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An Online Newsletter for Dreamers
A Report From ASD's July 4th Washington, D.C. Conference

A New York Judge Tackles The Copyright Mess
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Inspirational Story: Princess Misha & The Toad




In January of this year, I introduced all of you to Susan Amon, the creator of a dream journal software program called "Dream Temple" and asked for volunteers to help her fine-tune her innovative program. Over 100 people signed up to help and Susan incorporated many of the suggestions she received into version 2.0, which is currently available at:


Not content to produce one of the world's best dream software programs, Susan is now publishing a much needed dream newsletter. Along with including news and tips for people who use her dream journal software, Susan's newsletter, called "Dream Flights", also reports on current events, research and important gatherings in the world of dreams. In her current issue, Susan writes about a conference she attended in Washington, D.C. in early July that was sponsored by the Association for the Study of Dreams (ASD) (see below).

I'm delighted to see that a versatile and well-connected dream newsletter has finally appeared online and hope everyone who dreams (that's all of us) will support Susan's efforts by subscribing and telling others about this important resource. To subscribe, send a blank message to <DreamFlights-subscribe@egroups.com>.

--- David Sunfellow


By Susan Amon
Dream Flights Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 2


If I could have floated through the conference in my dream body I would have attended simultaneous sessions, interacted with the presenters, and perhaps in a lucid state edited some of the presentations! But alas, the party was focused in the physical plane where one foot still precedes another in an inevitable pattern of near predictability. Thus my account of the conference will be of my personal experiences and perceptions of the sessions I chose to attend and not meant to be representative of the whole conference as you did/might have experienced it.

The conference schedule offered a number of different types of formats for presenting information and experientials, including panels, papers, workshops, demonstrations, lectures, and morning dream groups. There was even a computer cafe where there were several laptops available for attendees to access a conference website where one could explore the subject of dreaming on the Internet, thanks to Scott Hughs and Jean Campbell.

I've been to a few conferences on the subject of consciousness, health, and new age stuff but for me this conference "makes the cake." As a newcomer to the conference I felt a warm welcome from the "regulars" who were curious and open to who I was and what I was doing. I don't know if this was because many of the presenters and attendees have known and worked with each other for a long time or the simple fact that people who have worked with their dreams tend to be very open in general as they've witnessed the strange and wonderful created by their own minds.

Now I'd like to walk you through the conference sessions as I attended them, most of them in any case. The first session I attended was a panel of dream researchers talking about the Future of Dream Studies with Mark Blagrove, Ph.D, Clara Hill, Ph.D, and Stanley Krippner, Ph.D. The most interesting discussion to me was the exchange about how in order to competently engage in multi-cultural studies i.e. Western, Shamanic, Sanoi etc., dreaming traditions, one needs to know enough about themselves and the different cultures to effectively distinguish between "valid" or having therapeutic qualities and "authentic" origins where the method can be determined to have come from that tradition. Dr. Krippner goes on to say, and I am paraphrasing quite a bit, that in the absence of this sort of discernment one can be somehow "mesmerized" by these new and exotic methods for their own sake which has brought us to an "age of mishmash" where people become "excessive eclectic" rather then truly engaged in the multi-cultural study of dreams.

Onward to a workshop for the afternoon with Rita Dwyer called Dreaming as a Call to action: Taking the First Steps. This workshop was one of seven in a series called The Mythic Journey, I was only able to attend this one. There were at least 30 people packed into the workshop where Rita lead us on a journey through a dream we selected for ourselves. The process was a series of questions called the TTAQ technique (Title, Theme, Affect, Questions) which leads dreamers through a series of 10 questions and dream sharing to quickly arrive at personal meaning(s) for our dream. At the end of the workshop we were talking about one of the last steps in the process which was how can we share our discoveries with the community around us. At this point Robert Moss suggested that we make it a point in each day to talk to someone about dreaming who may not have had any exposure to working with their dreams. This process is far to vast for me to convey here and as of yet there is no website, please email me if you want further information about The Mythic Journey and I'll send you contact info on the authors.

