Webinar Outline for 3/4/23
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1. Kim will provide an overview

  • The method has been in development since the late 70s, and partakes of Scott's groundbreaking lucid dream research, his exploration of Jung, his study with Montague Ullman, and his long-term association with Hugh Lynn Cayce, Mark Thurston and Henry Reed through the Edgar Cayce Foundation.
  • Each step is based on an aspect of co-creative dream theory, and is tied to a clear theoretical premise.
  • The resources that we have to draw on can be found at www.dreamstarinstitute.com. Many of the papers that Scott has authored have been published in peer-reviewed journals, which distinguishes his work in the contemporary context of dreamwork teaching and methodology. Several of the steps of the FiveStar Method have been represented in standalone peer-reviewed treatises.
  • Co-creative dream theory is unique in modern dreamwork by focusing on the indeterminate nature of the emergent dream, and the co-determining role of the dreamer's responses.
  • The FSM is not a “hodge hodge” of techniques, but an integrated approach that unfolds toward the specific goal of identifying relational patterns in dreams and in waking that can be improved with new responses.
  • Each step is based on the idea that the dream is comprised of three separate dimensions of the dream, not one: the emergent content, the responsive dream self, and the visual interface.

2. Scott will review the steps of the FiveStar Method

  • Step One: Telling the dream in the first-person, present tense sets the stage for effective dreamwork by encouraging an immediate, feeling-based, embodied experience of the dream. The dream becomes internalized by the dream worker(s) and re-invoked as a here-and-now experience for the dreamer.

  • Step Two: The process narrative or dream theme establishes the way that the dream content is tied together by action into a generic relational pattern that may correspond to a pattern in the waking life.

  • Step Three: The analysis of the dreamer’s responses to the dream content allows us to see how the dream ego is dealing with the emergent issue brought forth in the dream. The dreamer’s responses tell us where the dreamer is blocked and where he/she is responding in ways that facilitate integration. The responses bear an impact on the dream imagery, so we analyze both the dream ego’s responses, as well as the impact/changes on the dream imagery. This evolving dynamic shows us how the dreamer is progressing toward incorporating the aspects of the emergent content, or resisting dialogue and integration. The dream worker(s) can also relate to the dreamer's responses with qualifying statements "If this were my dream, I would have responded…" or "In my version of the dream, I would have responded…"

  • Step Four. The analysis of the dream imagery follows naturally from the first three steps of the FSM. Once the emotions, theme, and dream responses are elucidated, then the analysis of the content can be done if an effective, targeted way, much in the way that analyzing the nouns in a paragraph can be understood once the adverb, adjectives, and verbs are analyzed. Usually, the dreamer's associations to the imagery will provide sufficient understanding for the dream to fall into place. The dream worker(s) can also provide associations qualified by the statement "If this were my dream…" or "In my version of the dream this would mean…"

  • Step Five: In this step, we examine parallel processes/scenarios in the waking state, and help the dreamer to identify ways of responding differently based on the dream work. We also anticipate opportunities to respond differently in future dreams by using “dream reliving” to explore new responses to the dream scenario, if it should occur again.

3. Q & A and What Next Session at the end