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Astral dreams

Dreams and images of the astral plane--not just spirits, but whole spirit worlds. Different dream traditions treat these as symbolic or literal. I don't think it matters much, except to point out that regardless of your beliefs about their reality, only a stupid dreamer is rude to the locals. What goes around, comes around. Next week you may find yourself in one of their dreams. Where did you think nightmares come from, anyway?

This list also has dreams of bad puns about hijacking astral you-know-whats (the most egregious example has to be Vertical Planes, with twelve of them, but Hijack! The Christmas Special goes pretty far, too.)

RELATED TOPICS: out-of-body experiences - shamanic dreams - the soul - nature spirits - other worlds - doors into other universes - paradises - hells - just plain planes - See also the full INDEX OF SUBJECTS.

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AFTER BIRTH: by Wayan, 2004/9/29, astral acrylic painting
Never mind what happens after death! What if, before we were born, we were spirits with no idea what happens after birth?...
THE AMAZONS' OFFER: by Wayan; 2012/6/13, an illustrated dream poem.
A horde of wild women camp in my yard and practice leaping through invisible spacetime portals. They invite me along...
CAUTION: FEATHERED, PAINTED NUDITY
ANOREXIA NIRVANA: by Wayan; 1993, a digital picture-poem of my astral reality.
I was anorexic for years; I only mastered it when I saw it was a hunger for the spirit world...
ASTRALNAUT: by Wayan; 1994/7/30, a reverse ghost dream.
I have amnesia. Plus, I'm dead. On the other hand, I have this great NASA job! Only there's a saboteur...
CAUTION: SNOTTY ABOUT CHRISTIANS AGAIN
ATLANTIS: 3: MICHAEL'S DREAM; c. 1993 by Mark Doty; dream-based elegiac poem, one of six
I dream I see the soul of my lover step out of his body, a second self of light...
CAUTION: AIDS DEATH
AVENUE OF TREES: by Anonymous #34; July 1911?, early 1924?, March 30, 1934, and January 1947; four death-omen dreams, one predictive
Every decade or so, I dream a loved one says farewell and walks down an avenue of trees. I wake to find that person's dying...
BEAR READ DUNE: by Wayan; dreamed 1981/1/28, painted 10 years later .
There are many astral planes--this world's just the cellar. A cat, a bird, a bear and I guard the astral stair...
THE BEAR'S RIP: by Xanthe; 100K, 4 illus., dreamed 1990 or 1991; a quasi-lucid dream
A bear rips open my wall and guides me into a psychedelic space where I learn to see with new eyes...
THE BRIDGE: by Wayan; a 3-page comic from two linked dreams, 1989/5/28 & 1989/10/1.
The Hunt of the Unicorn (yeah, guess who I am), as I fly through the worlds fighting Reaganism...
CAUTION: MOCKS THE GREAT COMMUNICATOR
THE CIRCUS HUMANS' DESERTION: by Wayan; 180K, 14 images, 1988/2/19, a holy dream.
I join a circus, but soon all the best carnies sail off to the Blessed Isles. The circus animals pitch in and carry on--clumsy, lonely. Then a herald arrives from the Isles--Donald Duck! He says...
E PLURIBUS UNUM: by Wayan; 1999. Digital painting of allegorical orgy
America isn't the Melting Pot. It's the Humping Pot...
CAUTION: THE BEAST WITH 300,000,000 BACKS
EAT THE MOON: by Wayan; 2013/9/4; a weird shamanic dream-poem
Lights on the moon! Future cities shine into the present. I must clean up the time-slip. But in shaman-space, the moon's a deer-skull in a tree! I take it down, pocket its jewel-eyes (the cities) and start stewing the moon. Since I'm Coyote, my cookery goes wrong...
ELF CIRCLE; 2011/3/19 by Wayan; a complex advisory dream.
After trespassing in a staff-only part of Faerie, I'm cast out. Only I'm cast like a seed, meant to grow a new elf circle...
EMISSARY: by Wayan; 2000/3/22, an astral dreamtale.
I signed a prenatal agreement for weird, uneven luck to turn my life toward art and spirit. I want to broaden it, but I've lost the contract! So my spirit wife Silky sets out to find it...
FLOATING: by Wayan; ink with acrylic wash 1982, digital tweaking 1997; sketch of daydream.
Hokusai's wild mad lines inspired me to draw myself his way, floating asleep on the astral sea...
CAUTION: NUDITY
GHOST GATOR: by Wayan; 1984/10/9, a lip-reading dream.
A child from another universe materializes--part way. Too bad we called in that expert from Stanford...
THE HACKER: by Wayan; 1993/11/23, a psychic nightmare.
Who's the demon? Mom, the Dragon, the Smiler, the Rubber Ax Murderer, the Doll Princess or the Tiger?...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE
HARE HEAVEN: by Wayan; 1998? Digital dream sketch.
I dreamed my friend Beryl's soul was a giant rabbit, arguing in paradise with our mutual guardian angel...
HOUSTON: by Wayan; 1992; automatic writing experiment.
A poster playing with superimposed messsages. How strangely the mind sorts out different layers!
HYDROGEN INITIATION: by Wayan; 1981/1/6, a shamanic nightmare.
I'm an initiate in a Sung Dynasty monastery. But I have no idea how far the hazing can go...
