Global Dreaming News

June 2005

If you have news you'd like to share, simply email Harry Bosma at his special address. I will be away most of June, so replies will be slow.

- Moonflower Vine
- Spirit Community

Physical world:
- Dream Studies Courses at JFKU
- “DREAM WEEK” to Feature Experts - IASD conference

Books, movies, research:
- Foreign Objects: Dream Drawings

Recurring events:
- Ritual DaFuMu for Peace
- IASD Online Auction


Moonflower Vine

I would like to mention my new web site:

The Moonflower Vine is my story of prophecy and healing through dreams. A reluctant subject at first--I'm just a dreamer, not an expert--I came to accept and appreciate this gift as a connection to the higher consciousness we all share. A precognitive series of dreams a few years ago started the journal writing of my dream experiences. Struggling constantly with denial, misinterpretation, overinterpretation, among other things, I finally settled down to let things flow. It seemed out of my control anyway.

Words are inadequate to describe how much dreams have helped me.

Thank you for any mention of my new site.

Sincerely, Carol Gardner

Spirit Community

Spirit Community currently has more than 28,000 pages of free dream interpretation tools to help you understand the meanings of your dreams. There are several dream dictionaries, dream interpretaton methods, 3000 dream symbols and classic writings on dreams by Fueud and Stout.

Fine regards & blessings, Dr. August H. Wald, Ph. D.

Physical world

Dream Studies Courses at JFKU

JFKU offers a graduate level 36-unit certificate program in Dream Studies at our Pleasant Hill Campus. Courses in Dream Studies are offered every quarter. For more information on how to enroll, contact Marilyn Fowler, Director of the Dream Studies Program, JFKU. 925-969-3513,

Courses for Summer Quarter:

The Language of the Dream (1 unit)
Instructor: Lynne Ehlers, PhD
Thursdays, 4:30-6:30 pm, July 14 - August 11, 2005

Shamanism and Dreams (1 unit)
Instructor: Fariba Bogzaran, PhD
Friday evening, all day Saturday, August 26-27

“DREAM WEEK” to Feature Experts - IASD conference

BERKELEY, CA — The week of June 24-June 28, 2005, has been declared Dream Week by the mayors of San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley, California to honor the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) which is holding its 22nd annual conference at the Doubletree Hotel at the Berkeley Marina that week.

Internationally Recognized Experts: The IASD conference, entitled, CALIFORNIA DREAMING, includes over 100 presentations by the world's foremost dream researchers, authors, and clinicians. Included are diverse presentations on psychological, biological, anthropological, spiritual, artistic, and literary perspectives on dreaming.

Dream Research: Who remembers their dreams and why? What has science learned about the meaning of dreams? What is the link between REM sleep and dreaming? The answers to these and other questions will be featured in presentations by G. William Domhoff, Ph.D. who is an Emeritus Professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz and by renowned nightmare researcher, Ernest Hartmann, M.D. and other North American and European researchers. How do the dreams of liberals differ from those of conservatives? Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. will present research on differences between Democrat’s and Republican’s dreams and nightmares about sex, flying, terrorism, and death and will explore the unconscious roots of America’s bitterly divided political landscape.

Continued Education Program: Conference Program Co-Chair and past-President of IASD, Alan Siegel, Ph.D., will coordinate a series of clinical and research seminars on the meaning of dreams and their use in psychotherapy throughout the life cycle with presentations on children’s nightmares, characteristics of dreams during life transitions such as pregnancy, marriage, divorce, midlife, and approaching death. A special seminar on dreams, aging, and grief will feature noted author, Patricia Garfield. Clinical, cultural, and ethical considerations in using dreams with trauma survivors will also be addressed.

Dreams and the Arts: Acclaimed novelist, Chitra Divakaruni (Mistress of Spices), will present a keynote speech on traditional and contemporary views of dreams in Indian culture and will read from her latest novel, Queen of Dreams, which is set in Berkeley and features an Indian woman who discovers the dream journal of her deceased mother. She will be introduced by IASD President, Richard Russo, who will also make a presentation on dreams and photography. A juried exhibit of dream-inspired art will be open during the conference with the artists available at a reception on the evening of June 25th. The art show will be viewable during the conference on the IASD website. At the conference, a series of workshops will show the role of the expressive arts in exploring and understanding dreams.

