Early in February, when we celebrated Candlemas, I began
thinking about some of the events of the past year. As a dream
activist, I had to recognize that we have done quite a lot
over the past year to...well, yes, change the world.
The Candlemas candle lighting for peace is an idea
introduced to us dreamers by Victoria Quinton, and she has a
beautiful display of Candlemas photos up at PeaceTraining.org
Diana Thompson commented to me in a private post: "I burned
a lilac candle, and asked for peace to begin. Thinking back, I
wondered if the world was always unpeaceful, and people were
less aware of it. So I didn't ask for peace to return, but to
begin. The candle had a white interior, lovely."
Diana's words were what got me thinking about peace and the
dream reality. I mean, personally, I tend to believe that the
world is coming into existence all around me, all the
time...as compared with a belief in linear time. So I think
that what Diana says is true. There is always un-peace to
perceive and deal with, as well as peace. It's a choice.
When I told my friend Lucy that, even though I'm very
interested in politics, I was seeing more and more need for
political action to take place in the contacts between people,
in a very personal sort of way, she quoted the Dalai Lama to
me. She said he talks of "inner disarmament."
My own idea is that we are building a world
community...and, the case for many of us is that we are
building a world community of dreamers. I was talking with
Harry Bosma, who has done so much in the past year to build
community among dreamers by projects like his More Lucid
Dreaming project and the PsiAngels: lovely, fun, free or
inexpensive ways for dreamers to get together and just have
fun as well as get some work done. "I'm a bit of a reluctant
community builder. :-)" Harry said to me, but it seems to me
that he's done quite a job, despite his reluctance.
In many ways, I am in awe of all the things that we have
accomplished this year. Based on Jeremy Seligson's dream,
Peace Trains are making their way around the globe. Jeremy is
talking about creating picture books now, of trains children
have made in Turkey, Korea, New Zealand, the U.S., Australia,
and other places. NickCumbo has created an entire web site
devoted to PeaceTraining, www.peacetraining.org.
Through the work of the Aid for Traumatized children
project, packages have been purchased in Istanbul, shipped to
Amman, Jordan, and taken by car to Baghdad. In a matter of
days we've received photos back or Iraqui children smiling
over the teddy bears we sent. All because of dreams.
To me, the most amazing thing of all has been how, with the
aid of the Internet, the dream community is deepening. Several
years ago, I told my friend Kotaro, who lives in Tokyo, that
when I was a little girl, I always wanted to have a pen pal.
In the days before the Internet, there were little ads in the
back of the comic books I read, inviting kids to join pen pal
clubs. I never did, but I always cherished the idea of writing
to someone who lived in a world far away from mine. Now
suddenly I find myself exchanging correspondence with an
educator who lives in a city halfway around the world, which
was recently bombed by troops from my country.
In one of the pictures sent from the Season Arts School in
Baghdad, in the background of the picture, there is a woman
standing in the doorway, in the shadows, her arms crossed,
watching the teddy bear delivery. I read in her posture a
certain contempt, and I thought, "If that were me (if this
were my dream?) I would be very angry that people who invaded
my country, who maybe killed my husband or child, are now
sending teddy bears."
Of course this is my projection, but it breaks my heart
nonetheless. I see no way out of this dilemma for myself
except to continue to reach out...with my hands, with my
heart, and with my dreams. I believe that, in the face of
violence (and like Diana I believe there has always been
violence) my own dream is to strengthen the community of
dreamers, until we can agree that conflicts can be resolved
some other way than by mass destruction, and that all people
have the right to respect.
I'd like to give a special thanks to Kathy Kelly and the
people from Voices in the Wilderness, who connected us with
the school in Baghdad. On their web site http://www.serve.com/vitw/
Kathy and others who were working in Iraq before the war to
lift sanctions, and who stayed through the bombing of Baghdad,
write regular, first person, reports of what they see in Iraq
now. Kathy has recently been sentenced to a term in federal
prison for "trespassing" at Fort Benning GA to protest the
training school for US elite "assassin" troops. This is a type
of radical pacifism which challenges me and always has.
Sometimes I like to say, "Well, I am just a dreamer, sitting
at home by my computer."
In this regard, I am also looking at the community of psi
dreamers, which has continued to grow. Psi dreamers are not
necessarily dream activists, but there is certainly something
about having a precognitive dream that impels people to
action. After 9/11, I wrote a paper about dealing with
precognitive dreamer guilt. It's still available online Jean
Campbell - Dealing with Precognitive Dreamer Guilt: http://dreamtalk.hypermart.net/campbell/dreamer_guilt.htm
But it seems to me that the psi dreaming part of the dream
community has been growing by leaps and bounds, full of people
eager to see what might be possible with precognitive dreams.
Now let's talk about dreaming the world! There's no doubt in
my mind that people dream predictively some of the time...and
that some people are very talented at doing it. I'd love to
see more people refine the skills of psi...not just dreaming
but awake too, since it seems to me that this is one of the
deepest points of connection we have with others in the world.
It has been both gratifying and amazing to me to see mutual
dreaming pairs appearing on the Internet, like Joy and Ilkin,
whose relationship began with mutual dreaming even though
they'd never met in the waking world. To me, there is no
better indication than this of the connectedness we all share,
and have the ability to refine.
I wanted to thank you all, my dreaming friends. When I
asked people to join me in a World Dreams Peace Bridge, I had
no idea where the bridge might lead, or if it would go
anywhere at all. What has developed is a landmark in dream
space, a beautiful bridge complete with river and healing
Reservoir, a place that people actually visit in their dreams.
Who can ask for more in life than to bring the dream forward
into all of reality?
Visit our web site at at www.worlddreamspeacebridge.org to
learn more about our adventures in dream