Global Dreaming News

December 2006

Email all dream news to Harry Bosma at his special address.

- Dream Video of the Month
- DreamBoost lucid dream enhancer
- A Month In Pictures

Physical world:
- IASD News: Annual Conference / Student Awards
- Berkeley: the Dream Institute

Books, movies, research:
- Oldis: Lucid Dream Manifesto
- Schenk: Hypnotic Use of Waking Dreams
- Mellon: Unlock the Wisdom of Your Unconscious
- Gould: Catching the Dream: A Parent's Guide for Children's Dreams
- Research: Expecting a child?

- Various calenders
- Strephon Says: Podcasts and blog
- Ritual DaFuMu for Peace


Dream Video of the Month

Creating and sharing videos is now easier than ever before. What are dreamers putting online?

I got fascinated with all the old tribe films, Papua, Africa, Australia, etc. Here is a promo for a dreamtime peace project:

I also thought this kid's views & musings about dreaming on the movie The Science of Sleep was interesting. I haven't seen the movie yet.

Strephon Kaplan-Williams reads a sexy dream he had, and then explains.

Have you found other dream videos, or created your own, let us know.

Richard Wilkerson

DreamBoost lucid dream enhancer

We offer the DreamBoost lucid dream enhancer and sleep aid. It's an all natural herbal supplement you take at bedtime to promote lucid dreaming and dream recall. It is designed to help relax the body while increasing the brain's activity during REM sleep. We would be happy to send you a free sample of DreamBoost so you can try the product for yourself. Just send me your mailing address and we will send a bottle for you to try.

Thank you,
Brian Engler

A Month In Pictures

A month ago I started my personal Dreams In Pictures project, publishing a dream a day, with accompanying pictures. As I write, the month has almost ended, and it has been interesting. I'll probably wrap it up in some way, possibly creating a mandala, or perhaps a photo book at Lulu.

Halfway the project Laura Atkinson started her own dream blog. As a result some mutual dreams were uncovered that otherwise may have gone unnoticed.

You're welcome to take a look, and I hope it will inspire you to start a similar online dream project. Let me know when you do and I'll be happy to add you to the news next month.


Physical world

IASD News: Annual Conference / Student Awards

The conference deadline for submitting presentation proposals is coming up at December 15th. If you want to present at the 24th Annual Conference at Sonoma State University, and haven't submitted yet, be quick!

IASD has created a form on the website for sponsors of the conference. Vendors of dream related products can choose from a number of ways to promote their products during the Annual Conference.

Not available at the time of writing, but expected very soon on the IASD website: information on the 2007 student awards.

Berkeley: the Dream Institute

The Dream Institute of Northern California
1672 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94703

The Dream Institute offers the following during December 2006.

Culture Dreaming

Saturday December 2, 3-5 pm, $20

Culture dreaming offers a living sense of our interconnectedness. In the first part of this experimental forum, we tell dreams in council fashion, as people are moved to speak. A fresh composite dream is created. In the second part, we explore themes and imagery in it. The "culture dream" always shows surprising relevance to both individual and larger societal concerns.

Richard Russo, M.A. and Meredith Sabini, Ph.D.

International Association for the Study of Dreams Lecture Series

Precognitive Dreams & The Everyday Physics of Free Will
by Craig Sim Webb

Pre-lecture social 6:30 pm
Lecture 7 pm
Admission: $15 (Members and students with valid ID, $10)

A multifaceted look at precognitive dreaming from historical, scientific and experiential perspectives. The lecture will also cover the fascinating question about free will and destiny, and how quantum physics offers interesting links between the two. Participants can also expect some tips for discriminating between symbolic and precognitive dream information and a lively question/discussion period.

Craig Sim Webb, Director of the nonprofit DREAMS Foundation, is a physicist and dream and consciousness speaker/ author/ researcher/ inventor. He has participated in dream and consciousness research at Montreal's Sacre-Coeur Hospital's Dream and Nightmare Lab, and at Stanford University with lucid dream pioneer Stephen LaBerge.

JFK Dream Group

Hosted by Judy McEnroe
Dec. 7, 7-9:30 pm, $5-15

Judy will be sending you info about the details of the next dream group.

Holiday extravanganza

Dec. 10, 2-5 pm
Free Open House

What a joy to see this place flourishing! We want to say a special thanks for your interest and participation. Please come by and enjoy music, champagne, and a dance performance. Your family and friends are welcome.

Solstice Ritual

Chanting & Dream Reading
Dec. 22, 7:30-9 pm, $20

We honor this special moment when Darkness and Light are equal. The Wisdom House, our building in Fox Commons, will be transformed into sacred space for the evening, which includes an inspiring dream-play and chanting by Julie Lucchesi in Gregorian, Tibetan, Hebrew, Sanskrit, and her own originals.

Dream Retreat

Meredith Sabini
Dec. 30, 12-4 pm, $60 includes buffet

Take a quiet day to be with yourself and read over your 2006 dream journal.

In this introverted retreat, you are free to use the resources here-art materials, library for researching symbols, and quiet space for writing. I will present ways of understanding and synthesizing themes and figures from the year's dreams.

