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Dear Dreamers,

Welcome to our end of winter edition of DNANZ Dream Bulletin, August 2019.  Preparations are well underway for the next exciting DNANZ Conference. Plenty of information pertaining to this is to follow.
In this edition we hope you will enjoy other interesting articles such as:
  • Margaret Bowater’s article on our keynote speaker, artist Clare Cardwell, who will be presenting at the October Conference.  Margaret also includes a brief description of presentation to be delivered by herself and others such as Marg Toland, Jeni McGarry and Margaret Needham.
  • Jeni McGarry reports back from her attendance at the International Dream Conference(IASD) which took place in the Netherlands recently.
  • Jeni also shares her dream which followed her attendance at the IASD Conference and a trip to Iran wherein she is wearing a hijab and speaking fluent Farsi.
  • In Book Corner, Margaret Bowater reviews The Nocturnal Brain, by Dr Guy Leschziner.
  • Research Corner features Jeni McGarry’s description of an interesting lecture she attended at the IASD Conference by Stefan Klein entitled How the New Science of Dreams Explains the Mind.
 Lynette Papp (Editor)
 Registrations are still open for the DREAM CONFERENCE!
        on 4th- 6th October, 2019, Fri 3.30 pm to
       Sun 3.00 pm, at St Francis Retreat Centre,
       50 Hillsborough Rd, Auckland,
       a place of peace in beautiful grounds:

How often have dreams, visions or nightmares led you to change direction or priority in your life? Or guided leaders in human history to take action?
            Register now!    Treat yourself to a weekend in a shared community of dream explorers.
  • Full weekend with accommodation and all meals $395.00. Enjoy a packed programme of presentations, workshops, discussions, groups.
  • Full attendance with meals, but living out, $365.00.
Excellent meals, incl. vegetarian option, but if on special diet bring own bread, etc.
  • One-day fee, Sat 9am-9pm, 2 meals included, $225.00.
All single rooms, linen provided; shared shower and toilet facilities; adequate parking; handy to Airport; buses nearby to City; beautiful lawns and trees.
Pay fees into Westpac DNANZ acct: 03-0166-002 0001-00, referencing your name, and promptly notify Margaret Bowater that you’ve paid, on stating your name, sum paid, phone no and postal address.

Our theme this year is Inspiration, Creativity and Guidance,” which are aspects of dreaming that few people recognise in our secular society. Yet artists of every sort draw constantly on their dream-life for images and ideas.

Our keynote speaker for this conference is Clare Caldwell, Bachelor of fine Arts, a visionary NZ artist whose paintings have been exhibited not only in Auckland and Wellington, but also in London. She has won various awards in special exhibitions.
Clare also holds a Post-Grad Certificate in Expressive Therapies from AUT, tutors in Fine Arts, and writes a regular column in the Ponsonby News on “The Art of Living.”  For 16 years she led a voluntary Art Therapy programme for the Mercy Hospice in Auckland, before transferring to the Auckland City Mission to pioneer a voluntary Art Class with the homeless and marginalised, including a number of Maori men. This has led to astonishing exhibitions of their paintings, drawings and sculptures in Auckland; including participation in a worldwide exhibition of artworks by homeless people, entitled “This is Where I Live.” Clare believes deeply in the power of art as communication.
      I am personally grateful to Clare for providing the many quirky illustrations for my book on Healing the Nightmare, Freeing the Soul.
      We are privileged to be able to host Clare with some of her paintings at our Conference, focusing on the theme of her fears for the future of our endangered planet.  She will speak on Saturday morning, about some of the visions that have inspired her work. We know from previous experience that she is a wise and moving speaker.
Other presentations 
  • Margaret Bowater’s presentation on Friday evening will bring to mind the experiences of some of the leaders in history – including NZ - whose dreams and visions have stimulated movements in religion, politics, war, industry, literature, music, medicine and science. You may be surprised at just how widespread the influence of dreaming is.  And these are only from the people who have publicly acknowledged their debt to dreams.
  • Marg Toland’s beautifully illustrated, brave and sensitive account of the dreams that accompanied her transition out of her Religious Order.
  • Margaret Needham, author of the amazing little book, Call to the Inland (now in Kindle format), is offering a workshop on Active Imagination, on Jungian principles. She believes that all of us are capable of entering into this liminal otherworld.
  • Jeni McGarry, our Vice-President, has just returned from the International Dream
  • Conference in the Netherlands, bursting with the excitement of meeting so many awesome dreamers from around the world. She was particularly inspired by speakers who wove in the influence of neuroscience and spirituality.
  • A Panel of Wellington members will share some dreams that changed their lives!
  • The actors from Playback Theatre are delighted to bring their skills to us again.
  • And we have a dozen more presenters, offering groups and practical workshops ….
  • Don’t miss out on this unique community of inspired and inspiring dreamers!
2019 IASD  CONFERENCE in Kerkrade,  Netherlands.   

