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Blindness and Delusion

Dreams of blindness, illusion, and delusion... Most of them are symbolic, so you'll find a lot of dreams of warning--though I was surprised how much humor there was in this batch too. A few are about literal blindness; Eye and I is on colorblindness. RELATED TOPICS: mistakes - truth and lies - disability and deformity - trust - vision and visualization - new! invisibility dreams - See also the full INDEX OF SUBJECTS.

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ADRIAN TRIED: by Wayan, 1991/3/12, an embarrassing dream.
Adrian and Jennifer and Michelle try very very hard to get my attention, but I'm a bit oblivious...
CAUTION: SEXUAL STUPIDITY
AIRACUDA: by Wayan; 2008/9/9, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #25
The jeweled fish over San Francisco grew and grew until it landed and they spoke the secret code to me...
AMPLIFIER: by Alder; 1999/11/13, a dream on self-underestimation
I was always the weakest magic-worker I knew. But when demons threatened my grandchild...
ANCIENT MARE-KIN GRAVEYARD: by Wayan; 2008/9/1, a dreamsong (MP3+lyrics), Dreamverse #18
I'm a ghost watching future archeologists dig up a site of my people--and get it so wrong...
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?
BLIND ANCESTORS: by Wayan; 2007/8/6, a nightmare poem about all of us
While we’re off at work, blind Ancestors come smash our homes--and we all take zombie vandal relatives for granted...
BLIND TO THE CUES: by Wayan; 1996/10/2, a dream of blinders.
A sexy pool-playing friend in a short skirt leans over an invisible, virtual-reality pooltable, but I'm blind to...
CAUTION: EXHIBITIONISM, TRULY CLUELESS GUY
BUT AS YESTERDAY by Nancy Price; 1948, a dream of being sacrificed
Our gods demand sacrifices. I let Mother mutilate me so I'd be unfit. But the priests turn out to be blind...
CAUTION: YOU CAN FEEL PAIN IN DREAMS
DANCE OF THE ENIGMAS: by Brian Harp; 2000, a dream of a sphinx-riddle
She asked me "What, plus a teaspoon of knowledge and a teaspoon of wisdom, makes three teaspoons of nothing?"
DEAF TO MY SIGNS: by Wayan; 1997/6/17, a wise frustration dreamtale.
Watching a slideshow, in a room of deaf women, I find no one can hear me in either English or Sign...
A DIFFICULT PATH: by Anna Kingsford; 1877/11/3, an advisory dream.
I lead my daughter up a thorny path, but she’s getting badly scratched. Shall I leave her in that fishing village? She wants to...
DREAM CLARITY, or, the Field of Psychotherapy: by Wayan; 1996/11/27, a dream on dreams
While we're making crop-circles in the field of psychotherapy, my hypnotist and I start to argue...
DREAMS IN WAR TIME: by Amy Lowell; c. 1917, a chain of seven small dream-poems
Terse dreamlets quietly catch World War I's effect on civilians far behind the front. Who died in the trenches? Faith...
EASTER HEALING: by "Clairity"; 2008/03/23, a joyful lucid dream
I will a clay cat to come to life, then start healing real cats and dogs and...
EBON EBON THALUD: by Samuel Coleridge; 1800/11/28, a nightmare struggle leaving physical traces.
Ebon Ebon Thalud, a woman blended with darkness, tries to gouge out my right eye. I wake screaming. My right eyelid is swollen...
THE EYE by Nancy Price; 1948, a nightmare of resisting torture
A staring Eye tries to break me, though his birds rebel in sympathy. But the cats and robots flay me. Yet I refuse to die...
EYE AND I by Wayan; 1999/11/15, a drawing that shifts me into a new way of seeing
I met a colorblind artist with an amazing grayscale sense. He inspire me to draw a huge eye full of abstract shapes in gray, trying to see his way...
EYEBOLT: by Wayan; 2005/10/1, a squeamish dream
I'm on a train in Britain, sitting across from a respectable-looking woman with a large bolt sticking in her eye...
FALLING UP: by Wayan; 1984/2/23, an unflying dream
My girlfriend meets my parents. We fly up to sleep under eaves like swallows. "But what if we roll off, will we fall up into the storm, into space?" Hm. Is my girlfriend's REAL fear... something else?
FIGURE AND FIELD: by Wayan; May 1990, a poem on the dark side of a human ability
We see patterns everywhere... but that also means we relegate nonpatterns to the background...
THE FINAL TEST: by Wayan; 1994/11/11, a reassuring nightmare.
A Star Trek future. Our experimental ship is hijacked, with us aboard...
MY FLUORESCENT WORLD: by Wayan; 1997/8/16, a psychedelic dream.
I always thought I saw differently than others, but when someone builds the Goggles...
FOUR EYES!: by Wayan; 1984/5/28, a metaphoric dreamlet.
I started life as twins, but slowly we fused. I still have four eyes, though. Then, one day...
FREE THE HICK? A Dream Left Hanging: by Wayan; 1999/9/15, a frustrating dream.
Our team acquires unnoticeability, and sets out to free the Hick from the Submerged Court. But is that wise?
THE FURNITURE: by Wayan; 1989/2/17, a physics dream.
My sister Althea meditates. With her aura quiet, I mistake her for furniture! That blind to the physical...
GABORS: by Jack Kerouac, late Jan. 1954, a dream of celebrity delusion
Starlets Zaza and Eva Gabor grow old shopping, smiling, covering their fears, until...
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
MY GLASS BODY: by Wayan; 1993/9/16, a dream on sensitivity.
After I visit the Glass People, a young glass wizard stalks me home to the Meat World, and says...
GOD'S THREE DIALS: by Wayan; 1992/11/20, a heavenly dream.
God built 3 dials to check: body, soul, and time. But the Holy Spirit's lazy, only checks one! It's up to us...
A GOLDEN KEY IN A CHEAP LIGHT: by Wayan; 1996/7/9, a subtle dream lesson
I was so lonely the potheads on Haight looked good. I dreamed I had the Golden Key, but under a cheap sodium streetlamp, ALL my keys looked gold! Then I met true gold: a woman meditating until she shone...
CAUTION: NUDITY, HAIGHT STREET STONERS
GORDO'S EYES: by Wayan; 1981/2/14, a dream warning.
The old cartoon character Gordo has another girlfriend. But his pets say he only loves the hunt, not her...
GOTTA BE ME, OR...: by Wayan; 1989/9/5, a dream fable.
A friend tells me her sex fantasies. We try playing the roles, but not being ourselves has a weird side-effect...
CAUTION: SEX GAMES
GRAVE: by Wayan; 1999, a poem of everyday life, if this is your everyday life.
So I looked out my window and saw this guy burying a tiny robed woman in a trench in the street...
GROUNDHOG DAY: by Wayan; 1994/9/2, a dream-comic (or text with pix)
James Hillman is the first psychologist on the moon! He sees a shadow and panics like a groundhog. Not his shadow, but MINE...
THE GUARDIAN ANGEL COURSE: by Wayan; 1984/9/29, a long-term predictive dream
I get bored with crime, so I take a course in finding my Guardian Angel. But my test results are strange...
CAUTION: WEIRD ANGELS
HALF-HEARTED GHOST: by Wayan; 1994/9/28, a dream on the cruelty of shyness.
I go invisible in my dance class and hear what the girls I like have to say about me. Uh-oh...
CAUTION: PAINFUL RELATIONSHIP TRUTHS
HERE COMES A CHOPPER: by Wayan; 1983/6/20, an absurd nightmare on families and denial
The helicopter over our family home dipped too low. CRASH! Burning rotors in the living room. I call 9-1-1, but the pilot scolds me! "Calling over a little explosion like this!"...
HIT ROCK: by Wayan; 1995-98. Digital picture challenging a dream.
I dreamed I blinded myself because mere appearances lead to racism and sexism. Only the blind know truth...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
HOMEBOUND: by Sunshine; 2015/3/21, a dream posing an ethical dilemma
Elves are ensorceling people to nurture trees--doors back to Faerie. But are they spies or just lost? Should we fight or let them go?
CAUTION: GUNFIGHT, MIND CONTROL
THE HOMONKEYLUS: by Wayan; 1992/6/15, a looping dream about blinders.
A smiling beauty queen on a float gives birth to a monkey with blinders, then re-absorbs the baby, then...
CAUTION: NUDITY AND ODDITY
ILLUSIONISTS DON'T RULE: by Wayan; 1996/8/26, a dream on the strength of logic.
I read 'The Closing of the American Mind," and dream I'm a pilot who suspects an illusionist in my plane...
INVISIBLE KYOKO: by Wayan; 1995/1/16, a dream on bold and shy.
I'm at a party in an air-lake. We fish for a girl who's gone invisible. But... what if we catch her?
THE INVISIBLE SULKY: by Wayan; 1995/9/20, a dream on resistance.
I feel a drag, and take off my safety belt. I find I've been towing an invisible buggy with two men in it...
JUNG'S DENIAL: by Wayan; 1994/12/16, a journal extract on Jung.
Jung's dreams and interpretations show he's a thing-guy not a people-guy. All that architecture!...
LUCID GIRDERS: by Wayan; 1993/8/18, an illustrated dream about dreaming.
Stayed up late, painting foreshortening. Then I saw a scene in color, motion, 3D, and knew I had to be dreaming: I was visualizing too clearly, THINKING too clearly, to be awake...
CAUTION: NUDITY
MARTHA'S FALL: by Barbara, Martha, and Wayan; 1977/5/18. Three linked warning, sex, and flying dreams
Wayan makes love to Martha's double, then sees her soul watching from the shadows...
Barbara can't reach Wayan to say farewell...
Martha falls off a mountain and decides to let herself die, just to see what happens...
CAUTION: SEX, ABUSE ISSUES
MIND OF A MURDERER: by Mary Arnold-Forster; between 1910 & 1920, a dream on self-justification
I sink into a book on a murderer who rationalizes away all guilt, but pull out thinking "How morbid!"...
THE MUSTACHE PRAYER: by Wayan; 1983/9/11, a dream on wishes' limits.
I help a mutant boy find others like him, and learn why some prayers are ungrantable...
ONE-EYED BOY: by Roswila; 2009/4/5, a dreamku on the limits of desire
You'd think his Christmas wish would be "a new eye"; well it was, in a way...
OTTERS DON'T FAKE: by Wayan; 1989/10/15, a sex dream that's not about sex at all.
I'm scared to show my dream-paintings to my art class. That night I find an large otter in my bed...
CAUTION: SEX
PIG YOYO: by Wayan; 1987/11/21, a dream on how to end self-torture.
A hog is tied so it bounces in a fountain, and at the bottom of each bounce, a fork jabs it! How to free the pig yoyo?
CAUTION: PAIN
PIXY CONCUSSION: by Wayan; 200K, 2006/3/25, six images; a diagnostic sex dream?
Janet's obsessed with a creepy guy, until her friend Kay--a pixy--decides to knock some sense into her cunt...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, EMBARRASSING SITUATION, NASTY LOVE SPELL
THE PROWLER: by Wayan; 1997/2/4, an illustrated dreamtale.
My sister hears a prowler. I go out blind in the dark, and learn she's right. But what a strange intruder!
HIS RACIST SON: by Wayan; 1994/1/8, an incubated dream offering two diagnoses
Suddenly I hate and fear black kids in school! The counselor says I'm clinically paranoid: I need drugs! My dad says "How strange, how sad." And goes home to light a candle at his shrine to the Confederacy...
CAUTION: INDUCED RACISM
RECURRING SCHOOL NIGHTMARE: by Julie Doucet; July 1995, a dream of... oh, read the title!
Trapped in elementary school, Julie is forced to study the alphabet until she declares "I'm a professional cartoonist, goddammit!"...
REVELATION: by Anna Kingsford; 1885/11/27, a prophetic, almost messianic, dream.
Dreams and other revelations shouldn't be dissected--they need to be reveiled, not revealed...
CAUTION: INTENSE MYSTICISM
SHADOW PUZZLE: THE LORD AND HIS SERVANT: by Wayan; 1984/5/23, a reflective dream.
A puzzle-game of eyes and mirrors and shadows starts revealing the players' deepest secrets...
SPOON CHALLENGE: by Emily Joy; 2006/8/30, a mathemagical dreamlet.
I want to drink the elixir, but negative twenty spoons block me! Can I remove them? With warped teacup logic and reciprocals…
STAY GROUNDED!: by Wayan; 1988/2/27, an unexpectedly grounded dream.
I'm playing poker with a dragon. But we barely dare move: we're both crackling with thousands of volts...
STEPHANIE GODOT: by Wayan; 1994/12/14, a waking comedy of two dreamworkers.
My unconscious sabotages a lunch date with my friend Stephanie. The tricks get weirder, till...
STRYCHNINE FORGIVENESS: by Wayan; 2008/3/31, a diagnostic nightmare
I meet a woman on an oxcart who's sure we all want to poison her--but that's made her forgiving, even noble...
