Jung, Mental Health & Lucid Dreaming: A full day of talks unlocking the incredible power of sleep & dreams.
Can you learn to ‘wake up’ and be conscious in your dreams?
What does the latest neuroscience reveal about the connection between sleep, circadian rhythms, and mental health?
How can Jungian Psychology help you interpret what your dreams mean?
These are just some of the topics the speakers will discuss at The Weekend University this month. In this series of talks, we’ll explore the fascinating psychology of sleep and dreams.
- Jungian Dream Interpretation; how Jungian Psychology can help you understand your dreams, increase your self awareness, and provide you with insights you can use to improve your waking life
- Sleep & Mental Health; the neuroscience of sleep and circadian rhythms, how sleep and mental health are connected in the brain
- The Psychology of Lucid Dreaming; what it is, the latest innovative techniques you can use to induce it, and what can be done once inside a lucid dream.
This is an event for anyone ready to wake up to the amazing power of sleep and dreams. You’ll learn how these insights can benefit your own life, but also your ability to help others, too.
The format will be similar to a TED event, but with in-depth lectures and focused on the psychology of sleep and dreams.
- 10:00am – 12:00pm: Jungian Dream Interpretation – Marcus West
- 12:00 – 1:00pm: Lunch break
- 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Clocks, Sleep & Mental Illness – Professor Russell Foster
- 3:00pm – 3:15pm: Afternoon break
- 3:15pm – 5:00pm: The Psychology of Lucid Dreaming – Charlie Morley
- 5:20pm – 7:00pm: Attendee Social & Networking (Optional)
Lectures & Speakers
Jungian Dream Interpretation – Marcus West
As Jung put it, dreams ‘show us the unvarnished, natural truth, and are therefore fitted, as nothing else is, to give us back an attitude that accords with our basic human nature when our consciousness has strayed too far from its foundations and run into an impasse’ (CW 10, paragraph 31).
You may ask, then, why their meaning is sometimes so obscure. This is due to the dream symbol, and the essence of this talk will be to explore how we can understand and interpret these symbols and their many layers and levels of meaning which can, sometimes, go on unfolding over a lifetime.
In passing I will say something about the history of dream interpretation, contrast Jung’s and Freud’s approaches, and talk about the neuroscience and purposes of dreaming.
My particular interest is in the way that dreams show us the patterns which govern the way we relate to others, structure and live our lives, and influence what we believe – what psychotherapy calls our implicit, internal working models.
I will illustrate the talk with some of Jung’s own dreams and, in something of an experiment, I will talk you through how to go about interpreting one of your own dreams (so do bring one along!).
Marcus West is the Training and Supervising Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology and UK Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. He is the author of ‘Understanding Dreams in Clinical Practice’ (2011) as well as two other books: ‘Feeling, Being and the Sense of Self’ (2007), and ‘Into the Darkest Places: Early Relational Trauma and Borderline States of Mind’ (2016).
He has taught and lectured widely in this country and abroad and has written a number of papers and contributed chapters to books. He was joint winner of the Michael Fordham Prize in 2004.
Clocks, Sleep and Mental Illness: Time to think again – Professor Russell Foster, CBE
Severe sleep and circadian rhythm disruption (SCRD) is a common feature of mental illness, yet its origins remain a mystery, its detection is frequently overlooked, and it is rarely treated. However the health consequences of SCRD are profound. SCRD promotes multiple illnesses ranging across abnormal metabolism; heart disease; reduced immunity; increased stress; and abnormal cognition and mood states. Significantly, these poor health states are common in psychiatric illness, yet SCRD is rarely identified as a cause or contributor of this poor health. So what are the possible mechanistic links between SCRD and mental illness?
We now appreciate that sleep and circadian timing systems are the product of a complex interaction between multiple brain regions and most brain neurotransmitter systems. Similarly, psychiatric illness arises from abnormalities in interacting brain circuits and neurotransmitter systems, many of which will overlap with those regulating sleep and circadian rhythms. In addition, SCRD itself will impact upon multiple aspects of brain function, including activation of the stress axis, which could further exacerbate mental health problems. In turn, medication, substance abuse, social isolation and/or activation of the stress axis associated with psychiatric illness will certainly impinge upon the sleep and circadian systems. In this presentation, these links will be considered along with how we might be able to use this new information for the development of new therapeutics for mental illness.
Professor Russell Foster is the Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Director of the Sleep and Circadian Research Institute and a Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford. His research addresses the neuroscience of circadian rhythms and sleep, and the health consequences of sleep disruption.
