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RIP Bob Van de Castle 2014.

Robert Van de Castle

When I started 350 Dreamers in the spring of 2008, I recalled something I’d read in Robert Van de Castle’s book, Our Dreaming Mind. It was a reference to the Dream Helper Ceremony in which a group of dreamers focus their dream intention on helping an individual to heal. I wanted to apply this concept to dreaming for the environment, so I emailed Dr. Van de Castle to request permission to share this information on my brand new 350 Dreamers blog.

At the time, I only knew of Bob as a famous dream expert, and I had no connection at all to any community of dreamers. In fact, 350 Dreamers had only a handful of members at the time: My sister, my friend Molly, and myself.

Nonetheless, within 24 hours of trying to contact Dr. Van de Castle (as I thought of him at the time) I received a return email inviting me to give him a call. When I reached him by phone, he encouraged me to keep going with 350 Dreamers, and he suggested I attend the upcoming IASD conference, which would be taking place in Chicago that June—which was less than a month away.

I tried to turn him down; explaining that I had vacation plans that week. (And besides, I’d never even heard of this group). “Vacation plans?” he bellowed. “Cancel them!”

Long story short: I did. I cancelled my vacation plans, and bought a plane ticket to Chicago.

En route from Massachusetts to the Windy City, the airline lost my luggage. I arrived at the conference alone, after midnight, knowing no one, in an unfamiliar city, with only the clothes on my back. In the morning, feeling disoriented and anxious, I found Dr. Van De Castle and introduced myself. He greeted me as if I were a member of his family, and introduced me to his partner Bobbie Ann Pimm. In an instant I was transformed from a lost soul to a member of the community, all thanks to Bob and Bobbie’s warmth and enthusiasm.

In the four years since I made that phone call I have become an active member of IASD, I have become a certified dream therapist, and I now host two dream blogs, lead dream workshops, and provide individual dream consultations. The IASD community, of which Bob was a powerful leader, truly has become like family to me. Bob actively promoted 350 Dreamers, helping us to quickly reach our goal of having 350 dreamers signed up to dream for global healing.

I’ve had many wonderful dream helpers and dream teachers along the way, but Bob Van de Castle was one of my first; through his book, his encouraging emails and phone calls, and then his friendship, he helped set me on this beautiful dreamy path.

Today I learned of Bob’s death. That’s the sad news. But the best part of this story is that there are hundreds if not thousands more just like it. All of us who value dreams owe a debt of gratitude to Bob Van de Castle. I am honored to be able to add my voice to the chorus of those whose life was touched by Bob’s.

We will all miss Bob, and it’s almost impossible to imagine this year’s dream conference without him. But I know he’ll be present in countless ways, in all of our hearts and memories.

Record your dream here, as a comment, after you dream with us on the new moon night of Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

What: We invite you to dream with us in our quest to use the power of dreams to help heal Planet Earth!

Dream, journey and/or vision for the Earth on the night of our group dream and post your dreams as a comment on this blog in the morning!

Why: Because Global Climate Change isIMG_3205 threatening our beautiful planet and because we have the power to create positive, healing change.

When: Tuesday night December 3

Where: Wherever you are …

Who: We have more than 700 dreamers signed up from Belgium, The Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Canada, Japan, Argentina, The United States … add your nation to the list!

RSVP: Let us know you’ll be dreaming with us by joining 350 Dreamers on FaceBook (the easiest way for us to keep track of all you dreamers) or just let us know here!

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Winter butterfly (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

December 21, 2012 has come and gone, and the predictions of the end of the world proved false.

But talk of apocalypse continues. I hear it as an undercurrent in conversations about recent super storms, asteroids, meteorites, climate change, and political unrest.

So, it’s not surprising that I’d have a dream about the world ending … and I suspect I’m not the only one having apocalyptic dreams.

I woke from the following dream on the morning of Feb. 8, 2013. I decided, after talking to friends and hearing their comments about how the world as we know it seems surely to be ending, that I would share this dream publicly. I do so because its messages were helpful to me, and I imagine they might be to others, too.

For example, at one point in the dream, as the end draws near, I wonder, “Couldn’t something wonderful happen, too?” This is a perspective, I realized, on waking, that is lost in all the (very understandable) fear about the changes and upheavals our planet is going through. But I’d like to plant this possibility into the discourse. Isn’t it possible, after all, that some as yet undreamed of good will come of all these changes? Even the apparent destruction? You know the old saying: What looks like the end of the world to the caterpillar is really a butterfly!

I also loved the dream’s wisdom about what it takes to wake up: Feeling emotions and touching others!

So, here it is:

DREAM REPORT 2-8-13

“End of the World”

The temperatures on Earth have changed beyond sustainability, a “newscaster” informs us. Not even scientists can predict what will take place, the  male voice explains, but if we look out our windows now we’ll see what will happen. Trees will die, facades will fall from buildings, and who knows what else will occur.

It does look bleak outside, and I can see some trees beginning to fall. But I wonder: “Couldn’t something wonderful happen, too?” Perhaps instead of just devastation, there will also be some wonderful global transformation as a result of the changes in climate.

I “wake” to find it is three months later. A woman explains that people have slipped into a state of unconsciousness, similar to that of animals–that is, until they feel an emotion or physically touch someone.

There is only a small group of people who do this (feel and touch) with some frequency. But we are able to come briefly into consciousness when we do. 

[end of dream]

I would be interested to know who else is dreaming of the world’s end, and what your dreams look and feel like.

