Although it is an awesome experience to be part of not thousands but
millions of people around the globe connected in an overwhelming request to
world leaders for peace, the members of The World Dreams Peace Bridge feel
that they played an important part in this worldwide effort in February by
conducting a "Peaceful Solutions" Dream In between February 8 and 15, 2003.
Who can know the power of a dream? Prior to the beginning of the Dream In,
there were two or three quite believable predictions from reliable
precognitive dreamers, that the hostilities between the United States and
Iraq would result in bombings on February 16. Were these predictions
wrong, or did the sheer intensity of peoples' desires and hopes for peace
change the future?
In the sense of ordinary politics, such questions have little
meaning. There is still plenty of jockeying for power going on within the
United Nations and the NATO Alliance. The threat of war still exists. And
yet, for dreamers, the question asked above may be the deepest question of
During the week of the Peaceful Solutions Dream In and even earlier,
starting with the Candlemas celebration on February 2nd suggested by
Australia's Victoria Quinton, members of the Peace Bridge and those from
other groups including dreamchatters, the Association for the Study of
Dreams' Dream Activism Group, and many from the ASD Online Bulletin Board
and other places, turned their attention toward dreaming for peace.
Many people chose to submit their dreams to the World Dreams Peace Bridge
web site at
http://www.worlddreamspeacebridge.org, where the dreams were
collected by web master Liz Diaz, to be examined with the aid of Harry
Bosma's Alchera Dream Journaling software.
There were peaceful solutions dreams too numerous to recount, many
indicating strong elements of mutual or group dreaming; some indicating
fear of terrorism, war, or violence; but all indicating a willingness from
the dreamers to listen to the voice of the dream. To those who have asked
me (and others on the Bridge) if any peaceful solutions were found, let me
respond with only two of the many examples presented by Dream In dreams.
The first dream comes from Kathy in Australia:
I'm driving (n an anticlockwise direction) along a narrow road winding
around the base of a mountain. Some roadwork is being done, but all
traffic (including me) is moving very quickly. I see a large white truck
and am afraid. Surely there'll be an accident. But we both seem to pass
each other with no problem. Next a white four wheel vehicle is coming. Oh
no. At the same time a construction worker throws a twisted steel rod
across the road. I know it is hopeless now as either the four wheel drive
or I will drive over one end of the bar and the other end will crash onto
the other vehicle. There seems nothing we can do. Then both I and the
other vehicle STOP. Now we move the bar. That was the solution. I was
surprised how simple and obvious it was.
The second dream comes from Stephen in the U.S.:
I had this dream the night President Bush made his State of the Union
speech. I'm lucid. I see a panorama of war, fire chaos, blood, savage
energy unleashed. The panorama shrinks to the size and shape of a human
face, with the images of war moving over it, as though projected on skin.
The face literally devolves into progressively earlier stages of man,
ending in a Neanderthal shape whose mouth is open wide in a primal scream.
I think, "This is the face of war." Immediately I am asked, "What is the
face of peace?"
I realize I have no vision of peace except as an absence of war. I can't
name any actions that fill the face of peace. I am clear the face of war
is a man. I wonder if the face of peace is a woman.
As a result of his dream, Stephen said to the others in the World Dreams
Peace Bridge group: "What actions create Peace? Thic Nhat Hanh has
suggested deep listening, which seems a nice start, I think. The dream
invites us to come up with activities that manifest peace and to create a
'face of Peace."' Stephen invited the group to make contributions to this
list, which will be posted on the World Dreams web site.
One immediate response to Stephen's request came from Kotaro in Japan. His
"Basic Declaration," a powerful piece of art work, can be viewed in the new
Art Gallery section of the World Dreams site.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the February Dream In, one which has
been seen and noted in all phases of the recent outpouring of sentiment
against aggression, was the connectedness engendered through the
Internet. The Peace Bridge began receiving communications from many other
peace-oriented groups. Once such communication came from a leader of a
fairly conservative Christian group, which asks teens around the world to
act for peace. The individual praised the Peace Bridge approach because,
he said, dreams are "universal." And so they are.
As we move into March, members of the World Dreams Peace Bridge will be
asking other dreamers to join us in a Gratefulness Dream In, giving thanks
for all of the wonderful things that have happened to date. The Bridge
discussion group is open to all dreamers. Simply send a post to
The World Dreams Peace Bridge is a group that uses personal dreams for public world peace. You can find out more about the WDPB at: