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The World of Online Dream Sharing: Orientation Day

Richard Wilkerson


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Wilkerson, Richard (2001).  The World of Online Dream Sharing: Orientation Day.  Electric Dreams 9(8).   2001 Vol. 8 Issue 1.




If you are new to the world of online dreaming, this article is for you. The hardest part is over, finding Electric Dreams.  

I've included information below that covers a lot of the questions people ask about dreaming online, and I also wanted to bring your attention to our dream groups. 

As an editor for Electric Dreams e-zine I am often asked :

 "So what's the Scoop on dreams & dreaming online?" 

It getting harder and harder to summarize as new technologies proliferates cross media presentations of dream journals, dream groups, dream libraries, dream  art galleries and other dream inspired events and venues.    

My general feeling is one of excitement. Everything is new and in process of experimentation.  At Electric Dreams we want everyone's vision to count.   Here is the scoop from my perspective:

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  TOPICS

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=* What does my dream mean?

=* Electric Dreams dream sharing Ezine

     & the Global Dreaming News : Monthly articles, news,

     dreams, comments, interviews, more.

=* Dream Sharing Groups online:

     Small, in-depth dream sharing.

=* Dream-Flow: Submit dreams and comments for distribution.

=* Cyberdreams and DreamChatters discussion forums

=* Dreamworkers Online Project

=* Association for the Study of Dreams (ASD]

=* Dream Sharing in Cyberspace - Web site

=* Other Dreaming projects on the Net - Links

 

 

Electric Dreams     

           http://www.dreamgate.com/electric-dreams

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=* What does my dream mean?

   Well, ok, we couldnít tell you EVERYTHING in the orientation and we will save the answer to this question for next month.  If you canít wait, subscribe to

Dreamchatters-subscribe@egroups.com 

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   ELECTRIC DREAMS  Monthly Dream sharing e-zine - If you are interested in how dream sharing is working on the Net, and want the latest Net news, and a forum for asking questions about dreams and dreaming or discussing you own views, I suggest a free subscription to the our community Magazine. Monthly.   We don't pretend to be authorities, but we are continually curious about how the dream movement is evolving both offline and online.  

  Just send an e-mail to

TO: electric-dreams-subscribe@egroups.com1

SUBJECT: (anything on this line, its not read - you can put SUB ME if you want)

BODY:(anything on this line, its not read - you can put SUB ME if you want)

 

 

Send dreams for (anonymous) comment and publication at

electric-dreams-subscribe@egroups.com

 

Yes, we see your dreams a valid literature worth publishing. And like all literature, we value literary criticism and publish comments on dreams as well. Are dreams psychological, spiritual, poetic, political or just plain nonsense? Tell us your thoughts. 

Issues come about every month - dreams, news, projects, articles, ect.

If you have a web browser you can find us at:

 

USA Homepage and Electric Dreams Clubhouse:

http://www.dreamgate.com/electric-dreams  

 or the latest issue is always available at

http://www.dreamgate.com/dream/ed-backissues/

 

The articles from back issues are collected at

http://www.dreamgate.com/dream/ed-articles/

 

=* GLOBAL DREAMING NEWS:  This comes with an Electric Dreams Subscription, and is about workshops, conventions, Web pages, events and other news-worthy dream stuff.  Director: Peggy Coats,

e-mail   pcoats@dreamtree.com

 The News is in each issue of Electric Dreams and also posted independently around the Net.  Get your projects and announcements in each month.

 

Think Global, Act Local 

We would like everyone interested in becoming a local reporter or representative of your area, be that geographic or some part of cyberspace.  We are always interested in what particular commercial online servers (like aol, compuserve, microsoft, ect) are offering and like to put reports out when we can - please help us out by sending local information or posting Electric Dreams or Global Dreaming News on yourServer/Host. Send to Peggy Coats

pcoats@dreamtree.com

Visit the Mirror News site at:                      http://dreamtree.com/Questions/News/news.html1

 

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DREAM-FLOW 

People from around the world submit dreams to the dream flow. These dreams are distributed around on various lists, and they are published anonymously with comments once a month on Electric Dreams.  Itís kind of like a literary project of dream stories. Fill in the form at:

http://www.dreamgate.com/dream/temple/  

If you would like to submit dreams directly or daily into the mail list DREAM-FLOW send an e-mail 

To: dream-flow-subscribe@egroups.com

SUBJECT: (anything on this line, its not read - you can put SUB ME if you want)

IN BODY : (anything on this line, its not read - you can put SUB ME if you want)  

Then simply send your dreams to dream-flow@egroups.com on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. 

