Our imagination constructs symbolic scenarios that point out our blockages and help us solve them. Without sleeping.
Do you count sheep before sleeping? If you have not taken this habit, know that this animal is introduced anyway, without your knowledge, in 6% of your dreams! This is the statistical result obtained by Georges Romey who, for twenty years, has deciphered more than six thousand dreams and referenced some five hundred symbols. The third volume of his Dictionary of the Symbolic is available from Albin Michel.
Georges Romey is not only an experienced onirologist: he has developed his own method, the free waking dream.
Objective : solve psychological blockages and trigger a process of psychic transformation through symbols of dreams. Nothing to do with conventional approaches - Freudian or Jungian - the analysis of the dreams of our nights: here, we dream "live", and without sleep!
"The first time, I was stunned, says computer consultant Alexandre, after a time of relaxation, the therapist asked me to describe the first image that came to my mind. Gradually, I witnessed the unfolding of a real film ... I never thought that our imagination could show us such precise images ... "
Born in 1890 in Besançon, Robert Desoille is marked, very young, by two events that will anchor in him a passion for the mysteries of the human spirit: at 7, he attends a session of hypnosis; at age 12, he has a thought-giving experience with a girl of his age. After studying engineering, he is interested in research in psychology and parapsychology on the development of supernormal faculties.
It is in the course of telepathic experiments that he discovers the possibility of spontaneously revealing, in the state of relaxation, mental images. From the 1920s, he devoted himself only to psychology and created the "guided awake dream". At the beginning, it is not a therapeutic technique, but a process of development of the inner potentialities. Little by little, Desoille refines his theory and emphasizes the collaboration between patient and therapist . Thus, very directive, it first imposed a theme that he considered it wise to explore (a snake, a castle, a witch ...).
Then, he constantly intervened asking, for example, to go in search of the castle of the witch. Often, he proposed an ascent or a descent, because he had noticed that, in a dream, the vertical movement produced characteristic effects: the rise manifests a dynamic of sublimation, while the descent makes it possible to meet disturbing images and to go at the origin of his anxieties.
In addition, he often proposed replacing negative images with positive ones (surrogate images) to trigger the transformation process. From the 70's, Georges Romey, student of Desoille, abandoned this methodology to let the patient express himself. Hence the name "free awake dream".
"With experience, I found that non-directivity gave much more accurate and dramatic results than directed dreams," he says, "in fact, you always find what you need at the moment. where we need it, and it always happens in an evolutionary sense. "
The grammar of our dreams
Of these scenarios that seem to be spontaneously constructed, patient and therapist analyze the most important symbols. But not only. Indeed, for Georges Romey, the language of our dreams is not a vocabulary of which each image, taken separately, would have a unique meaning, it is above all a true grammar. First difference with the traditional analysis of dreams.
An example: Aline's "dream", in which she saw three objects - a bicycle, an owl and glasses. The relationship between these three words? Not the sense, but the form: two circles for the eyes of the owl, for the frame of the glasses and for the wheels of the bike ... It is this chain of images, "masterpieces that the unconscious likes to compose, "says Romey, which is the" grammar "of our dreams." A symbol has no life of its own and it is not because it has universal value that it has a unique meaning. is only a support, a revealer that is offered to our projections, from the moment when it can play a role in our psychological dynamics. "