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DNANZ – Next Open Meeting Friday 9th Sept, 7.30-9.00 pm 
 at St Luke’s Community Centre, 130 Remuera Rd:
Margaret Bowater presents her new book

Healing the Nightmare    Freeing the Soul
with discussion of different kinds of nightmares.

 Pay at the door $25, members $20, unwaged $10.
 Refreshments available from 7.10 pm.



  Dear Dreamers,
Winter is here at last, but we had a warm time at our mini-conference on 17-18thJune, with nearly 50 participants. The St Columba Centre in Ponsonby proved a very good venue, including a separate room for conversations over coffee and lunch. Feed-back was generally very positive, especially about the choice of topics, and we would all have liked to have more time in the small-group discussions. So this Bulletin contains a short summary of each session. Some of you may find yourself somewhere in the photo below!                                                                                                    
                                                                                                     Margaret Bowater
This issue will feature some reports from the conference by Margaret Bowater and Bev Rosevear-Kaho. The topics are pre-cognitive dreams, past life experiences and mystical experiences.  There is also a dream report by Lynette Papp on a transformative dream within the mourning process.                                                                                                                                          Margaret Bowater & Lynette Papp


After the Dream Network AGM on Friday 17th June, I gave a seminar on Precognitive Dreaming, based on considerable reading I have done, and a dozen clear examples contributed by NZ dreamers. I had a dream myself about bulldozers shifting heaps of sand in a city street – the morning before the February earthquake in Christchurch – an example of the kind of unexpected precognition that seems to occur randomly just before a major public disaster. 

* I summarised some of the scientific research in the field since the 1880s, showing that precognitive dreams are surprisingly common, though they often go unnoticed, except when they warn us of personally traumatic events to come, such as the accident or death of a loved one.

* I discussed the case of NZ author Joy Cowley’s son, described in her memoir, “Navigation” (see below). This raises the question of how far we can alter the course of “fate,” and shows that precognitions are not infallible. In fact, David Ryback’s research showed that there seems to be a 50% chance that we can intervene to modify the outcome [“Dreams That Come True,” 1989.] I then quoted a number of other examples I have gathered, in which the deaths or misfortunes were unavoidable. Often the details are not enough, or received too late, to enable intervention.

* I also mentioned some of the theories advanced to explain precognition, the main point being that when our individual consciousness moves out-of-body (e.g. in near-death-experiences), we are also freed from the space-time continuum. This leads to further questions of philosophy, psychology, physics and theology but whatever the theory preferred, there is no doubt that large numbers of us humans do have occasional experiences of precognition!   
                                                                                                           Margaret Bowater

                  DR EBEN ALEXANDER’S

                   NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE
Near death experiences: are they dreams, hallucinations, fantasies, a neuronal discharge before the brain shuts down? Or genuine previews of the afterlife?
On Saturday morning Kevin Dobbyn and Margaret Toland presented two videos from the Internet, showing interviews with Dr Eben Alexander, a respected Harvard neuro-surgeon.  He described his 7 days in hospital in a coma with a near-fatal attack of cerebral meningitis, which totally decommissioned the thinking layer of his brain.
  • Yet after his recovery – against all odds – he remembered going on an extended journey through a super-real environment with heightened sensory experience – lush, green fields, harmonious music, forests and water. This could be seen as similar to a dream, and evoked a sense of comfort, ease and total immersion without boredom or any discomfort.
  • Dr Alexander said that prior to this experience he was a sceptic about any form of spiritual or numinous experience in a dying brain, but now had changed his mind. Such vivid consciousness could not be created by the brain; it was an experience of the spirit, which must therefore be capable of existing separately from the physical body.
  • Small group discussion: After each video, the audience broke into small groups to discuss it. In our group two members could relate similar experiences – much briefer - one a near-death experience in which she could hear and see real life events in the ward when her eyes were open, but could see a super–real forest with celestial music whenever her eyes were shut, almost as if “the scene was in my eyelids”. In recounting this, she became emotional, with nostalgia and a sense of loss.
  • Another member recounted a spiritual encounter with a family member who had died the year before - with a similar sense of heightened reality and emotional connection.
We then watched a You-Tube video in which writer Phil Cousineau interviewed three faith leaders – a Sufi teacher, a Jewish rabbi and a Benedictine monk, about the root experiences of their faith. This discussion drew us into different views of mysticism that somehow managed to coalesce into similar ground over the course of the interview.
  • They shared the view that God speaks in every situation through nature, music, people, suffering, pain, connection, the unknown; finding ‘home’; love; the other world, and ultimately, transcendence of our human condition - acceptance of what we cannot change; making the best of any situation, seeing the best in others, making a difference where we can.
  • There was a sense of humanity being awakened into an eternal presence that encompasses all aspects of life; perhaps this can be experienced in life through dreams, numinous experiences, or near death experiences. Mystical transport is seen as a sense of ‘being here’ – home; eternity - where life and death are one, and has been well documented over the ages.
Small group discussion:  Members described their numinous experiences such as becoming an integral part of nature, as in ‘I am the scene, the wind, the beach . . .’ - with the familiar sense of words not being adequate to convey the experience. Mystical experience has a spiritual function – to invite and enlighten both the individual and the wider community.
                                                                                                             Bev Rosevear-Kaho



