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Dreams about self-denial, austerity, asceticism, monasticism, and voluntary simplicity. In short, common sense and respect for the planet. If not taken too far... and some dreams, like some lives, take it very far indeed...

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AROO'S ENGINEERS: by Wayan; 1984/11/9-10, a Hawaiian dream epic.
The Engineers make Eden logical. But the blimps go blind, and a demon gets published. Can I escape the hell they've made?
BELT-SNAKE MYOPIA: by Wayan; 1983/12/25, a dream of innocent sabotage.
A shy woman's belt slowly comes alive, but like most snakes, it has weak eyes. Would glasses help?...
BITTER JADE: by Wayan, 1983/4/8, a dream on change.
Why's Jade the bitter artist throw me at her happier, calmer daughter? Wait, is Jamie the new ME?
CAUTION: SEX
THE BLAMMOR: by Wayan; 1984/4/20, 4 linked private-eye dreams.
I'm a Fast-Food Detective tracking a kidnapper-sorceress. Castles, monsters, magic carpets... and unexpected love.
CAUTION: SEX
BUFFALO PERSON: by Plenty Coups, summer 1857; a child's time-traveling, tribe-saving dream
I was led into the future, where all the buffalo disappeared, to meet a frail old man by a ranch house...
CHEAPSHIP!: by Wayan; 1996/8/6, a nightmare on my own stinginess.
I'm a crewman on a ship that's falling apart, and I do mean that literally...
CUT-RATE TREATMENT: by Wayan; 1993/8/10, a tale half-dreamed, half-lived.
That day, I met a wildly neurotic therapist; that night, I met a woman forced to get discount ob/gyn exams from her stingy husband's doctor buddy... can you say "boundary violation?"
CAUTION: SEXUAL HUMILIATION
ENCHANTED GLASS; before 1983, by Charles Gullans, a long philosophical poem on a recurring nightmare of shapeshifters
Their bodies shift, and alter. Antlers sprout upon their heads. They are men from whom much has been taken, and to whom something so terrible is grafted...
CAUTION: RAMPANT PHILOSOPHY, HUMAN SUPREMACISM
ETNA-SHASTA, or, GROOM YOUR OWN FEATHERS: by Wayan; 2008/9/18, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #28
On a volcano's rim, watching the lava fountains, I interview a huge blue alien bird who never planned to be a monk...
GANDHI RUNS: by Wayan; 1997/8/1, a fusion dream.
Gandhi and I must run barefoot across a burning racetrack miles wide... the Ascetic Desert?
GIGANTIC SAND MOUNTAINS: by Jack Kerouac, early Sept. 1953, a dream of work vs seeking happiness
Perched on a huge sandpile by the train track, I wrote. Then met a narcissistic hipster chasing happiness and sex. But this globe's austere & full of hurt...
GLASS GAME: by Wayan; 1985/9/23, a nightmare.
A swimming pool game with color-sorted broken glass. It's social, it's fun! The whole family can play!
CAUTION: BLOODY IDIOTS
HARD DISK POND: by Wayan; 1989/8/27, a dream of art as a door.
We build a huge hard disk that's a virtual pond--a gate to other worlds! But not for reptile brains...
HERMIT IN THE PIPE: by Wayan; 1999/5/2, a dream of the end.
I'm a holy man sneaking into a sewerpipe at the beach, to pop anxiety pills in shame. Do they even work?
CAUTION: CHEMICAL CRUTCHES
HILLBILLY ECO-REVOLT: by Wayan; 1985/6/12, a diagnostic eco-dream.
A poor planet with one city. Urban technocrats and hick ecologists have conflicting development models...
CAUTION: TOO REAL TO BE FUN
IS SOLITUDE HOLY?: by Wayan; 1998; a watercolor on dreamwork's isolation.
When I compare Julia Butterfly up her tree with those hermits who sat atop columns in the desert...
THE KEYRING OF ATTACHMENTS: by Wayan; 1974/5/31, a dream gone too far.
Swayed by sinister surgeons, I go all Buddhist and give up my attachments, including various organs...
CAUTION: DIVESTABLE GENITALIA
MAYAN DOOR: by Wayan; 2008/3/21, a character-evaluation dream.
The Mayan cave was a door between worlds. But also a model of the character you need to walk through that door...
THE MONK STRUCK BY VISION: by Wayan; late 1979 or early 1980, sketch of visionary stress.
I sympathize with visionaries whose gift is so urgent and extreme, most would call it illness...
MOTHER SUPERIOR: by Wayan; 1999/2/18, a nightmare with psychic tinges.
