PsiberDreaming Conference

2 Oct

The 10th annual PsiberDreaming Conference (PDC) of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) is running full steam. The conference started last Sunday and continues actively until next Sunday (October 9). After that, the papers and discussion threads, contest instructions and submissions, remain available on a read-only basis for two weeks. Conducted entirely online, the conference goes on 24 hours a day, and it enables copious interaction not only with the presenters but other attendees.

This year, the emphasis (although not exclusively) is on lucid dreaming. (There’s also lots of discussion, and some papers about, lucid waking.)  It’s a fun and enlightening investment of time, even if you arrive a week late!

Two IASD members from NYC are presenting: Lou Hagood’s delightful paper went up for viewing today (Sunday, 10/2). Lou is a psychoanalyst and dream group leader who writes a blog called Playing with Dreams; I thoroughly enjoyed his workshop on that topic at last year’s IASD conference in Asheville, North Carolina. His playful yet profound PDC paper relates the question he incubated a dream about—“What’s My Lucidity?”—and the follow-up incubations and dreams that came after. Inspiring!

Tomorrow, Judy Gardiner’s “Dreaming Beyond Ourselves” gets posted. It’s based on a stunning series of dreams that flooded her with information from various fields of science about which she knew little until she followed up with extensive research. She has novelized the story in Lavender ~ An Entwined Adventure in Science & Spirit, released in September. I missed her slide presentation about those same dreams at IASD’s 2007 conference in Sonoma, California (I got lost on campus!), but I sure heard about it everywhere the rest of the week. Judy became a dream-studies rock stock that year! In addition to the PsiberDreaming presentation, Judy has agreed to do a book reading for us in NYC—date and location TBA.

You can also still read and discuss papers that were posted during the past week, including “Giving Dreams Sanctuary,” by Dutch psychotherapist Robert Bosnak, who graced IASD-NYC with a talk last January on “Nieuw Amsterdam and the Dream of the Golden Age: An Alchemical Perspective.” Robbie is cofounder of the Santa Barbara Healing Sanctuary. As his PDC paper notes, “This is the first Asklepian residential facility—based primarily on the medicinal potential of dreaming for participants with significant physical illness—to be founded in 1500 years.”

Register for the conference at asdreams.org/psi2011. If you’re not yet an IASD member, join at the same time and the conference is free.

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