VQ: Who is the intended audience for Dream Network?
RO: When I first took responsibility for the publication, it was my
impression that many of readers were lay and professional dreamworkers and/or
people already committed to valuing their dreams. Given there had been a fair
amount of time for networking/information sharing among the 'core' readers, we
felt -- since we all dream every night -- that it was time to prepare the
publication to meet the general public. We have since that time published a
combination of scholarly, well referenced articles as well as experiential/heart
sharing articles written by dreamers like you and I. Response we have received,
continually, since attempting to span that distance has been very enthusiastic:
something for all dreamers!
We are selling quite well at the bookstores we reach through our
distributors, which indicates a receptive lay readership; many of the 'core'
readers are still contributing/with us and there is always excitement in the
letters of new readers who, through word of mouth or 'on the newsstand' have
found us. One of our goals is to raise individual and cultural appreciation for
the value of dreams and -- since we do all dream -- it would seem a simple and
direct answer to your question is a 'general audience.'
VQ: Was there a dream you had that inspired you to join Dream Network?
RO: Yes. It was a precognitive dream that had me in the summer of 1975. It
was like a full length extravaganza... full color, light and sound. An
incredible experience! I had no idea what had just happened... but intuitively
knew that it was significant, important. It was the first dream I ever
recorded... and I did so with most dreams that followed. This enhanced my
dreaming life considerably! I began asking questions, searching out whatever I
could get my hands on related to dreams. Several years after that summer of '75
dream, the mayor of our town, Port Townsend, WA., put a notice in the local
paper asking if there was anyone out there who would be interested in
coordinating an event for the 35th anniversary of the signing of the United
Nations Charter. There were other reasons, which I won't go into here, which
compelled me to call together a group of colleagues for the purpose of
brainstorming ideas about what we might do for this occasion in our village. The
ideas that were springing forth from everyone's creative minds brought to mind
vivid images from the dream. I mentioned this to the group and in less than a
split second, on man said, "Well, we've got to do it then!" So, we
each took a piece of the work away from that meeting and pulled together a full
day and into the evening event. I can only say that the event itself, the
experience, was walking the intersection where dream reality meets with everyday
experience. It was like walking through the dream, step by step. Virtually
nothing was missing. There was a moment of silence which everyone gathered was
asked to observe to contemplate/pray for world peace. In that moment of silence,
my destiny was sealed. I knew this is the path I would pursue.
VQ: What would be your initial advice to those starting out with their own
RO: In a way, I was forced to adopt the term, dream work... as it was well
established by the time I became publisher/editor of the Dream Network Journal.
I would rather answer the question "...... initial advice to those starting
to awaken to the value and importance of their dreams." Also, I would
prefer to suggest, rather than advise.
May I? I would suggest it takes time. It is a subtle art. Not a quick-fix remedy
for whatever ails or troubles one. I would encourage that individual to record
and contemplate on their remembered dreams. To begin sharing their dreams with
someone they trust.... whether there is an attempt to understand the meaning of
the dream or not. If nothing more than for enjoying the sheer genius and beauty
of the imagery and story. Certainly, setting aside time especially for
dreamsharing, such as in a dream group, is beneficial and would be encouraged. I
would suggest that they begin to give dreams a respected place in their life.
Read good books on the subject. Begin familiarizing themselves with the
subtleties of symbol and metaphor.
Realize that any given dream may yield its purpose and/or meaning in layers,
over time. Sometimes it takes years before the full depth of meaning surfaces. I
would say it becomes a way of life, the symbolic life dancing and interfacing
with synchronicities... and that from this dance new paths are revealed, new
ways of viewing our lives and paths. I would caution them to be prepared for a
sometimes perilous, painful and often joyous journey. Our culture is not rooted
in truth. Our dreams are. These are some of the things I've learned that I would
want to share.
Now, of course, if this person were to have approached me in line at the post
office or grocery store, which often happens,. I would say perhaps only one of
these things.... or suggest the Dream Network and/o r a good book!
VQ: Have you learned more about "dreams" from books or word of
RO: I've learned more about dreams from dreams.... than I have from books or
word or mouth.
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