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www.dreamnetwork.org.nz                                      Bulletin Vol 3 No 3 June 2016

Editorial

Welcome to the May 2016 Issue of Dream Network Aotearoa.  My name is Lynette Papp and I have taken on the role of editor from Kevin Dobbyn.  I would like to thank Kevin on behalf of our network for the wonderful work he has done over the last two years as editor of our online bulletin.  Kevin is taking sabbatical leave to continue work on his doctorate combined with some extensive overseas travel. 
In this month’s issue our contributors have presented some interesting feedback on events held over the last month plus we are advertising our upcoming June mini conference, Frontiers of the Dream. In addition to this Bev Roseveare-Kaho reports back from registered psychotherapist Dr. Alayne Hall’s enlightening presentation on Maori spirituality in relation to dreams which took place at our May Advanced Dream Group meeting. In Transition and Journey, Bev also reports on a presentation given by Margaret Toland to the Advanced Dream Group in April. Margaret Thorne presents her dream report on a memorable and healing dream entitled Golden Eagle. Margaret Bowater has posted a book review on the late Ernest Hartmann’s Dreams and Nightmares – The Origin and Meaning of Dreams. In Research Corner Margaret Bowater also addresses the idea of precognition using psychic energy. 

Lynette Papp (MA hons. PG Dip.couns. MNZAC), editor.

COME TO OUR MINI-CONFERENCE! – FRONTIERS of the DREAM,
Friday eve-Saturday 17-18 JUNE, 2016,
At St Columba Centre, 40 Verona St, Ponsonby, Auckland.
 
How often do you notice that you dreamed or sensed some event before it happened, something you would not have predicted, or felt a sense of urgency to go somewhere  you were needed, or dreamed a scene that appeared on TV the next day? Such odd things leave you wondering how you knew.
•           Our Dream Network Exec has chosen to highlight psychic experience in this year’s mini-conference. Our purpose is to open the field for sharing of experience. After the AGM on Friday evening, I will lead off with discussion on precognition.
•           On Saturday morning we’ll use video-clips of Dr Eben Alexander discussing his amazing soul-journey during a week his thinking brain was totally disabled.
Because he had been a Harvard neuro-surgeon, sceptical about any form of consciousness outside the brain, his story has tremendous implications for medicine, philosophy and religion. It also validates most other near-death-experiences as well as much mystical experience. Read his book, “Proof of Heaven” (2012), or look him up on Google for some background. On Saturday afternoon we have two brave explorers from the frontier-lands discussing their experience of Past Lives:
•           Margaret Needham has had three detailed dreams from past-life experiences, as well as her extensive journeys into the imaginal world she calls the Inland;
•           Gabriella Almassy has trained in regression hypnotherapy, with a particular focus on exploring what happens in the zone between one life and the next. New territory for most of us to think about!
•           For the last half-hour or so we will hold an Open Forum for everyone to share questions and comments. This promises to be another memorable event for our Network of dream explorers.
Margaret Bowater

DREAM NETWORK AOTEAROA
NEW ZEALAND
INVITES YOU TO A MINI-CONFERENCE FOR
EXPLORERS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
on FRI - SAT 17-18 JUNE, 2016

 
FRONTIERS of the DREAM

St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby. (plenty of parking)
FEE: $105
For students and unwaged $80
Presenters on video - panels - talks - discussions on
 
PRECOGNITIVE DREAMS - future memories?
NEAR-DEATH VISIONS and OUT-OF- BODY -
Can we have consciousness in other dimensions?
Science and Spirituality - MYSTICAL EXPERIENCES
PAST LIFE MEMORY - DREAMS - coming back?
OPEN FORUM on PSYCHIC EXPERIENCE
 
Registration form: www.dreamnetwork.org.nz
 
Further Enquiries: mbowater@clear.net.nz
 
Mini Conference: FRONTIERS OF THE DREAM 

PROGRAMME 
 
Friday 17th June
 
6.00pm. AGM of Dream Network Aotearoa New Zealand. Reports, elections, planning. All members and supporters welcome (no extra fee).
7.00pm: Meet and Greet over hot drinks and light refreshments as more participants arrive.
7.30-9.00pm PRECOGNITIVE DREAMING - The mystery of time.
Margaret Bowater will present examples, and lead discussion of the questions arising.
 
