A Message from Henry Reed:
You can help in three ways
How your testimonial can help.
Have you experienced a Dream Helper circle? Whether in person or online, if you have participated in this dream healing ceremony, you are likely to have some impression as to its value. It would help the future of the Dream Helper Circles if you could take a moment to write a few sentences about the value and importance you see in this special form of dreamwork.
I am asking that you write me a brief note on the value you perceive in the DHC. Here’s why I’m asking for your help in this way—we have a chance to offer the Dream Helper Circle to the World Wide Web, somewhat like a utility that folks can tap into and use on their own. If you can be patient with my writing, and have a moment, please read on:
It used to be that if you wanted to experience the blessings of participating in a dream helper circle, you had to wait until Cayce’s A.R.E. held its next “Be Your Own Psychic” conference, or I offered an Intuitive Heart week at the Big House, or maybe at A.R.E. camp. Bob Van de Castle, the dream psychologist who helped me develop Dream Helper, gave a couple of private workshops on dream helper, and together we offered a few.
The Intuitive Heart instructors certified by the Edgar Cayce Institute for Intuitive Studies conducted at least one Dream Helper circle as part of their work to gain certification. There have been a few other brave souls who have ventured out and offered a Dream Helper Circle on their own. Opportunities were not rampant.
Then my wife, Janis Reed, got involved. She wanted to offer the circle to her neighbors in our small farming community in Appalachia. She’d experienced many circles and appreciated the way it brought people together. Her first attempt proved quite successful, having a women’s “slumber party” at a cabin belonging to one of the participants. The ladies wanted another one, but the logistics were a challenge. It’s hard enough to get folks to agree on when they can meet for one evening, but to ask for one evening, and then the next day as well, is quite a challenge.
She wondered if they could simplify the logistics by setting up the dreaming by email, then meeting to discuss the dreams. They tried it, choosing their focus person among those who had emailed volunteering to be chosen to be dreamed for. Janis informed everyone by email the name of the focus person to dream for, and then they met the next day to discuss the dreams. It worked just as well and was much easier, logistically, to administer. That emails could suffice for a portion of the process was a big breakthrough. Thank you, Janis!
Building on the innovation Janis created, we began some experiments online. Using both a discussion board format and an email chain letter format, we explored offering Dream Helper Circle in cyberspace. In both formats it seemed to work as well as it did in the face to face version, even though the interactions were more “remote” and in the form of writing and reading, rather than face to face talking and listening.
I wrote about these results in some detail in my Venture Inward series, and turned it into a free ebook, DREAM ESP FOR EVERYBODY!. If you don’t have a copy, by the way, let me know and I’ll send you one.
The main takeaway from this research was this realization: Now, anyone who can send out emails, collect the email responses, collate them, and resend the collection… anyone who can perform this clerical task can effectively administer a Dream Helper Circle.
No special experience required. That’s a big deal, as most dreamwork that occurs in the company of others, dreamwork other than private, individual work, is conducted with a dream professional or someone who has a lot of dreamwork experience. The online DHC represents something akin to a “populist” approach to dreams.
What I want to emphasize is that DHC allows folks with no dream experience to get help from dreams without having to involve a dream expert. When it was first developed, we praised it as a humanistic and spiritual alternative to the typical ESP experiment. As the years went by, we saw its value in terms of bonding and creating empathy among strangers. Now we see the opportunity to have it spread out into the wider community to offer a very special resource—dreams—to what friends and neighbors can share and use to offer mutual support. At the moment, we have more people wanting to experience a Dream Helper Circle than we have volunteers to circulate the email instructions.
Everyone is so busy!
And so we come to the possibility automating the circulation of the email instructions that effectively administer a Dream Helper Circe. We want to build a web-based “cyberspace circulator” to handle the distribution of the emails in the administration of a Dream Helper Circle.
Imagine, folks from all over the planet, when they are at a juncture where guidance would be helpful, finding our Dream Helper Circle Cyberspace Circulator. The person registers their desire to be in a circle, and as soon as 7 folks have registered, the web-based circulator sends them instructions, receives their responses, collates and resends them to the dreamers in that circle.
Our plan is to raise money to hire the needed expertise to create such a creative web site utility. This project is like us going where no one has gone before. I am reminded of the mantra, “If we build it, they will come!”
The Dream Helper Circle has so much potential for helping us humans live better and get along better, I am reminded of this quote, which seems to appropriate: “Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)
To raise money, some of my supporters have volunteered to create a “crowdfunding” website that will generate the needed revenues. I think it is important that potential donors appreciate the unique human value of the Dream Helper Circle. That’s why I’m wanting to impress the donors with the amazing number of positive reviews and comments DHC has received. I’d like the potential donors to get a feeling for the great amount of love and respect there is out there for DHC. It is not just another “technique,” but a doorway to something really special.
I know I’m preaching to the choir here. I’m hoping the choir will respond by creating a fabulous quote that will impress our donors. Thanks so much for reading this far. And let me remind you, if you don’t have a copy of my ebook, Dream ESP for Everyone, let me know, and I’ll send you a copy. One chapter provides all the pre-written emails and instructions needed to administer a Dream Helper Circle online. I do hope to hear from you!
Why a Website?
The success of Dream Helper Circles has inspired generations and spawned a movement. Migrating that knowledge and mentoring process to an online platform will extend the reach of Dr. Reed’s work, and increase people’s access to tools that can change their lives.
Dr Henry Reed has a vision. And this website is a logical next step on the path to realizing it. These excerpts are a part of that vision:
Might we contribute to the acceptance of the non-local mind, the psychic unconscious that connects us all?
Might this acceptance of the shared use of these skills, shift the perception of their value and importance?
Might the next wave include applying these skills in a greater social context?
Here’s where it all begins:
“I envision a website that could spawn such a revolution. With your donation. You have an opportunity to bring this unique experience to the world!”
Were the Dream Helper Circles to go mainstream, it might help stimulate the empathic compassion our shared humanity so vitally needs in these times.
So, What’s Next, and How Can You Help?
Here’s the rough timeline:
Step 1: Establish a Dream Helper Circle website, and provide a fundraising/donation portal on it.
Step 2: Announce the site to alumni and friends, and get feedback to improve it.
Step 3: Raise funds to tackle the complex learning management environment and give it a sustainable future.
If you would like to donate, we accept PayPal contributions
We need to raise $5,000 by in the immediate future, and are aiming for $10,000 to complete the knowledge migration and tool development to support a fully integrated, online experience and learning environment. Components will be added as donations come in.
Thank you for your support!