A creepy visit to the Leather Nuns: as fierce as Beorn in The Hobbit, but less hospitable...
ON BEING NEEDY/NEEDED: by Roswila; February 2002, a dream-poem
In her kitchen she offers me shortcake. She's short herself, for she gives her all to everyone--only a bodiless head is left...
OVERWHELMED YOSEMITE DAD: by Wayan; 1998/9/25, a warning dream.
Mom's gone, and our writer/bohemian dad's caring for us alone, now. He's barely coping. And he's me...
PLANETOCOPIA: by Wayan; 2006/6/3, an annex to the Dreambank with 19 nondream imaginary worlds. A mix of sculpture, drawings, travel writing... science and art.
Alternate Earths, possible futures, and pure experiments in planetology, biology, sociology. Most of them teem with intelligent creatures--alien Edens!
CAUTION: ANARCHISM, NUDITY, COMMIES, EVOLUTION
POLTERGEIST: by Wayan; 1983/11/17, a comic surreal dream.
A living camera edits us all: the dappled hawk-man, the slutty candidate, the blue businessmen who give such bad advice when you pull the thorns from their feet. And my sweet sad hell-hound...
REGEANA’S DRAGON: by Regeana; 1996/3/9, a dream of generosity
The jewels in the hoard had strange powers, but the advice of the dragon guarding them was even stranger...
SAINT BRIDGET: by Jenny Badger Sultan; between 1963-68, a dream on adversity's uses.
In a Scythian church, a painting says "Little St Bridget was bound so hard that when they released her she flew"...
SHEEP IN THE SKY: by Myoe Shonin; c.1220/9/20, a dream of strange advice.
A strange thing appeared in the sky. It kept transforming--a light, a sheep, a man. It advised me to stop burning my head...
SHOWERED WITH WISHES: by Zooop; 2007/3/12, a dream that enough is enough
I took my cellphone into the shower. I couldn’t find the shampoo, and idly typed SHAMPOO in, and...
CAUTION: NOW YOU KNOW WHO STOLE YOUR ODD SOCKS
SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE? PLEASE, MISTRESS, NO!: by Wayan; 1981/7/18, a meditation on meditation.
A rant on over-disciplined Americans (NOT under; we just think we are) taking up spiritual disciplines...
TAROT: RENUNCIATION (8 of cups): by Wayan; 41K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Giving up a wall of material treasure for the moonlit path...
TAROT: THE ANOREXIC DANCER: by Wayan; 30K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card of excessive self-denial, whether compulsive or artistic or spiritual...
THARN: by Wayan; 8.3MB (45 p, 200+ ill.), 2006, a nondream virtual world: maps, photos, portraits, tours
Tour a rugged, spectacular moon with air and water in deep canyons sheltering a dozen intelligent species
CAUTION: ANARCHISM, NUDITY, SCIENCE
THE TRAIN ON TIME CAFE: by Wayan, 1981/12/20, an epic political dream.
Silicon Valley goes enthusiastically fascist. I hide in a berry patch. They build a shining world, and then...
WERE-TROUT: by Wayan; 1997/8/2, a dating-advisory dream.
I'm a one-legged hopping hermit in the ruins of LA, and my only hope for love is to conjure a girl from a...
WHEN THE SPIRIT MOVES YOU: by Wayan; 1996/5/1, an alternate-world dream.
An empire of creatures who go into seasonal heat has affected its human neighbors--or bred a new type...
WISH-RATIONED EARTH: by Wayan; 2015/6/19; an advisory dream on...miracles?
I'm stranded on an alternate Earth under strict rationing--of wishes! Yet you need to wish a little to keep the system greased...
CAUTION: INSULTS BOTH CAPITALISM AND ASCETICISM
WONDERFUL SPECTACLES: by Anna Kingsford; 1877/1/31, a clairvoyant advisory dreamlet with a time-twist
A mystic postman delivers a letter on the world's best glasses and a reply in my own hand, telling how to find and clean them...
THE WORK OF POWER: by Anna Kingsford; Dec. 1880, a wildly uncompromising dream-sermon
A dream telling how to acquire mystic power: no sex, meat, alcohol, or cooked food; just meditate in rural solitude...
CAUTION: EXTREMISM
WORKIN' FOR PEANUTS: by Wayan; 1990/12/11, a crude but perceptive dream.
I'm an elephant working in a diner. In the bathroom, I inadvertently summon the Genie of the Urinal...
CAUTION: PISSED PACHYDERM


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