More dream work. Next I went to another workshop lead by Montague Ullman, Ph.D called Appreciating Dreams: The Montague Ullman Group Approach. Dr. Ullman is one of the founding fathers of sleep and dream research and over the years has taught thousands of people the basics of how to work with dream groups in a respectful and compassionate manner. It is basically a four-step approach, where the safety of the dreamer is a primary tenet of the process in that the dreamer remains in control at all times while the group is working with their dream. On another note: there were so many many people is the room I could only sit silently in the back picking up occasional phrases hardly tracking the content of what was being exchanged among the people in the front. However, this gave me opportunity to just sit back and watch the exchanges through the mannerisms of Dr. Ullman and the group. It was like watching a beautiful rhythmic dance, Dr. Ullman would gesture as he was addressing the group smiling as he spoke, then there would be a reaction in the group at which point one person would then share, then all of the sudden I would hear the phrase; "If this were my dream..." and so it went for about an hour and a half.

The next day started with a history lesson about the shock waves sent through the field of psychology as a result of the the famous Dream Telepathy experiments performed at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY in the 1960's. At that point in history it seemed bold enough to have delved into the mysterious world of dream research let alone telepathy! Dominic Potts, J.D., a medical-legal trial attorney, presented the "case" in a dramatic way by reading wild criticisms from other "professionals" in the field of psychology then countered by quotes from a Dr. Childs who gallantly defended the integrity of the Ullman-Krippner experiments. We then heard first hand accounts from the people who designed the original experiments: Robert Van de Castle, Ph.D, Stanley Krippner, Ph.D, and Montague Ullman, Ph.D. I was struck by the fact that the strongest criticism was from fellow psychologists initially and least from people in related fields of science. Then I reminded myself of how scary it might be for a therapist to realize that their patient was able to ease drop of their lives so "innocently." If you are interested in reading more about this fascinating experiment and the history of dream research find a copy of the "cult" classic book "Dream Telepathy" written by Montague Ullman, Stanley Krippner among others which was an outcome of these experiments.

In the afternoon I went to a session titled Research on 'Intensified Dreams' and Their Waking Life Impact. I came into this session late just as Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D was finishing his presenting his paper "Big Dreams': New Data on Their Phenomenology" which I am now very sorry I missed judging by the quality of what little I did hear. The next paper to be presented was by Bonnelle Strickling, Ph.D titled "More Dreams about God." This was most inspiring. As she took the podium I felt transported in the Temple of Sacred Dreams. Her graceful presence and gently rhythmic voice made sure that every word could be absorbed as she shared the gripping narrative of the slow but sure transformation of clients she1s been able to help. At next years ASD conference she promises to present a paper titled "More Dreams of God II."

In the evening I went to Gail Bixler-Thomas, M.A. presentation titled Dreams: Artwork of the Collective Unconscious: A Website. If Gail's name seems familiar to you it's because Gail is the webmistress of last months featured website in Dream Flights. She is an energetic, computer enthusiast who has so much to offer in her work and vision of creating safe and exciting environments for troubled kids to express their dreams. In this session we were walked through a beautiful slide show of her website and stories about those who have contributed dreams accompanied by dream artwork created by the dreamer. Fortunately there were only a few people there which made for a very intimate group. Most of the attendees were very computer "inclined" thus we were able share our experiences with the Internet and dreams in depth.

By this time in the conference I'm starting to get antsy sitting for hours on end but the panel I had long awaited was coming up next. First thing in the morning was the panel on Long-Term Journal Keeping: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead. Panelist were Cynthia Pearson, Ed Wirth, Richard Russo, M.A., Dennis Schmidt, Ph.D, and Gloria Sturzenacker. What impressed most me listening to this panel was how unique the journaling process is for each of us. And that as we spend more time with our dreams exploring different models for understanding our dreams our journals and personal journaling process become works of art. Most of the panelists used a combination of paper journals (text, drawings), filing systems, and computers to work with their dreams. There were wonderful sychronicities, dreaming and waking, shared among the panelists about each others presentation. It was delightful to watch the panelists in this process of discovery, something we can all relate to. However, I was a little surprised that none of panelists talked about the role that readily available dream journal software and computers could play in dream journaling although someone in the audience did raise the question and gave my software a plug!

Of all events for me to miss was the global Internet event Dreaming, the Internet, and the Imaginal Realm: A Cyber-Conversation. In this session people logged into the Computer Cafe chat room and spoke to presenters Jayne Gackenback, Ph.D, Richard C. Wilkerson, and Robert Bosnak through Firetalk, an Inerent voice phone software application, where they shared their vision and experiences about the growing number of people sharing dreams on the Internet. Why did I miss it? Well, just about everybody who had told me they wanted a demo of the Dream Temple to show up for this event so I was in the hallway giving demos. Anyway... Many thanks to Scott Hughs for his technical expertise in making this event happen!