This retreat is for those who have an active dream practice. Please send a brief description of yours by December 15. Limited to 10, advance enrollment only.

Books, movies, research

Oldis: Lucid Dream Manifesto

The Google book is a full, free read; so with the link your readers may read the entire book, if they want. This is actually a 1974 book originally published by the University of South Dakota, and re-printed this year. My original reviewers back then were Ann Faraday and Bob Van de Castle, and they both noted an incompleteness in my analysis of dream physiology and dream history, so my apologies for these gaps.


Daniel Oldis

Schenk: Hypnotic Use of Waking Dreams

Hypnotic Use of Waking Dreams: Exploring Near Death Experiences Without the Flatlines
by Paul W. Schenk

People who undergo near death experiences often have profound and life changing experiences. It is as if the whole of their life has been put into focus and they can see relationships, experiences, and their hopes and dreams in a completely new light. Now Paul Schenk shows you how you can help clients experience some of the life-changing benefits of a near death experience without the life-threatening cardiovascular crisis. With full length annotated case transcripts, you will learn how to do this and explore the many other things you can do with hypnotically facilitated waking dreams.

The therapeutic usefulness of dream interpretation is deeply rooted in psychotherapy. The Hypnotic Use of Waking Dreams bypasses the controversy associated with past life therapy, i.e that if reincarnation doesnít exist, neither can past life therapy. It provides a much more traditional approach to understanding and utilizing the kinds of chemical experiences that occur with this interactive approach to hypnotically facilitated dream-like imagery. Dr. Shenk integrates classic teachings on dream interpretation and trauma treatment with decades of published work on near death experiences. The resulting applications to a variety of presenting clinical problems are demonstrated with extensive case transcripts. The therapeutic use of waking dreams is independent of both the clinicianís and the clientís beliefs about reincarnation because the dream content can be understood as being just good fiction as it is in classical dream analysis.

Mellon: Unlock the Wisdom of Your Unconscious

Waking Your Dreams: Unlock the Wisdom of Your Unconscious
by Emma Mellon

Dreams are as unique as finger prints no two are the same. "Waking Your Dreams" shows readers how to use their individuality to find the unique meaning their dreams have for their waking life. Written by a psychologist and using case studies from her practice, "Waking Your Dreams" combines the most recent scientific understanding of the dream process with psychological expertise. This accessible, thought-provoking companion helps readers enter and understand the rich and deeply personal world of their dreams. In "Waking Your Dreams", active participation, receptivity and curiosity replace the ubiquitous cookie-cutter interpretations, as the dreamer is led to visit the dream and return, with its essence, to waking life. The author aids readers in developing their creative and imaginative abilities to better understand the potent language of dream images and symbols and demonstrates a method for entering, as guests and learners, the realm of their dreams. Readers will learn how to access and walk through their own unique dream creations and use their individuality to find the unique meaning they have for their waking life.

Gould: Catching the Dream: A Parent's Guide for Children's Dreams

Catching the Dream: A Parent's Guide for Children's Dreams
by Janet, S. Gould

Catching the Dream is a comprehensive evaluation of every aspect of children's dreaming with an in-depth analysis of each. It explains why dreaming is important to children's physical and emotional well-being, is thoroughly researched and uses actual dreams to illustrate each topic. The information in this book teaches parents how to determine what kind of dream the child has experienced, what the dream possibly means, what could have caused the dream, and how to integrate the dream into the child's daily life. It also teaches parents what can affect children's dream contents, how children can have happy dreams, when dreams have a needed message about children's well-being (physical or emotional), and how dreams can reveal children's imaginal skills, ego development, and psychosocial stage. There are chapters on nightmares and night terrors: what causes them, what they mean, what to do if the child is experiencing them, and how to work with them. The book includes a chapter on sleep: what it is, why it is important to dreaming, sleep disorders, and how to have a good night's sleep. Although the title indicates that this work is oriented towards children's dreams, there is a great deal of information within it that applies to adult dreaming as well.

Research: Expecting a child?

You can help dream research gain a better understanding of the amazing realm of dreams through participation in a short study on dreams during pregnancy!

The search is on for any woman who is pregnant, or man who is expecting a child and is willing to offer a written account of a dream that they have had during that time. The only participation required for the study is a signed consent form and the dream write up. All info will be entirely confidential, and the dreams will only be identified as from a man or a woman, age, and trimester. Both consent form and dream write up can be sent over email so the process is quick and easy. If you have any questions, or if you or somebody you know may be interested in participating please email.

Marena Koukis


Various calenders

Nicole Gratton (Canada):

Robert Moss (USA):

Victoria Rabinowe (California):

Jeremy Taylor (California):

Strephon Says: Podcasts and blog

Strephon Kaplan-Williams is an international expert on dreams and the new dreamwork, as reflected in his many books over the years. Now in retirement age Strephon gives his podcasts and continues to write new books.

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.

For more information go to:

To join the World Dreams Peace Bridge discussion group, just send an e-mail to .