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Oct 2014 by PCI College

Bite-Sized Book Review: The Dreamworking Manual by Dr. Christopher Sowton

Ahead of his 2 day CPD workshop on Using Dreams in Practice, Mike Hackett reviews 'The Dreamworking Manual: A Guide to Using Dreams in Health Care' by Dr. Christopher Sowton and finds it to be a modern & practical guide to understanding dreams.

“I dream that I am in a strange place but know that I have to catch a plane to attend a very important meeting. I have my ticket but I just don’t seem to be able to find the gate from where to depart. I feel frustrated and anxious that I’ll miss my connection”. Have you ever had a dream like this or one with a similar circumstance? Dreams tell us where we are now, what we may need to attend to, and where we may go but we are often unsure where to even start decoding these messages which are given to us every night (that is if we even remember them!).

In this book,
'The Dreamworking Manual', Dr. Christopher Sowton presents a very modern, very practical manual, written with the objective of learning how to understand dreams. He presents us with a lovely process, beginning with how to catch a dream (remember, record and some of the benefits); how to amplify the dream – to begin to get more out of it; how to get orientated; the language of the messages they present; and how to respect the dream’s message by acting in our waking lives. Designed for health care professionals (nurses, doctors, counselors etc.) it is packed full of sample dreams; but more importantly, in a very clear, concise and practical way, gives us (those with some grounding in the healthcare area) an effective, non-technical method for recall, working with and acting upon our dreams.

This also represents my only real criticism of the book in that it contains many terms we see in psychology and medicine e.g. ego-checks, brain-field etc. so this may not be a starter book for a lay person coming to dreamwork for the first time. However, those of us with some grounding in basic psychology will have no trouble with the terms presented.

One area which Dr Sowton does not cover is the area of working with dreams in group settings which is actually the most effective and powerful way to work with dreams. 

Overall though, this book is a really excellent, practical, working handbook for effectively unraveling our inner world and connecting that inner world to the experience of our waking lives.

Mike Hackett MIACP, ARCHTI (October 2014)
Introspect Counselling & PCI College Lecturer

Mike Hackett will deliver a two-day CPD workshop on 'Using Dreams in Private Practice, Groups & for Personal Development' on Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th November in Cork. Places can be booked online now at http://www.pcicollege.ie/dreams-private-practice-personal-develoment-workshop, with special rates for PCI College students & graduates.

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