Dreams in a warming world

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Dreams in a warming world

A presentation by Sally Gillespie

Thursday, July 3, 2014 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Quaker House, 10 Hampson St, Kelvin Grove
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15

Dreams carry information of interest and value for the dreamer’s whole community and society… Just as there are “leading indicators” of economic and political life that can be examined to anticipate trends and changes in business, education, and government, analysis of dreams from a whole community can provide “early indicators” of changes and transformations in our collective cultural and spiritual life (Taylor, 1996, p. 152).

Contemporary depth psychology is increasingly connecting the work of the psyche with the environmental, social and political problems of the world we live in. Dreams in particular can highlight the transition between old and new myths while activating dialogues between personal consciousness and social awareness. My talk explores the role dream work can play in the development of consciousness in the relationship to self, society and world. To illustrate this process I draw on stories and dreams shared in participatory research discussions about psychological responses to climate change. Through sharing dreams, imaginings, confusions, frustrations, grief, hopes and fears, participants (including myself) reflected upon changing personal and collective myths while developing awareness, resilience and maturity that benefited our selves personally and in community.

Sally Gillespie is a doctoral candidate at the University of Western Sydney researching ‘Climate Change and Psyche’. She is the author of Living the Dream, The Book of Dreaming and co-author of The Knot of Time, as well as contributor to Depth Psychology, Disorder and Climate Change edited by Jonathan Marshall. Sally practised as a Jungian psychotherapist in Sydney for over twenty years, and served as the President of the CG Jung Society of Sydney from 2006 to 2010.