Jungian Therapy: Lessons from Muriel McMahon and Robert Moss

Recently, I participated in an exciting training conference in Charlotte, North Carolina grounded in Jungian therapy. Given the depth of the presentations at the conference, I would like to provide you with a description of two gifts we received while attending, Muriel McMahon and Robert Moss.

Muriel McMahon

Muriel McMahon is a Jungian analyst and Elder in the Algonkin, Kipawa First Nations tradition Trained as a Jungian analyst in Zurich, Switzerland she is currently in private practice in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Muriel led our small group in pre-conference preparations, “Preparing the Sacred.” Preparing sacred space is a responsibility and a response-ability of indigenous and land-based cultures. We learned how to purify and prepare ourselves, the teaching lodges, the gathering places, and the Ceremonial Fire circles.

We also took part in “Going to the Land.” Muriel taught us that indigenous wisdom teaches that our Ancient Ones inhabit the forests, mountains, rivers, and the plains of Turtle Island. We walked on the bones of our ancestors. We offered sacred tobacco to the Keepers of the seven directions. We made a food offering to the winged, the one legged, and the four legged brothers and sisters.

Muriel shared with us, Let your Heart open to what is longing to come into our lives.

Open, we invited in the Ancestors. We played and created “like a Child ready to be born.” We shared our dreams. Muriel spoke of how her teachers in Zurich told her never to reveal a dream to others that is unanalyzed. Indigenous people share dreams freely and openly.

Robert Moss

Robert Moss is a pioneer of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of shamanism and modern dream work. Born in Australia, Robert survived three near-death experiences in childhood.

Robert led our group, “Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence and Imagination.” He believes that through dreaming we have access to rich sources of healing and creativity. We are coached through our dreams on how to handle challenges and opportunities that lie in the future; we become time travelers and communicate with spiritual teachers and allies.

The play of coincidence, or synchronicity, Robert says, opens paths we never noticed and draws new people and events toward us. Through the practice of imagination and play, we can move towards our greater purpose and flow.

Dreams call us to action. Robert asked us to play with our dreams in a particular way:

  1. Title the dream.
  2. What is the feeling or emotion the dream elicits?
  3. Is there any basis in reality for the dream?
  4. In the circle others are asked to say, If it were my dream… [I might see the bear as a sign of intuition] or [I remember a bear chasing me up at the cabin in the mountains]… and then the dreamer is free to take any bits shared that make sense to the dreamer remembering that as Robert shared, “any dream that is your own can be utilized for healing.”
  5. Action plan: what are you going to do with the dream?

Robert believes that dreams are a place to be found. Dreams may follow you. They call us to action, to do something. Dreams are for our protection and offer intuitive guidance.

Both Muriel and Robert believe in being open and receptive to our dreams and their guidance. We can communicate how much we can handle to the Ancestors and our guides and they will send us “only what we can handle” to serve the Creator. We are called to meet each other with what is. We cannot leave to find something better.

As we walked Laurel Springs overlooking the Blue Ridge mountains we lived with the question: Do you serve the Creator?

© Copyright 2010 by Mary Alice Long, PhD, therapist in Langley, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy.org.

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  • DK

    DK

    November 14th, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Although I do believe that dreams can be used as an inspiration and even as a caution sign to those who are trained,paying too much attention to your dreams can actually make you pay less attention to things on hand in reality!

  • Mary Alice Long, PhD

    Mary Alice Long, PhD

    November 19th, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    I agree that dreams are a source of inspiration. No special training is necessary to listen to and share your dreams, indigenous people have been sharing their dreams and continue to do so in community feeling that dreams are vital to both individual and community life. Rather than taking away from life, dreams are meant to bring us life! Decision-making, discovering your passions and true nature, ways to enhance relationships and your health, planning, and much more are available through our dreams both night and day so we can focus on what is truly important–love, deep connection with Self, others, the Divine. Embodiment.

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