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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, July 21, 2001

Fair to show spiritual side of dreams

By Zenaida Serrano Espanol
Advertiser Staff Writer

Ever since she was 10 years old, Joyce Schreiber has had a recurring dream: She's trapped in a two-story home surrounded by flames. She escapes, then watches the house burn down.

Eckankar members practice one of the spiritual exercises to be offered in workshops at the Eckankar Dream Fair to help people learn how to interpret their dreams.

Cory Lum • The Honolulu Advertiser

"I think it means that I was very unhappy emotionally when I was younger," said Schreiber, now 60.

While Schreiber believes that she understands the dream's deeper meaning, the Waikiki resident hopes to gain new insight about it at next Saturday's Eckankar Dream Fair.

"Dreams reveal a lot about our waking state if you pay attention to them," said Schreiber, who hopes the fair also will teach her how to be a more positive thinker and how to develop healthier relationships.

The event is an annual community service project presented by Eckankar in Hawaii, also known as the Hawaii Satsang Society Inc., a chartered affiliate of Eckankar. The Eckankar faith is also known as the "Religion of the Light and Sound of God." Believers say the Light and Sound are twin aspects of God, and often call them the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is also known as the ECK, and is believed to sustain all life.

Eckankar Dream Fair
 •  What: "The Secret Wisdom of Dreams"
 •  When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 28
 •  Where: Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Ave.
 •  Cost: Free
Cynthia Chock, head of clergy of Eckankar in Hawai'i, said members, or ECKists, believe that there are many worlds and that the dream world is parallel to the physical world.

"If we learn to balance ourselves in the dream state, we can balance ourselves in this world and in the other worlds, or vice versa," Chock said.

Hillarie Hamilton, public information director for Eckankar in Hawaii, believes "dreams may guide us to developing certain qualities of character that may be uplifting for us."

Fair organizers want to help people learn how to remember, record and understand their dreams, and how dreams can help them in their daily lives.

People are encouraged to bring questions about their dreams. Both Chock and Hamilton emphasized, however, that they will not interpret dreams. Rather, participants will be taught ways to interpret their dreams themselves.

The fair will include a puppet show at 11:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., 20-minute "dreamshops" starting at 11:30 a.m., a more in-depth workshop at 2:30 p.m., an art exhibit, video presentations, a family-activity tent, live entertainment and refreshments.