One Sunday morning, when I
was four years old, I excitedly said to my family at the breakfast
table, "Last night, I flew all the way to the bottom of the
stairs, and I didn't even hurt myself."
"Ohh," they laughed. "That was just a dream."
Just a dream, I thought sadly and, taking my cue from them,
neglected my dreams for the next twenty years. Fortunately, before I
reached thirty, my dreaming self woke me up. I have spent the rest of
my life trying to recapture and understand the magic of that early
dream, somewhat successfully.
In 1984, when ASD was formed, I was one of its first members, and
one of its first conference presenters. How exciting it was to meet
other people with goals similar to mine. At the time, I was director
of a consciousness research organization, Poseidia Institute, in
Virginia Beach, Virginia. Among other things, I conducted dream
Although I left the field of dreams shortly after that, to pursue
doctoral studies at The American University in Washington, D.C., I was
lured back to ASD in the early '90s for the same reason the
organization attracted me in the first place: people who were as
curious about dreams as I was. I became the Public
Bulletin Board host on the ASD web site <asdreams.org>in
A particular interest I have pursued is the ability of people to
dream together. Several different group dreaming experiments were
conducted over a period of ten years. Some of the results of this
research have been published in articles, but I am currently writing a
book about the project: Group Dreaming: Dreams to the Tenth Power.
More recently, since training in Energetic Metatherapy with Dr.
Hector Curi-Kano, my interest has turned to teaching people how to
utilize body consciousness while working with dreams. And I have begun
to conduct individual sessions and workshops in DreamWork/BodyWork.
My all-time favorite dream book, though not entirely a dream book,
is Jane Roberts' The Nature of Personal Reality. And my
favorite dream course, the one that started it all, is recounted