DELVE DREAM DRAMAS by Sasha Lessin, Ph.D.

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DELVE DREAM DRAMAS by Sasha Lessin, Ph.D.

DRAMATIZE DREAMS

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Treat every element in your dreams as an aspect of your experience.   Create dialogues with the elements of the dream for messages about your current being-in-the-world.  Work with your dreams by reversing figure and background, having your conflicted parts  talk to each other, owning your projections, presentifying fantasy material, encountering your repressions, and extracting existential messages.

 

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Do the experiment below with a partner. Explore and risk self-awareness as deeply as y u choose, and be aware of when you choose to avoid deeper exploration.

 

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[Read the instructions in bold type to a partner.  Wait for her or him to respond when you see asterisks (***).  Do not read aloud anything between the symbols [and ].    This Dream Path may also be tread without a partner.  Follow the instructions as though a guide read them to you and respond aloud.

 

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Sit comfortably.  Take ten deep, relaxed breaths.

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Recall a DREAM (or make up a dream-like story about your main emotion now).

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Tell what happened in the dream, as though it’s happening now.  As you narrate the dream, see, hear, feel and live it more fully than you dreamed.  ***

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[Remind your partner to use present tense (suggesting, for example, changing her or his sentence, “The ape chased me up a tree.” to “The ape’s chasing me …”).]

[Note all the dream’s elements, background and foreground (eg: ape, tree, ground and teller).]

[Choose a background element (example: the tree).]

[Tell your partner:]

 

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Become the ... [say the name of the background element you selected, e.g., “tree”].   Use its voice and tell what you’re like in the dream.

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Start with, “I’m …” and describe yourself as the …

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[name of the background element]. *** As the … [name of the background element selected], talk to …  [Select a central element, for example, the ape or the dreamer].  ***

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Shift your body and become the … [name of the central element]  and reply.  ***

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Act-out a talk between the … and the … [central and background elements], alternately gesturing, sounding and speaking as one, then the other.  ***

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Now be the … [select a third dream element].  Say what you are like as the … [the 3rd element] and speak to … [select Element 4].  ***

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Shift your body and become the … [Element 4]  and reply.  ***

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Act-out a talk between  … [3] and … [4]***

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One-by-one, speak as each of the rest of the characters, props and background details you dreamed and the talks you enact between them.  Enact dialogues among them.

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Imagine that … [select a mysterious dream element like the ape or the tree] has a zipper on its mask  [or a pealing bark, in the case of the tree–make the unmasking metaphor match the symbol].

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Imagine unzipping the zipper [or peeling off the bark]. Who’s there?   ***

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Speak to this person. ***

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Become her or him and say what your life is like and respond to what the dreamer said. ***

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Be yourself again.  Dialogue, alternately playing yourself and the person you unzipped. ***

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Use present tense and continue the dream-action beyond what you dreamed. ***

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Successively become each part of the dream and give a message to the dreamer. ***

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Assume all elements of the dream are aspects of you, say what you learned about yourself from this exercise. ***

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Dream Path 2:

 

BE EVERYTHING IN YOUR DREAMS

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In the dream exploration below, you center yourself in a discerning-observer perspective (Aware Ego) and relate what you remember of the dream.  Alternately, you do the same for a fantasy you create.

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Then you relate the dream from the perspective of the self you thought you were while you dreamed.  Next, you return to your centered perspective and interview this subself.  You ask it and let it tell you what it has done still does for you.

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Then you become each of the other characters (people, animals, etc), vehicles (cars. buses and the like), buildings and backgrounds in the dream, for each of them symbolizes one of your subselves.  You say, as each, what you’re like and what you want the Aware Ego to know.  As each dream character, you roleplay encounters among the people, objects, backdrops and moods in the dream.

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As each character, you speak as one of your subselves, saying what you want, need, have contributed and can give to your discerning center.

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR GUIDING PARTNER.   Read your partner the cues in bold print aloud.  Exception: read anything enclosed in square brackets [like this] silently.  Address your partner’s voices respectfully, appreciatively; do not push their limits.

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Sit on this cushion; it’ll be the position for your center, or Aware Ego, the place from which you can hear all the inner voices symbolized in your dream.  Become observant, objective, balanced–physically and emotionally.   Nod when you feel centered. 

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[When your partner nods, say,] I want your powerful, protective and everyday selves to know they can limit what you reveal and explore in this dream work exercise.  To them I say, let      [say your partner’s name] explore dream-selves–especially vulnerable or instinctual ones–only to the degree you feel it’s in [his or her–choose one]‘s best interest now. 

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OK, Aware Ego, go back to the time and place–night or day, bed or beach, when you dreamed the dream.   Imagine going back to sleep, even deeper, and again dreaming the same dream.  You may be able, this time, to notice even more details than you did before.  Recall the dream (or make up a dreamlike story about your main emotion now).  Objectively recount the dream (or story) from your perspective as center, observing and describing the character you identified as yourself and the other people and forces in the dream.  Describe the doings of the character you thought you were as “he” or “she”, rather than “I”.  ***

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  [Write down the characters, objects and forces your partner mentions.]

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From your centered perspective, tell me what kind of a person you seem to be in the dream.  ***

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Physically move your cushion and become the person you identified with yourself in the dream.

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  [wait till s/he moves to a space for that voice, Voice 1.]  Say what you’re like in the dream.  Retell the dream in the present tense, from your perspective.  As you tell it this time, see, hear, feel and live the dream–even more than you did when you dreamed it.   ***

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Put your body in the same position it held at a critical time in the dream.

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[Wait till s/he stands, sits, gestures, etc. like s/he did in the dream]What is your existence like in the dream, in this posture? ***

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Sit comfortably, but stay in your role as the person you thought you were in the dream.  You’re one of         [partner’s name]‘s voices, or subselves.  Tell me about yourself as this self; who are you; what’s your job.  ***

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When did your life as one of      [partner’s name]‘s voices start; how long have you been around?  What’s your history as one of      [partner name]‘s selves?  ***

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What contributions have you, as     [partner name]‘s voice, made to        [partner’s name]?  What would you like to be acknowledged and appreciated for? ***

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Thank you, I liked talking with you.  Would you let         [partner’s name] return to the Centered position?  [Wait till your partner moves.]  Hi again, Center.

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Now, move again, to a new position and become           [Voice 2: name another character or element (car, road, house, etc.) from the list you made when your partner first recounted the dream.  A vulnerable character, one involved in conflict or a background element are good initial selections.].  [Wait till your partner moves.] Become      [Voice 2].   Put your body in the same position        [Voice 2] held at a critical time in the dream and say what you’re like.  ***

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