On the the evening on the third day of the conference we all got together at 10PM for the Annual Dream Telepathy Experiment. The idea here is to test the dreaming minds ability to tune into a visual target, which will be broadcast telepathically during the night. This event was loosely patterned on the experiments in dream telepathy documented at Maimonides Dream Laboratory mentioned several paragraphs earlier. Rita Dwyer and Robert Van de Castle, Ph.D presented the experiment and Pia Kieding, Ph.D was the designated sender. The way it worked was Pia selected one of four envelops presented to her each containing a picture. When she returned to her hotel room she was to open the envelop and broadcast the image to conference members. To learn more about this event visit the following website:


On the last day we continued a full day of sessions, while many were scouting out costumes in the WDC area for the annual Dream Ball where the winners of the Dream Telepathy contest would be announced. The idea behind the Dream Ball is that we were to dress up like our favorite dream character. About one third of the attendees dressed up. Yours truly went as Swami Dreamananda who was promising to give flute lessons that would imbue the student with special psychic powers, this is an actual dream character that appears in my dreams from time to time. My costume was no more than a hotel towel pinned to my head in a swirl and a blue azurite stone fastened to the front with bubble gum accompanied by a very poor East Indian accent. Some of the other dream characters were the Grimm Reaper who no one could identify, The Phoenix, Kings and Queens, Chairman Mao, Pharohs, sorcerers, beatnik, a philanthropist who arrived to help ASD out with funding etc..

Before my trip to/at the ASD conference I thought about what I might expect to find; would it lean to the side of science or would it be more creative and expressive? I found both and a lot more in between! This conference, in my experience, was quite a melting pot of opportunities for dream discovery, similar to dreams themselves. It seemed that whatever end of the spectrum your interests lie, one could find a course of study that would challenge as well as nurture ones' understanding of dreamwork.

Whether you are in the "dream" business or just interested in dreams and dreaming this conference has a tremendous amount to offer in terms of learning and meeting up with fellow dreamers. I'm still excited about all the new ways of working with my dreams and life in general. That alone is worth the price of admission!

To learn more about ASD and the conference please visit the ASD website:





We have sent out several updates concerning the Course In Miracles copyright controversy. And now, finally, a judge has issued a preliminary opinion on the mess.

In the current episode, Penguin Books (the publisher of "A Course In Miracles"), The Foundation for A Course in Miracles (FACIM), and Foundation for Inner Peace (FIP) requested a partial summary judgment on their claim for copyright infringement, and for a preliminary injunction. The New Christian Church of Full Endeavor and Endeavor Academy (EA) countered by asking for a summary judgment to dismiss all claims.

So what happened? Tom Whitmore, a lawyer and member of the Course In Miracles Society (CIMS), an organization that seeks "to end once and for all any secular claims to ownership and control of the Course", summarized the opinion issued by New York District Judge D.J. Sweet this way:

"Although he (Judge Sweet) disposed of most of EA's legal arguments and positions in his 59 page opinion issued on July 21, 2000, Judge Sweet dealt Wapnick and FACIM what is likely to be a fatal blow: Sweet has said, in effect, that if Endeavor can prove its allegations of extensive pre-copyright copying of the Course with the encouragement or permission of Judy Skutch, the 1975 copyright covering the main body of the Course will be held invalid and the infringement suit will be dismissed. Judge Sweet seems to have only barely come up short in his evaluation of the evidence presented in Endeavor's favor to support its claim that A Course in Miracles was cast into the public domain by the extensive copying and recopying that occurred in 1975, before copyright was claimed by FIP. The concerns voiced by Sweet that the evidence presented by the Academy contains potentially inadmissible hearsay and that EA did not properly notify FACIM of the existence of the witnesses to the premature distribution can be easily dealt with at the trial, by having witnesses available to testify in the flesh who are timely and properly identified in the pretrial witness lists exchanged by counsel."

