Communal Magic is the name for this year's group
dreaming project of the Fly-By-Night Club. If you link your dreams with those of
your fellow dreamers, you can help the FBNC incubate an upcoming waking state
event and an ongoing dream continuum as well.
Follow the suggestions in this newsletter and you will aid in the
preparation, seeding and watering of a special field of dreams which will flower
in the summer. The culmination of our efforts will occur at the 1996 ASD
conference. The Association for the Study of Dreams will be meeting at the
Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, California from July 9th-13th. But you can play
along, whether you will be physically present at the conference or not! Communal
Magic has several phases.
Dream Ahead '96 gathers psychic and create-our-own-reality archetypal dreams,
prior to July. In this newsletter are tips and goals to help hone your
incubation, precognitive and social dreaming skills.
The Magical Mutual Ballroom is the focus for shared dreaming. The goal is to
dream of meeting your fellow revelers at the Dream Ball (which occurs in waking
reality at the Claremont Hotel Ballroom on Saturday evening, July 13th).
The Flying Carpet will be a mural on the wall of the Claremont Hotel
conference Communal Dream Room. This homebase will be the collection point of
our social collage, the framework for our group dream "painting." And
you help can "paint," literally, by contributing pictures, drawings,
and the like. Or you can "paint" word pictures with written dream
reports, poetry, comments and graffiti.
The Flying Carpet will include the entire Dream Ahead '96 collection as well
as dreams dreamt during the conference period. Because there will be computer
connections at the Claremont, if you are at a distance, you will be able to send
in dreams via modem to CaseyFlyer@aol.com.
Bit and pieces will come together and form our visual record of the gathering,
before it literally happens and while it is symbolically unfolding. It will be
interesting to see how much preconference dreaming incubates the actual waking
event. How much magic will we invite into our lives?
Select dreamlets and artwork received from Dream Ahead '96 will be published as
a Dream Ahead '96 Sampler in the Spring NightFlyer (newsletter of the
Fly-By-Night Club). A synopsis of the events, as well as corresponding dream
elements, will be published after the conference in the Summer NightFlyer.
A title, date and your full name or pseudonym on your dream reports will help
distinguish each special dream. Typed records are easiest for your fellow
dreamers to read. Remember-all dream-inspired artistic productions are welcome,
Send to Dream Flights, 1083 Harvest Meadow Court, San Jose, CA 95136 or to
The Two Dream Programs
Once upon a time in the future there was, is and will be a communal
gathering. This gathering takes place in that creative region where intuition
turns into imagery, ideas become symbols and from which the known universe
The communal gathering plays in the theater of dreams in two forms. One is
literal, the other symbolic. Both programs feature celebration, social
connection and merrymaking in The Magical Mutual Ballroom.
If your dreaming mind selects the program marked "literal," then
your Communal Magic dreams will correspond to the actual event in the Claremont
Hotel Ballroom. In this case your magic will manifest itself in those
traditional psychic dreams called precognitive, clairvoyant or telepathic.
Because the Dream Ball is already in the planning stage and because it already
exists in the minds of folks who will attend in the waking state, the psychic
blueprints are available now for dream viewing. Your own dreaming self can serve
as a roaming reporter. Whether using video camera or still shots, your dreaming
mind can reveal one piece (or several!) of the giant Dream Ball picture puzzle.
Perhaps you might picture a winning costume for the Dream Ball. Or maybe
you'll see a fellow reveler who will be there. Or maybe you'll dream of the
Claremont Ballroom itself.
What happens at a literal Dream Ball? Music, dancing, talking. Drinks and often
food munching. The awarding of ribbons for the dream telepathy contest and for
the best costumes. A social, fun gathering at the conference end.
But do you have literal-mundane dreams all the time? Does your dreaming self
ever shape shift, scene shift, go through walls or travel through time? Do you
want to find out? Then target the Magical Mutual Ballroom in the archetypal
If your dreaming mind selects the tape marked "symbolic," then you
will unwrap the surface facade to reveal the magic within. For symbolic
dreamers, the hall does not have to comply with physical attributes. The
activities or appearance of the dreaming selves are not limited to what is
possible in the waking state.
