Dreaming with Delia Puiatti, Australia

Delia, when did you realise that dreams are important to you? What do they mean to you?

For as long as I can remember, dreams have felt like the most central, real aspect of my life. They’ve always felt like an actual world to me, one I’ve always taken for granted as real. After a recurring dream at age 5, most of my dreams involved embarking on explorations of this dream world, and I loved the strangeness of it all. I sensed there was some meaning, but more so an inherent significance by dint of its mere existence.

Dreams, to me, are a foundation to this waking reality. They’re my happy place, my oracle, my temple, the love of my life, my inspiration, everything. For me, dreams are one of the most direct connections to God, and my devotion and love towards God naturally encompass this sphere in which I can connect to the divine.

Another aspect of dreams is the sense of place - I generally experience strong ‘place-attachment’ and I love exploring places even in waking life, but in dreams this treasured pastime is entirely more meaningful, because the places themselves are charged with such psychic energy or magic, and present ever-unfolding mysteries. Beyond the aspect of place, the way that dreams are a consistent meeting point where I can encounter unheard-of things, things my waking mind could not conceive of, and deeper meaning - elements from beyond this world.

You have been very active in the dreaming community. When and how did you discover
that there are many other people interested in dreams around the world?

As soon as I discovered what a search engine was, way back in perhaps ‘97, the first thing I searched for was ‘dreams’ - I had never discussed my dreaming life with anyone up until then, so seeing whole communities based on dreaming was mind-blowing! IASD was what opened my eyes to dreaming communities, and I’m fervently involved out of such love for a life based on dreams, for the community of wonderful dreamers in it, as well as a strong gratitude and a desire to give something back. It’s no understatement when I say that dream communities are like family.

You are particularly notable as one of the excellent Outer Inn hosts at the PsiberDreaming Conference and you regularly attend annual live conferences organised by the International Association for the Study of Dreams. What brings you to these conferences year after year? What does the dreaming community mean to you?

Thank you for your kind acknowledgements! I can’t overstate the fact that there is nothing like these conferences: apart from the obvious joy of being exposed to such a vast amount of information, research, engaging conversations, and the chance to connect with dreamers from around the world, there is also the rare, precious experience of inhabiting, for that short amount of time, what I see as the future of humanity: a benevolent community abounding with joy, love, creativity, playfulness, inquisitiveness, a yearning and encouragement for continual evolution, openness and inclusion, reverence for the sacred, and a whole lot more that would make me sound like I’m exaggerating, even though I’m not.

Apart from the community being an excellent avenue for learning, networking, personal growth, and incredible friendships, it’s also a haven for those of us who love to delve deep, deep into subjects that explore the outer reaches of the mind, the cosmos, our spirit, and of course to explore and enjoy dreaming. Since so much about dreaming and psi is dismissed or frowned upon in general, it’s great to have a community and friends that are open, non-judgemental, and willing to explore, listen, and teach in these regards.

You live in Sydney, Australia. Are there any dream groups you can attend locally? Do you know many other dreamers in Australia? Do you find that Australians are generally interested in dreams?

To my knowledge, there doesn’t seem to be many in-person groups in Sydney, although I’ve been a little out of the loop due to work commitments; however, The Dream Network has events every so often including conferences, workshops, and talks - in fact, it was founded by my Transpersonal Counselling classmate, Susannah Benson, who was also President of IASD recently.  I’ve also connected with an awesome online dream-sharing site, Sealife Dreams, spearheaded by a gifted dreamer in Melbourne, Nick Cumbo. And there’s also Eilatan, my wonderful fellow Outer Inn host, who’s also from Sydney but I’d only discovered through Psiberdreaming! Outside of that, it’s not often I encounter people here who are actively involved in dreamwork -  but that’s one great thing about IASD and the conferences, it helps connect near and far!

Some people have mostly symbolic dreams, some are frequent lucid dreamers, others have lots of precognitive dreams. How would you describe your own dreams?

I’ve had a bit of everything, and I find the predominant types of dreams shift and evolve as I move through phases. I often have psi dreams, mostly with precognitive content or else information needed to guide me through life situations, which isn’t otherwise available via the 5 senses. In some dreams, I seem to encounter actual people, although I have no present method of verifying this empirically beyond my own tangible experience. For a while, pure colour and form were predominant experiences in dreams - which inspired my 2016 Psiberdreaming presentation, ‘Colour & Geometry in Dreams’ - however even that has morphed into new symbolic expression. I have also had spiritual experiences within dreams, especially my more recent lucid dreams in which I prayed and encountered some intriguing results!

Most impacting, however are two types: healing and place-related dreams. I’ve had innumerable healing dream experiences over the years, ones with tangible after-effects, sometimes unfolding over longer phases. It is through these healing dreams, in their widely varied forms, that I feel a solid connection to the divine that feels most like receiving care from a friend or family member.

The place-related dreams affect me so strongly that I’ve started creating a map of them all - they seem to reflect an evolving terrain or inner world, linking physical places and dream locales with certain times, mindsets, and feelings. I feel some discoveries are within reach, if I keep exploring.

Do you think that your work life as an artist and fashion designer influences your interest in colours and geometric shapes and patterns in dreams?

Absolutely! To some degree, it seems that dreams utilise familiar elements I work with to convey information symbolically; however, there also seems to be an mystifying aspect, beyond symbol, which I have yet to grasp.

Do you integrate your dreaming life in your work? If so, in what ways?

Definitely! I frequently incubate for guidance and inspiration, or I might sometimes receive symbols or concepts that seem perfect to integrate into my work - a design, a system or approach, sometimes even an entire change of course. My business tagline for Unknown Quantity was received in a dream - ‘Merging Form and Idea’ - and even showed me what the gist of my work is about. Some dream images have made their way into my illustrated Psi-Fi series, and dreams have also suggested clever ideas for clothing designs and ways of supporting my business. Most of all, I feel there is a greater story or principle, a vibe on a whole other level, revealing itself to me through not just individual dreams, but the growing collection/series of dreams unfolding alongside my vocational journey.

Would you like to share one of your dreams?

Just ONE!? :) Always!

I’m with Bob Van De Castle; we go to visit an old wise man, Viktor, for some specific reason. When we arrive at the man’s home, we find his wife sweeping busily and paying us no mind; we ask to see her husband, having to repeat our request three times until she obliges without saying a word - it’s almost like a test of our willingness to see him.  The home seems European, from a century or two ago.

We enter the next room, finding Viktor is sitting up in a bed in the center of an otherwise mostly empty, light-filled room; he appears and acts youthful, despite his advanced age. As we sit by the bed, I admire the breathtaking bedspread: a print featuring a plethora of orange sunsets and hand-painted, blazing phoenixes. Seeing this, I realise now that I have seen or dreamed this before. Now Bob is also partly my pastor, Neil.

After some small talk, during which I clutch a pair of tailored grey and black striped pants, we eventually reach the moment where I must ask the question I was brought here to ask.

“So,” I ask, “it really doesn’t matter that I don’t know why I’m here?”
Viktor and Bob laugh reassuringly and answer that yes, it’s perfectly okay. Immediately I hear the jangling of unseen keys in a corner. Hearing this, Bob says it’s now time when captive animals are allowed to turn over or move each hour, for proper circulation.