Exploring the shadows and our inner strength in the modern history of South Korea, with group projective dream work.
- Book Intro
A journey through the dreams of people whose minds have been scarred by the May 18 Democratic Uprising
An amazing drama—the discovery of inner strength in the process of facing one’s wounds
How does a historic tragedy leave a scar in one’s mind? And how can we embrace that scar? For a scarred person, life is hell and dreams are nightmares. Thus past scars encroach on the present. The wounds inside one’s mind keep repeating and nothing else comes into view. No one would choose to live that way. But how can one escape? Is there a healthy way to dream of an ordinary daily routine in the present while embracing past scars?
Koh Heakyung, a group projective dream worker, facilitated the dream journeys of seven victims of the May 18 Democratic Uprising in Gwangju over eight occasions. The Gwangju Uprising led to the injury and death of many civilians, and it remains a dark shadow and a scar in the modern history of South Korea. Instead of tales of that May, which our society has repeatedly clung to, the main guests of this book are dreams. In other words, the book shares the journey to the inner realm of these people suffering from social trauma. The group, Dream of May, consisted of members selected by the Gwangju Trauma Center. All had their lives shift direction due to the Gwangju Uprising. More than thirty years have passed, but these people still suffer from comprehensive symptoms, such as nightmares, sleep paralysis, night terrors, sleep-talking, and sleepwalking. Dreams, a mirror reflecting the inner realm of human beings, reveal wounds, but they show a vision beyond the wounds, as well. They show the wounded self, but they also illuminate the self that wants to live despite the injuries. This book shares the rich stories of the people who walked into their inner realm step by step and explored that infinite world.
- About the Author
Koh Heakyung is a doctor of mythology and a group projective dream work facilitator who is currently a member of the faculty at Christian Healing & Counseling Graduate University. Koh received her masters and doctorate in mythology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in the U.S. and was trained in group projective dream work under Dr. Jeremy Taylor at the Institute for Culture and Creation Spirituality in Oakland. She returned to South Korea and has organized group projective dream works and workshops for over a decade, pouring her passion into increasing the number of dream friends in this land. She focused her efforts on creating a foundation for collective healing to help people overcome the trauma experienced by South Korean society, and she is interested in interpreting our lives with mythology, the greatest mental heritage of the human race.