Current Update as of January 04, 2004
Inspired by The Edgar Cayce Institute for Intuitive Studies
Edited by HENRY REED, Ph.D.
most dreamers, responding to the events of 9-11, I asked myself, "What
can I do to make a difference? How might my own dreams lead to healing,
understanding, and taking action that might have a positive impact?"
At a time when the world is reacting to the events of 9-11, most of us wonder what we might do to make a positive difference.
The next step was to move into the realm of lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming is becoming consciously aware within the dream that you are dreaming. If we could "wake up" within the dream, perhaps this could translate to "waking up" within our conscious daily lives to experience greater peace in the world. A group of fifteen gathered to rise to this challenge.
dreamers had taken most of my previous classes and are well versed in
discovering great truths within dreams. I believe the power to lucid
dream is enhanced if you have a dreaming partner with whom you agree
that you will dream together.
Through our explorations of connecting "web" dream links among the group, we wanted to utilize this dream wisdom in a more tangible way. Two of my own dreams inspired a group activity that we all agreed to create.
12/27/2001 "A Tapestry for Peace"
"I dream that dreams are collected from a year's time period, all focused on and for peace. Square quilt pieces of these peace dream images are put together on a tapestry, with the background being a picture of the earth. There is a border of colorful cloth with lessons learned from the dreams printed on them."
1/23/2002 "Lucid Dreaming Peace Quilt"
hear 'We Can Be Kind' playing. [This is a beautiful song I recorded
recently, written by David Friedman, asking in a world where there is
pain, what can we do? We can be kind.]
WE CAN BE KIND
Words and Music by David Friedman ©1994
So many things we can't control.
So many hurts that happen every day.
So many heartaches that pierce the soul.
So much pain that won't ever go away.
How do we make it better?
How do we make it through?
What can we do when there's nothing we can do?
Chorus: We can be kind.
We can take care of each other.
We can remember that deep down inside we all need the same thing.
And maybe we'll find, if we are there for each other,
That together we'll weather whatever tomorrow may bring.
Nobody really wants to fight.
Nobody really wants to go to war.
If everyone wants to make things right,
Then what are we always fighting for?
Does nobody want to see it?
Does nobody understand?
The power to heal is right here in our hand.
And it's not enough to talk about it.
Not enough to sing a song.
We must walk the walk about it.
You and I, do or die, we've got to try to get along.
And maybe we'll find,
True peace of mind,
If we always remember ...
WE CAN BE KIND.
sharing these dreams, the group agreed to look to their own dreams for
guidance on peace. We explored how that might be experienced and expressed
on four different levels: internal personal peace (how we might be in
conflict within ourselves); external personal peace (close family and
friend relationships that might challenge us); collective peace (exploring
peace and conflict in daily life); and global peace (what might we do
as individuals to create greater harmony and resolution of conflict
on the planet).
The heart was woven with a single piece of ribbon representing the oneness
of all creation. The doves of peace are at the heart level waiting to
open the door. I shall keep asking, seeking and knocking. Peace begins
The Olympic torch came in a dream the first morning after our first
class. It signifies all people coming together for a common goal and
for healthy competition. It is also a reminder to "play fair."
These words from a billboard inspired my quilt square. The words speak
of possibilities, of love, and peace, continuing in a circle of no beginning
and no end. Our Dream for Peace class exemplified the words: Open hearts,
open minds, open doors. If we are open, anything is possible.
Hands are a powerful image in my dreams. I saw an image of the earth
broken into pieces. I feel the brokenness of the earth's heart and all
of our hearts, in my dreams and in my waking life. We yearn for a peaceful,
kinder world and yet fear the task is insurmountable. With all of our
hands and hearts working together we can heal ourselves, each other,
and the earth. I knew that each hand must be from a unique color of
cloth just as all of us on earth are unique. Many hands become millions
of hands as we reach out to one another. The insurmountable work becomes
a joy. We no longer feel overwhelmed but inspired.
I chose the blue material because it's my favorite color. The butterfly
represents freedom. If you watch it fly, it's hard to tell where it's
going, but it knows. We all should be free.
I made my quilt piece as a totem pole, because during one of the first
meditations we did I saw a totem pole for "Peace is with me." The White
Buffalo was given to me in a dream. The white buffalo represents abundance
through right action and right prayer. I chose it for the base of the
totem pole. The cats, a chicken, and the colors blue and white were
also in my dreams.
Night passes into day and the small can be as mighty as the large. The
small, fragile butterfly is strong, endures, and travels far. The elephant
large and strong, travels, lives long, and gains wisdom. We, too, can
learn and then travel our own journey, absorbing the knowledge and expecting
a miracle around each corner. Fairy dust will be sprinkled upon each
and every one, if only we stop, listen, feel, and know that peace begins
The orange person represents my fun inner child, my soul. The purple
surrounding the orange person represents the wisdom part of my soul.
The rainbow colored balloons symbolizes the diversity of God's creation.
My white background is multiple little squares representing all the
dreamers of the world standing shoulder to shoulder. Figures around
the central figure are the 15 members of our lucid dreaming class. The
main color scheme is patriotic: red, white and blue, as peace begins
See my dream above, which inspired the quilt.
The angel is the guardian of earth calling upon the vibration of peace.
My quilt piece is my dream of tapping into the white light and healing
energy of the Universe. As an individual, a group, and the world, we
can envision the white light and healing energy spiraling down, bringing
peace and healing to the Earth and the Universe.
In my dream, I am sitting at a computer opening my e-mail. The first
e-mail is a picture of a bulldozer at Ground Zero in New York. The second
e-mail is the same picture, except there is an American Bald Eagle with
open wings in front of the bulldozer. The eagle appears to be pushing
it, as if it were fighting back. The picture this time is in the form
of a puzzle that can be worked by pushing the correct keys.
In the center of my design is a healing symbol given to me in a dream
about thirty years ago. Seven violet pillars stand under a gold, inverted
crescent moon. All I have to do is reach toward the light and the nurturing,
intuitive wisdom of the feminine light will pour down upon this earthbound
The main focus of my square is the Peace Quilt my fourth graders made
after a peace meditation I wrote and led for them during class. They
were asked to focus on a peaceful symbol throughout the meditation and
ask God for help becoming a peacemaker now on Earth. The student's symbols
varied; however, in the wake of 9-11, many students chose to focus on
the American Flag.
fifteen dreamers in this Lucid Dreaming class began to dream intentionally
for peace, creating their own peace quilt square, to be made into this
final Dreaming Peace Quilt. By bringing together the dreaming power
of our group into a creative project, we feel we have begun a powerful
peace project that is and will continue to have a positive impact.
we begin to share this quilt in our community, we would like to inspire
you to create your own peace tapestry and dreaming quilts. This is a
way in which we can dream for peace, talk and share about our own peace
experiences and the areas of conflict with which we struggle, and create
a communal experience that focuses attention on creating greater peace
in the world.
A note about the Peacequilt, "Listen to Your Dreams":
Watts led a group of 15 active dreamers in a lucid dreaming experiment,
intentionally dreaming for peace. This Lucid Dreaming Peace Quilt was
inspired by her own dreams, and made manifest through the cooperative
dreaming and creativity of this group. Each participant asked for guidance
and created a quilt piece based on their dreams.
Watts is a Dream Educator, teaching a variety of classes, seminars,
and workshops, since 1987. Her background is very eclectic and she utilizes
dream techniques from a variety of sources. She is also a professional
actress and singer.
*Originally published in Dream Network Bulletin and the ASD Newsletter
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