It would be hard to find a group more creative than the
dreamers of the World Dreams Peace Bridge, which counts among
its members several published authors and poets, graphic
artists and musicians. This may say something about the value
of dream work, and it may say something about the relationship
between dreaming and creativity, but one thing it definitely
speaks about is the constant creative impulse among members of
the Peace Bridge. This month, it was a book--among other
You may remember that during the first year of the Peace
Bridge (and we're nearing the end of our third year now),
Valley Reed from Dallas, Texas created a dance from a book she
had written with her little girl, a dream book. Valley, who
has recently come back to the Bridge, and her little girl
often create books from their dreams. The story of "The Crow
and the Phoenix" came from a dream, and was danced at the 2002
Regional ASD conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photos of this
dance can be seen at
Since those days, the idea of writing books has come up
regularly on the Bridge, either through the individual works
of members or through the impulse to write a book together, to
fund some of the growing number of Peace Bridge projects.
This month, George Gillespie, who is still working on his
book describing various visual phenomena associated with
dreams, forwarded one of his early short stories (based on a
dream) "The Gold Bottle" to be put up on the World Dreams web
site at http://worlddreamspeacebridge.org/georgestory.htm.
May Tung, who recently finished her memoir about life in
China and other parts of the world, has offered encouragement
to other writers on the Bridge, including Donna Stein, whose
editorial work has brought to life the journal Tiferet (http://www.tiferetjournal.com/);
Jeremy Seligson, who read from his most
recent book of poetry (accompanied in dance and reading by
daughter Eloisa); and Jean Campbell, who finished the first
Dream Scouts Adventure book, Under the Crystal Tree
this year (www.imageproject.org/scouts).
All in all, a pretty verbal bunch.
During August though, Ralf began a conversation about
dreaming monsters. And I (having had considerable experience
with monsters) quoted the man who taught me Energetic
Metatherapy, a form of bioenergetic therapy, Hector Kuri-Cano,
Ph.D., from Guadalajara, Mexico. "Our monsters hold our
energy," Hector would say. "We need to get acquainted with our
monsters, learn to love our monsters."
I recounted the story of how, after having encountered a
particularly frightening monster during a period of awake
sleep paralysis, I got acquainted with this aspect of myself
by taking my monster for a walk in the park.
This is not quite so absurd as it sounds, when you consider
that I actually walk each morning in a park near my house.
Since it is daybreak when I walk, and there are very few
people around, I felt comfortable to act out my monster while
walking, kicking plastic trash cans and making claws of my
This story brought a response from Victoria Quinton in
Australia, who sent a link to a photo of a dream drawing her
daughter Emily had done at age six. In the drawing, a little
girl walks a dragon on a chain. The dragon is floating higher
than the house.
In turn, Emily's drawing sparked the fire of creativity in
Kathy Turner, who promptly wrote a story for a children's
picture book, The Little Dragon Walker.
"Wouldn't it' be great," Kathy said, "if the book could
find a publisher and be sold with benefits going to the Aid
for Traumatized Children Project? (See the story of this
project and current World dreams work in Baghdad at http://worlddreamspeacebridge.org/aidforchildren.htm).
And that question set off a flurry of activity. People
began sending links to their favorite publishers, talked about
the best way to approach a publishing house, and wondered
about how to illustrate such a manuscript.
Then another delightful thing happened. Joy Fatooh, who
works as a wildlife biologist but is also a wonderfully
talented illustrator, volunteered to provide the
illustrations. (See samples of Joy's work at http://fatooh.org/art/).
It appears that, in matters of creativity as well as in
matters of dreams, the synergy of group process can lead
everyone involved to greater levels of productivity--not to
mention exuberant enjoyment.
Should anyone who reads this, know of a publisher who might
be interested in The Little Dragon Walker or other
dream-related stories, we hope you will let us know. You can
write to me directly, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can send an
email from the "contact us" section of the web site at www.worlddreamspeacebridge.org