Dreams At Transitional Points In Life

A presentation by Dr Susannah Benson

Friday October 2 7.30-9.30pm
The Quaker House, 10 Hampson Street, Kelvin Grove Park on Prospect Terrace
Members and Concession: $10, Non-members: $15

Dreams come in the service of life —weaving together memories, experience, wishes, fears and hopes. At transitional points and stages of our lives—youth, middle years, eldership we find that our dreams, if we are paying attention, signal a rite of passage and can help point to the
necessary steps ahead.

‘Big Dreams’ which can have an anticipatory character often come in times of transition. Such dreams can help to illuminate the pathways we are following by alerting us to conflicts, oppositions as well as revealing motivations, sparks of hope, and new possibilities.
Jung wrote: ‘Sometimes, we accomplish our greatest deeds in dreams. Dreams are the guiding words of the soul. Dreams pave the way for life’.

Dreams are creative and we know that dreams can support us at times ofcrisis and when facing challenges of loss, of meeting change, of experiencing ill –health or anticipating death .

In this presentation we will be looking at the dreams of children, of mature age individuals and seniors to consider how dreams from ours or others experiences of these stages of life can be best be engaged with . What do we know about these stages and what is the impact on our dreaming lives? What can we do to support ourselves and loved ones or clients through transitional stages using dreams as our vehicle?

Presenter: Dr Susannah Benson is an educator and transpersonal counsellor with qualifications and experience in education, transpersonal counselling, social ecology and publishing. She has facilitated dream groups and given workshops and presentations on dreams and creative imaginal processes for over 17 years. Susan holds a doctorate from the University of Western Sydney in Social Ecology. She is board member and president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD), and founding President of DreamNetworkAustralia (DNA).