Electric Dreams

A View from the Bridge
July 2005

London, Auctions
and DaFuMu

Jean Campbell


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Campbell, Jean (2005 July). A View from the Bridge. July 2005:
London, Auctions and DaFuMu. Electric Dreams 12(7).






On the day of the London subway bombings, July 7, The World Dreams Peace Bridge went into action like a well-oiled machine. By the time I awoke in Virginia, Peace Bridge members in other time zones were asking concerned questions about the safety of Bridge members in England. I learned about the bombings online, before I had ever looked at the newspaper or turned on the t.v.

Soon after I woke, Brenda reported that her daughter, at school in London, was safe; and Kay sent links to the British media coverage. By evening, we had agreed to light candles around the world, and dream together for the safety of the people in London.

The next day, as it happened, Jeremy was traveling to London with his daughter, Eloisa, and he could report that their travels by bus and subway had been on time and uneventful, a paean of praise to the British people.

This interconnectedness is one of the key elements of the Peace Bridge, whether the connections are made while waking or sleeping. Interestingly, they reflect a story that Olivia had sent from England just the day before terrorists bombed the London subway:

His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.

"I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life."

"No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.

"Is that your son?" the nobleman asked.

"Yes," the farmer replied proudly.

"I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of." And that he did.

Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia.

What saved his life this time? Penicillin.

The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. His son's name?

Sir Winston Churchill.

DaFuMu for World Peace on July 15

Shortly before the bombings, the conversation in the Peace Bridge discussion group had turned to the subject of PR and Spin. From Australia, Kathy pointed out:

It is very very hard to fight PR lies - they are so seductive - they speak to our deepest desires (we want to be good, we want to help everyone, we are willing to suffer to bring about good). This is what seems to me make their lies and manipulation so powerful. So how to counter them? One way is to speak the TRUTH BUT that does not have as much power in such a situation.

The other way, perhaps the only way, is to become more aware of our desires and fears. BUT that is such a task! How can we help ourselves and others move in that direction?

We can do this for ourselves BUT how to open up this possibility more widely????

Maybe we can think on this in our 15th dreaming DaFuMu this month.

Olivia responded:

Dear Kathy, Jean and All,

I will go with this (Kathy's suggestion). I also want to share a text I came across about 14 years ago - it seems to answer some of your questions, Kathy. At least to me...

Also, I can't quite agree about what you call our deepest desires - I for one do not wish to suffer to bring about good, partly for entirely selfish (!) reasons, but more because I often (but not always) question the value of something brought about through suffering. I mean, sacrifice may have its place, but suffering? It may sound like semantics, it certainly has a lot to do with awareness, or conscious attitude, what one calls it.

I think the biggest problem with PR lies, lies with the distortion of fact, especially when these 'facts' fall into the category of 'protected information'. A lot of the time, ordinary human beings simply don't stand a chance to accurately discern what, if anything, resembles the 'truth'. How does one get such information, the 'real' facts (a lot of 'facts' I would classify as opinion) to the general public, the voters of any one nation?

Anyway, the text...

On Integrity

"We are going to visit the arena of Profound Humanness called "Integrity". Sometimes "integrity" is reduced to mean a kind of moral uprightness and steadfastness, in the sense of saying, "He has too much integrity to ever take a bribe".

"But profound integrity goes far beyond this. Sometimes, in order to distinguish it from the more limited popular usage, it is called "secondary integrity". This is the integrity which is not constrained by limited moralities, however well-intentioned. The integrity that is profound living is the singularity of thrust of a life committed and ordering every dimension of the self towards that commitment. Thus the self is in fact shaped by the self, and focused towards that commitment. You can say that an audacious creation of the self takes place in integrity, without which you are simply the creation of various forces impacting you in your society.

"Thus the basis of integrity is a destinal resolve a resolve that chooses and sets your destiny and out of which your whole life is ordered. The object of that resolve is the ultimate decision of each person, and each person makes that choice, consciously or unconsciously. To do so with awareness is the height of responsibility. It is incarnate freedom. It is what real freedom looks like. When man has thus exercised his freedom he realizes that to be true to himself ever thereafter he has a unique position to look at the values of his society. He is no longer bound by the opinions and codes of his fellow-man, but re-evaluates them on the basis of their impact on his destinal resolve.