CAUTION: MADNESS
TAKE UP YOUR PENN; Dreamed 2015/12/18 by John Wallace; a sly dream
Illusionist Penn Jillette pulls a large-scale prank with an ending not even I see coming...
TEN CHAMBERS: by Ben Bamber; Jan. 2000, a dream on free will vs. predestination
I was flying through a huge space habitat with ten chambers and thousands of people unaware they were caged...
THYROID: by Marc Ian Barasch, c. 1985; a set of life-saving diagnostic nightmares
In 1985 I was flooded with nightmares about heads and necks. They had an unparalleled intensity...
TITANIA: by Wayan; 1981/12/7, 83/1/7 & 2/13 and 84/10/2 (a dream-epic in installments!) about love
Clarence the sappy angel from IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, and Milton's Lucifer, noblest Devil of them all, land on Earth, offering treaties. Who to sign with? Clarence thinks we're perfect, and the Devil's a tinkerer, learning from failures. Failures like me, and my girlfriend Titania, the first android with a full range of feelings. Too bad one is the feeling she's fake...
THE TOWN THIEF FEELS CHEATED: by Wayan; 1993/7/27, a dreamtale.
Long ago he cut a deal with the cops. But town's grown, and one victim fights back. Our thief is outraged...
UNCERTAIN ONEIROMANCY: by Denise Levertov; 1993? a dream poem
I led a blind man through a vast art museum underground. But focused on guiding him, I too was blind to the beauty...
THE UNICORN MASK OF IGNORABILITY: by Wayan; 2009/10/13, a dream poem with sketch; Dreamverse #59
My family home's invaded by ancient Egyptian architects. So I put on my unicorn mask and eavesdrop on their plans...
UNICORN: "STILL HERE!": by Wayan; 1994? 3x5", felt pen sketch.
The 80s were rough on unicorns, but now that they're passé again, they can get back to work...
UNKNOWING: by Wayan, 640 x 480, 1995. Digital picture of a nondream delusion.
"I believe, O lord/ Help thou mine unbelief"--as a kid I thought this meant "God, keep me skeptical"...
A VALLEY NEAR HOPE: by Wayan; 1984/10/17-19, an epic dream.
I'm lost in a valley where unicorns love cyborgs but fear giant ants, who adore unicorns but hate cyborgs, who think ants are cute, but dread unicorns! And while the Three Tribes love and hate, cave-monsters sculpt them all. I set up peace talks between these four vertices of my tetrahedral soul, but what if I get what I want? Peace, love... transformation? What if those aren't cute and New Age?
CAUTION: SWEARING, DRUNK LIONS, CYBORG SURGERY, AND GOGGLE-BARFING
VOW, CHOP, DOOR: by Wayan; 1997/1/26, a psychic dreamtale.
I make a weird vow--while I absent-mindedly slice up other people's cars! The next day...
CAUTION: DREAM VANDALISM
WATERCATS: by Wayan; 170K, 1987/9/10; a psychic dream of another life.
I'm a biologist who finds an 'extinct' species in a slum. But the survivors speak: they tell me I'm one of them, just hypnotized to think I'm human... And when I wake, another kind of cultural hypnosis is exposed:
WASTE: by Wayan; 100K, 1990/5/15, a desert singles poem, 11 images.
A road trip through New Mexico mutates into a tour of my relationship disasters...
"WHAT SHARKS?": by Wayan; 1990/4/22, a dream of multiple viewpoints.
A cowgirl is driving us in circles round the dusty parking lot, fleeing the air-sharks... or is she?
A WISE WRITER PROTECTS HER EYES: by Wayan; 1998/8/19, an advisory dreamtale.
A writer I meet either starts flirting with me obscenely, or advising me about eyecare, or... both?
CAUTION: EXHIBITIONISM
THE WOODRING LAYER: by Wayan; 2008/7/7. A dream questioning art's job.
I see great towers rising into a fog zone--or is it another universe, with different rules? How do you draw both worlds?
WORD AND DEED: by Wayan; 1989/8/1, a embarrassing dream fable.
In bed with my sister and Emmanuelle of the sex films, I learn a little something about denial...
CAUTION: SEX, INCEST, INSIGHTS
THE WORLD'S FAIR: by Wayan; 1983/3/18, an illustrated dream fable.
The same night I learn of the Kerouac Tree, a wise old man shows me the world's fair. Not the event...


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