past months, those familiar with The World Dreams Peace Bridge
have become acquainted with the term DaFuMu
dreaming, a word created from
the marriage of Japanese and Chinese, indicating the focused type of
group dreaming done on the Peace Bridge. (See http://worlddreamspeacebridge.org/dafumu.htm
On November 16, 2004, members of the Peace Bridge discussion group were
very concerned for Emad Hadi, the young university professor who is
director of Seasons
Art School in Baghdad, Iraq.
The group has adopted the school as a fundraising project and has
become close with the staff and students there. In the week before
November 16, Emad Hadi's best friend
was killed. The despairing
note Emad sent to Ilkin had touched the hearts of all of us. We agreed
to DaFuMu for Emad, a dream of great good fortune.
On that same night, the International Association for the Study of
Dreams held its annual Dream In, a kickoff for the organization's
Pledge Campaign. Dreamers are asked to
dream together for the future of that organization. Now, several
members of IASD are also members of the World Dreams Peace
Bridge--but not Olivia.
From Devon, England, Olivia is a recent addition to the IASD
dreaming family, who has been slowly sampling the offerings of the
largest dream organization in the
world. She has hung out on the
IASD online Bulletin Board, participated in the PsiberDreaming
conference, joined the Psi Dreaming discussion group, but never joined
the Peace Bridge. In fact, she had
recently expressed some
concern that her dreaming self might be more "invasive" than other
dreamers would like.
On the night of November 16, Olivia got a firsthand experience of
shared dreaming. And rather than criticize her for being invasive,
members of the Peace Bridge welcomed
her with open arms.
The dream that Olivia dreamed when she fell asleep on November 16 was
intended (by her waking mind) to be a dream for the IASD Dream In.
Instead, while asleep and
lucid, she dreamed of Ilkin,
who she knew from the PsiDreaming group and Harry Bosma's Psi Angels.
She dreamed about an article in a newspaper about someone Ilkin knew, a
dark young man who
was in danger. The article in Olivia's dream said this young man had
many dangerous choices and
could be aided by a reading from the I Ching, the Chinese book of
Awake again, Olivia sent her strange Dream In dream to Ilkin, who
immediately recognized the subject of the newspaper article in Olivia's
dream as Emad.
Needless to say, many things happened as a result of this dream - more,
in fact, than can be described in a single, brief article. So let me
highlight a few of the results:
And finally, interestingly enough, when I mentioned to the World Dreams
discussion group that I felt like my DaFuMu dreaming with the group had
been like "stretching my
dreaming muscles," that I
- When Ilkin
mentioned the e-mail from
Olivia to Emad, he not only said to her, "Your concern is like medicine
to me," but said he had also dreamed about Ilkin that
night and would send the dream.
as a Moslem during Ramadan in
the middle of a war, Emad probably would not throw the I Ching, I asked
Peace Bridge member May Tung, who often uses the I
Ching from her native China, if she would do a reading for Emad. The
reading was profoundly
joined the Peace Bridge--with
the result that Joy remarked, "I thought you had been here all along."
felt like I was being more lucid and making more contact with other
people in my dreams in general than I had before we began dreaming this
way, I discovered that several
people agreed with me, enough so that we have decided to do a DaFuMu
dreaming for World Peace
on the same day of each month, in addition to whatever other shared
events we might decide on.
(More about this in next month's View.)
So the process goes on, utilizing contacts in both waking life and
sleeping life to expand on a world view in which all world citizens can
become acquainted. Two dreams from
the younger generation
round out this remarkable set of dreams and intuitive experiences.
When World Dreams web designer, Liz Diaz, received the fund raising
greeting cards several PeaceBridge members plan to send out for Seasons
Art School, she showed her
son Michael the photo of the little Iraqi boy with his bear that is on
Michael, that generous boy who just turned eight, had the following
"There was a
huge snow storm coming soon, and he and his brother had to
go to 7/11 to stock up--Julian got a lot of candy; Grandma got a lot of
food; and Michael
won the lotto and got rolls of money in $1,000 bills. He told his
mother he was going to give the
money to her to send to the children in Iraq."
Later, Nick Cumbo, who is just finishing final exams for his college
year and looking forward to summer in Australia, dreamed lucidly:
myself in a place I knew to be Iraq. A bomb raid seemed to be
occurring. I felt scared and terrified by the reality of what an
ordinary Iraqi must experience. I
remember walking around. There were many security
guards, and it was threatening them, my even being
Nick commented: "I woke with a much deeper understanding of what must
go on. Of course, this only happened for a few moments. I can't imagine
what living there
would be like. I now feel a compassion which is more alive in its
passion. Which is nothing to be
congratulated for. It simply allows me to recognize that fear and pain
more deeply, and to work,
from afar, on transforming it."
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