Electric Dreams

A View from the Bridge
August 2006

Dreaming the Compassionate Feminine

Jean Campbell

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Campbell, Jean (2006 August). A View from the Bridge. August 2006:
Dreaming the Compassionate Feminine. Electric Dreams 13(8).

With events in the Middle East turning to Israel's attacks on Lebanon while war in Iraq continues, members of the World Dreams Peace Bridge, like people all over the world, have been asking themselves what can be done now? How can we deal with this new crisis?

One answer has been coming through very strongly in a series of dreams about the compassionate feminine, which began during May Tung's trip to China immediately before her death at the end of May.

On May 15, May, who originally dreamed of the Reservoir which is part of the Peace Bridge (http://www.worlddreamspeacebridge.org/) wrote:

Ah, now I know why I had to come here. It is really another world. After flying over a long stretch of sand, we got to an Oasis, another world. It is surrounded by the Gobi Desert with the hotel -- like an old palace, layer after layer of courtyards. We are all out here so it's very quiet.

We went to what I call it the MIRACLE LAKE way up in the sand which surrounded us like a bowl. Up there, there is a small, crescent moon shaped LAKE. As you can guess, it is full of mythical tales about how it came about. "Basically" the celestial beings created this lovely like lake so the mythical Queen Mother could have a place to wash her face. Naturally! The purity, the dignity, dwarfs the human world.

The Queen Mother to whom May refers is the goddess the Chinese call Kuan Yin.

Jody responded on May 16:

In the desert, the Oasis. The reservoir where the waters of life collect. And of course for the Queen Mother! She must have pure water to wash to show forth her beauty. How this soothes the soul!

I remember a wonderful book by Jon Blofeld called the Bodhisattva of Compassion, about Kuan Yin or Kannon or same figure by other names. But always the Great Mother of Compassion, She who hears our cries and comes. One chapter tells of a mythic tale of a lake where the figure of Kuan Yin emerges. I wonder as I read your letter if this might be the lake of your experience that Blofeld writes about. In any case it connected for me. I feel Kuan Yin is with you, healing and comforting you.

Having recently joined the Peace Bridge, and not knowing what was happening with May, Mary Whitefeather wrote to the Bridge that same week on May 23 that she had been in meditation and was guided to send the message to the Bridge that Tara (another name for the goddess) should be remembered. "A reminder," Mary said, "that we are all really connected when we pray, meditate, call on, or dream for Peace."

She sent along a beautiful description of the goddess Tara, which reads in part:

The goddess Tara originated as a Hindu goddess, the Mother Creator, representing the eternal life force that fuels all life...In Sanskrit the name Tara means Star, but she was also called She Who Brings Forth Life, the Great Compassionate Mother, the Embodiment of Wisdom, and the Great Protectoress.

A version of the Goddess Tara exists in virtually every culture. Indeed it is said that the Goddess Tara will assume as many forms on Earth as there are needs for her by the people.

This message from Mary was met by several members of the Peace Bridge discussion group with dreams they had had about Tara, Kuan Yin, or another embodiment of the Tara figure, the Black Madonna. These dreams were seen as interesting, but it was not until the Israeli attacks on Lebanon began, and the July DaFuMu Dreaming for World Peace had taken place, that they came fully to our attention.

On July 21, Rita wrote:

Various times during the night I was shown this image: A mother with multiple arms (her head, face, many arms and torso) holding babies and toddlers in the many arms, embracing them in safety. She seemed like a physical mother but her face reflected spiritual peace. For some reason what comes to me when I see the dream image in my mind is the sculpture of Mary and Jesus in "La Pieta" even though what this mother was holding in her arms were live children. Another association I have to the dream image is a painting a woman from Montana did of the Black Madonna surrounded by children and crying people. I will see if I can forward it to you under separate cover.

From Del on July 23, came this dream:

(A bit later on--I was not quite awake or asleep) I stand with many rows of wonderful birds before me. They are waiting to be sent out on my command, and I am swinging a metal (??) thing full of incense over them. In their talons they hold numerous coloured crystals, and I am to send them out to the war-affected areas: to the vulnerable people, to the wounded, and to those with the most hatred in their hearts.

The question of the meaning of these dreams and what to do with them was asked. Jeremy, who was at the time traveling to the World Peace Conference, replied that he had heard once from an elderly woman in Romania that the way to pray to the Black Madonna was to imagine her alive in one's heart, and talk with her out loud. "This also works," Jeremy said, "with the Compassionate Buddha."

During this time of worldwide pain, those of us on the World Dreams Peace Bridge invite all of the world's dreamers to join with us in this act of holding the goddess of compassion in our hearts, and praying aloud to her.

A final, delightful dream that seems to be part of this chain of dreams came from Kathy on July 24.

My DaFuMu was a simple wish called up from a memory deep in my mind. It was so simple it just came in the form of a little childhood rhyme:

Middle East Wish
"Philbet Tan Philbet Tan
Where are you?
Philbet tan, Philbet Tan"

I woke puzzled with the rhyme still playing in my head - why this?

Then I remembered: Philbet Tan is a tall handsome intelligent cultivated physiotherapist who has mixed western physiotherapy with Chinese acupuncture. Why him in my dream???? BUT then I remembered: Philbet Tan is a "Baba" a person from the Straits Chinese culture in Malaysia. This is an amazing culture. The Chinese came originally from China (as part of some desire for Chinese influence in the area) but they then mixed with Malays in marriage (perhaps) and then married within their own group of Babas (men) and Nyonyas (women) and produced a wonderful new culture - combining old Chinese customs and language with the customs of each successive group of invaders of their country as well as those of the native Malays. They have their own language (a combination of Malay and Chinese); their own food (Nyonya cuisine - a combination of Malay heat and Chinese styles); their own dress (a combination of Chinese and Malay).They are rightly proud of their distinctiveness - and yet it came from taking in and using and adapting to what is around them.

It is this I wished for the Middle East: to keep what is valued and to use and adapt to what is valued from outside. i.e. to see others who are different, not as a threat, but as source of interesting new possibilities within your own culture. This allows different cultures to live together in harmony - in fact it encourages differences in cultures BUT within the context of an understanding that difference is a source of growth.