The transformative way of symbol
BERMOLEN - DAL PORTO™
IN A NUTSHELL
The Oneiric Drawing is a fascinating technique that allows us to reach and explore our inner world and dynamics through the free and creative expression of the symbolic language, in order to enable self-awareness, liberate hidden potential and sustain transformative processes.
Developed in the '70s by the professors of the Argentine School of Psychology Alberto Bermolen and Maria Grazia Dal Porto, together with the post-realist painter Abel Luis Raggio and under the influence of André Breton and the Surrealists, the classic Max Pulver’s research on drawing and graphology as well as the Theories of colors, which unite all the images drawn by humans since ancient times.
So it was that Bermolen-Dal Porto (moving forward their psychoanalytic studies from the Jungian school) and the painter Raggio studied symbolic drawing and deepened the concepts of Oneiric Drawing as a projective technique.
Later on Bermolen and Dal Porto also brought their contribution to Italy, where they taught and spread this technique by training professionals who today use it in various fields of helping relationships and personal development.
WHY IT WORKS
Being based on the automatic-drawing technique, the Oneiric Drawing is open to anyone and doesn't require any artistic skill-sets. Thanks to this approach we're able to bypass the rational mind by liberating our hands, letting them explore and represent our interior life through free associations of forms, colors and symbols.
Its goal is to express and elaborate deep emotional contents, hidden behavioural patterns and latent potential to foster self-discovery, consciousness and personal transformation.
It allows us to arouse personal contents and dynamics as a symbolic form, like a waking dream. This creative process is facilitated in a way that enables the participant to give life to those symbolic forms, explore them, dialogue with them and then turn them into actionable calls for everyday life, in order to enable and sustain a more conscious and transformative process of personal
Ultimately, the Oneiric Drawing practice allows to creatively cultivate our Self and liberate hidden potential.
HOW IT WORKS
The usual structure of an Oneiric Drawing workshop consists in the following steps:
Grounding: the facilitator/counselor invites and leads the participants through a guided imagery or relaxation.
Invitation: the facilitator/counselor sets the context and the call to the participants.
Drawing: participants answer that "call" by making drawing with, preferably, wax crayons.
Sharing: participants share the story, the feelings and the meanings behind their drawings.
Reflection: the facilitator/counselor guides the analysis of the drawings seeking deeper layers of insights.
Constellation: (if in a group) this is an additional step that consists in bringing the analysis of what emerged through the drawings to another level and bring it to life by using the holistic psychodrama technique.
Closure: a final call to action usually represents a way to close and celebrate the whole process.