(AYRIAL) Dream expert David Low, MS, Ph.D. recently attended the yearly conference of the International Society for the Study of Dreams, which took place in June in Anaheim, CA. “It featured an extraordinary variety of lectures, workshops, and symposia,” Low says. “Specialists in all areas of dream research were there. Clinical and spiritual interests were paramount, with lots of religious mythology and so on, but there were also neurophysiological, sociological and artistic events as well. About 70 in all.” All of the event titles are still visible on the organization’ website, most of them relevant to interpretation in one way or another.
The IASD has about 8000 members and is the biggest organization of its kind in the world, with a stated mission of increasing people’s understanding of the value and importance of dreams. Low himself offered a workshop entitled, “Your Stages of Dream Yoga: Five Types over 40 Years,” to increase consciousness of dreaming as part of a spiritual path.
The conference also featured a “dream hike” along the California coast during spare time, a traditional “dream ball” at the end in which everyone dressed up as their favorite character from their dreams, and opportunities to visit the nearby Disneyland—also in line with things one might encounter in dreams. “For the party,” Low said, “I dressed up as the Australian Aboriginal deity Uluruu. I did that by taping four boomerangs to different parts of my body. Uluruu has never shown up in my dreams, but boomerangs sure have—it’s an aerobic hobby of mine to throw and catch them, and I happened to bring some with me to the conference!”
ABOUT DAVID LOW
DAVID LOW, MS (Community Counseling), Ph.D. (Religious Studies) was an adjunct professor at Rutgers, Rowan, LaSalle and Holy Family Universities in Philadelphia for ten years, a drug counselor for seven years, has taught meditation, maintains a small counseling practice and currently runs meet-up groups involving dreamwork, recovery, and agnostic spiritual seeking. He has lived in both eastern and western spiritual communities for a total of five years (one of them in India), and even worked for three years in the entertainment industry as a juggler.
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