Machiel Klerk is an internationally acclaimed dreamworker with more than 20 years’ experience in working with dreams. He regularly receives invitations from across the world to work with people’s dreams, and to present workshops and seminars on dreamwork.
Machiel has immersed himself in the world of dreams
He has done extensive research on the significance and use of dreams in a wide variety of cultures. His research has revealed that, except for the West, almost every culture and ancient tradition embraced dreaming as a great source of help and guidance in life. He has studied with many other dream workers – ranging from the most contemporary minds in the West, to Eastern philosophers and indigenous medicine men and shamans in Africa. Machiel loves to travel as a means to work with people from different cultures and backgrounds and explore their unique traditions of working with dreams.
Dreams can provide great insight into the psychological dynamics that play out in a person’s life, and can effectively act as ‘psychological x-rays’ to help diagnose a life challenge. Dreams can also point an individual into a direction where they will be best able to live out their innate potential and connect with their life purpose. There are many ways of working with dreams which can range from interpretation, a relational approach, experiencing the different emotions and states of consciousness within the dream, to actively consulting with dreams for help and guidance.
Machiel is deeply versed in Jungian psychology, followed a course at the Jung Institute in Zurich, and is a certified Embodied Imagination dream therapist after successfully completing a three-year training program under the tutelage of Jungian psychoanalyst, Robert Bosnak. Embodied Imagination is a therapeutic and creative form of working with dreams and memories pioneered by Bosnak and based on principles first developed by Carl Jung (especially his work on alchemy) and on the work of archetypal psychologist, James Hillman.
He’s taken the most valuable learnings and insights from ancient civilizations like the Greeks, African tribes, Tibetan monks, as well as more contemporary thought leaders in the field, distilled those learnings and developed his own style of working with dreams called Dream Dialogue – an approach which is both unique yet deeply rooted in the great dream traditions of the world and highly influenced by Carl Jung, Robert Bosnak and Robert Waggoner.
His audio CD, Rumi and the World of Dream, focuses on the practice of Dream Dialogue and is one of the highest selling audio products on dreams in the last decade. His four-class course on ‘Dream Incubation’ on Jung Platform is also very popular – dream incubation is an age-old technique whereby dreams are asked a question before going to sleep to elicit a response to the inquiry.
What critics say about Machiel’s audio CD, Rumi and the World of Dream
"I love the CD!"
Dennis P. Slattery
"A Masterpiece. His thinking is brilliant and provocative!"
"A thin line lies between dreams and poetry. Machiel Klerk is an inspiring guide for working with one’s dreams. Highly recommended."
"Exceptionally good and useful."