So what's the Scoop on dreams & dreaming online? We have been following and experimenting with this scene since 1994. It getting harder and harder to summarize as new technologies proliferates cross media presentations of dream journals, dream groups, dream libraries, dream art galleries and other dream inspired events and venues. My suggestion is to just jump in, taste what is going on locate the scents that appeal to you. Join an email dream group. Post a Dream anonymously to a public bulletin board. Ask a web site to post your art. Upload your own dream bibliography to the cyber-dream library. Start a fight about dream interpretation on a Message Board or Usenet Newsgroup. Send in a dream to Electric Dreams, or an article you always wanted to write but thought was too controversial or weird. The Electric Dreams community is online to help you get out to the public your own dream vision. Plus we like to have a lot of fun.
ELECTRIC DREAM Dream sharing ezine - If you are interested in how dream sharing is working on the Net, and want the latest Net news, and a forum for asking questions about dreams and dreaming or discussing you own views, I suggest a free subscription to the our community Magazine. Monthly, Free. Just send an email
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In a short time you will receive a welcome letter and once a month Electric Dreams will be delivered to your address. (we now have 1 extra step where you have to send back a verification note) If you get a chance, drop me a line an tell me a little bit about your interest in dreams and dreaming and I'll try to direct you to the proper resources.
in dreams for comment
Yes, we see your dreams a valid literature worth publishing. And like all literature, we value literary criticism and publish comments on dreams as well. Are dreams psychological, spiritual, poetic, political or just plain nonsense? Tell us your thoughts.
You can send your dreams and comments on dream in anonymously at http://www.dreamate.com/dream/temple/
These dreams will be published the following month on the Electric Dreams e-zine. Or, if you would like to e-mail your dreams in, you can subscribe to the Dream-Flow list:
Electric Dreams Issues come about about every month - dreams, news, projects, articles, ect. If you have a web browser you can find us at:
There are two main groups that Electric Dreams sponsors with DreamGate.com, the DreamWheel and eDreams. The DreamWheel is the main group, and eDreams moves a little slower. We recommend you start with the DreamWheel to learn the simple process we follow. Basically, you share your dream, people ask you clarification questions and then each participant takes the dream as if it were their own and comments in the "In my dream..." or "If this were my dream..." style that was developed for electronic media by John Herbert from the work of Jeremy Taylor, Montague Ullman, Jayne Gackenbach, Sarah Richards, Richard Wilkerson and others.
Most just use first names, some use use pen names.
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Sample Session - Electric Dreams Dream Wheel
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(Wilkerson -Coins of Life)
Sample Session - Electric Dreams DreamWheel
(Wilkerson - Dreaming with Serbia)
History of the Electric Dreams DreamWheel
For a quick history and summary of dreamwork on the Internet see:
A Short History on the Rise of Dream Sharing in
Cyberspace - Richard Wilkerson
John Herbert - Reflections on Online Dream Groups
The DreamWheel follows the guideline of ethical
conduct set forth by the Association for the Study of Dreams:
All participants are obliged to adhere to the ethical standards established by the Electric Dreams community:
The Electric Dreams community celebrates the many benefits of dreamwork, yet recognizes that there are potential risks. We agree with the ethical position taken by the Association for the Study of Dreams ( http://www.asdream.org), in that we support an approach to dreamwork and dream sharing that respects the dreamer's dignity and integrity, and which recognizes the dreamer as the decision-maker regarding the significance of the dream. Systems of dreamwork that assign authority or knowledge of the dream's meanings to someone other than the dreamer can be misleading, incorrect, and harmful. Ethical dreamwork helps the dreamer work with his/her own dream images, feelings, and associations, and guides the dreamer to more fully experience, appreciate, and understand the dream.
Every dream may have multiple meanings, and different techniques may be reasonably employed to touch these multiple layers of significance. A dreamer's decision to share or discontinue sharing a dream should always be respected and honored. The dreamer should be forewarned that unexpected issues or emotions may arise in the course of the dreamwork. Information and mutual agreement about the degree of privacy and confidentiality are essential ingredients in creating a safe atmosphere for dream sharing.
Dreamwork outside a clinical setting is not a substitute for psychotherapy, or other professional treatment, and should not be used as such.
We recognize and respect that there are many valid and time-honored dreamwork traditions. We invite and welcome the participation of dreamers from all cultures. There are social, cultural, and transpersonal aspects to dream experience. In this statement we do not mean to imply that the only valid approach to dreamwork focuses on the dreamer's personal life. Our purpose is to honor and respect the person of the dreamer as well as the dream itself, regardless of how the relationship between the two may be understood.
The Electric Dreams Community, March 2000
- If you are already a dream worker, researcher, artist or otherwise involved with dreams, we have a project designed to get you attention and connection to the community of dreams. Contact Richard Wilkerson email@example.com and send your profile and contact addresses if possible.
This comes with an Electric Dreams Subscription, and is about conventions and web pages and other news worthy dream stuff. Director: Peggy Coats, firstname.lastname@example.org The News is in each issue of Electric Dreams and also posted independently around the Net. Get your projects and announcements in each month/ We would like everyone interested in becoming a local reporter or represetative of your area, be that geographic or some part of cyberspace. We are always interested in what particular commerical online servers (like aol, compuserve, microsoft, ect) are offering and like to put reports out when we can - please help us out by sending local information or posting Electric Dreams or Global Dreaming News on yourServer/Host. Send to Peggy Coats email@example.com Visit the Mirror News site at:
OTHER DREAM PROJECTS ON THE NET: Too many to list here, but I try to keep track of them via two main sources. The first is a guide I put out last year - still free and available via the web site for DreamGate at www.dreamgate.com Or you can visit the Dream Resources Pages www.dreamgate.com/dream/resources/ and the Cyber-Dream Library www.dreamgate.com/dream/library/
DreamGate.com, an online company owned by Richard Wilkerson, supports many of the Electric Dream projects. To fund this endeavor we offer a fee course once a month on the History of Dreaming. This course surveys the entire specturm of dreams and dreamwork, from ancient times through modern psychology and into cyberspace and the contemporary Dream Movement.
The Class is conducted via e-mail and starts the first of each month. For details on this fabulous course, see The History of Dreams
Summary of suggestions on plugging in to online dreaming:
1. subscribe to Electric Dreams
~~ I wake up in the morning with a dream in my eyes ~~ Allen Ginsberg