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Dreaming Personified

Dreams about dreaming itself, personified or made concrete, as Death, Fate and Time are personified in many mythologies. Such dreams are surprisingly common if you do a lot of dreamwork. In a few cases it's even the dreamer who becomes Dreaming, as in The Ambassador Pro Tem of Dreams or The Arrival.
Also here: some dreams personifying the undreaming mind from the viewpoint of dreams--and these portraits aren't always flattering!

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ACORN AND PELT: by Wayan; 1983/7/19, a simple sex dream growing to a mystical extravaganza
I fall in love, defying dwarf-tossers and Toulouse-Lautrec, till I become a time-traveling bunny...
CAUTION: SEX, SIZE DISCRIMINATION AND SLANDER
AELFWINE: by Wayan; 1997/12/4, a dream on dreams.
I meet the Child who Dreams the World, go to a lucid-dreaming party, and find the Body under the Bed...
THE AIR BURUNDI PAINTINGS: by Wayan; 210K, 7 illus., 2007/1/20, a dream of art and courage
Weird paintings cover a hill town in Africa, demanding I paint them when I wake. Paintings on courage, flight... and defying tradition.
THE AMBASSADOR PRO TEM OF DREAMS: by Wayan; 1993/3/1, a dream about dreams.
The Ambassador of Dreams was moonlighting, so I had to fill in and explain things to the waking world...
AMERICAN TANKA: by Wayan; dreamed 1989/7/26, painting-poem-story on 30" disk, 1995.
I dreamed I circumnavigated the entire Buddhist wheel of existence in a single night...
ANARCHIST FAIR: by Wayan; 2005/4/5, a drastic dream-song, with chords
At an anarchist fair in San Francisco, a 13-year-old punkette genius sings some shocking advice to me...
THE ARRIVAL: by Elizabeth Gibbons, 2014; a spiritual dream about dreams
I'm a priestess from an island of women; I meet an angel who charges me to harvest all the dreams of the world...
BEETLE: by Daniel Quinn; spring 1941; a life-defining shamanic dream
A black beetle points out I'm not needed or at home in the human world, and insists my lifework is elsewhere...
BLACK PUPPETEER: by Anonymous #2; 1930s, an eerie dreamlet.
My friend F. was with a child in a garden, but every move the child made was controlled by a weird figure behind her...
Tarot: THE BUILDER: by Wayan; 1974/5/19, a Tarot card illustrating a dream.
I met a god. Unmistakably a god. The Builder, hard at work--making Utopia, by hand.
CARYATID SWEET, GUIDE SOUR: by Wayan, 1999/9/2, a dream about that crazy conscious.
My guide in India says the Third World's doomed, but a stone dancer in the ruins winks behind his back...
CAUTION: NAKED CARVINGS
CELEBRATE BOTH: by Henry Sultan, 2005/6/26, a painting that blends two dreams
At a snake-weaving party I flirt with my anima, who tells me how the cake fell off the roof. I think "At last we're really connecting!"...
CENTAUR BY SARTRE: by Wayan; 1989/3/28; an oracular dream
A sea-centaur explains why some dreams don't LIKE to surface to so-called consciousness...
CAUTION: WET T-SHIRT, EXISTENTIALISTS, HARPOONS
CENTAURPEDE: by Wayan; a bizarre 1983/3/15 dream predicts a bizarre art job in 2002!
Like a long molecule floating in darkness, this dream creature could loop and link to itself...
CAUTION: EQUINE NUDITY, LANGUAGE
CHART THE GROWTH: by Brenda Ferrimani; 2004, painting of an incubated, oracular dream
I asked my dreams "What's my truest purpose?" I dreamed my body was a tree, and a voice said "Chart the growth"...
THE CIRCUS HUMANS' DESERTION: by Wayan; 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...
CRITTERS IN THE RIFT: by Wayan; 2013/7/18, a weird dream job
I'm the receptionist for a research group of small animals who sniff out the answer to any question in an Icelandic rift...
DEER-MAN DANCING: by "Cmmndrblu"; early 2006, a shamanic dream triggers a dream-within-a-dream at least six layers deep!
First I met a deer-man in the woods. Next week I go lucid, then wake up... only to find I'm still dreaming. And wake again. And wake, and wake...
DINAH'S ADVICE: by Wayan; 2007/1/14, a false-waking advisory frustration dream
I struggle to write down a bizarre dream clearly and simply, but both pens and paper have mutated. Then a child prodigy explains "dreams don't always want to be linear"...
