I’m Dr. Teresa de Castro, a dreamer and a dream analyst.
I arrived at dreamwork as a profession when I was laid off after a long scholarly career that provided me with a comfortable lifestyle, but was dragging my soul. The transition, albeit painful, has been organic; a natural evolution from the brain to the heart, from the duty to the passion, from the daily to the wondrous.
I’m an introvert, so I naturally enjoy one-to-one deep relationships and conversations.
A LIFE OF DREAMING
I come from a family of dreamers who have always shared dreams in the morning, so dreams are an important part of my life, part of me, like a bodily organ.
I’ve always tended to my dreams, written them down, shared them with family and friends, re-lived them, explored them, and listened to their powerful messages at important times in my life.
Dream analysis has been part of my life during the last five years, and one of the things that I most enjoy in life.
The first book I read about dreamwork was Inner Work by Robert A. Johnson, a book that pushed me to explore my dreams further.
DREAMWORK TO ME IS…
Magic. Challenge. Exploration.
Nothing compares to the wondrous door that opened to me when I undertook dream analysis with a dream analyst, which is the same I hope it opens for you when do so.
I consider my dream practitioner the person who knows me best in the world, more than my parents, friends or partners have ever known me.
When we do dreamwork regularly we open every part of us to the practitioner, even those parts that we hide from the people we love most. A practitioner is a guide, a witness, a facilitator, an interrogator, a listener, a confessor, a researcher, and a kindred spirit.
Dream analysis opens a part of us that ushers our true self out into the world, and that’s a gift and something that can frighten us, as well.
MY EXPERIENCE AS A RECIPIENT OF DREAMWORK
It’s a pity that our modern world has forgotten the joys and magic of sharing dreams on a daily basis, in the same way that we share our workday or holiday adventures.
To me, having a dreamwork session is as important as having a physiotherapy session, visiting my doctor, having a chat with friends over a meal, or going to an empty place of worship to pray when I find it necessary.
I’ve cried and laughed, depending on the case, in some of my dream sessions. I’ve seen a transformation in the ways I act and express my feelings in the world, increased my level of self-awareness and expanded my level of consciousness.
Many instances of synchronicity occurred after a dreamwork session, which have made me ponder about the boundaries between the waking and the dream worlds.
I hold a certification as FSM Dreamwork Practitioner by the DreamStar Institute in the USA, having trained under the guidance of the director, Prof. Scott Sparrow. I’m the first person to be certified and insured on this system in Australia.
I take the opportunity to learn from teachers who have different approaches to dream analysis. Thus, I’ve taken courses on embodied dreamwork with Sue Scavo, co-director of the Students of the Dream School in the USA, Rodger Kamenetz on Natural Dreamwork, and on Jungian and Jungian-derived dreamwork and psychotherapy at the Zur Institute, the Asheville Jung Centre and the Jung Platform.
Part of my duty of care towards you is to be as much prepared as I can. This being the case, I have supervisors and mentors to whom I can turn to for guidance.
PUBLICATIONS ON DREAMS
“Dreams as an Articulation of Space”, DreamTime, 2020/Winter, pp. 24-27.
Is for your to experience the same magic, level of transformation and awareness that I experience when I do dream analysis with a practitioner. Everything you need or want to know about yourself is, in fact, inside you.
It will be my honour to walk by your side while we explore your dreams together.