Writing in the House of Dreams
In this modern secular world, we live mostly on the surface, restricting our experience of life to what we can understand through our reason and the evidence of our senses.
But beneath the surface there is a continuous flow of vibrant images and narratives moving in the psyche, outside our normal awareness and control. Jung said we only become aware of it in dreams because the distractions of the waking world are silenced when we’re asleep.
We can also become aware of it in waking life through the practice of writing, at moments when we enter the ‘writer’s trance,’ release conscious control and allow whatever is underneath to emerge.
Every writer has had this experience, because writing is a combination of conscious will and something over which we have no conscious control - of ‘this is what I want to write about’ and ‘where did that come from?’
The more we venture back and forth across the border into the unconscious realms, the easier and deeper our explorations become. We may go beyond the personal unconscious, where our stories echo our own waking experiences, into the archetypal realm, which is shared and impersonal, the soul and history of all mankind.
Developing easy access to the unconscious through such things as visualisation, dreams, art and image-work can make the whole process of writing feel easier and more natural. Learning to navigate the inner world and to understand how it works means that as a writer you can write confidently and never fear getting stuck or running out of ideas.
That is what I call ‘writing in the house of dreams.’
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So what’s my writing and dreaming background?
My first book was published in 1993 and since then I’ve written scores of children’s books, both fiction and non-fiction, and one book for adults. You can find details about my books on my website www.jennyalexander.co.uk
I’ve been fascinated by dreams since childhood, and have been recalling and recording them for four decades, exploring different creative and therapeutic dream traditions.
A few years ago I added creative dreaming to my programme of writing workshops.
My book, ‘Writing in the House of Dreams,’ will be published on March 3rd, 2014.