New club to offer Swindon people the chance to better understand their dreams

By Jessica Durston - 6 May 2022

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  • Alexandra Moulding

    Alexandra Moulding

Alexandra Moulding will be starting up Swindon's very own Dream Club later this month, which will run weekly.

  • An example of Alexandra's artwork

    An example of Alexandra's artwork

Alexandra has set up the club with aims of offering local people the chance to meet, and share their dreams with one another. 

The Dream Club will run weekly at the Victoria in Old Town, from 7.30pm - 9pm. 

Alexandra said: "The importance of the dream has somewhat declined for many in a modern age, yet this is an ancient and universal tradition. Everyone dreams, whether they remember them or not. They can be strange, fun or scary and often leave us unsure what they can possibly mean.

"Everyone has their own set of symbols based on their personal experiences and It's not as difficult as you might think to unpick the hidden meanings. The dream is a metaphor, so no one should feel embarrassed in what they dream about, we all have weird or horrific dreams at times."

In discussing their nightly adventures as a group, Alexandra believes everyone can offer a different perspective, which will in turn help the dreamer come to their own conclusions on its meaning.

The group organiser adds that many people's dreams play out along similar themes such as anxiety, fear and vulnerability, and often individuals find that they facing the same dilemmas as others around them.

The club is open to everyone, including those who do not regularly remember their dreams. Alexandra believes that just by returning dreams to a higher status, individuals may find their recall improves.

She added: "The main aim of Dream Club is to gather interested people together and dive into the mystery, exploring the deeper currents and themes that run through our dreams.

"You do not need to be an expert or have any prior experience, all we ask is that you come along with a sense of curiosity, openness and treat each other kindly. Dream club is not a therapy group and all approaches to dreams are welcome. I can't wait to hear your dreams!"

The club host will provide a selection of pencils and paper for anyone who enjoys an artistic response and wishes to sketch during the sessions.

The group will focus on discussing the attendees' most recent dreams, so participants are asked to keep a journal and bring it along each time.

There will be a £2 fee for each session, and refreshments will be available to purchase upstairs at the bar. There is also wheelchair access from the side door of the venue.

Alexandra wishes to remind members of the public that there may occasionally be other events that will take priority at the venue, and attendees will be able to keep up to date online via the group's Facebook group - Swindon Dream Club.

When asked about when her interests in dreams began, Alexandra said: "My own interest started as a child. I have always been a regular dreamer with good recall. My dad and I would often share our dreams and I always felt they were important.

"I have kept a dream journal for many years and have found it very helpful in spotting trends and potential problems that I might not otherwise have been aware of. I have been a member of various other dream sharing groups and started the Dream Club at another local venue just before covid began."

Alexandra also volunteers as a moderator and interpreter on the Facebook group - Dreams, Symbols and Interpretation. The group currently has 21,000 members. She is also an artist and uses her dream world as inspiration.

She added: "I illustrate many of my dreams as another way to explore them, sharing them on my Instagram page - Dreams_and_Oracles. I also co-curated a community art exhibition on the theme of dreams a few years ago at Richard Jefferies museum.

"For me the dream-world is fascinating. We go to an alternative reality every night where anything can happen! My personal feeling is that the dream comes from within ourselves. The dreaming mind is highly creative and intelligent, it wants us to reach our best potential so it plays out little movies, with puzzles for us to decipher.

"The function of the dream is to help us resolve personal problems, they let us know what motivates us and holds us back so we can make any necessary adjustments. When you immerse yourself and start to understand your own symbolic dream language, in my experience, it brings really positive changes to your life."

More information about Swindon Dream Club can be found on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/725966761874720/

The Dreams Symbols and Interpretation Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/546590529195943

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