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Clinical dream incubation and body

Robert Bosnak

For 1000 years during the beginning of Western medicine (500 B.C. - 500 A.D.,) of the hundreds of medical treatments offered at the time, only dream-based medicine was ubiquitously practiced throughout this entire period. The word clinic comes from the couches on which the patients slept to receive a dream for the cure of their physical ills. The scientific rationale for reviving clinical dream incubation in the 21st century is the current studies on placebo which, since the use of fMRI's in the 1990s, have clearly demonstrated that imagination creates a powerful meaning response which can be pin pointed with great precision in the brain. Clinical dream incubation profoundly triggers this physiological meaning response arising from psycho-social contexts. During the incubation process a particular issue is intentionally somatised so it can be felt acutely in the body. The material derived from the responding dreams, when worked in an embodied fashion, can create powerful healing responses. In order to demonstrate this process, a volunteer will participate in an incubation experience during the previous week, and the resulting dreams will be worked in front of the audience

24-28 August 2011 Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, Australia.
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Robert Bosnak

Robert Bosnak is a Dutch Jungian analyst, graduate of the C.G.Jung Institute in Zurich, who after 26 years in private practice in Cambridge Mass., moved to Sydney, Australia in 2003.

In the late 1970's Robert Bosnak pioneered a radically new method of Embodied Imagination, based loosely on the work of C.G.Jung, especially on Jung's technique of active imagination and his studies of Alchemy. His techniques are applied worldwide, by therapists, artists, actors, and others interested in the creative imagination. Robert Bosnak  first book, A Little Course in Dreams was translated into 12 languages. Since then he has written Christopher's Dreams: Dreaming and Living with AIDS and Tracks in the Wilderness of Dreaming, and the forthcoming Embodiment: Creative Imagination in Medicine, Art and Travel, in which he describes his techniques in details. Robert Bosnak is past president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and was professor of clinical psychology at Kyoto University, Japan.

Robert Bosnak is the co-founder/director of the foremost site for global interactive voice/video-based dreamwork on the internet. He ios also the founding director of the Santa Barbara Healing Sanctuary a residential Integrative Therapies facility enhancing the body's innate healing power.

Current Projects
With Prof. Richard Kradin of Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School: Funded research into the influence of embodied dream imagery (EDI) on immunity and overall health in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). The research is concurrently carried out by the South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China.
At M.I.T. drama department: developing a new dream incubation method for actors and directors with Prof. Janet Sonenberg, author of the book Dreamwork for Actors, Routledge, 2003, which describes the method.
Work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, Bell Shakespeare Company, Sydney, Australia, developing new rehearsal methods and plays based on embodied imagination.

Past Projects
Dreamwork with recipients of heart transplants, described partially in collaborator Claire Sylvia’s book Change of Heart
At M.I.T. Media Laboratory and Neurodyne Medical Corp.: developing a system facilitating computer emotion recognition.

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