Conference 18 Abstracts
Association for the Study of Dreams
UCSC Santa Cruz, California, USA
The Odyssey of Long Term Journal Keeping
Content Analysis as a Dream Journaling Ally (Kelly Bulkeley); A
Layman Looks at Fuzzy Logic (Jean Campbell); The Computer as an
Instrument of Discovery (Peggy Coats); Long-Term Journaling as an
Individuation Process (Ed Kellogg); The Hauntings of Long Term Journal
Keeping (Martha Peacock)
Cynthia Pearson (chair)
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D., is a former President of ASD and the
author of several books, most recently Transforming Dreams (John Wiley
& Son, 2000) and Visions of the Night (SUNY, 1999). He teaches at
Santa Clara University and the Graduate Theological Union, and he
received his doctorate in Religion and Psychology from the University of
Chicago Divinity School.
Jean Campbell, former director of Poseidia Institute, is the
author of Dreams Beyond Dreaming, the forthcoming Group Dreaming: Dreams
to the Tenth Power, and numerous articles. Trained in Energetic
Metatherapy under Dr. Hector Kuri-Cano, she currently works as an
educator, dream worker and writer, conducting individual sessions and
workshops in DreamWork/BodyWork.
Peggy Coats, M.P.A., is Director of the Dream Tree, an online
and offline resource center for dreamers since 1995, and the News
Director of Electric Dreams, an online e-zine dedicated to developing a
global dream community. A journal keeper since 1972, Peggy also serves
on the Board of the ASD.
Ed Kellogg earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Duke
University. A proficient lucid dreamer with a long-standing interest in
the phenomenology of dreaming, he has presented numerous papers and
workshops including: the lucidity continuum, lucid dream healing, lucid
dream incubation, out-of-body experiences, and the use of magic in lucid
Martha Peacock is a Ph.D. candidate in Mythological Studies at
Pacifica Graduate Institute. In addition to her mythological pursuits,
she is a teacher and student of dream images, a freelance writer and
focusing on phenomenological and archetypal patterns of the unconscious.
Martha resides in Tampa, Florida.
Cynthia Pearson (chair),* co-author of The Practical Psychic
and Parting Company: Understanding the Loss of a Loved One, presides
over Dreamjournalist.com, "A Website for People Who Write Down
Their Dreams." At past ASD conferences, she has chaired Long Term
Journal Keeping panels and given papers on extended synchronicities and
4. SUMMARY OF PRESENTATION:
The panelists have kept dream journals for many years and have become
intrigued with phenomena that have emerged over time. After highlighting
their own approaches and discoveries, they will engage in open
discussion with audience members and explore techniques, findings,
benefits and the research value of the personal dream journal.
5. Three learning objectives of the panel will be:
1) understanding of the variety of personal dream experience;
2) recognition of the depth and breadth long term dream study; and
3) appreciation for personal journal keeping as a tool of naturalistic
Three evaluation questions which participants should be able to
answer after attending the panel presentation are:
1) Why is the personal dream journal important to the study of
2) What types of phenomena have long term journal keepers observed?
3) What are some of the ways that journal keepers have discovered and
documented interesting phenomena?
The Odyssey of Long Term Journal Keeping
At ASD-13, Dennis Schmidt chaired the first panel on long-term
journaling, framing and exploring the personal dream journal as the
fundamental instrument of dream study. The concepts and issues that
emerge from this appreciation are still as Dennis described them in
"…In the tradition of the naturalists whose patient observations
prepared the ways to elegant understandings of physics, chemistry, and
biology, home journal keepers record and discover events and
regularities that astonish and enlighten…Scholar and journal?keeper
alike need to recognize that the personal journal is a uniquely
sensitive instrument that may enlighten not only the individual dreamer
but the whole field of dream study."
Since then, long-term journalers have met at each ASD conference to
describe our approaches to long term record keeping and continue our
cross-fertilization. In 2001, panelists will present their reflections
of their personal dream odysseys.
Kelly Bulkeley will discuss the values and limitations of using the Hall
and Van de Castle content analysis system to enrich long-term dream
journaling in "Content Analysis as a Dream Journaling Ally."
If used carefully, content analysis can serve as a point of departure
for detailed qualitative investigations of dream patterns over time, and
it can also provide an excellent basis for comparing one's own dreams
with the dreams of others.
Jean Campbell, who claims to have slept through syllogisms as a doctoral
student in philosophy, will present "A Layman Looks at Fuzzy
Logic." She will describe discovering the friendly warmth of Fuzzy
Logic as a way to work with dreams.
In "The Computer as an Instrument of Discovery," Peggy Coats
will focus on how the development of a computerized journal keeping
system has aided in discovering correlations between the evolution of
personal dream symbols and underlying patterns of personal history; and
how attention to these patterns and symbols has created a bridge between
technology and being, serving as an impetus for dream explorations in
What compels some people to keep up the time consuming practice of
long-term dream journaling for decades, and even for lifetimes? In
"Long-Term Journaling as an Individuation Process," Ed Kellogg
will argue that the answer lies in the fact that the work - recording
dreams, rereading them, indexing them, acting on them, etc. - in itself
accomplishes a kind of deeply satisfying healing-individuation process
that brings about a kind of spiritual integration and growth that no
other activity provides.
One advantage of long term journal keeping is the ability to trace a
dream symbol through time. In "The Hauntings of Long Term Journal
Keeping," Martha Peacock will trace the dream image of a haunted
house that over the years has become less haunted, and discuss the
psychological unfolding represented by the archetypal image of
Cynthia Pearson will moderate the panel, and facilitate discussion with
audience members following the presentations.
Whatever facet we focus on during our panel presentations, our ultimate
objective remains constant-- to stress the importance of journal
keeping, and to highlight the unique and invaluable instrument that is
the dream journal.