Cultural and Spiritual Dimensions of Dreams: How do different religious traditions view dreams? A series of presentations by anthropologists, psychologists, and religious studies scholars will explore the role of dreams in the Koran, Bible, and the Talmud, reviewing ancient and contemporary spiritual perspectives on dreams. A symposium on Islamic Dreams will feature a presentation by English anthropologist, Iain Edgar, Ph.D., on the “True Dream” in Contemporary Islamic Jihadist Dreamwork. Research on lucid dreaming and PSI phenomena in dreams include a presentation on precognitive dreams, by distinguished researcher and author, Stanley Krippner, Ph.D and a keynote presentation by Charles Tart, Ph.D.

International Association for the Study of Dreams: The International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) is the only organization of its kind in the world. This non-profit, international, multidisciplinary organization has a diverse membership representing a variety of dream-related activities, including academic research, clinical practice, and individual study. The IASD was founded in California and has its headquarters in Berkeley, CA.

Conference and Contact Information: Members of the public may register for conference activities on a space-available basis. Reporters are welcome to cover presentations. Please go to the registration desk and request a press pass. Media access to workshops is strictly limited; reporters must receive approval to attend from workshop leaders. For additional information on IASD and the conference program visit our website, or call toll-free at 1-866-DREAM12.

Media Contacts:
Alan Siegel, Ph.D. at (510) 527-7929 or
Wendy Pannier at (610) 995-1507

Books, movies, research

Foreign Objects: Dream Drawings

by David Reisman

Foreign Objects is a compilation of pen-and-ink drawings, executed in 1995 and 1996, from artist/writer David Reisman’s dream journals. Surreal, funny, and at times unsettling, Reisman's drawings feature friends and family, acquaintances, a variety of character types, and celebrities including Bob Dylan, Woody Allen, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Jackson Pollock, and David Letterman. While Foreign Objects is a kind of unconscious autobiography, the book may be seen as an effort, as his brother Carl Reisman notes in his foreword, to “help us to build bridges, however rickety, between our secret selves and consciousness, and between our isolated selves and humanity.”

Reading Foreign Objects is like visiting a Museum of Everyday Life that's been broken down into its quantum state and reassembled as a surrealist masterpiece! David Reisman's dream art is autobiography at its most auto-luminescent.
—Rick Veitch, Author/artist of Rabid Eye: The Dream Art of Rick Veitch

When Goya etched "The Dream of Reason Produces Monsters" he wasn't reading David Reisman's Foreign Objects. In this diary of dream moments, Reisman illustrates many hilariously absurd situations that will leave you laughing. Still, this book does produce a trance-like state where the idea of someone half-submerged in floor boards seems as normal as, say, George W. Bush being president of the United States. Hmmm, Goya was right!
— Peter Kuper, Cartoonist

by David Reisman
ISBN 0-9706407-2-2
First printing: November 2004
Trade paperback
200 pages 8.5" x 5.5"

Available from the Hornbill Press:

Recurring events

Ritual DaFuMu for Peace

The World Dreams Peace Bridge, on the 15th of each month, is holding a monthly DaFuMu (a collective dream of good fortune: to support peace.

In joining a DaFuMu each month we will be seeking the mandala of peace within the universal mind: learning what it is to be peaceful at a personal level, how to act in a peaceful manner within the world, and accessing and supporting the general mandala of peace available to all people. So, please join in on the 15th of each month. Before sleeping set your intention to dream towards the mandala of peace.

If you feel that your dream has touched upon a symbol that can be used within the mandala of peace we are creating, or on a particular relation of peace, please let us know. Just send your comment, picture or dream to To join the World Dreams Peace Bridge discussion group, just send an e-mail to .

IASD Online Auction

Each month new, fabulous items are up for bid online on the Auction Board on the IASD web site. To look at all of the bargains and place your bid on these items, go to or to and follow the links from the home page.

Also – you can do your part in supporting the IASD by donating a book, CD, DVD, a piece of art, some delectable item of your choice! It’s easy to do – just contact Kat Peters-Midland (moderator) at or or go to and follow the directions to submit your donation there!

In the next couple of months, you will find these fabulous items up for bid and so much more!

* Women’s Bodies, Women’s Dreams by Patricia Garfield, PhD.
* The Lucid Dreaming Kit PLUS the bonus Eight Hour CD by Bradley Thompson.
* $800 ($100 per quarter) off of the tuition for The Haden Institute Two-year Dream Leadership Training of any NEW STUDENT.
* The Thirteen Dreams Freud Never Had: The New Science by J. Allan Hobson, MD, signed by the author and dedicated to IASD.
* The Wilderness of Dreams: Exploring the Religious Meanings of Dreams in Modern Western Culture. By Kelly Bulkeley, PhD.

Kat Peters-Midland
Director IASD Online Auction