Dreams of Recovery

Gary SparksOn Sunday, November 8, Fairbanks and the Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition will host “The Nightmare of Addictions and the Dreams of Recovery” for The Spirit and Place Festival! The event will feature Fairbanks Alumni and Volunteer Coordinator Kathleen Gill, Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition Director Kim Manlove and Jungian Analyst Gary Sparks discussing the power of dreams and how the process of dream work can enhance the road to recovery. For years, Gary Sparks has helped people in recovery from addiction to interpret their dreams to enhance their future.

“I help people understand their dreams to get them where they want to go in life,” Gary said.

According to Gary, dreams are mere images of our inner desires.

“We have a brain in our head and a brain in our heart. The brain in our heart sees things too and communicates with us in our dreams,” Gary said. “It knows what we desire and what makes life meaningful—even if it doesn’t make sense to us.”

Dreams are a collection of images, sounds and other sensations put together that represent different parts of a person.

“I help people identify their destructive images, which can be destructive parts of their personality. Once they know what they are, they have an easier time controlling it,” Gary said. “A lot of this is about repair, helping people identify the feelings (images and desires) that are pushing them to do things they regret.”

The process of dream work can improve a person’s quality of life by also identifying the positive parts of their personality through their dream imagery.

“I depict their hopefulness through images that symbolize their strengths, hopes and desires to interpret how their life can be most fulfilling for them,” Gary said.

We hope that you will join us at “The Nightmare of Addictions and the Dreams of Recovery” on Sunday, November 8 at the Fairbanks Recovery Center at 2 p.m. This event will also feature artwork from iPhone photographer Michael Ahlrichs that illustrates his journey from addiction to recovery. To register for this event, please visit The Spirit and Place website.