"Thus the man of integrity is continuously engaged in societal transvaluation, a moving across the values of society and reinterpreting them in line with his life's thrust. It does not give him the liberty of ignoring his society, but his obligation transcends the conformity of living within the codes and mores of his society. Thus the man of profound integrity always seems to not quite fit with his fellow-men but his actions always are appropriate for him, even to those who oppose him."

(Attributed to the Maliwada Human Development Training School)

After the bombings, Kathy replied:

One of the things that worries me about the London bombings is the way it enables those who want to be at war to do so. English people, by and large, disapproved of what Blair was doing, English people, by and large, it seemed to me, could see through Blair's incredible control of rhetoric. What has happened now?

Now we see this bombing spoken of as being the act of barbaric terrorists (YES it was) but it is always placed side by side, most evident in both Bush's and Blair's responses - no doubt produced by their spin doctors, with the necessity to replace this barbaric world with the world of freedom and safety that they are offering (NO - surely the deaths of so many Iraqis from bombings, the deaths of so many Iraqi children from cancer created by exposure to Depleted Uranium, the killing of so many Iraqis who just happened to driving in the presence of an armed vehicle, the deaths and destructions in Falluja and elsewhere, the creation of a context where suicide bombers can kill almost everyday, the total disruption to society in terms of water, food, health, education, hope, planning, work - all this is allowed to appear on the side as "good" a "necessity" - as NOT terrorism - partly because it is the action of a State, mostly because it is "our" action).

How many will be swayed by the spin of Blair and Bush?

How can we open up the view? How can the spin have less control over how people think?

The SPIN partly works because we agree that YES these bombings in London ARE an act of terror. How can we stop it FALLING immediately into support for State terrorism?

What would happen if we just said YES they are an act of terror. THEN deliberately left our MINDS OPEN rather than let them fall down the path to acceptance of State terrorism?

What if we could OPEN a SPACE OF PEACE AFTER the acceptance that this is an act of terrorism.

What would follow?

Though members of the Peace Bridge agree that admirable efforts have been made in England to point out to everyone that the Muslim minority is part of the community, and not responsible for acts of terror, there is also an agreement that on July 15, we will dream together in a DaFuMu Dream for World Peace (see http://worlddreamspeacebridge.org/dafumu.htm) and individually attempt to address Kathy's question about dealing with PR and Spin.

We hope that you will join us.

Aid for Traumatized Iraqi Children Silent Auction Huge Success

Recently, when the World Dreams Peace Bridge took its work for the children of Iraq to the conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams in Berkeley, we discovered that more people had been DaFuMu dreaming with us each month than we had ever suspected. Several people mentioned they have been joining the DaFuMu, and one Chicago-area woman said that she and several members of a group she is involved with join together on the DaFuMu Dreaming for World Peace.

If you are one of these people, could you let us know? It would be nice to hear that the practice of a monthly group dream for peace has been growing. You don't need to join the discussion group, but a post to the World Dreams site will work just fine
(www.worlddreamspeacebridge.org).

In addition to this delightful information about the DaFuMu, the Silent Auction/International Bazaar was an enormous success. Auction items, the raffle of two Dream Baskets created by Kat Peters-Midland, and the sale of Peace Train place mats brought in over $3,000. We would like to thank and congratulate any of the participants in the event who might be reading this article, either donors or bidders.

Many people commented on what a beautiful silent auction it was, with items from literally all over the globe. And the "battle of the pens" during the last minutes of the auction demonstrated just how much people were enjoying themselves.

Dreaming the world into Peace may be possible, and it may even be fun. Here is a definition of Peace created by Bridge member Ron Adams from Colorado, one of the few definitions of Peace as compared with the many definitions of Violence or Nonviolence:

"Peace is the cultural maturity to seek forgiveness and compromise for all parties involved, rather than lash out in hurt and pain, creating struggle, fighting and war (Peace opposites)."
Ron L. Adams June 14, 2005


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