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The History of the National Dream Hotline®
compiled by SOM Press Corps*
Everyone enters the world of dreaming upon going to sleep. Dreaming, whether it’s remembered or not, is a shared experience for everyone on the planet. This Universal phenomenon called dreams, has played an important role for many cultures throughout history, including the ancient Romans and Egyptians, the Native Americans, and the Aborigines. In fact, influences from dreams are everywhere. Paul McCartney wrote the song, “Yesterday” after hearing it in his dream; Elias Howe invented the sewing machineinfluenced by a dream; Christopher Nolan produced the hit movie Inception based upon his experiences with dreaming.
Over time, dreams have held such importance that people have sought for those who understand them. For example, ancient pharaohs and kings had personal dream interpreters. How beneficial it would be to have those experts today to unravel the mysteries of our dreams.
Actually this is available in present day! It’s called the National Dream Hotline® (NDH). The School of Metaphysics (SOM), who sponsors NDH, has been interpreting dreams for over 40 years in classroom, online since 1999, and through NDH since 1985.
What is National Dream Hotline®?
The National Dream Hotline® is a free hotline open to the public for people to call and receive a dream interpretation by a Dreamologist from the SOM. This hotline occurs annually, the last weekend of April, starting at 6 pm central time, for 54 hours straight, until midnight on Sunday. This year marks the 24th annual hotline, which will occur April 29 - May 1, 2011.
How did the National Dream Hotline® begin?
The idea of a dream hotline began in 1985 in Springfield, MO. Bonita Buchanan, a teacher of metaphysics from the Springfield branch of the School of Metaphysics, created this local hotline through a desire to aid people to understand their dreams and become more self-aware.
Former president of the SOM, Dr. Barbara O'Guinn (Condron) read about the hotline in SOM’s newsletter Vibrations. She realized how progressive this concept was and chose an apprentice, Denise Rodgers, to begin nurturing the idea. Within the next four years, Dr. Condron ignited this creation, spreading it throughout the schools in Oklahoma, Colorado, Michigan, and Indiana. The following year, in 1989, it became a nationally recognized event among the SOM, receiving its registered trademark in March of 1995.
Who sponsors the National Dream Hotline?
The School of Metaphysics sponsors the NDH. The School of Metaphysics is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institute teaching principles of concentration, meditation, and visualization for individual peace, contentment, and security. Dream Interpretation is taught in the course of study to provide self-exploration and aid an individual to use their whole mind. Through personal responsibility, community service, and conscious leadership, the SOM teaches how to harmonize Mind with the laws governing our universe.
|How has the National Dream Hotline, and the dream research done by the SOM, been recognized globally? |
|Teachers of the SOM have hosted, participated in. and orchestrated numerous dream interpretation radio shows, television segments, and newspaper articles for over 40 years. Some of the major recognitions and achievements are included in the time line below: |
|March 1990 |
|USA Today nationally syndicated television spot gives Hotline its first widespread exposure |
|April 1992 |
|NHD® mentioned in Glamour magazine and in USA Today newspaper |
Broadcast around the world on Voice of America radio station
|April 1993 |
|BBC interviews Dr. Barbara Condron |
Announcement published in USA Today this year, and for the next four years
|October 1994 |
|The book 25 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Dreams is published based upon research conducted during this year’s hotline |
|April 1996 |
|Radio shows in Hong Kong, Russia, and Australia help our research span the globe |
|April 1997 |
|Paul Harvey, whose show is syndicated by ABC to over 1,000 radio stations, talks about the National Dream Hotline® for the first time |
|April 1998 |
|The Today Show broadcasts a live remote interview with Chancellor Dr. Daniel Condron from the College of Metaphysics on the Saturday of NDH |
Seventeen Magazine publishes the hotline number in its new “Calendar”
Paul Harvey coins the term “Dreamologists” referring to the Dream Interpreters from National Dream Hotline®
Dr. Daniel Condron interviewed live on Japanese radio
NY Bureau Chief of the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun travels to Windyville, Missouri to interview Drs. Daniel and Barbara Condron
Dr. Barbara O'Guinn (Condron) prepares “A World of Dreams” a 25 year film retrospective of SOM dream research and NDH, for ABC News 20/20
|April 1999 |
|www.dreamschool.org makes its debut as the website for interpreting your dreams |
|April 2000 |
|www.lifetimetv.com chooses the book The Dreamer's Dictionary written by Dr. Barbara O'Guinn Condron and published in April 1995 for its “Dream Decoder” |
|Research published in the books Every Dream is about the Dreamer and Interpreting Dreams for Self-Discovery |
|April 2005 |
|Women's World publishes info on hotline prompting an additional weekend to accommodate calls |
|April 2006 |
|National Dream Hotline® births a regular dream interpretation radio program in Michigan |
|April 2007 |
|National Dream Hotline® expands into a weekend of dream interpretation on the phone, the radio, at shops and malls across the Midwest. |
The first GLOBAL LUCID DREAMING EXPERIMENT (GLiDE) is conducted Sunday morning of NDH April 29th to explore lucid dreaming and inner level consciousness. One hundred and eight people from three countries participate in this first experiment expanding the reach and concept of National Dream Hotline®
|Research published in the books Lucid Dreaming and The Moon’s Effect on Dreams |
|April 2009 |
|Dream Awareness Weekend grows out of NDH as local SOM branches become proactive in community involvement. This event is celebrated throughout the Midwest as murals are painted on the sides of local businesses, "dream teams" assemble to interpret dreams at local coffee shops and malls, and dream lectures answer dreamers' questions throughout 15 cities |
A hundred dreamers incubate “opportunities in the present economy” for a GLOBAL LUCID DREAMING EXPERIMENT during NDH
School Branches perform Dream Theaters throughout the Midwest during the weekend of NDH®
What other Dream Research does the School of Metaphysics provide?
The School of Metaphysics has been conducting dream research for over 40 years, aiding people to become whole-functioning. Several books, audiotapes and CD’s have been released and spread worldwide, along with a complete Dreamologist course online at Dreamschool.org.
SOM has conducted many dream experiments as well. In 2008 dream research conducted at the College of Metaphysics expanded to include 212 people in 18 countries as the four-part GLOBAL LUCID DREAMING EXPERIMENT explores the effect of the Moon on dreams. GLiDE Project Director Dr. Barbara Condron asked SOM President Dr. Laurel Clark to present research from this experiment at the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) conference in Montreal that same year (July 2008).
In 2009, Dr. Clark gives two presentations on intuitive dreaming and the art and science of dream incubation at the annual IASD Conference in Chicago. Dr. Barbara Condron premieres a film about Emotions in Dreams and reports on a GLiDE Study comparing U.S. dreamers with counterparts worldwide. Dr. Daniel Condron presents findings on the effect of mental disciplines on dreaming.
In 2010, Dr. Barbara Condron presents research from a GLiDE and findings from a group dreaming incubation period. Hezekiah Condron presents the documentary he produced called The Dream Mystery, filmed during IASD 2009. Dr. Daniel Condron presents on Kundalini, chakras and dreaming. Dr. Laurel Clark presents on dream suggestions as given in Intuitive Reports done through the SOM and research done of the relation of houses in dreams..
The School of Metaphysics continues to spread the science, study, and importance of dreams, currently teaming with people from all over the world to accelerate this endeavor.
SOM Press Corps members who researched this article include Brian Kraichely, Heather Hunt, Elizabeth Horton, Walter Hrycaj, and head writer Emily Ashley