Archive - Sep 13, 2005

Social Dreaming

Years ago, I worked as the member of a regional Chief Information Officer’s staff unit for a large international financial services corporation. The complexity of international matrix management led my to work with a management consult who had been schooled in the Group Relations tradition of Wilfred Bion.

Through this, I became acquainted with the work of W. Gordon Lawrence on Social Dreaming. I participated in several social dreaming matrices, some of which where online. In a social dreaming matrix, people would share their dreams and others would share their associations to the dream. You will note that I said associations, not interpretations. The idea is not arrive at some sort of group consensus about the interpretation of a specific dream but to uncover common themes in the dreams of all the participants and what these common themes might mean to everyone.

I have not thought about social dreaming in a while. My life has been busy and complicated and I haven’t been to any social dreaming matrixes in quite a while. For that matter, I have not been remembering a lot of my dreams.

Then, last night, I had a very vivid dream. I woke up from the dream with a sense of peace that I haven’t had in a long time. I am posting the dream here, for anyone to share associations with, including comments about similar dreams that they have had. If there is interest, this could even evolve into a blog based social dreaming matrix. I look forward to hearing people’s responses.

The Dream: