Exploration of Electric Dream Educational Series:
What kind of educational assistance might we (The ED Dream Community) offer?
The question brings up the identity, however loose it is, of who we are. I'm
assuming here that we are a loose knit grass-roots network of dream concerned
netizens who basically love to share dreams and are continually seeking out new
ways to do this, especially on the Net. Dream sharing in this sense is extended
to include all forms of dream inspired expressions including groups, text,
stories, art, voice & sound, journaling, news, gossip, questions, comments
and many other forms. We seem to use the Electric Dreams monthly E-zine &
Web site as a community focus for practicing dream sharing and providing news
about other dream related events and resources. But the community also maintains
active mail lists that are not published, practices dream sharing via unique
venues and continues to explore new forms and cyber-venues for dream sharing.
The community has become a resource center for dream and dreaming information
and dream news and events. And, since we are often the *first* contact that a
person has online for dreams and dreaming, we are often the gateway to
Cyber-Dreamland. Sometimes we are the first contact a person has with *any* kind
of dream awareness, which is why I'm interested in exploring our education
:A side note on the word "interpretation". It seems to me that the
definition as we (the ED community) use it is informed by psychology , but
extended in meaning to include literary, philosophical, spiritual and artistic
usage. In this sense, the interpretation of a dream is any response to a dream.
Silence is considered an interpretation as spiritually and politically
significant as a ten page Jungian analysis with pictures. There is a bias we
consciously choose towards allowing the dreamer to be the final authority on the
meaning and value of the dream, but modeling new & old interpretive
techniques has been found to facilitate creative inspiration and guiding the
dreamer in their usage is considered an act of caring and kindness.
Some things we have decided we are *not*. At this time we are not an venue
for children. We seem to be open to someone expanding into this area and are
willing to support them, but want to be very careful about protecting Electric
Dreams and the Net as an open, adult environment were freedom of speech is
protected and the pioneering spirit of the Net where traditional boundaries
needed for protecting children do not become a hindrance to experimenting with
new social practices for adults. (did you have to take a breath to get through
We have also decided we are *not* a venue for psychoanalysis and professional
therapy. We find dream sharing is often healing, can provide insight and
stimulate personal growth. But we have no designs nor plans at this time in
aligning ourselves with the healing professions nor to provide crisis
counselling. At all times and in all venues we enter into as part of the
Electric Dreams sponsored events and programs, we do so a peers and adults
responsible for our own behavior and actions. We tend to have a conscious bias
toward self empowerment and the dreamer being the final authority on the meaning
and value of his/her dream. Therapies & therapists may find us a resource
for healing, empowering and insightful practices as well as leads on
organizations, publications, schools and networks that involve dreams and
We are *not* commercial. By this, I simply mean that we do not maintain a
treasury or fund and do not accept money in exchange for advertisements. This is
not a ethic or moral decision, but rather a general part of ED not really being
owned by anyone and the group desire to not have repetitive, monthly
information. On the other hand, we offer free space to commercial adventures to
announce products, publications, classes and other commercial dream related
seminars and events. The idea is to give us something *new* each issue, so that
we can establish a networked relationship rather than a service contract. The
key here is Electric Dreams as an informative exploration of cyber-dreaming.
Just what this means when we get donations is unclear.
In an attempt to accept varied and competing viewpoints, we continue to
provide an open forum and try to respond to disagreeable views by sharing our
ED Dream Education Plan - A proposal
Since we are the first contact many people have online with dreams and dreaming,
we have an opportunity to make the learning experience as joyful, fun and
Do our own thing, but invite others to contribute.
In keeping with our open and organic process at Electric Dream, what I would
like to contribute to the educational program are a set of cycles that will
repeat throughout the year and give general info about dream sharing in general
and cyberdream venues in particular. I think we already cover the specific
programs just fine in events, news, and online activates.
The first cycle would be a set of articles on the different venues for dream
sharing. Maybe 4 articles, repeated 3 times per year, hopefully with updates and
other folks plugging in related articles when the interest or inspiration is
there. I will just do the basics, including a summary of what's going on, a
little on how -to and references to further exploration.
Jan - Email and Mail lists
Feb - Web sites as dream sharing
March - Usenet and message boards
April - IRC, Iphone, Teleconference, & other
May - Email and Mail lists
June - Web sites as dream sharing
July - Usenet and message boards
August - IRC, Iphone, Teleconference, & other
September - Email and Mail lists
October Web sites as dream sharing
November - Usenet and message boards
December - IRC, Iphone, Teleconference, & other
The second cycle will be a fun mix of history and technique. Each month will
include a different school of psychology and an interpretive approach to dream
imagery that the school either teaches or inspired and some links to related
topics. Maybe a 1 year cycle. These will be very short, maybe 3 paragraphs and
I think this section will be called "Dream Sharing Influences"
Jan ------------Freud & Free Association
Feb ---------- Jung & Amplification
March ------- Adler & Practice Dreaming
April ------ - Surrealism and Self Astonishment
May -------- Phenomenology and the thing itself
June --------- Archetypal Psychology and Dream poetry
July ---------- Gestalt and levels of interpretation
August ----- Bodywork and the dreambody
September - Erickson and stage Dreaming
October ---Object Relations & Dream Objects
November - Proactive Dreaming & Dream Incubation
December - Grassroots and Alternative Dreaming
Just for the fun of it, Madame Aionia will be including this year
"Dreaming through the Houses", an astrological exploration of dreaming
cycle, with a different house focus each month. I've been trying to get an
astrologer to do this now since 95 and can wait no longer, we're going with
Madame Aionia! No, I'm not big on astrology as a predictive practice, but they
have some great metaphorical lenses. Thus we can look forward to the addition of
a new columnist, Madam Aionia, who can interface well with Bob's classification
systems and occasionally, she tells me, she will interpret dreams. If this turns
out to be as fun as I think it will be, Madame Aionia's brother Alberto Magnus
may begin an alchemical series as well.
Jan -- 1st House - Personality, dispositions, appearances
Feb -- 2nd House - Possessions of all kinds
Mar -- 3rd House - Family, schools and immediate environments.
April -- 4st House - Home & Hearth, beginning and end of life.
May -- 5st House - Creativity, pleasures, and interests.
June --6st House - Working relations with servants, repair folk, students.
July -- 7st House - Emotional and Business relations, marriage & partners.
August -- 8st House - Crimes, inheritances of money and emotional patterns
Sept --9 st House -Distant travel, deep study, dreams, morals
October --10st House -Aspirations, ambitions and public standings
November -- 11st House -Friends, clubs, societies
December -- 12st House - Self sacrifice, seclusion, escapism
I think these cycles will be fun and may attract people who are interested in
exploring the meaning and value of dreams in cyberspace. Also, I would like to
encourage the columnists and readers who would like to contribute to these
themes to send articles earmarked for that month. If you have themes you would
like to see cycled throughout the year, send them along as well.