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THE DREAMBRIDGE
Daring to Wake Up and Creatively Manifest Dreams!

Is an interdisciplinary dream-arts education for all ages the key to the next step in the development of consciousness?  Can coming together in community to express our dreams creatively change the world for the better?  Angel K. Morgan says yes, and when you read this book, you will discover how we’ve been culturally sleepwalking.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
Somnambulists Unite!
Why Cultural Sleepwalking is a Problem, and Why We Might Want to Solve It Before We Walk Into the Snow and Die From Metaphorical Hypothermia

Chapter One
Scientific Never-Minding.
Exploring the Dream-Brain Relationship So We Can Start to Wake Up!

Chapter Two
Altered, Evolving, Acknowledging Our Dreams Are…
Revolving States of Consciousness

Chapter Three
How Does This Affect Me?
Socially Responsible Dreaming

Chapter Four
What Can We Do About It?
Visioning Dreambridge

Chapter Five
What’s Art Got to Do With It?
Art as Socially Healing Experience

Chapter Six
Waking Up to a New Culture:
The Development of a Dream-Arts Curriculum

Chapter Seven
Birthing a Love-Child:
Creating Dreambridge

Introduction
Somnambulists Unite!
Why Cultural Sleepwalking is a Problem, and Why We Might Want to Solve It Before We Walk Into the Snow and Die From Metaphorical Hypothermia


When perusing some of the latest books available on the subject of dreams, many experts seem to have the same common comment (although I am not sure they are content with this content): that we do not have enough time in our busy lives to work on or even think about our dreams.  The popular quick fixes prescribed for people seeking to understand their dreams seem to be allowing only five minutes a day, or maybe ten at most to honor them.  The reasoning behind this is that our lives are too busy, and the ever-so-understanding sentiment resembling, “Yes, I know, there is not enough time; everything else is more important than dreams for Pete’s sake!” is too often expressed.  Why are dreams so often deemed unimportant to our waking lives?  Perhaps if we dare to wake up, we can answer that question.

I find it interesting, and even a bit peculiar, oh dare I say suspicious even (for you conspiracy theorists) that dreams are experienced every night by almost all of us, and yet we are encouraged by society and even our well-meaning friends to scurry about the day doing everything else but work creatively with our dreams.  To be called a dreamer is often not a compliment, unless you have bridged your dream into the physical world.  Not always easy to do, considering we get only five minutes a day to do it!

When we spend so much time, from two to three hours dreaming each night, it makes sense that these revolving nocturnal events are important, and mean something to the rest of our lives.  Perhaps we are supposed to pay more conscious attention to our experiences in them. 

However, we have been constantly, subconsciously trained to spend our time relying on the very subliminal persuasion that is prominent in the American cultural landscape… a paradox in which we cry out for change while we do and buy what advertisements tell us to.  We have been culturally sleepwalking through our lives like good little fearful followers and consumers, as if it were better not to know ourselves, change, or grow.  Not to say that we shouldn’t buy things, or even not support corporations… I am suggesting that we make our decisions as consumers, children, parents, grandparents, neighbors, voters, and whatever else constitutes our identities, consciously rather than blindly.  That we wake up! 

If we really want change, I suggest we change this: admit that we need to make more time for tending to our dreams in our waking lives, and learn to become more lucid (aware) in our dreaming lives.  These are skills that usually require time and space to cultivate them.  What is missing in our culture right now is the understanding that dreams and dreaming are important enough to actually carve out the “extra” time and space in our lives beyond five minutes a day to cultivate the next step in cultural consciousness. 

This concept could easily be beneficial for all cultures that accept it (since dreaming may have borders in it or not, but is not itself bound to any one nation or culture).  I am writing here about American “culture,” specifically in the United States, since that is the part of the world in which I now live.  In my experience of this culture, too much materialism is self-destructive, and many people here seem to be (consciously or not) crying out for innovative forms in health, healing, and creative expression.  Many of us are tired from the imbalance of too much competition and not enough support in our communities.

Inner work such as working consciously with dreams is often experienced by many to be “spiritual.”  The wonderful, amazing, transcendent aspect of people working on their dreams together in community is that it inclusively honors all spiritual perspectives and traditions, so long as they are not hurtful to anyone.   

Some of you might prefer to keep sleepwalking.  Too late, you have already read this and now there is no turning back.  If for some reason, you did not know there was a need to wake up, now you are aware of it.  But you probably knew.  Maybe it was in the form of some dream that has been nagging at you for some time.  Is it now time to listen… to pay attention to yourself and the wisdom you carry inside the dream realm?  Of course, you will only find out how to understand your dream wisdom if you decide to. 

 

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