Dreams, Dialogue and

  Embodied Wholeness

Explorations at the Edge of Concept and Experience


Image from C.G. Jung Redbook




84th Anniversary Conference


October 29-31, 2010


C. G. Jung Foundation

28 East 39th Street

New York, NY  10016






Trigant Burrow, M.D., Ph.D., who was a founder and one-time president of the American Psychoanalytic Association, created The Lifwynn Foundation, and pioneered investigations into the social implications of neurosis and the biological causes of conflict.  His group- analytic research, later called social self-inquiry (SSI), was a forerunner of current group therapies.


SSI provides us an opportunity to explore in ourselves the alienation, conflict, and hostility now rampant in society.  We experiment with a unique form of direct communication and dialogue that enhances the knowledge of who we are and deepens our relationships. 


SSI is a group process in which we share recognition of our individual but culturally rooted attitudes and behaviors.  This brings an understanding of ourselves that can result in a sense of solidarity with others in the group - and the sense that this solidarity extends to all humans. 


The process also offers a somatic approach in which connectedness among human beings can be experienced in the whole body- mind.  The practice of immediate attention to bodily reactions can bring a release from both the mental and physical tension caused by the domination of our consciousness by language, and the consequent dissociation of our awareness of our body. 


A primary goal of SSI is a shift from the "normal," self-absorbed form of consciousness, which Burrow called "ditention," to an organic consciousness, a way of experiencing oneself, others, and the world through a sense of one's body and an awareness of our being an integral part of the wholeness of the universe, "cotention."


SSI is closely associated with David Bohm's Dialogue groups.  Bohm had a strong influence on members of the Lifwynn Foundation through his writing, a relationship with Steve Rosen, and participation in a Lifwynn conference on addiction.  In Bohmian Dialogue there is no predefined purpose, no agenda, other than that of inquiring into the movement of thought, and exploring the process of "thinking together" collectively. This activity can allow group participants to examine their preconceptions, suspend their projections and beliefs about others, and open their biases to scrutiny and evaluation, as well as, to explore the more general movement of thought.



Friday, October 29


10:00   Introductions all around. 


10:15   DREAMS, DIALOGUE, AND EMBODIED WHOLENESS.  Lloyd Gilden, President of the Lifwynn Foundation.


Trigant Burrow established the Lifwynn Foundation as a medium for exploring humanity's relationship to our physical and social environments.  He did extensive research on our experience of our body and the role it plays in our subjective and interpersonal processes.  This led to the discovery of an integrated mode of attention he called cotention and a group dialogue process, social self-inquiry. 




When a dream is selected for exploration, the dreamer describes the dream; the group can ask clarifying questions; the group members make the dream their own; events and the emotional context of the dream are explored; a playback and review of the dream occurs; orchestrating projections of the dream are given; and the dreamer then has the last word about the dream.


11:30  Dream sharing.


12;00    Lunch                                                                                                                        


1:00     DANCE OF THREE. Marlene Schiwy.


The Dance of Three offers an intimate exploration of three dimensions of inner and outer experience: Dancer/Mover, Mirror, and Container. The Dancer allows the impulses arising in the body to move him or her. The Mirror attends to the Dancer's process and mirrors the "dance" both concretely and energetically. The Container holds presence for both of them, sends unconditional love to the Dancer, and makes sure the Dancer is physically safe. After each round there is time for writing or artwork and for discussion among the three.


2:15   THE ORDER-DISORDER PARADOX.  Lydia and Nathan Salant. 


The Order-Disorder Paradox: Creating Order in a Psychic System requires a concomitant creation of Disorder. This will be elaborated from a scientific, mythological and aperspectival point of view.  Clinical material will be a central focus of the presentation.


3:15    Social Self-Inquiry/Bohmian Dialogue


4:15     End of Session




Saturday, October 30



10:00    Dream sharing. 




Sensory Awareness is an integral aspect of the group work of the Lifwynn Foundation.  The practice of sensory awareness facilitates development of the capacity to integrate our mind and our body.  Some sensory awareness experiments will be carried out to demonstrate the process.




C. G. Jung devoted much of his life to exploring the dark borderland between psyche and matter. While engaged in that inquiry, he was drawn to the phenomena of contemporary physics and to the groundbreaking work of physicist Wolfgang Pauli. Just what is it about modern physics that invites intimate contact with the psyche? In pondering this question, we discover the broader need to set physics and psychology on a new philosophical foundation, one more in keeping with the integrative worldview of alchemy studied by Jung, than with the dualistic paradigm of conventional science. This revolutionary development is foreshadowed in several of Pauli's dreams and the session begins and ends by contemplating two of them.



Ernest Sherman


In dealing with the crucial contemporary problem of subject vs. object, Western thinkers have sought to reduce the subjective order to the objective order, or vice versa; or else, dualistically, they would split subject and object by containing them within two mutually exclusive containers. Yet there is an ambiguity in this quest that seems to argue against it. For, in thinking about the world, we find that there is no clear-cut boundary between it and we who think. As a consequence, any attempt to banish this interactive overlapping must apparently assume it. What this means is that our containment vessels are leaky in principle and flow into each other — a situation that can only be approached by paradoxically returning to ourselves. Let us accordingly fit the medium to the message and explore this paradox together.


