Classical Chinese Medicine Dreamwork Intensive
-Bob Quinn, DAOM, LAc & Laurie Regan, PhD, ND
October 16th & 17th, 2021
9am - 5pm PST
This is an Online Webinar
13 NCCAOM & CA PDAs (Pending)
Registration refund policy:
90% refund applied if request received greater than 2-weeks from date of event
No refunds if cancellation received within 2-weeks of event*
“Fortunately, some are born with spiritual immune systems that sooner or later give rejection to the illusory worldview that has been grafted upon them from birth through social conditioning. They begin sensing that something is amiss and start looking for answers.
Inner knowledge and anomalous outer experiences show them a side of reality others are oblivious to, and so begins their journey of awakening. Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of following the crowd and by choosing knowledge over the veils of ignorance.”
In this two-day online webinar, you will:
Learn a rationale for using the dream images of your patients in their treatments
Receive a transmission of the tried and true Projective Dreamwork Methodology developed by Jeremy Taylor (a pioneer of dreamwork in the last 50 years)
Expand your understanding of the pillars of Chinese Medicine (e.g. channels, Yin-Yang Theory, Five Phases) by covering relevant elements of the research of Heiner Fruehauf, PhD in Chinese cosmology, as well as core concepts from the Shan Ren Dao system. Expanding our understanding of this material has incredible value because it pops up in dreams over and over again. So, to recognize it in dreams, we need to study it and become familiar with it.
What is Classical Chinese Medicine Dreamwork?
In Ling Shu, Chapter 43 we meet many images that, when they occur in patient dreams,
were given distinct diagnostic significance.
To repeat: "Based on dream images alone, diagnosis is suggested."
That sounds like a stretch in our materialistic culture, but this is stated in clear terms in our foundational text. It is only a modern bias that relegates dreams to a second rung significance. The ancient Greeks also valued the role of dreams in healing and developed an elaborate methodology, so we are on solid classical ground if we feel called to pursue dreamwork in our Traditional East Asian Medicine work.
This workshop is designed for students, novice and experienced practitioners; no experience in Traditional Japanese Medicine or dreamwork is necessary.
Brief Overview of Seminar...
Bob and Laurie will initially lay out the basics of the Projective Dreamwork Method and give examples of how this might look in basic Chinese Medicine terms in patient dreams. This section will include cautions and caveats, so that our work with patients maintains safety and integrity.
We will then move on to look closely at Ling Shu, Chapter 43, which is where we see most clearly the role of dream images in Chinese Medicine. Here we have a plethora of images that, when we use them creatively (not rotely, not literally), give us a flavor of the various organ-networks.
Laurie will then introduce the Shan Ren Dao system and cover its unique view of the five-phase system. Included in this system are interesting elements of facial structure, gait, parts of the body associated with a particular phase, and so on. She will then move on to the elements of Heiner Fruehauf’s cosmology material that are most relevant to dreamworkers. This will include animal and hexagram associations with the organ-networks.
The remainder of the seminar will focus on actual dream analysis. Using patient dreams from the practice of Bob Quinn, we will develop the needed skills, and learn to work with the methodology. With this foundation, we will then work a few dreams of the participants. For that reason, we ask that participants bring a written account of dreams they want to share that they can read. It is advised that they be written in the first person, present tense, e.g., “I am walking down the hallway, and on my right I see a zebra, and on my left farther down is a musician sitting on a chair with her accordion…”
At the completion of this seminar, participants will emerge with an understanding of:
1) The modern Projective Dreamwork approach meshes seamlessly with the Classical Chinese Medicine writings on dream diagnosis.
2) How to expand their understanding of the Five Phases through the study of the Shan Ren Dao (The Path of the Virtuous Human), which is based on the Confucian Five Virtues.
3) How to apply Chinese cosmological principles to dream interpretation through the study of Heiner Fruahauf's ground-breaking, decades-long research.
4) How to work a dream with a patient in a step by step manner.
5) How to Recognize Key symbols that frequently show up in patient dreams.
Laurie Regan, PhD, ND
Laurie Regan earned a doctorate from Harvard in neuroscience and went on to study naturopathic medicine and classical homeopathy. Until recently she was the Dean of the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at NUNM in Portland, OR. She is a long-time practitioner and teacher of qigong. She is a close associate of Heiner Fruehauf, PhD, a noted sinologist and classical Chinese Medicine scholar. (Bob Quinn also has long-time ties to Heiner.) Dr. Regan is also a student and teacher of the Shan Ren Dao (The Path of the Virtuous Human), a unique northern Chinese emotional healing system whose sole focus is on virtue cultivation. It uses a unique Confucian version of the five-phase system. The core ideas and images of this system will be a part of this training, as will key elements of Heiner’s cosmology classes. Together these pieces will expand participants’ knowledge of Chinese Medicine, whether they choose to pursue dreamwork in their practices or not.
Robert Quinn, DAOM, LAc
Bob Quinn was a long time student of Jeremy Taylor, a modern master of dreamwork and one of the founding members of the International Society for the Study of Dreams. He first met Jeremy in 1993 while a member of a dream group in Eugene, OR and later graduated from his Marin Institute of Projective Dreamwork. He hosted Jeremy three times in the Portland area to mixed audiences of acupuncturists and the general public. Jeremy was initially astounded by the symbols of Chinese Medicine and how consistently they popped up in dreams. At the point when he first encountered them, he was already in practice for 45 years as a dream therapist. He encouraged Bob in every way he could to get the message out to the Chinese Medicine community. This webinar is Bob’s continuing repayment of a debt of gratitude to his mentor Jeremy, who sadly passed suddenly a few years ago. (Bob and Jeremy stayed in touch regularly by phone, and Bob would always refer to Jeremy as “sensei,” which Jeremy seemed to get a kick out of.)