     The venue for this Conference was the ancient Rolduc Abbey at Kerkrade in the northern Netherlands.
     What struck me most about the Conference  was the vast interest in dreaming over a very wide spectrum of specialties, including  spirituality, creativity, culture, environment and science.
      At first I found it overwhelming in terms of having to choose a workshop where they were presented simultaneously. The highlight was being able to attend and the realization that  there was a consistency in the dream messages such as that the dream belongs to the dreamer, that dreams have characters, scenes and themes, dreams have layers, dreams travel across time and space, there is a flow-on effect from the dream state to the waking state and that dreams continue even when we are awake. 
      The overall impression  was that all the workshops I attended led to a consistency in showing how dreams are an effective way to bring about change in the individual and therefore in the collective.  The collective consensus pointed to dreams being helpful in the journey to discovering our true Self.
      What  I loved about  being at the conference is that the environment supported me in having  a life changing experience from my own dream. I will be elaborating more on this at the conference in Auckland in October.
It was a joy to meet so many interesting, passionate dreamers  from so many different countries. The art was amazing and there were events such as the ball, a  special  dinner, an art competition and auction, children’s dream art, a telepathy competition, a hike and the grand finale when we had a concert where people dressed up as dream objects. I was also drawn into singing that spontaneously erupted in the courtyard after the evening meal before the evening key speaker
     All in all  it was  an  action - packed five days that will take me five months to fully unpack.   
( Paintings from the art of dreamers’ dreams.)

DREAM REPORT   by Jeni McGarry

 CONTEXT:  returning from my trip to Iran   

This dream occurred one week following my return from Iran. I had been there for 9 days. Prior to going there, I had attended a workshop on reincarnation at the 2019 IASD conference in Kerkrade.  During the workshop we were skilfully guided into a past life visualisation which left me with a clear image of being inside a Middle Eastern temple. It wasn’t clear to me what my role was. My hunch was I could have been a male and a sultan.  

Whilst in Iran I visited Persepolis where a ceremonial palace was built in 500 BC.    At this time most of the population were Zoroastrians, the first religion to become monotheistic.   Part of the Zoroastrian tradition was to tune into nature. They partook in rituals that honoured the 4 elements of fire, earth, water and air.  It was here at Persepolis that these rituals were first invented.  Twenty - eight different nations are represented in the walls of the palace that came to celebrate the Spring Equinox.  These rituals are still happening to this very day.  

My dream 

There is a pathway heading into a barren landscape. I am in deep conversation with an ecologist who is searching for particular seeds that he says, if found, will help rejuvenate the land.  I am aware we are in the process of discovering these seeds. I can see seeds in my dream.  They are very distinctive. 

I become aware that I am female wearing colourful clothes including a hijab and I am speaking fluent Farsi.   

INTERPRETATION: There are multi layers to this dream. The main theme seems to be about the pathway into the parched earth that contains special seeds. They hold the potential for something forgotten from the past that would be helpful in dealing with climate change. At the collective level I am searching for answers to climate change.  

      The Iranian woman reminds me of ancient knowledge I had known in a past life, connecting me back to the image I had received in the workshop on reincarnation. I wondered if the seeds were a reminder to see the potential for change in oneself, as an effective means of dealing with climate change – acknowledging the past in the present – the importance of changing our inner worlds as an effective way to bring about change in the external world. 

       On the personal level I am wondering about my connection to Iran and speaking Farsi.   

      Despite it being a short dream, I believe it is in process of unfolding.  When I was at Persepolis I had a strange feeling of déjà vu. 


   Book Review: The Nocturnal Brain, by Dr Guy Leschziner, 2019, Simon & Schuster, London.  
In this book, a leading London sleep specialist sets out to explain in plain language the many disorders of the brain that can interfere with getting the good quality sleep that enables us to function healthily by day.
  • He describes the many causes of insomnia that plague his patients, with stories of how they responded to different treatments. He gives fascinating examples of patients suffering from narcolepsy, epilepsy, night terrors, apnoea, high anxiety, sleepwalking, restless legs syndrome, REM Behaviour Disorder, and other conditions, often caused by the way some parts get out of sync in the brain when going to sleep. He also supplies a set of clear diagrams of the brain and its functions and a useful Glossary.
  • In my opinion, however, while he acknowledges the value of dreams in regulating emotion, he does not pay enough attention to the actual content of dreams, even post-trauma nightmares. He accepts a largely Freudian theory and focuses mainly on the behaviours resulting from poor sleep and how to control them. But the detailed case-studies of people with parasomnias make an engaging read, as well as a valuable resource for counsellors of all kinds.
Reviewed by Margaret Bowater
Did you know that people who are congenitally blind dream in image?
I learned this at the ISAD conference I attended in Kerkrade, listening to the presentation   
by physicist Stefan Klein entitled How the New Science of Dreams Explains the Mind.
  • Scientists have discovered that the recording capacity in the brain is the same in everyone.  Even people who are congenitally blind can have access to these records because they are stored as images.
  • He explained how records stored in the brain come from memories linked and coded in different parts of the brain. The images are coming from what you know.
  • Knowing is seeing. Because of massive amounts of information being processed in the brain a lot of what we see cannot be processed and the perceptions are guessed and become largely fantasy.
  • it is not just the eye that is responsible for seeing, it is the perception that becomes a concept.  It is the concept that is imaged in a blind person’s perceptions. 
  • It was amazing to see pictures drawn by blind people that accurately depicted a sighted person’s perception.
Jeni McGarry
Travellers to the October Dream Conference 
Domestic and International Airports using the SkyBus
First Drop off – from Airport:
Three Kings Plaza Mt Eden Rd then an 8 minute walk via Warren Rd, and Marie Road to St Francis Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Rd.

Auckland City Express
Route #01 Mt Eden Road
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