The Language of Image in the Clinical Setting

The language of image is one we speak every night as we dream. It just takes a little prompting for us to be able to develop our latent facility with this language. Simple questions, such as “What does this image remind you of?” open the messages from images in powerful ways. 

People who listen to the images of their dreams find this out very quickly. In traditional societies where ‘the journey’1 was practiced, it was often paired with the practice of listening to dreams. 

Many ancient societies considered dreams to be primary sources of guidance. Cultures ranging from ancient Japan to ancient Greece had spiritual traditions where the dreamer was brought to a special temple to pray to the guardian of the temple for guidance in the dreamtime. The well-known story of Watson and Crick, the scientists who articulated the form of DNA based on guidance received in a dream, is but one of thousands of examples of accessing guidance through dreams.

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