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Mar­garet Thorne lit­er­ally fol­lowed her dreams to her cur­rent line of work.

The for­mer nanny was go­ing through a mid-life ca­reer change and train­ing to be a coun­sel­lor when her dreams started to in­ten­sify.

‘‘I had lots of them and there were lots of very in­ter­est­ing themes and sym­bols, so I be­gan read­ing lots of books about dreams,’’ she says.

‘‘I ex­plored the sub­ject and be­came more and more in­trigued.’’

Her bur­geon­ing in­ter­est led her to com­plete an Ap­plied Dream­work Cer­tifi­cate in 2004 un­der the guid­ance of the ‘‘Auck­land au­thor­ity on dreams’’, Mar­garet Bowa­ter.

Ms Thorne says the dream work she does of­ten com­ple­ments her coun­selling work, but she keeps the two prac­tices sep­a­rate.

The grand­mother-of-three does her dream work from a com­mu­nity room in Ti­ti­rangi, where clients can dis­cuss a dream that has stirred their in­ter­est.

‘‘We talk about the dream and how they would like to work with it, which can be in a se­ri­ous way like in­ter­pret­ing some­thing.

‘‘But I be­lieve peo­ple are the best judge of their own dreams and I’m more like a guide to help them dis­cover what the dream might be say­ing to them.’’

Ms Thorne says analysing a dream can take quite a long time, de­pend­ing on how deep the client wants to go with it.

She says there are no hard and fast rules to in­ter­pret­ing dreams, as sym­bols mean dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

‘‘There can be a trig­ger like a cup of tea, or a flower, or meet­ing some­one and your in­ner world cre­ates a story about that, com­pletely ap­pli­ca­ble to your own sit­u­a­tion and the is­sues you have in your life,’’ she says.

‘‘There’s no book you can look at and say what means what. It’s all in­di­vid­ual to the per­son. A cup might mean some­thing to me, but it might mean some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent to you.’’

While dis­cussing the dream, and the var­i­ous sym­bols and metaphors con­tained within, Ms Thorne will lead the per­son into a process where they can ex­plore the dream’s rel­e­vance to their lives.

‘‘They may want to find a way to hon­our it or re­spect it cre­atively and I might sug­gest some ways they can do that,’’ she ex­plains.

Be­cause dreams tend to dis­si­pate quickly, Ms Thorne rec­om­mends peo­ple keep a dream diary if they are in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about them.

She says it helps to lie still af­ter wak­ing and let the dreams come back, then write them down or draw them.

‘‘I feel that once dreams are given the at­ten­tion, then they lis­ten and they come.

‘‘It’s what hap­pened to me. Once I started a dream diary 10 years ago they just came one af­ter the other.’’

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