CAUTION: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME
IDI AMIN: by Ben Bamber; 2007/6/25, a possibly predictive dream
I was teaching a class on democracy in Africa when Idi Amin walked in. The crowd turned violent, but then...
IN THE STAR; 1988/9/12 by Wayan; an epic, out-of-body, intrastellar quest-dream
I tour the heart of a red supergiant, where dreaming souls explore their heart's desires unconstrained by matter...
CAUTION: SWEDENBORGIAN VISON PLUS NUDE UNICORNS AND LEMURS
“JUST A FEW MORE YEARS!”: by Wayan; 2008/1/2, a nightmare on the coming crash
I found myself defending humanity before an astral jury, begging them to delay the great die-back...
THE LIBRARY: dreamed between 1976 & 1982 by Audrey Niffenegger; an book-inspiring dream
I die. But then I find a door in my grandmother's pantry leading to a beautiful library where I'm no longer dead...
LITTLE NEMO: by Wayan; 2005/2/6; a little rant on the first dream-comic.
Windsor McCay's dream-comic "Little Nemo" is spectacular, but plotless and passive. Or is it? Dreamwork is gradual...
THE LOST RING: by Helen Fraser; 1924; an astral lost-and-found dream
A friend in Heaven promises Helen a lost ring would return to her. Three days later it did; but its path had been strange...
THE MIMI: by Robert Moss, 1955, a dream of another life
As a boy in Australia I briefly died on the operating table. I found myself living among the Mimi, spirits living in rocks. I grew up, grew old, died--and woke up nine years old again...
MYSTERY BETWEEN: by Wayan; 1980s, crayon and acrylic drawing on dreamnesia.
Okay, you got your heaven, and your earth, and between, you got...
OMELET BEACH: by Wayan; 2007/1/15, a dream on how things look through your third eye
An alien beach scene--as seen through eyes that see bodies’ energy fields more than surface forms...
OOPSPACE: by Wayan; Wayan; a daydream/tribute watercolor, 1999
The poet e.e. cummings drew a book of astral fairytales with watercolors that felt a bit like my dreams...
ORIOLE GIRL: by Wayan; 100K, 7 illus., 1992/1/23, a poem telling a psychic dream.
While conducting a census of fairies in Golden Gate Park, I fall in love with an abused oriole-angel, and we try to heal each other...
CAUTION: AWKWARD SEX
PASSIN' THROUGH: by Wayan; 1991, nondream digital picture
Painted to that country song by Leonard Cohen, where Adam, Jesus, Washington, and FDR are all interviewed in their darkest moments, and they all sing "We're only passin' thru..."
PASTLIFE MIDDEN: by Wayan; 1998/12/28, a past-life dream.
I bike deep into Time Hall, barging through security gates of amnesia, to climb the midden of the past...
PATCHEN'S ANGELS: by Wayan; 115K total, sometime in 2000, nondream crayon/digital drawings.
I always liked the little creatures in picture-poet Kenneth Patchen's wild collage-pages...
PATH: by Wayan; 57K; dream figures (1989/10/12) invade a waking landscape.
My art teacher said "Draw a spiritual experience." I did, but that night, I dreamed of sharp-toothed...
CAUTION: TOPLESS MEDITATION.
PRISONS AND STRIPES: by Emily Joy; 2007/10/4, a lucid dream.
In a museum full of spacetime-bubbles holding lost souls, the museum-goers are as weird as the exhibits...
QUOD VITAE: by Rene Descartes; 1619/11/11, three mystical dreams.
In one night Descartes had three dreams convincing him he had to change the course of his life...
RECONCILIATION: by Martha Sherwood; 2003/6/19, a dream-parable
Even after the Resurrection, a mother and daughter still have issues to clean up...
RING OF WHITE WATER: by Wayan; 1983/1/30, an epic astral dream.
I'm a raft guide on a circular river that may just be reincarnation. One of my tour group jumps ship: she's scared of the white water of rocky relationships ahead...
CAUTION: METAPHYSICS, SEX, WEAK SOULS...
THE SILVER CORD: by Wayan, 1993; digital poster of dreamwork advice..
An astral travel advisory. You'll fly better, if (before you leave your body) you...
SOCK PUPPETS OF THE GODS: by Dee and Wayan; 100K, 1994/4/14. Parallel shamanic dreams!.
A dance classmate asks a bizarre question that haunts me. That night I dream I'm suicidal--nearly kill myself. Then I'm shown the flow of human development--the same pattern, from souls to civilizations! Eddies and knots recur, but each time, the challenges get more spiritual. I wake up stunned. Then I learn what a shaman I know just dreamed--and now I'm unsure whose dream this is.
CAUTION: IDEAS
THE STYGIAN SENTINELS: by SAO (Shawn Allen O'Neal); 1970s, a recurring astral dream.
The couple guarding the bridge over the River Styx, the Crocodile King and the Geisha Queen, rarely seemed to agree...
TAROT: THE SMORGASBORD OF LIFE: by Wayan; 42K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
You get to fill one tray. Guns sex jewels pot hamburgers TV boredom God power thrills love? Choose!
THIEU, I'M SORRY: by Wayan, 1997/11/1, a troubling dreamtale.
Visiting Time City, I witness the "suicide" of a woman named Thieu but suspect it was really assassination...
CAUTION: SUICIDE? MURDER?

