Notes from Festival Social Dreaming Matrices #1: Tue 17 Oct 2017

Tuesday 17th October 10.30-11.45, Wellcome Collection Reading Room
Hosts: Debra Noumair and Leslie Brissett (NB. We changed our designation from Facilitator to Host)

Context:
35 to 46 members present
Gender distribution predominantly female, only 8 men in the Matrix
14 dreams were presented

Content:

“There is so much fear confusion and unhelpful behaviour that the TIHR’s role is even more important than it was in the last century”

There is a need for deeper spiritual healing than ever before  –

Themes drawn from the 14 dreams and their associations:

  • Light at the bottom of the archive
  • Isabel Menzies Lyth revisited in a dream “Thank God I’m not a nurse”
  • Ophelia (girlfriend of Hamlet who committed suicide) appeared in the form of a hurricane
  • Dead coming to collect the living, and the living choosing not to go – archive as helpers not ghosts
  • Angels among us
  • Industry of fear (Monsters Inc) to be faced from behind a closed closet door
  • The role of the murderer is to keep the past buried so we can move on
  • Old wine  in new bottles
  • Pressure to “put the best foot forward” – withholding the bad parts of our history
  • Liminality – there was a quality of being between 2 dimensions – that was also the content of some of the dreams – quote came to mind of hosts, “the past is never the past, the past is the present” Faulkner
  • Fear that the Unconscious will consume
  • Dependence and interdependence: “I’ve depended on the kindness of strangers”
  • Sinful proteins misheard as silver proteins: white dog misheard as wild dogs – a general issue of not being able to hear
  • Ordinariness in the new war zone
  • What is the recipe for comfort? Parma Ham and left over double cream: in the face of overwhelming fear and anxiety, we are looking for a way to manage the tension
  • First cut is the deepest: the work of the TIHR has changed many people’s lives.

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