About Rita Dwyer
Consider the words of astronaut Edgar Mitchell, "There are no unnatural or supernatural phenomena, only very large gaps in our knowledge of what is natural."
PROLOGUE: Years ago, I used to say I was a convert from outer space to inner space, having a professional life in the aerospace industry during its early years, and eventually ending up much later fully immersed in the dreamwork field. I've become aware that all of my life experiences and interests have led to a greater understanding of myself and the world in which I live, as well as the many possibilites that exist beyond, yet to be explored.
SOME PERSONAL HISTORY: In 1959, I nearly burned to death in an industrial accident, the explosion of a rocket fuel in a laboratory in which I worked for one of our earliest pioneers in the aerospace industry. My life was saved by Ed Butler, a co-worker, who had repeated nightmares about the accident and rescuing me. When it happened in waking reality, he did as he had in the dreams, and I am alive because of his "dream rehearsals", as he calls them. Much of my life since that time has been a search to understand and use these wonderful gifts we are given nightly, particularly those mysterious experiences, such as telepathy, precognition, and other anomalous phenomena which current scientific theories can't fully explain but which happen to persons of all ages, cultures and belief systems. This search has led to a deeper understanding of the connectedness of all humans/dreamers and all of life, animate as well as what we label inanimate, which is nonetheless brimming with energy. We have enormous powers of the mind, waking and sleeping, and we're not using them...because we don't know we can That is my current goal, to spread the good news and to make others aware not only of the collective unconscious which Carl Jung described, but also of a collective consciousness that drives our actions and our society. Beyond that, there is a sense of the universal collective that impacts upon everything in our universe.
In 1983, the same year that we founded the Metro D.C. Dream Community (MDCDC) in Vienna, VA, a Washington, DC suburb, I read of plans to hold an international multidisciplinary meeting on dreams. Persons were invited to send financial backing and thus become Founding Life Members of what was to become the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD). I sent in my $100 and have been hooked on MDCDC and IASD ever since! MDCDC has met regularly since 1983--that's over 27 years and the ever-changing group is still active and vital, though since 2004 we've been taking summer breaks.There is no fee charged--the meetings are open to all with a serious interest in dreams.
Favorite dream? I have many favorite dreams but the best are those which are still a mystery and are years later being played out in synchronicities and hints and lures that move me onward. We are so much more than we think we are, and our dreams open us to that richness. I am grateful for my companions on the path and for the opportunities to share with others the gifts I have received through dreams.!
My notes on the IASD
What I see most important about IASD is its openness to all persons who are interested in studying dreams, whether those persons be researchers, professional helpers and healers, persons in creative and expressive arts, historical or anthropological work, crosscultural studies, or just personal dream appreciators from many different professions. I've seen that many people marvel at their dreams and want to know what they mean, if they aren't of the belief system that totally dismisses them as of no use in waking reality.
Besides the "psychic" side of dreams, I am also interested in the spiritual aspects of dreams which illuminate our soul's path and interface with the wisdom that comes from our inner resources and higher sources to shield, help and heal. IASD positions held: All Executive roles except Treasurer (no money skills). I have been Secretary, Conference Host, Chair of the Board, Vice-President, President and Executive Officer, volunteering my time and services until my husband's retirement. When I left my last position in order to spend more time with him, our family was concurrently undergoing a population explosion with nine grandchildren arriving on the scene in eight years.
Currently, I spend happy hours grandparenting and living with a light heart and great joy in these silver years, but still make time for dreams and dreamwork. Within IASD, I serve now as an advisor to the IASD Executive Committee and am a member of several IASD committees. For some years, I facilitated the IASD online Dream Activism group. The latter formed as a result of a workshop that Rosemary Ellen Guiley and I presented, partly in response to 9/11/2001, at the IASD Conference in Boston, June 2002. We believe that dreams are not just for and about ourselves, but can also serve as guidance in helping us make our world a better place for all humankind, wherever we live and whatever our resources.