Sex, Trauma and Conjunctio, is the third in "The Deep Well Tapes" series of books about Archetypal Dreamwork by Marc Bregman. It includes a full memoir, Vessel, by Christa Lancaster tracing her personal journey as led by her dreams.
About the Book
Sex, Trauma and Conjunctio furthers and deepens the exploration of Archetypal Dreamwork undertaken in the first two books of The Deep Well Tapes series. This volume offers an intimate and accessible collection of teachings that address the essential step of facing into trauma as part of the dream descent toward wholeness. Marc Bregman’s teachings about this descent are interwoven with Christa Lancaster’s spiritual memoir Vessel, an intensely personal narrative of her journey through her dreams to find the gifts beyond trauma.
In Vessel, Christa intimately and poetically chronicles the process of facing into and healing her past, through failed marriages and into her emergence as a dreamwork therapist, master teacher, and co-founder of North of Eden. Illustrating her journey with paintings, Christa takes us through her confrontation with the truth of her past and into the tunnel of trauma, emerging into the vulnerability of her unfoldment.
Working through the portals of story, we walk into a land beyond story. We need the portals of our stories to enter into the domain of our sacred feelings. When we react to the story, we keep ourselves locked outside the holy portal to the feeling tunnel which returns us to our selves, our real selves. The story is just the key into the tunnel. We need to enact our wound in order to activate it and enter into the tunnel which leads into its secret chambers, the rooms which hold the essence of who we are.
In conjunction with Christa’s story, Marc discusses trauma—the disassociation from our soul selves as a result of repressing feelings of fear and pain. By refusing to ever feel these feelings again, we keep ourselves “safe” and able to function in the world but unable to connect with own souls and be infused with divine love. We are lost to ourselves until we become willing to enter the deep well of our feelings, which will eventually lead us back to the vulnerable, child parts of ourselves that know God’s love.
In a very personal way, Christa Lancaster and other North of Eden teachers show how this journey unfolded for them and the gifts that were waiting at the other end of that dark tunnel.