About My Primary Dream Worker Influence, Jeremy Taylor
Jeremy Taylor was an amazing, brilliant, insightful, walking encyclopedia of mythology, symbolism and dreams. He worked across groups, counseling people from prisoners, to church officials, to your “average Joe.” His ethos of “dreams as activism” struck a deep cord in me and many others. Jeremy has explained that dreams are a great leveler between completely disparate groups of people. A prime example was his work in San Quentin, discussing how when conducting dream groups with prisoners, inevitably the posted guards would become fascinated by and engaged in the dream work as well. This shared experience had a profound healing effect on how the guards viewed the humanity—or lack thereof—inherent to the prisoners. Through this lens, promotion of dreams as a valuable resource in social activism is extremely important. (A reference to this point can be found in Jeremy’s book, The Wisdom of Your Dreams, pgs. 125 to 136.)
Taylor, Jeremy. The Wisdom of Your Dreams. Tarcher/Penguin, New York, 2009.
Taylor, Jeremy. The Living Labyrinth. Paulist Press, New York, 1998.