Saturday 18th June, 9.00-4.30pm
 
9.00am Welcome. Tea and Coffee available.
9.15 SCIENCE AND SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE: DR. EBEN ALEXANDER on video.
We will watch and hear a Harvard neurosurgeon describe his incredible spiritual journey during his week-long near-fatal coma. We will then discuss it in a series of sections, including Science, Mystical experience, Out-of-Body experience, Near-Death Visions, and Value-systems (with a mid morning break).
12.45 Lunch: Many cafes nearby in Ponsonby Road, or bring your own.
2.00 PAST- LIFE MEMORY- DREAMS: Do some people live more than once? Margaret Needham will lead stories and discuss evidence on this theme, assisted by Gabriella Almassy, a hypnotherapist trained by Michael Newton in exploring how souls recall what they learned in the zone between lives.
3.30 Refreshments:
3.45 OPEN FORUM AND REVIEW:
4.20 Closure process.

Note: As explorers we in the Dream Network listen to accounts of people’s experience, which may point to new theories needing further research. We aim to hold varieties of opinion within a creative dialogue.
 
  

 
MAORI  DREAMING
 
by Dr Alayne Hall
Recently (13-5-16) members of our Advanced Dream Group were privileged to hear a talk by Dr Alayne Hall, from the Psychotherapy Staff at AUT, on the topic of how Maori people understand their dreams. In the limited time available, Alayne shared the richness, complexity and values inherent in Maori dreaming, which are closely linked to concepts of spirituality and the collective. She began with the Whare Tapa Wha model as formulated by Mason Durie with its four walls of whanau (family), tinana (physical health), hinengaro (mental and emotional health), and Wairua (spirituality), all holding together.
She also described three ‘states of mind’ including porangi (the in-between state); wairangi (the fluid state associated with moving forward); and haurangi (an altered state as in being under the influence of drugs). This leads on to awareness of the key concept of Maori spiritual knowledge: that of mauri – the life force. This force is present in all matter whether living or inanimate, and has several different manifestations: mauri moe: energy of sleep/ the dream; mauri oho: life force of moving forward; and mauri ora – the spirit of life, vitality and wellness. This is not an absolute but a relative state; an older person who is unwell physically may still be able to manifest significant levels of mauri ora through calm wisdom and acceptance of limits.
Alayne went on to describe the ecological nature of Maori spirituality and dreaming; that all aspects of the earth and its inhabitants are interconnected and that the focus in dreams of Maori is of the well-being and safety of the collective or community, as opposed to western dreaming which tends to see the focus of dreaming as being for individual enlightenment. The significance of symbols in collective dreaming can be complex, based on tribal or village interpretations; but dreams with animals are universally significant for Maori and can have a pre-cognitive function. Special significance is given to the behaviour of a morepork, bumble bees, fantails, fish, and whales. Certain trees, such as the kauri, and places such as past burial areas are considered tapu or sacred.
Alayne shared some dreams with personal significance, and explained how she keeps herself safe from threatening forces – which seemed parallel to our concept of lucid dreaming. This amazing presentation gave us an insight into some of the differences between Maori dreaming and
Western models:
1)         Collective rather than individual interpretations
2)         ‘Everything has a life force and a genealogy’ (history)
3)         Animals and their behaviour are of key significance in precognitive (predictive) dreams.
There are also areas of similarity.  For example, both cultures can recognise and honour sacred dreams and there is a growing recognition in the west of the significance of animals in dreams.  There is also a sense that attending to our dreams with respect and openness can impart knowledge for the benefit of all, increasing wellness and vitality, not only for ourselves but more importantly, for our wider community – our sense that ‘we all are one’. 
Thank you, Alayne.    
Bev Roseveare-Kaho
 

Dream Report
 
GOLD EAGLE
Scene 1:  I’m driving my car and at the top right hand side of the front window I see a predominately gold coloured eagle hovering in the air.
Scene 2:  I’m outside and lying on the ground.  The eagle flies over me so close I feel the breath of air from his wings over my body.

Scene 3:  Then I’m standing by a tree. A bird sings exquisitely in the branches and I listen.   I feel joyful, happy and somehow blessed.

