Meet Dr. Montague (Monte) Ullman
About Monte Ullman:
Monte was above all else a humanitarian with a passion for species connectedness and healing. This passion came to the fore in his research and theoretical findings. Holding degrees in neurology and psychiatry, he used his background in neurology to understand the brain function of dreaming. He was an intellectual who furthered the dream work of Freud and Jung. As Jung advanced the work of Freud, Ullman enlarged on Jung’s archetypes and the collective unconscious by proposing that dream images have metaphorical meaning unique to the individual and thus created a revolution in the way dreams had been perceived for most of the last century. He likened dream images to metaphors in motion describing them as animated expressions of our true emotions creating the opportunity for emotional growth.

Following his life-long quest to understand the enduring mystery of dreams, he developed an experiential dream group process in 1961 that he continued to develop, practice and teach throughout his life. In so doing he liberated the process of dream work expanding it beyond the consulting room out into the community so that all people could experience a sense of connectedness. His process inspired his dream workers to continue his work, by either writing theses, preparing articles or forming dream groups on subjects such as Dreams and Aging, Dreams and The Deaf, and Dreams and Aids. Monte used his approach to dreams in counseling 911 survivors; he taught the clergy the use of dreams in marriage counseling, helped therapists to utilize dream work in private practice with their patients and motivated professionals to apply his approach to dream work to psychohistorical research and dissertations.

Monte received his gratification from healing and paid little heed to recognition or prominence. An extremely modest man with a philanthropic nature, he often worked for a minimal fee or pro bono with his patients, and later, with his dream group leaders.

Monte Ullman’s Evolution
His career began as a 14 year old boy with a fascination in parapsychology, consciousness and immortality. He and a group of youngsters engaged in Saturday night sittings for a two year period and the boys believed they received evidence from a Dr. Bindelof, purportedly a physician whose mission was to heal. These sittings were documented in his paper entitled “The Bindelof Story.” Upon entering medical school, he continued to pursue these interests by seriously engaging in the study of the human mind. Having established a Community Mental Health Center at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, he set up the first sleep and dream laboratory in the United States conducting experiments on the physiology of dreaming and possible evidence of telepathic consciousness in dreaming.

Monte devoted his life to lecturing, teaching and inspiring a grassroots dreamwork movement which began in the United States and Sweden and has now spread worldwide. Invited to Sweden to train psychiatric medical students in dreams in the mid-1970s, he continued to make biannual trips to that country for much of the next three decades to train medical residents and others in his methods. The professional organization Drömgruppsforum [Dream Group Forum] founded founded in Sweden in 1990 was followed in 2003 with the Dream Group Forum in Finland. This was the culmination of Monte’s work in training groups there, and is widely used in psychotherapy practices throughout Sweden and Finland, devoted to the practice and training in Ullman experiential dream work methods. This widespread movement afforded him the ability to see the differences in dreams across cultural and national boundaries. Monte is the subject of the 2006 documentary “Catch the Dream.” His book, Appreciating Dreams: A Group Approach, was translated into Chinese and is being used as a medical textbook in a number of Taiwanese universities

Monte Ullman’s career which began with parapsychology, advanced to medicine (neurology and psychiatry), led to a fascination with dreaming consciousness and telepathy, and ultimately arrived at a relationship of dreaming to quantum physics. This step by step progression harkened back to heightened states of consciousness and the question of consciousness surviving bodily death, reflecting back on his experiences in the Bindelof sittings. Monte, seeking answers beyond his own field of psychiatry, was drawn to physicist David Bohm’s theory of the implicate order, an order of wholeness that includes a theoretical melding of various levels of consciousness, including dreaming and waking consciousness. He found that the connectedness experienced in dream group work was a feature of Bohm’s implicate order. Expanding on Jung’s collective unconscious, Monte referred to the universal unconscious.

Many of Monte’s theories about the idiosyncratic nature of dream imagery and the role that dreams play in the absence of external stimuli were developed based upon decades of observation in conducting and leading his specialized experiential dream work process in small groups and training therapeutic professionals and laypeople in the Ullman methodology. While disseminating his method, he was simultaneously forming his theories centering on the analogous nature of dreaming and waking consciousness. These theories were later borne out in neuroscientific studies in the electronic activity of the brain during REM sleep.

The results of the Ullman-inspired experiential movement gave rise to an unprecedented evolution in dream ideology towards the “demystification” of dream work, and an upsurge in popular interest in dreams. Monte spent the last 30 years of his life developing a theory on the relationship of dreaming consciousness to quantum physics. His interdisciplinary contributions in psychology, dream research and neurology covered a range of intellectual bases.

The dreamwork movement pioneered by Montague Ullman fostered public and scholarly attention to dreams, reflecting and supporting the cognitive revision taking place in the culture at large. Amassed over the past century, Montague Ullman's body of work is monumental in its significance as a primary source that advances an atheoretical approach for the study of dreams and dreaming consciousness into the 21st century, while honoring and expanding upon the notable theories of Freud and Jung.

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