DREAM-TAN: by Madellyne Waugh; late April 2010, a digital, institutional avatar
I've been drawing a personification of the World Dream Bank. Nerdy, but most of your readers are nerds...
THE EDUCATION OF A DREAM: by Wayan; 1998/7/7, a dream on dreams.
A young, naive, ethereal dream gets an Animus to guide her through the crazy material plane...
CAUTION: GRATUITOUS WILLIAM SHATNER
THE ENCHANTED WOMAN: by Anna Kingsford; Feb. 1877, an epic prehistoric dream.
Goaded by a green spirit of envy, an Ice Age sorceror kidnaps Adam's Eve, with alarming results for human evolution...
EXPERIMENT WITH TIME by Nancy Price; 1948, a shamanic-initiation dream declined?
I meet a girl who's 16 and 61, who tells me dreams are lives, not messages. But then I must fly over a sinister parade...
FOUR-ARMED SINGER: by Wayan; 1996/5/16; a dream of baring your soul .
In our mutant future, a lovely horse-tailed four-armed girl sings her heart out--as clubgoers ignore her...
CAUTION: NUDE CABARET
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...
FOX-MOTHER: by Wayan; 2008/8/12, a dream poem; Dreamverse #2.
The goddess of the Cult of Clutter catches a little thief, and tastes her to see if she's worthy...
GERMAN AT THE DOOR: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2009/7/19; a dreampainting from the Box of Dreams
A hulking, intimidating young man is at my door, with two scary dogs. Wait, is that Carl Jung?...
THE GODDESS OF WYRE: by Edwin Muir; c.1920, a dream of soul-rebirth
After 25 years I land on my native island of Wyre, to touch an ancient clay figurine, who grows young and wakes...
GOLD EGG: by James Russell Lowell: 1850s? a dream-poem
I dreamt of a couple who toss out a shabby hen that lays golden eggs. She becomes an eagle and carries me off to...
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...
HER GESTURED ROUTE: by Wayan; 1984/6/16, a dream poem.
How's it feel to be an anima off the job? Is it lonely, when no one even believes you're a real person?
HERON HAREM: by Wayan; 1981/6/14, a dream with a moral.
I'm a heron working in the Civil Service. I want to blow the whistle, but then how would I support my...
CAUTION: BIRD-SLAVERY?
ID FLOWERS: by Wayan; 1989/10/8, a dream of wish and fear
The villagers warned me not to walk in the alien graveyard; for at night, the Id flowers wake...
IN IO: by Wayan, 1981/8/7, a wild otherworldly dream with 3 illustrations.
I live on Io. It's nicer than its photos. At least inside, where the oceans are--where I grow a second head...
INK MOUNTAIN: by Wayan; 1992/8/5, a tutelary dreamtale.
A Himalayan peak boils with warring creatures, but a guru says "They're just your conflicts. Sit, watch..."
THE INVESTOR DREAMS A WOLF: by Wayan; 1983/10/30, a dream poem.
My dream characters aged and tamed until they sit in a genteel Victorian flat. Then a wolf rappels in...
THE IRRATIONALITY OF DREAMS: by Wayan; 1989/12/31, a New Year's dream.
On TV, the first Jungian anima to leave the unconscious is granting an interview. But the questions are...
KING KONG CRAB: by Wayan; 2008/9/20, a dream poem; Dreamverse #29
One wizardry-classmate summons strange beings; another's learned how not to. Some things should be avoided at rush hour...
LACED WITH TERROR: by Wayan; 1999/5/3, an anti-nightmare.
Researchers show me weird little objects like shoelaces that drive people mad with fear...
LAPUTANS LECTURE BROBDINGNAG: by Wayan; 2014/10/1; a dream that resents being patronized by the waking mind
We ride on a flying saucer made of stone. Atop the great cliffs, we meet a giant and advise him not to slip. He doesn't like advice from little alien tourists...
THE LIMIT OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE: by Wayan; 1974/3/13, a dream of madness.
Deep in the caves, a Voice announces I've gone as far as the human mind can stand. But ahead, I see...
THE LITERAL EMPIRE: by Wayan; 1997/11/17, a dream on flexibility.
I join the alliance against humorless humanoids who are invading funny-animal planets...
LITTLE NEMO'S BED: by Winsor McCay; c. 1906, a famous if probably fictional dream icon
Little Nemo's bed gets restless and takes him for a wild ride through town and up onto roofs...
MAELEN AND ME: by Wayan; 1972/5/1, a transmigrational dream.
I'm a psychic circus animal who's just managed to teleport my humanoid girlfriend. It's for our act, but...