Associations:  I was doing my counselling training and finding assignments challenging and difficult.  I’d also recently returned from a pilgrimage to Greece which was quite an initiatory experience.  I felt this dream spoke to my need for spiritual strength and nourishment for the hard times ahead.  It showed I had the awareness, freedom and self-expression required to achieve this.
Margaret Thorne  (Drawing by Terry Thorpe) 
 
Transition and Journeying
Presentation to the Dream work Supervision Group Friday 8th April 2016
by Margaret Toland
In this session we were privileged to share Margaret’s presentation of an important and life changing decision she made many years ago to leave the religious order she had been professed in for 32 years. This decision took several years to complete and was the result of many dreams and visions showing that all was not well for her at a deep psychic level and that although her calling remained the same, the setting needed to be altered.
Margaret shared a powerful sequence of dream drawings she had made over this period of questioning and decision-making. During this period, she had to deal with physical health issues of a serious nature and decided to start turning her dreams into drawings while she was recuperating. All her drawings are of high quality with beautifully rendered symbolism and simple lines. These drawings displayed classic symbols of change and distress; Pain and distress are themes of the earlier dreams, and richness and fertility are seen in the later dreams when the situation was becoming resolved. Fish, trees and elephants populate her later dreams and the final symbol, a candle, reflects her continued healing service to others and the ‘enlightenment’ she has gained through following the guidance of her dreams.
The classic simplicity of this dream journey into wholeness with its original drawings was very moving and because of its containment, with a clear beginning and ending, would translate well into a published work. Thank you, Margaret, for your courageous sharing of a very personal and inspirational journey.
Bev Roseveare-Kaho
 
Book Review

 
Dreams and Nightmares – The Origin and Meaning of Dreams

 
 by Ernest Hartmann
When I am asked which books I recommend for health professionals to read as a basis In understanding dreams, I usually start with Ernest Hartmann’s Dreams and Nightmares – The Origin and Meaning of Dreams (published in paperback in 2001 by Perseus, Cambridge, Massachusetts). Hartmann died recently after a distinguished career as a Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University and Director of a Sleep Disorders Centre. He was also one of the first Presidents of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.  Hartmann wrote a number of books based on new research to open up the field, especially about nightmares. So I honour his memory.
     Hartmann himself names his main contribution to theory regarding the primary role of emotion in creating dreams – as largely confirmed by subsequent research with brain scans. Dreams are guided by the dreamer’s dominant emotion at the time to create a central image symbolising a particular concern. The imagery is being drawn by association from a wider range in the “nets of the mind” than available during waking thought. He took a scientific approach, based on careful observation, especially of war veterans’ traumatic dreams, and applied his findings to the impact of stress in general. His findings led him to disagree sharply with many of the theories held by Freudian Analysts.
     His book includes useful chapters on brain biology, history of dreaming and on his theory of boundaries of the mind.  This theory posits that some people have much “thinner” boundaries than others, making them more sensitive to experience, vulnerable, and fluid in their perceptions, including their ability to recall dreams. Others have described this as functioning more in the “right-brain.”
     Overall, Hartmann’s book provides a solid but readable scientific basis for under-standing dreams, onto which other scholars like Kelly Bulkeley have built research into literature, myth and spiritual issues. To mix my metaphors, I like to reach for the stars while also keeping my feet on the ground!
Margaret Bowater








 RESEARCH CORNER
PRECOGNITION AND HEALING: USING PSYCHIC ENERGY
 
Not long ago I read Joy Cowley’s book, “Navigation,” her memoirs of a colourful life as
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, she rushed home. 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 heartbeat kept dropping to
a flat line.  Even though the medical staff were sceptical every time it did so she put her hands on him and talked to him till it steadied again. 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 that 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 precog-
nitive 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 discover.
Margaret Bowater
 
DREAM NETWORK AOTEAROA-NZ
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Friday 17 June, 2016, 6.00-7.00 pm
at St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby,
followed by refreshments.
7.30 pm a Presentation and discussion on
PRECOGNITIVE DREAMING,
led by Margaret Bowater.
All members and supporters welcome.

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We also send our best wishes with Kevin Dobbyn

as he flies to Europe to represent NZ at this year’s Conference
of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, 24-28 June,
at the Rolduc Conference Centre, Kerkrade, Netherlands.
 
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