Other mutual projects have already provided a sneak peek into this ongoing
Big Dream communal gathering. A synopsis of past archetypal dreams will be
posted on the Flying Carpet. Past projects revealed that each symbolic dreamer
paints an inner picture which is an individual variation on the main theme. But
over time, some elements of this long-playing theater of the mind are found to
be held in common:
Scenery and props (color, furniture, hall attributes)
Characters (hair color, costume)
Story line (activities)
I'll give you a hint about one favorite activity at this level of existence. The
Magical Mutual Ballroom is where the super selves gather. In the archetypal
version of the Magical Mutual Ballroom, it is possible to fly.
Dream Ahead Goals
These are suggested goals to give you the flavor of the event. Try as many or
few as you wish or come up with some creative variations or combinations of your
own. Do them any time. (Consult your dreaming self for the best results!)
#1: Invite The Dreaming Self To Step Forward
Ask your dreaming self, "Will you let your magic shine?" This goal
might give you some ideas for a literal outfit to wear to the Dream Ball. But
you can also use a variation to preview either the costumes or inner selves of
#2: Dream Up The Magical Mutual Ballroom
Ask your dreaming self, "What's your favorite social arena?" Use this
goal to see if you picture shared space similarly to fellow symbolic dreamers.
Or incubate a precognitive dream to preview the literal ballroom.
#3: Greet Your Dream Companions
Ask your dreaming self, "What type of friendly interaction do we
prefer?" Dream up a scene in which you socialize with the folks in your
dream. Say hello, hug, shake hands, wave, smile, talk.
#4: Practice Flying!
Need we tell you why? Try dual flying or group flying for a change.
ALERT! April 20th is the due date to send in your dreams and drawings for
possible publication in the NightFlyer Dream Ahead '96 Sampler.
The Magical Mutual Ballroom: Dated Goals
Now that we've learned our parts and created the scenery, costumes and props
in the dream theater, it's time for dress rehearsal. Mark these dates on your
#5: Dress Rehearsal of the Flying Dreamers: Saturday, May 18th
This is the in-dream meeting at the Magical Mutual Ballroom of the Fly-By-Night
Club to practice antics for the final event. What shall we do? Sing the FBNC
anthem? Dance in the air? Tell jokes? Discuss dreamwork? Nah, too boring.
#6: Dress Rehearsal of the Participants at the Conference: Wednesday, July
This is the date when ASD conference attendees will be first introduced to the
Communal Magic group dreaming project in a conference presentation at the
Communal Dream Room. They will view the Flying Carpet and be invited to dream
together that night. You can dream along with them, too, if you wish.
#7: Grand Finale-Dream Ball at the Claremont Hotel: Saturday, July 13th
Meet in the waking state; meet in the dream.
Dream Ahead Tips
(This exercise is inspired by the work of Alan Vaughan (author of The Power
of Positive Prophecy, HarperCollins, 1991) and Marcia Rose Emery (author of Dr.
Marcia Emery's Intuition Workbook, Prentice Hall).
Write out or dictate on a tape recorder instructions such as these before
going to bed:
"Hello, dreaming self. Please show me a simple picture I can understand. I
will arise early in the morning with the dream picture fresh in my mind. I shall
be able to remember it easily and write it down. Its meaning will become clear
to me. I will honor your opinion, dreaming self."
About Time Shift
Remember, time is loose in dream reality! You know about precognitive and
retrocognitive dreams. Also recall that an incubation can take time to manifest
a dream response. Then realize that a dated goal is an incubation.
Mutual goal dates mean that on a particular night, group intent will provide
a strong synergistic shot of energy to be "sent" out into the
universe. But just as there can be a time delay in receiving mail, so your own
mind receiver may not turn on and tune into the energy until you are
psychologically prepared to receive it.
So if you do not get a dream on a specified date, don't give up! Try again.
In mutual dreaming, the most important question is not, did I time it right?
Your best clue is to ask yourself, does this dream have that special social
flavor? That's the dream you send in to
1083 Harvest Meadow Court
San Jose, CA 95136
* Cynthia Pearson reports that the Friends In Pennsylvania have agreed to
write the lyrics to the Fly-By-Night Club anthem! The melody, you already know.
It's the theme from the "Mickey Mouse Club." Tune up your windpipes:
the song should be ready for our first waking state Fly-By-Night Club Meeting in
July at ASD '96.
* There are plans for a Costume Creation and Assembling event at the '96 ASD
Conference in preparation for the Dream Ball. It will take place in the Communal
Dream Room on Saturday afternoon, July 13th. Linda Lane Magallon is collecting
costumes, cloth and sewing material and art materials for this event.
* For more information about the Conference, contact The
Association for the Study of Dreams, PO Box 1600, Vienna, VA, 22183.