CAUTION: PETTING
NIGHTMARE'S EAGER: by Wayan; 1999/4/6, a short dream about dreams.
I meet a Nightmare in heat who wants me. A human girl by me says I'll catch an equine sex-disease...
CAUTION: SEX TALK
A PILGRIM DREAMING: by Denise Levertov; 1977? a dream poem
A man I loved goes into the Jungian depths, but when his anima appears in the mirror-pool, his nerve fails...
PONYBOY: by Wayan; 1982/12/9, a dream about the control room of dreams.
The child who runs with wild horses finds the secret spy-room of dreams! But no one's watching...
PUFF TIDE: by Wayan; 1993/5/1, a nightmare on indulging rage and tears; 8 illus.
I'm swept off sea-rocks, as my scaly guardian watches calmly--letting me drown in the tears I shed...
CAUTION: DROWNING
THE RAINBOW SLEEPER: by Wayan; 107K, 2000/9/20, sculpture of a dream ABOUT a sculpture.
In Rainbow Food Co-op, a huge statue of a sleeping woman emerged from the floor, shedding shoppers...
REFLECTIONS IN THE POOL: by Wayan; 184K total, 2 panoramas; a 1994/7/2 dream.
Night. A mirror-maze of contradictory preachings. But in the secret mermaid pool, I find love.
Then... sphinx-angels war in the air! A war of riddles. Can I, a batwinged devil, make peace?
CAUTION: SEX, NUDITY, MEAN ANGELS, AND ONE HAPPY DEVIL
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...
THE RULES OF THE GAME: by Wayan; 1992/11/30, a Gestaltish dream.
The Inner Theater. I'm duelling someone who keeps changing the rules. But so can I... can we make a deal?
RUM JUNGLE: by Wayan; 1997? digital; map of the dreamworld.
Think of your dreams as a rainforest, clearcut every morning--unless you make the effort to remember...
CAUTION: TINY NAKED ANGELS
THE SOLE FISHER OF THE EIGHTH NODE: by Wayan; 1986/9/25, a prescriptive dream.
The pier jutting into the sea of dreams has an 8th chakra at the end, where a lonely woman fishes for, um, sole...
SOME THINGS ARE DARK: by Edna St Vincent Millay; 1948??, a poem narrated by Nightmare
Millay, suffering from nightmares, decides to speak from Nightmare's point of view...
STEVENSONíS BROWNIES: by Robert Louis Stevenson; 1850s-1880s, a series of dreams
Stevensonís dreams changed over decades: from childhood nightmares to creative allies dreaming whole stories...
SURRENDER TO THE WHITE BUFFALO: by Kathleen Sullivan, 1970s?; a nightmare turned shamanic
A gigantic herd of buffalo stampede toward me. I panic, then surrender in peace to what is surely my death...
TAHOE DRAGON: by Wayan; 1980/8/16. A dream of flight and fire.
A dragon killed a friend, and threatened worse. I had to fight. We dueled mid-air, over Lake Tahoe...
TRICERATOPS, or, THE GUY WHO SCRIPTS MY DREAMS:by Wayan, 1982/8/24; a dream about dreaming!
Dropped into a horror movie, I get to meet the triceratops-headed monster who scripts all my nightmares. But I might have more control than I think...
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...
WHAT YOU IMAGINE HAPPENS: by Wayan; 1982/2/21; a dreampoem personifying quarks. Or spooks.
I'm stuck on a runaway bus. So we decided to picture the axle falling off, and it obeys. But the bus zooms on, carried by a horde of little animals...
CAUTION: SCIENTIFIC SKEPTICS WILL LOATHE THE AFTERWORD (true story, though)
THE WHITE DEER, RE-ENACTED: by Wayan; 2009/3/2, a parabolic dreampoem.
I'm living in an England rendered in chalk. We wander the woods with butterfly nets, ritually hunting the White Deer--if that's what they really are...
WHO ATE MY LETTUCE?: by Wayan; 1983/1/13, a short dreamfable.
An invisible monster is eating my lettuce patch. It casts a huge blurry shadow, leaves footprints, but...
WHY COWGIRLS LOVE BROCCOLI: by Wayan; 1987/8/19, a surreal dream of love.
I'm a cowgirl in Nevada circa 1900. Below Haunted Mansion, I meet a green lizard-lady in distress...
CAUTION: QUEER-POSITIVE
YOUR DREAM LIKES YOU: by Wayan; 3 ill., 1991-2007; three maxims from my anima.
You say you want to remember your dreams, but do you write down what you DO recall? And ACT on it?


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