Russell is a Fellow of the Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences and was honoured with a CBE for services to Science. He has published over 250 scientific papers, four popular science books and received multiple awards.
The Psychology of Lucid Dreaming – Charlie Morley
We sleep for a third of our lives. For millennia the Tibetan Buddhists, Toltec-Mexhicas and Sufi mystics have used that lost third for waking up to their highest potential through lucid dreaming.
In this talk, lucid dreaming teacher Charlie Morley will explore how this ancient art is now being studied by modern day neuroscience and how these studies have been as insightful for the mystics as they have been for the scientists.
Lucid dreaming can be used to consciously direct the dream so that we can learn, train, meditate and gain answers to some of life’s biggest questions while we dream. Sourced from over 10 years of teaching the subject, Charlie’s talk will open you up to the possibility of engaging deep change while you sleep deeply.
The talk will include an overview of the history, science and practice of lucid dreaming from both the Western science and the mystic traditions as well as explorations on how to engage the wider holistic benefits of lucid dreaming and conscious sleeping which these practices offer.
Charlie Morley is a bestselling author and teacher of lucid dreaming & shadow integration. He was “authorised to teach” within the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in 2008 and has since developed a holistic approach to dream work called Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep and written three books which have been translated into 13 languages. He’s spoken about lucid dreaming at Cambridge University, “Buddhism and Youth Culture” at The Houses of Parliament, is a regular expert panellist for The Guardian and has been named one of The Next Generation of Meditation Teachers.
In 2018 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship grant to research “mindfulness based PTSD treatment” and continues to teach on retreats for armed forces veterans. For over 10 years Charlie has run retreats and workshops in more than 20 countries and continues to teach internationally.
What TWU attendees are saying:
Great initiative! For people that like myself are passionate about psychology but wouldn't commit to long term course or training it's a wonderful opportunity to listen to qualified professionals in the area in a relaxed atmosphere.
Just attended my second Weekend University day of lectures at Birkbeck, this time on Memories, Dreams and Existentialism. A great mix of speakers, styles and content which left me wanting to go home and find out more about two out of the three subjects. Fantastic to see Emmy Van Deurzen in action - she's a bit of a heroine of mine! One tip would be to ask the audience to fill up the rows of seats before the start as inevitably some people arrive late (like I did) and it was all a bit chaotic at the back of the auditorium. There were empty seats near the walls but no way to get to them without having four or five people stand up.
Great initiative. Eminent speakers, fascinating talks.
Another amazing day of learning! Thank you Niall.
I just wanted to say what a fabulous day it was on Sunday. The presenters were all highly engaging and the material fascinating. I am ever so grateful to have been able to attend and look forward to any future similar events with 'zest'!
I thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was a well organized event with fantastic informative talks by knowledgeable and charismatic speakers. Looking forward to future events.
Great event, 3 fantastic lectures presented
I found the 3 speakers to be extremely well prepared, professional, charismatic, authentic in their delivery of there content. They all had something to share. They were very clear on the "takeaways" which I found in important for such a long day. They all 3 were also very generious in spending time after their talk, to answer more 1-2-1 questions on the side of the room. Very generious. I look forward to future weekend university days.
Just to say that I was so impressed with the quality of the lectures today. It is rare to find that kind of substance, and I imagine you looked long and hard to choose. You are doing a great job. I will definitely come again and tell those I know who would be very interested.
I have attended lots of psychology workshops and would rate this organisation very highly. Interesting, engaging speakers and well run course at an affordable price. Well done Niall. You deserve to do very well
What an intense and heartening day, Jan 28th at Birkbeck U venue. Despite being crowded (testiment to the desire for these events and the calibre) we were comfortable enough to be riveted by the material for hours. I appreciated the free coffee, because the day was long for those like me who come from outside the city. I look forward to the slides being sent to fill out my notes. Fellow audients were warm and attending for a variety of reasons, and are the second fab reason to be there for the day.
Just attended Scientific Behaviour Change - Ancient Wisdom & Modern Psychology and had the most fantastic, enlightening and inspiring day. All three speakers were at a tremendously high level and (to echo the reviewer below) the variety of approaches and theories around a single topic gave great insight. I've already booked for next month.
Today's event was so good, I immediately booked for next one in February!?
The day of Psychology was really insightful, it has inspired me to start researching into all spectrums of mental health & psychology. Something I particularly liked about the day, was the contrast and variety of theories and approaches by each of the three speakers
Interesting lectures on a variety of areas of Psychology and well organised.
A really good mix of topics. I was engaged all day and i'm looking forward to the next one!
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