UNICORN TAG: by Wayan; 850K total, a set of illustrated dreams, 1986. Linked, but most can be read alone.
Animal teachers, mostly equine, drag me (as I scream NO!) beyond plain dreamwork into shamanism...
Chapter 1: The Deer Party: by Wayan; 150K, 6 illus.
Chapter 2: Ariane's Honeymoon: by Wayan; 8K
Chapter 3: The Everest Marathon: by Wayan; 1 illus.
Chapter 4: Who'll Be My Love?: by Wayan; 100K, 4 illus.
Chapter 5: Dreamrider: by Wayan; 7K, a nondream interlude
Chapter 6: Half Shaman, Half Statesman: by Wayan; 170K, 4 illus.
Chapter 7: Eight To A Horn: by Wayan; 2 illus.
Chapter 8: Black Magic: by Wayan, 7 illus.
Chapter 9: Misfits On Mars: by Wayan; 300K, 7 illus.
VERTICAL PLANES: by Wayan; 1990/3/7, an astral pirate dream.
We're air pirates running a music shop, till our biplanes are hijacked by cat angels! Furious, we set out...
WHY ARE WE AFRAID TO DIE?: by Hopper; summer 2008, an astral-interview dream.
I meet a ghost girl and ask her about death. I figure she knows first-hand. And she tells me...
ZYGOTE: by Wayan; 1999, a comic astral vision.
It's true: after death, angels advise you where to go next. But what if you get an over-eager travel agent?



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