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.
Attendees will learn:
- 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.
Ahead of the event, each speaker has recommended some books to help attendees prepare for their lectures.
In this post, we cover their top picks.
Jungian Dream Interpretation – Marcus West
Marcus West is a Training 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.
- Understanding Dreams in Clinical Practice – Marcus West, Karnac 2011
- Dreams – C.G. Jung, Routledge 2001
Clocks, Sleep & Mental Illness: Time to Think Again – Professor Russell Foster
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.
- S.W. Lockley, and R.G. Foster, Sleep: A very short introduction, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2012.
- R.G. Foster, and L. Kreitzman, Circadian Rhythms: A very short introduction, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2017.
The Psychology of Lucid Dreaming – Charlie Morley
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.
- Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying: An Exploration of Consciousness – Francisco J. Varela
- Dreams of Awakening: Mindfulness of Dreams & Sleep – Charlie Morley
- Living, Dreaming, Dying: Wisdom for Everyday Life from the Tibetan Book of the Dead – Rob Nairn
For more information on the event and a full breakdown of the talks, please see the event page.