12:05    Lunch


1:00   DREAM GROUP led by Deborah Bazes


In this workshop we will use Montague Ullman's experiential dream group process to help a volunteer dreamer to connect with his or her presented dream. The Ullman method promotes discovery and understanding through a number of discrete stages, which include: group projections into the dream's  feelings and metaphors (as if the dream were our own), attentive, empathic listening to the dreamer's responses, and dialogue about the dream's context and imagery by means of open, non-leading questions.  The dreamer alone decides upon the level of sharing, and the group has no other agenda than to assist the dreamer in receiving the gifts offered by the dream itself. 




We will conduct an enactment of the relation of space, subject, and object in the current paradigm and then in the new emerging scientific paradigm, paying particular attention to how we relate to each element and allow it to relate to us. Lastly we will examine the ways our language constrains those relationships and speculate on ways to linguistically loosen those constraints.


3:00     IMPORTANT ARRIVALS.  John Dotson


Each birth is an important arrival. We are each and all born in the flesh of the world--emissaries of the self-evolving cosmos. "Our experience starts with a sense of power. Power is the compulsion of composition. It constitutes the drive of the Universe." (Whitehead)  All actual occasions of our awaring–all that we were in the field of our pre-natal experience and onward throughout our lives–are important arrivals. The emergence of lightspeed technologies in the 19th century coincides with an emergent mode of awareness that I characterize as cinemaesthesia. Children born in the 21st century experience the actual occasions of the cinemaesthetic field as naturally as taking their first breaths. My presentation serves awareness of these important arrivals. I will link the cinemaesthetic theory to the thinking of Whitehead, Gebser, Jung, Burrow, the new physics as presented in the work of Steven Rosen, and others, to describe five transformational modes of awareness:

archaic > proprioceiving

magical > mimesis (imitating, metaphorizing)

mythical > diegesis (narrating, storytelling)

mental > analysis (identifying objects-in-space-before-subject)

integral > cinemaesthesis (integrating discontinuities)


3:30    Social Self-Inquiry/ Bohmian Dialogue


4:30     End of Session



Sunday, October 31


10:00     Dream Sharing




Jung was encouraging us to explore what Burrow called "the social neurosis" when he wrote, "If you imagine someone who is brave enough to withdraw all projections, then  you get an individual who is conscious of a pretty thick shadow. . Such a man knows that whatever is wrong in the world is in himself, and if he only learns to deal with his own shadow he has done something real for the world. He has succeeded in shouldering at least an infinitesimal part of the gigantic, unsolved social problems of our day." Bodymindfulness can help us explore these charged connections we make when attributing unconscious parts of ourselves to others. Bodymindfulness is the process of attending to all aspects of the bodymind—body, emotion, mind, and spirit—in order to grasp the holistic personal meaning of an internal event and to use the resultant understanding to communicate skillfully. Bodymindfulness focuses us at a deep, prereflective level where we can begin to understand the sources of our perceptions, interpretations, and behavior and to recognize how our whole self is communicating and emerging in our presence.         




Languaging can hint at/point to "the much more" of our vast intricate moment by moment experiencing, beyond what we can consciously know. You and I can learn a special kind of listening in partnership to follow these breadcrumbs of meaning, tapping into the ever changing wild singularity of each other, keeping each other company as we touch, see and hear from "the person in there," the one who looks back at us, beyond inside and outside, before, without, with, and after language.


12:00     Lunch




This presentation is dedicated to the late Montague Ullman, a great friend and mentor to many in the dream community.  An unforgettably human, human being, he is known for his pioneering efforts in dream sharing, his work in telepathic dreaming and his theory based on the relationship of quantum physics to dreaming. Later in his life, Monte was inspired by the work of physicist David Bohm. In his last paper, "In Search of a New Abode," Monte described dreaming as a relay station with input from two orders:  the Implicate Order of wholeness, which involves everything that exists in the universe, including dreaming consciousness and the Explicate Order – or waking consciousness – in which "All That Is" unfolds from the Implicate.  This theory has influenced the dreams I'm about to share with you as they actualize the relationship between the two orders -- Monte's relay station.





In creating Psychodrama, Jacob L. Moreno integrated his practice of psychiatry with the vitalizing techniques of the theater arts.  Psychodramatic dream work involves the enactment of a dream as if it were a play. Guided by the director, the Dreamer will have the opportunity to role-play, and thus embody, the characters and objects that appeared in his or her dream.  Other group members may also be asked to play roles in the dream drama.  The act of role-playing engages the whole person – thoughts, feelings, body, and soul.  In this process, the Dreamer is respected as the sole author and interpreter of his dream.  The group provides support and a safe container for the Dreamer's exploration.


3:00       Social Self-Inquiry/Bohmian Dialogue


4:00       End of Session




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