just because it has universal value does not mean it has unique meaning. It is only a support, a revealer that is offered to our projections, as long as it can play a role in our psychological dynamics. 

The role of archetypes

It is in the work of Carl Gustav Jung, the founder of depth psychology, that we discover the role of these images: they are the archetypes. Jung indeed divides the unconscious of every human being into two "territories": the personal and the collective. The personal unconscious, which he calls a "subjective psyche", is the product of one's own experiences. The collective unconscious, for its part, was built from deposits made up by all ancestral experience for millions of years, the echo of the events of prehistory, each century adding to it an infinitesimal quantity of variations and variations. differentiations… 

Clearly, this ocean of shared information has arisen from all human experiences since the dawn of time. It is in him that the universal symbolic themes crystallized, these archetypes, such as the dragon, the Great Mother, the hero, the wise old man, the fish, the sand… Moreover, it is not a question of simple images, but of "energy-charged centers" that arise in our dreams when a problem, inside or outside, sets them into action, and when an unacceptable psychological situation must be replaced by a more satisfactory situation. Archetypes are therefore transformative. But how ?

A matter of nerve impulses

This is precisely the second difference with the psychoanalytic approach: when they appear, the symbols have an immediate action on the psyche, but also on the neurons. According to Georges Romey, it is a question of nerve impulses: a psychological difficulty results in the brain by a "blocking" of the connections between two neurons which, instead of being released during sleep, remain "stuck" in the same. position. The nerve impulse, which travels through the hundreds of billions of combinations of neurons, then "works" on these blockages to unlock them. Hence the appearance of these chains. It is then up to the therapist and his patient to understand its meaning.

Indications and contraindications

Whether it is about personal development (for example, awakening of creativity), relationship problems, blockages in communication, anxiety, phobias or depressive states, even heavy ..., the waking dream covers a wide range of requests. Practitioners say that it is extremely rare for a problem not to be resolved with this technique. On the other hand, it is not recommended for people who are too unstructured and in cases of schizophrenia or severe psychosis.

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