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Dream with 350(+) Dreamers for global healing the night of March 11, 2013. Read the “Dream With Us” section of this blog for details … and/or join us on Facebook.

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On the night of 12/13/12, Join 350+ Dreamers (we’re now more than 630 dreamers from around the globe!) and dream with us for global healing. Here’s how:

DREAM with us on Thursday night, 12/13, in our quest to use the power of dreams to help heal the planet Earth in the face …of global climate change.

Dream, journey and/or vision to bring healing energy to the Earth on the night of the new moon, 12/13/12.

Before bed on that night, set your intention to have a healing dream for our planet. Write this intention down and be prepared with a pen, notebook and flashlight next to your bed to record any dreams or fragments you recall.
Then post your dreams (or dream fragment, reflection, whatever you have) here on our blog as a comment.
We have the power to create positive, healing change.

We have dreamers signed up from Puerto Rico, Panama, Belgium, Canada, Japan, Argentina, Belgium, The Netherlands, The United States and more … we hope you’ll add your state or nation to the list!

Wishing healing dreams to one and all!
–Tzivia

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Buddha sitting in bhumisparsha-mudra posture (calling the earth to be his witness). Birmany. White marble with traces of polychromy. Gallo-Roman museum of Lyon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During a recent yoga class the teacher demonstrated a mudra, which she said was used to connect oneself to the earth.

A mudra, or a symbolic hand gesture, can be used to help strengthen the power of your intention. Mudras are traditionally used in yoga practices, and in Hindu and Buddhist ceremonies.

I’ve adapted that mudra as a part of my practice of setting a dream intention when I’m preparing to incubate a healing dream for the planet.

Here’s how:

  • Place your left hand on your heart center to connect to your individual heart, your personal and unique passions and desires.
  • Place your right hand palm facing down on your cushion, chair, or thigh,  facing toward the earth. Feel your connection with the shared source of all life…the Earth’s heart.
  • Take a few breaths here, connecting with your individual unique heart, and our common shared source, the earth.
  • When you feel connected and complete, bring your hands together in front of your heart and feel the two spheres, your personal heart and our shared earth, together.

This, in effect, is the essence of collective dreaming, and of the group I lead: 350 Dreamers.

You can use this mudra before or after a meditation, or to help set your intention for a dream incubation for the planet.

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This post is excerpted from my recent talk about 350 Dreamers given at the International Association for the Study of Dreams annual conference in Berkeley California.

On my final night of a summer writing workshop last week, the host asked who would be continuing with the program in the fall. Almost in unison the six of us who were gathered on comfy couches in the studio whined: “I can’t, I’m too busy!”

We each went on to list our multiple obligations, jobs, hobbies, relationships … until we sank into a morass of negativity about the scarcity of time as compared to the abundance of our needs to do … STUFF!

I, too, was singing out my to-do list, and finishing it off with my familiar refrain: “But I just love doing all of it, I don’t know what to give up!”

Can my overflowing datebook really be a problem if it’s filled with things I deem as valuable and enjoyable?

Umm. In a word: Yes!

Those of us who are part of 350 Dreamers, care about the earth and mindfully using its resources. But what about our own inner resources?

As for me, I realize that while I’m meticulous about consciously using the Earth’s resources, I spend my own energy recklessly.

Is my compulsive doing in the name of “good” any different from the way others gobble up trees, water and fuel to build a “better and better” future?

We senselessly deplete our physical environment in the name of having more of the things we say we love: Electronic toys, lush green lawns, speedy trips to our favorite places in our cars …

… and we senselessly deplete our inner resources when we just can’t seem to pick and choose where to focus our energy.

When it comes to the Earth’s resources I know how to use less and care more for what I have: I rinse and re-use plastic bags, park the car and use my bicycle more, I compost food waste and shop less and greener.)

To start conserving my own resources, I’m now turning off the phone and modem for portions of each day. I’m practicing saying no and looking inside instead of looking outside for fulfillment.

The dream? To do fewer things more slowly and with more focus.

Please feel free and welcome to share your thoughts on how you seek to create energy balance in your inner world.

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Bringing the message home:

Announcing 350 Dreamers upcoming group dreams for Global Healing:

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

In the name of doing less with more focus … for the near future 350 Dreamers will dream together quarterly—or as the need arises.
Our next Group Dream will take place the new moon night of September 27.
Following that we will dream on the night of the Winter Solstice, December 22.*
(*While we usually dream on the new moon, that date in December is 12/24, which might be a bit hectic for dreamers who celebrate the Christmas holidays.)

Join 350+ Dreamers (we’re now more than 500 dreamers from around the globe!) and dream with us on the night of the new moon, Sunday April 3!

St. John photo compliments of DNMNK

Then, on April 4 or thereafter POST YOUR DREAMS here as a comment.

HERE ARE THE DETAILS:

DREAM with us on Sunday Night April 3, in our quest to use the power of dreams to help heal the planet Earth in the face of global climate change.

Before bed on that night, set your intention to have a healing dream for our planet. Write this intention down and be prepared with a pen, notebook and flashlight next to your bed to record any dreams or fragments you recall.

Then post your dreams (or dream fragment, reflection, whatever you have) here as a comment!

We have the power to create positive, healing change.

We have dreamers signed up from Puerto Rico, Panama, Belgium, Canada, Japan, Argentina, Belgium, The Netherlands, The United States and more … we hope you’ll add your state or nation to the list!

Wishing healing dreams to one and all!
–Tzivia