All dreams are considered to be anonymous unless clearly indicated otherwise. That means we remove any last names and e-mail before publishing on the monthly E-zine, Electric Dreams. 

For an archive of ed-core go to

http://www.egroups.com/group/dream-flow/

http://jab.org/mail/dream-flow@lists.best.com/

http://jab.org/mail/ed-core@lists.best.com/

 

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  DREAM SHARING GROUPS  

=*  DREAMWHEEL: About every two weeks we begin a new groups. Usually 4-6 people per

group and they last about a couple weeks - usually email. We share 2 or 3 dreams, ask questions,

make comments and keep fairly close to the "If this were my dream..." style. 

To join, send an e-mail to :

 

TO: dreamwheel-subscribe@egroups.com

SUBJECT: (anything on this line, its not read - you can put SUB ME if you want)

BODY:(anything on this line, its not read - you can put SUB ME if you want)

 

You can sign up anonymously or not, as you wish.   

The DreamWheel follows the guideline of ethical conduct set forth by the Association for the Study of Dreams.

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 Dreamwork Ethics Statement 

All participants are obliged to adhere to the ethical standards established by the Electric Dreams community:  

The Electric Dreams community celebrates the many benefits of dreamwork, yet recognizes that there are potential risks. We agree with the ethical position taken by the Association for the Study of Dreams ( http://www.asdream.org  ), in that we support an approach to dreamwork and dream sharing that respects the dreamer's dignity and integrity, and which recognizes the dreamer as the decision-maker regarding the significance of the dream. Systems of dreamwork that assign authority or knowledge of the dream's meanings to someone other than the dreamer can be misleading, incorrect, and harmful. Ethical dreamwork helps the dreamer work with his/her own dream images, feelings, and associations, and guides the dreamer to more fully experience, appreciate, and understand the dream. 

Every dream may have multiple meanings, and different techniques may be reasonably employed to touch these multiple layers of significance. A dreamer's decision to share or discontinue sharing a dream should always be respected and honored. The dreamer should be forewarned that unexpected issues or emotions may arise in the course of the dreamwork. Information and mutual agreement about the degree of privacy and confidentiality are essential ingredients in creating a safe atmosphere for dream sharing. 

Dreamwork outside a clinical setting is not a substitute for psychotherapy, or other professional treatment, and should not be used as such. 

We recognize and respect that there are many valid and time-honored dreamwork traditions. We invite and welcome the participation of dreamers from all cultures. There are social, cultural, and transpersonal aspects to dream experience. In this statement we do not mean to imply that the only valid approach to dreamwork focuses on the dreamer's personal life. Our purpose is to honor and respect the person of the dreamer as well as the dream itself, regardless of how the relationship between the two may be understood. 

The Electric Dreams Community,  March 2000

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MORE on the DreamWheel:  Instructions come with every phase of the group from a group moderator. Dreams are send in  to the moderator and put on the list. We go through the dreams as a group one by one. The first phase is the question phase, asking non-defensive clarification questions of the dreamer, who may or may not respond as they chose. Then in the comment phase each person in the group takes the dream as if it were their own.  The process is non-defensive, fun and very revealing.  

The process is modeled on the work of John Herbert, Richard Wilkerson and other.  For sample sessions of the group see 

Sample Session - Herbert

http://users.aol.com/john0417/dmgp/dg16.html1 

Sample Session - Electric Dreams Dream Wheel (Wilkerson & Hicks)

http://www.asdreams.org/asd-13/2lb12.htm1 

 

Sample Session - Electric Dreams Dream Wheel (Wilkerson -Coins of Life)

http://www.dreamgate.com/dream/ed-backissues/ed5-9.txt

 

Sample Session - Electric Dreams DreamWheel (Wilkerson - Dreaming with Serbia)

http://www.dreamgate.com/dream/serbia

 

For more information, send and email to the autoresponder at   edreams@dreamgate.com

 

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=*  eDreams: eDreams is an online dream group conducted via email, and intended for "dedicated dreamers" who already have experience working with dreams - especially those individuals who have spent some time participating in the DreamWheel online dream group.  In eDreams, we spend a bit longer with each dream and really plumb the depths. 

