VQ: Hello Habib.
Would you like to describe The Garden for the Electric Dreams community?
H: The Garden has many levels to it (kindof like dreams, I suppose!). My
stock answer is that The Garden is a community of people who care for our planet
and each other, and support each other as we grow. We use the Internet and other
ways of doing that. From another perspective, The Garden is a spiritual family
or "tribe." The way many of us feel about each other is like the way
you might feel about a friend that you have just met, but feel you have known
for years, and you end up spending all night sharing with that person. From yet
another perspective (since this Interview is about dreams!), The Garden is based
on a real dream I had that the Internet could become a place of love, peace,
beauty, and understanding.
VQ: So, in this dream were there many other people, or other strong images?
H: Basically, the dream went as follows:
I descended to an area which was extremely noisy, with lots of flashing
lights etc. The place was filled with video games. I felt this place was Hell.
Then, as I walked past, a beautiful plant or flower appeared in one place, then
another, and another.
I woke up and immediately realized that I had just discovered part of my
life's work -- that the Internet (and our high tech world) could be transformed
into a "garden" of love, peace, beauty, and understanding.
VQ: How do you personally regard dreams?
H: Since The Garden, which is a major part of my life's work, came from a
dream, I would have to say that I regard dreams as rather important!
I have had several other dreams that have made an extremely big impact on my
life, offering me critical insights into myself and my life's work. My
perspective is that life is largely about learning, and dreams allow me to learn
about things in a different way, on different levels, than my waking life.
Partly this is because I have so many control issues that it is only when I'm
asleep that I'm able to be fully open.
I keep paper beside my bed and write down my dreams immediately (or else I
forget them), and since I wake up frequently at night, I write down a LOT of
dreams. Since it is dark, however, I can't always read what I have written the
VQ: Do you often discuss your dreams with others?
H: Rarely. I have never shared The Garden dream with anyone except my wife,
and was rather hesitant to share it here. My feeling is that dreams, in most
cases, are lessons meant for us as individuals. The meaning of those dreams,
symbols and so forth, are based on our own experience and perspective. In
general, I don't feel it's useful to share my dreams with others, since those
dreams weren't meant for them, and may be interpreted in a dramatically
different way, which may not be useful for me or them. As I just wrote those
words, I realized that my perspective (on sharing dreams) is based on certain
assumptions of who I am as an individual, and what type of relationships I have
with others. I would be open to reconsidering the value of sharing dreams with
certain people, under certain circumstances, with certain intentions, if
appropriate opportunities arose.
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