VQ: How long have you been dealing with dreams in cyberspace?
Donna Campos: I've been 'out here' about two years now. I travel a fair
amount, making it difficult to have dreamwork be a regularly scheduled part of
VQ: Do you think the travel affects your dreams?
DC: Hey -- I love this question; it's been haunting me for days now.
I spent last week in NYC and stayed at a hotel on Times Square. I hosted the
Dream Studio from there and it inspired everybody to begin an attempt to meet
each other in our dreams in Times Square. Somehow that also evolved into a
decision to try to meet disguised as animals. (Feel welcome to look for me --
I'm the llama with the long eyelashes and the bad attitude) So. . . . yep, it
affects my dreams.
When I travel for fun the sleeping part of the trip is a part of the
adventure. The hotel room/cabin/strange house/ tent/cabana/pension/RV is
different and exotic. Whether the bed is too soft, too hard or just right -- I
tend to be hyper-aware of my surroundings and wake up a lot. I also tend to
sleep later in the morning. And all these things conspire to improve my dream
When I travel for business, however, I usually get short-changed on sleep.
It's hectic with long days full of packing, rushing to the airport, catching a
cab, checking into a hotel, working into the night, and late dinners of
large-portioned restaurant food. All these things conspire to make me want to
cocoon at night -- just pull a blanket around me, sleep soundly and tune
everything out. Dream recall dwindles.
For work this year I've traveled across the country twice in a motor home. RV
travel has really captured my dreaming imagination; I've remembered close to 100
RV or bus dreams in the past year.
And there really wasn't any dream groups meeting near my home anyway. So I
logged on specifically to explore what was available on dreams in cyberspace.
VQ: Had you dealt much with dreams, either your own or those of others before
being involved with them in cyberspace?
DC: Sure. I had vivid recall as a kid. Had my first lucid dreams (inspired by
Carlos Castaneda) in my late teens. In my late 20s I started to take my interest
in dreams seriously, keeping a detailed journal, reading everything I could on
the subject. I also had the good fortune at the time of living down the street
from dreamworker Jill Gregory of the Novato Center for Dreams -- so I took
classes from her. And all along, of course, friends and family would share their
dreams with me.
It was wonderful! Suddenly, the world seemed full of dreamers -- all of them
with something to share.
VQ: Was your contact with them mainly via e-mail or by other means?
DC: There's a Dreaming Section bulletin board over on Compuserve in the New
Age B Forum and that was initially my first contact with online dreamers. I
still spend a lot of time there. (This is gonna sound like a plug but it's
important, I think.) The bulletin boards on Compuserve are great in that they
let you know when someone's responded to your post. It's a little thing but it
really helps keep bulletin board conversations going, keeps them vital and
interesting. It's one of the things that make that corner of cyberspace feel
like a neighborhood.
This is straying from the subject, Victoria, but I think it's interesting;
the New Age Forum has 'produced' half a dozen marriages so far. A big camping
trip is planned for next week. There's a big campground called "Hell"
in Michigan and everyone wanted to go there but no luck -- apparently Hell is
About a year later, I started the Dream Studio.
VQ: Did you have a dream that spurred you to start the Dream Studio?
No, not a specific dream. But, you know, dreams are always rich in the call
to creative, courageous responses to life.
Have you a "first book to read" suggestion for those starting out
working with their dreams.
DC: People ask me that all the time. What I suggest (and what works best for me)
is to simply go to a bookstore or library and see what dream book 'falls off the
shelf' at you.
Where would you direct people to start with "dreams in cyberspace"?
DC: Electric Dreams without a doubt.
Interview conducted by Victoria Quinton
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