 

To join, send an e-mail to : 

TO: e_d_r_e_a_m_s-subscribe@egroups.com

 

SUBJECT: (anything on this line, its not read - you can put SUB ME if you want)

BODY:(anything on this line, its not read - you can put SUB ME if you want) 

 

You can sign up anonymously or not, as you wish.   

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DREAMCHATTERS - Victoria Quinton hosts a mail list about dreams and dreaming which has some of the most famous dreamworkers in the world visiting.  

You can subscribe by sending an email to:

TO:

dreamchatters-subscribe@eGroups.com  

NEW DREAM SHARING eLISTS - Many site now allow you to create your own Internet Mail Lists. We have given a summary of these in Electric Dreams March 1999, volume 6  issue 3 see http://www.dreamgate.com/dream/ed-backissues/  

 

DREAMWORKERS ONLINE PROJECT -  If you are already a dream worker, researcher, artist or otherwise involved with dreams, we have a project designed to get you attention and

connection to the community of dreams.   Contact Richard Wilkerson rcwilk@dreamgate.com

and send your profile and contact addresses if possible.

 

CYBERDREAMS: This is an unmoderated forum, open to discussion on all aspects of dream  theory and practice. This list is sponsored by the Intuition Network http://www.intuition.org and DreamGate http://www.dreamgate.com

Home Page INFO:

http://www.dreamgate.com/dream/cyberdreams/  

OTHER DREAM PROJECTS ON THE NET:  Too many to list here, but I try to keep track of them via three main sources. The first is the Cyber-dream library

Cyber-Dream Library

www.dreamgate.com/dream/library/  

Or if you like annotated lists of links

 we have a fabulous Dream Resources Page

http://www.dreamgate.com/dream/resources/

 See below for a list of Catagories

 

DREAM SHARING IN CYBERSPACE

and an online History of Dreams in Cyberspace site I submit to review once a year for the Association for the Study of Dreams, but is up all year long. 

http://www.dreamgate.com/dream/history  

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Still feel lost?   I offer a course once a month that covers the full history of dreamwork. Itís a fee class, and well worth every penny. For more information go to: 

 To see the course outline or sign up for the class stop by

 http://www.dreamgate.com/class/

 

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SUMMARY  of suggestions on plugging in to online dreaming: 

   My suggestion is to just jump in, taste what is going on locate the scents that appeal to you.  

Join an email dream group. Post a Dream anonymously to a public bulletin board. Ask a web site to post your art. Upload your own dream bibliography to the cyber-dream library. Start a fight about dream interpretation on the ASD Message Board or Usenet Newsgroup. Send in a dream to Electric Dreams, or an article you always wanted to write but thought was too controversial or weird. Read an article on lucid dreaming at the Lucidity Institute. Start your own Dream Web site or eList for discussions and dream sharing. Join ASD, find all the great educational materials online. 

The Electric Dreams community is online to help you get out to the public your own dream vision. Plus we like to have a lot of fun.  We have been doing this since 1994. 

1. Subscribe to Electric Dreams

2. Send in dreams or articles on topics in dreaming

3. Send in Dream News items to Peggy Coats pcoates@dreamtree.com

4. Sign up for an Electric Dreams/DreamGate sponsored dream group.

5. Explore other sites online via the ED link page

6. Send me a summary of your interests in dreaming so I can connect you with the folks who are knowledgeable in that area.

7. Sign up to chat with us on Victoria Quintonís DreamChatters list 

http://www.egroups.com/group/dreamchatters 

 

THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF DREAMS

http://www.asdreams.org  

I also recommend for serious dream folks, that you become a member of ASD, the Association for the Study of Dreams.  This international non-profit provides a fabulous conference each year, and you get substantial discounts as a member. Also, you will get the quarterly Dream Time Magazine and the peer reviewed scholastic Dreaming Journal.  for more see http://www.asdreams.org   

You can discuss dream topics (but NOT personal dreams or interpretations of personal dreams) on the ASD Bulletin Board and in the new E-Study groups.  There are many articles online about dreams and dreaming from the peer reviewed journal Dreaming, as well as the more popular Dream Time magazine. 

 

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