How do you recognise a past-life dream?  This was the topic addressed by
Margaret Needham on Saturday afternoon, illustrated by some shocking examples
from her own experience. Some indicators of a possible past-life dream:
  • Details from a different time and culture, eg clothing, transport, buildings….
  • You’re a different gender or ethnicity than in your current life, with different skills and talents, maybe speaking an unknown language;
  • Your emotions are unusually intense;
  • You’re in the middle of events, not knowing how you got there; and you can’t change the sequence, no matter how hard you try;
  • The scenario is often approaching death, with increasing dread.
Why might you have such a dream?  Possibly to bring to awareness a memory
relevant to a current emotional or health issue.  Margaret recommended reading
“Many Lives, Many Masters,” by Brian Weiss, and “Other Lives, Other Selves,” by
Roger Woolger.
      She then introduced Gabriella Almassy, a regression-hypnotherapist who
specialises in assisting recovery of memories from deep levels of the unconscious, particularly from the phase that occurs between lives. She explained her theory,
learned directly from Michael Newton, author of “Journey of Souls,” illustrating it
with examples from her clinical experience. Her main theme: we are all souls on a
journey of learning through a series of lives;
  • each soul is responsible to evaluate its learning from the previous life,
  • and selects the experiences to be learned in the next one;
  • amnesia blocks out most of the memories; but there is considerable evidence from very young children that some memories do carry over.
  • People seek to recover such memories to help explain strange patterns of behaviour, or persistent problems with their health.
This generated considerable discussion, from many angles, both positive and
negative, until the time ran out!
                                                                                                             Margaret Bowater

Marion is a sixty year old widow who experienced a transformative dream almost two years out from the anniversary of her husband Warren’s death.  Both music teachers, they had been soul mates for thirty four years and Marion thought she would never get over Warren’s loss.   An avid dreamer who kept a diary of dreams, she noticed a change beginning to occur in the content.  Previously her dream themes were largely depicting her dream ego searching for Warren – seeing him up ahead but not being able to catch up.  However, this dream which she named, “A New Beginning,” whilst beginning with the usual old sensation of panic and urgency of running out of time instead morphed into one of hope: 
I am training a school band.  It is excellent and we are preparing to play at another school. (Warren was a guitar teacher and I too had been a music teacher in my earlier career). 
At first I am panicking thinking the band is not ready for the performance.
Soon the dream feeling moves from panic to calm as I discover that I have totally miscalculated time and we are ahead of schedule.  There is, in fact, plenty of time. I tell my students that I want to have a word with the audience about how times have changed and how much better and freer we all are.  We have choices.
Gradually in her waking life Marion realized that she had entered a new phase of mourning.  She had a choice.  Marion realized she was now mourning the death of her intimate life.  At this point she decided she must move on.  An old Hebrew saying stood out for her – Let me not die while I yet still live.  Marion was not content to be a widow living in the past for the rest of her life.  She decided she wanted to begin again.  Although over sixty she was still the same person, with the same needs and desires.                      
                                                                                                  Lynette Papp





Not long ago I read Joy Cowley’s book, “Navigation,” her memoirs of a colourful life as a NZ novelist and spiritual leader. At one point she tells a remarkable story of a multiple psychic experience in her family in 1979 (p.123-6). 
* It began when she and her two young-adult daughters all dreamed one night that Edward, their brother of 20, who was doing parachute jumping, fell out of the sky and was killed. Together they pressed him to give it up, so he switched to hang-gliding and became an instructor. 
* But when he was 21, his glider ripped and he fell to earth.  At that exact time, Joy was at a public event when she suddenly fell ill, shivering with cold, and rushed home. Then the phone rang: Edward was in intensive care in hospital with multiple severe injuries to brain and body. She rushed immediately to his bedside. His heart-beat kept dropping to a flat line, but every time it did so, she put her hands on him and talked to him till it steadied again – even though the medical staff were skeptical that he could survive at all. She stayed beside him for 6 weeks, and against all odds, he gradually made a full recovery. 
* Joy writes that she believes mothers retain a cellular connection with their children, and energy can be transmitted through our natural energy fields. Western medicine calls this the “placebo effect”!  Religion calls it love and faith healing. But Joy’s precognitive dream had alerted her, so that when the time came she was ready to use all the energy of her being to help her son’s healing. This indicates a psychic dimension of energy that our culture has yet to acknowledge.
Do you have a story to tell about a dream that forewarned you to be ready for an event? Write and tell us about it, c/o 
                                                                              Margaret Bowater
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