Judge Sweet's opinion, which includes a blow-by-blow historical overview of the Course copyright controversy, can be found here:



Course In Miracles Copyright Information:


D. Patrick Miller's Course Controversy Overview:

Wapnick on the Hugh Lynn Version of "The Course":

A Course in Controversy:




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- The Amazing Healing Properties of Honey
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- Another Dinosaur Extinction Theory
- Little Green Men Might Be Same As Us
- Carnivorous Robot Is Born
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- Man Attempts To Sell Pieces Of Cheops
- Ring of Carousers Posing As Monks
- Parrot Learns To Surf The Web
- Greek Myths Not Necessarily Mythical
- Inventor Building Rocket In Back Yard

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By Joan Sutula
From Chicken Soup for the Cat & Dog Lover's Soul

Some years ago, our family expanded to include a one-year-old Siberian husky named Princess Misha. Like all Siberian huskies, Misha had an innate love of the outdoors, and of course, the cooler the better. She would lie curled up in a ball on top of a snowdrift on the coldest of winter days with her tail flicked over her only vulnerable spot -- her nose. When fresh snow fell, she would lay so still that she soon disappeared under a blanket of snow and became a part of the landscape. Every so often, she stood up, shook off, turned in a few circles, and then laid back down to keep watch over her domain.

On warm summer days, she found the coolest corner in the house and spent her days napping. Then after her nightly walk, she'd spend the rest of the evening stretched out on the cool cement of the front patio. All through the hot summers and into the fall, this was her nightly ritual.

One summer evening, as we sat out on the front patio relishing a late-evening breeze, we saw a small toad hop out of the grass, then down the sidewalk to a few feet away from where Misha was lying. Suddenly Misha stood up, walked over to the toad, picked it up in her mouth and then walked back to her resting place and lay back down. She then put her chin down on the walk, opened her mouth and let the toad hop out while we watched in astonishment. The toad sat there in front of Misha's eyes, the two seeming to stare at one another for some time. Then the toad hopped down the walk and back into the grass.

On other nights that summer, we noticed this same ritual. We commented on the fact that Misha seemed to have a fondness for toads. We worried because some toads can be poisonous, but since she never experienced any ill effect and never hurt them, we didn't interfere. If she spotted a toad in the street on one of her walks, she would actually run over to it and nudge it with her nose till it had safely hopped off the street and back on to the grass, out of harm's way.

The following summer was the same. Misha enjoyed cooling off by lying out on the front patio after nightfall. Many times, we noticed a toad within inches of her face. At other times, we watched as she walked into the grass and came back to her resting spot with a toad in her mouth, only to release it. The toads always stayed near her for some time before hopping off into the night. The only difference from the previous summer was that she spent more nights in this manner, and the toads were bigger. A toad always seemed to be close at hand.

One night early in the third summer, after letting Misha out, we watched as a large toad hopped out of the grass and over to her, stopping inches in front of her. Misha gently laid her head down so that her nose almost touched the toad. That was when it finally dawned on us -- perhaps there was just one toad! Could Misha have shared the past three summers with the same toad? We called a local wildlife expert who told us that toads can live three to six years, so it was entirely possible. Somehow these two unlikely companions had formed a bond. At first it seemed so strange to us. But then we realized we were very different from Misha too, but the love between us seemed completely natural. If she could love us, we marveled, why not a toad?

Misha had a minor operation that summer, and we kept her indoors for a while afterwards to recuperate. Each night she went to the front door and asked to be let out, but we didn't let her. Instead, leash in hand, we took her for short walks. One evening a few days later, I went to the front door to turn on the porch light for guests we were expecting. When the light came on illuminating the front stoop, there, to my utter amazement, sat Toad (as we came to call him), staring up at me through the screen door! He had hopped up the three steps from the patio, and we supposed he was looking for Misha. Such devotion could not be denied. We let Misha out to be with her pal. She immediately picked the toad up in her mouth and took it down the steps where she and Toad stayed nose to nose until we brought her in for the night. After that, if Misha didn't come out soon enough, Toad frequently came to the door to get her. We made sure that the porch light was turned on before dark and posted a big sign on the porch, "Please don't step on the toad!"

We often laughed about the incongruous friendship -- they did make a comical sight, gazing into each other's eyes. But their devotion sometimes made me wonder if I should regard them so lightly. Maybe it was more than just friendship. Maybe in her stalwart toad, Princess Misha had found her Prince Charming.

By Joan Sutula from Chicken Soup for the Cat & Dog Lover's Soul
Copyright 1999 by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

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