Conversation on the Bridge seems to have turned more inward in the past few
weeks, placing our dreaming, individually and as a group, more in focus
again. Although some of the people in the Bridge group have been as busy as
Jean Campbell is, among other things, organising a Peace Film Festival in
southern Virginia, along with Bridge members David Gordon and Valley Reed.
This festival seemed to grow from the screening of 'a peace film' to filling
a three-week programme of films, talks and other events, all but in the
blink of an eye! Next month's View will have a re-View of the festival; in
the meantime, if you, or anybody you know, live near Norfolk, VA, and would
like more information -- please email Jean at email@example.com for a
And Jody tells us from Ohio that she has been too busy to even tell us much
of what she has been up to! But you may recall from last month's View that
Jody had been interviewed for a CNN programme, Voices from the Homefront,
together with veteran Paul Hackett who will be running for the US Senate in
2006. No doubt we will hear more about this, too, next month!
A Soul Family of Dreamers
One of the past month's highlights came in the form of the return of Rita,
who together with her partner Bob used to be active members in the early
days of the Bridge discussion and dream group. This time Rita has joined us
on her own as Bob sadly passed away earlier this year.
The conversation that followed made me personally reflect on how I have
begun to feel that even while I have met only two people from the Bridge in
person, this group of dreamers have become something of a soul family to me.
On the Bridge I can share thoughts and dream experiences and know that they
will be received with both kindness and understanding, and with interest!
And I have found it strangely grounding to have such a wonderful group of
dreamers to turn to, and share with. And yes, I said grounding and I meant
it. Because our collective wisdom seems practical as well as compassionate
and, above all, grounded in personal experience. In the context of loss and
of belonging, Jody put it very well:
Doesn't it seem that this IS the Bridge: the improbable but very real
creation of a space that spans our life and death, alone and belonging,
conflict and harmony, despair and hope experiences?
"We Create A New God"
Because of a shift in when we 'go to press' with the View, we have a
'shorter' month this month, that doesn't feature a DaFuMu dreaming. Not that
this stopped us from dreaming, and sharing many of those dreams.
Ilkin, a powerful, and often lucid, dreamer from Turkey, shared a number of
dreams with us, and in response to an observation that her dreams seemed to
have the finding of solutions and a sense of being in control as a common
theme, she commented:
I thought you want any dreams related or not with peace work and the
Bridge. I don't think these dreams are related with both directly. But they
may have relation with some of my interest areas including peace etc.
In fact my dreams about disastrous events begin to repeat again but this
time accompanying by some powers I may have. It may or not be related to the
topics we discuss here but I am very much concerned about the climate
change, world changes, ecology etc too and want to direct some of my energy
to these areas. I feel that I must interested with the future of nature and
changes in front of us, as much as I am interested with politic, social,
economic etc issues where we stand as humanity. These may be reflecting in
my dreams though the ones I sent you were not very special.
Ilkin says something that I find very interesting here, when she speaks of
the return of her disaster dreams, many of which have seemed precognitive in
the past, but how they this time allow her to draw on her powers, in the
dream. To me, this suggests that as we become more aware of our dreams, not
only after we had them, but also while we are still dreaming, inside the
dream, we begin to learn to change things in the dream. And by extension,
learning to change our dream realities may allow us to change our waking
reality world, too. If you are familiar with the World Dreams Peace Bridge
then you have probably also heard our mission statement: There can never be
too many people dreaming of peace.
Jean too submitted a dream that evoked the imagination of many in the group,
judging by the response. She called her dream "We Create A New God" and I
have included it here:
In the dream we (and I mean us folks of the Bridge) are standing in front
of a group of gods. We have just created a new god. But this new god looks
curiously like Ernie from Sesame Street...same flat face, same somewhat
awkward, floppy character.
I am both observer and participant in this dream, so I can see and hear
from above the crowd our dismay as we look at this new god of ours. Someone,
maybe me, says: "Awwwwww, now we'll have to live with him forever!" EOD
There is a playful quality about this dream, an irony. While I was walking
this morning, I reentered the dream, and let myself be the god Ernie. What
he said was that, even though he represented television and the impact of
technology on the people of this planet, he was also an extremely lovable
god. He said the reason kids love Ernie is because he can make mistakes, and
knows how to laugh at himself.
It turned out that as well as having enjoyed Sesame Street with their own
children, members of the group had experiences of Ernie to share, ranging
from working with children in therapy, to dreams of their own about him. In
response to a question about the "group of gods", Jean commented:
In my dream, at least, the other gods were more like the traditional image
of ghosts...pale, silvery, almost see through. And a little shocked to see
such a new and colorful god as Ernie.
I, myself, wondered about the "Ghostlike gods... hmmm... What does it mean
if our archetypal gods have grown wan, silvery and pale?" to which Anna
There is a lot of lore from many traditions that says the god/desses create
us and we create them in never ending circle...the native American animal
spirits who ask to be danced into material experience; the orishas who
inhabit human riders' in voudou ceremony; all the way to the immanent
spirits in our earth, who it is clear, we have not tended and they fade.
So much wisdom which tells us that it is our human calling, between heaven
and earth, to heed the spirits, to admire them and invite them, to ASK for
their help which they so willingly hold for us but must wait to be asked.
To wilfully dream is a part of this, I think.
Perhaps it does not seem too much a leap of the imagination, to see Ilkin's
concerns about the changes in the world and the climate that affect the
Earth's delicate eco systems reflected in Jean's dream of the god Ernie, and
the fading gods of old?
DaFuMu dreaming in November and December
Join us in our Dreams of Great Fortune -- DaFuMu -- on the 15th each month!
The November DaFuMu will continue the theme of awakening to the world, and
with the addition of dreaming for the youth of the world – a request that
arose as France has seen almost two weeks of urban rioting. We hope to have
an update on this in the next View.
The December DaFuMu is open to anyone who care to join us – please visit our
website for more information on DaFuMu-dreaming, and on how to submit
And we shall see, what dreams may come.
The World Dreams Peace bridge is open to all people who dream of world peace:
or discussion group: firstname.lastname@example.org