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|AFTERIMAGE: by Wayan; 1983/8/8, a dream on dreams.
A bizarre little dream proving just how physical the impact of a dream is on the body...
|AFTER THE BANG: by Wayan; 2001/5/16, a poem on the World Dream Bank.
The Big Bang happens, you're inspired, you make something of it... then what? The Big Whimper?
|AGASSIZíS FISH: by Louis Agassiz, ca. 1840: subliminal, psychic, or just a great guess?
Agassiz, faced with a fossil he had to crack open, was unsure where to strike. But for three nights he dreamed...
|ALL-GENIUS CLASS: by Wayan; dreamed 2007/5/2, a dream warning of sabotage that took only a decade to figure out
Our gifted class is on a field trip. Our teacher happily explains we're going to wreck a freeway, tying up traffic for months, to protest crappy gifted programs...
CAUTION: SLOWEST DREAM INTERPRETATION EVER
|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...
|ANCIENT RUINS, AND A GIFT FROM DEEP OCEAN: by Jenny Badger Sultan; two dreams (2016/11/19, 2017/1/18) on dreamwork, memory & amnesia
1: Ruins in India. Fascinating, but blurred by sheer age; I wish I could see the carvings more clearly...
2: At a party, I give small presents. Is the gift-bag empty? No; give a girl a vertebra from the abyss, encrusted with jewel-like barnacles...
|ANSWERING JUNG: by Wayan; 2005/7/5, a dream parodying one of Jung's key dreams
After reading Jung's dreams, I have a counter-Jungian dream. So different from his! And mine has some pointed advice...
CAUTION: NUDE STATUES
|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
|THE BATTLE FOR THE RAI DRAGON: by Rikutsu; 2015/12/6, a dream flagging that change is possible at last
In a corrupt world, a talisman called the Rai Dragon offers hope of real change--IF it can be found, AND used by someone decent-hearted...
|BEFORE BED: by Mary Ruefle, ca. 1995, a dream-poem on stewardship
In the cathedral, before the nation, I solemnly crown someone with my own detached head...
|BIRD, CAT, TREASURE: by Anna Kingsford; 1877/8/3, two warning dreams in one night
Should Anna quit hiding her psychic dreams? She dreams a cat eats her bird, and burglars loot an unprotected house. Maybe not...
|BOGNOR MARRIAGE: by Thomas Hood; 1825; a newlywed nightmare
I found a honeymoon cottage by the sea, and the old landlady gave me a very reasonable rate. Everything was fine...
|THE BOOK: by SAO (Shawn Allen O'Neal); October 1989, a mandala-like dream-icon
The crystalline figure on the cover of the book in my dream seemed to hold as many answers as its title...
|BREAK THE SCRIPT: by Wayan; 1993/6/19, a sex dream about art.
A sexy encounter with two robotic girls hopping a night train outside Portland...
CAUTION: SEX TEXT
|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...
|CAT WITH A KNIFE: by Wayan, 2000/6/24, an almost-nightmare of a Jungian Shadow transformed by patience
At school, a guy threatens me with a knife. But I sit on him and wait patiently. Slowly, he turns into a giant black cat! I set him free in a garden, where he's calm and alert...
|CIRC CERVINE: by Wayan; 2016/9/16, a dream on... how to catch difficult dreams?
At Circ Cervine, a transhuman circus, I sketch three acrobat-dancers--one deerish, one human, one... a mannequin?
Fiendish to draw! I wake frustrated... and sketchless. But the work I did in the dream is the only reason I can redraw it awake...
CAUTION: DEER NUDITY
|CLEO'S REVENGE: by Wayan, 2017/1/7, a sculpture based on a warning dream against hiding sexual attraction
I meet Cleo from the Monster High kids' movies. I hide that I'm attracted--that'd be pedophilia (even though Cleo's CENTURIES old.) But once I hide my Cleo-philia, ALL sexual feelings and memories vanish! I'm convinced "I'm sexless, I'm too ill." Cleo's curse!
CAUTION: SEX-DENIAL; NUDE CENTAUR
|COUNT COUP!: by Plenty Coups, 1857; a child's defining dream
I sought a dream of Helpers. But rather than give me gifts, they gave me a daunting challenge...
|CROC BOY: by Wayan; 2008/8/17, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #7.
I visit a witch-smeller, who judges apprentice shamans. But when a boy dreams he's a crocodile, watch out!
|CRAZY EGG: by a Colorado convalescent; before 1961, a small predictive dream dismissed as absurd or symbolic
My grandmother came in from gathering eggs and showed me one three times as large as usual, and longer in proportion...
|CRYPTOMNESIC TROLLEY: by Wayan; 1991/4/22, a lucid dream of a suicidal experiment.
To prove I really am lucid-dreaming, I let a streetcar run me over. Mm, crunchy! Then I find out...
CAUTION: DON'T TRY THIS AT OM...
|CYCLOTRON OF FLOWERS: by Wayan; 2015/9/13, a surreal dreamscene done as an imagist poem
Night. Rider and mount gallop in a ring, leaving a luminous spiral wake of glowing flowers. Power builds, but when the spiral gate opens, where will it lead?
|DATIN' DEMON: by Mark Varitz and Wayan; 1989/12/3; Mark's dream triggers one by Wayan.
I meet my personal demon, and discover it has a personal demon: me! Am I worse than my Shadow?
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, NUDE MONSTERS
|DEER VERSUS PIGS: by Wayan; 2015/5/20; a practical-joke pair of dreams. Or is it just a joke?
Deer-mares join our theatre class. Adorable! Then pig people. Not so adorable... I wake, sketch them, and hear voices--sexy singing deer on TV! Wow--my dream was predictive! And then I wake AGAIN...
CAUTION: FURRY NUDITY
|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 ďdreams donít always want to be linearĒ...
|DINOSAUR GRADE: by Wayan, 2006/1/25, a shamanic workout dream
I ride a recumbent bike up an exhausting slope past browsing bears. Oh. Not bears. Dinosaurs. No wonder I'm so tired! Timetravel's hard...
|THE DOCTOR'S ADVICE: by Wayan; 2011/5/23, a tricky double-diagnostic dream that changed my life.
I dream my doctor tells me, with no exam or tests, that hidden desires are sickening me. But I'm skeptical--suspect an infection. Isn't that dream advice too?
Awake, I test both hypotheses--repression and infection. Antibiotics work! I still struggle to speak my desires--but at least it's from a base of health not illness.
|DON'T SETTLE FOR HALF: by Wayan; 2010/1/21; an advisory dream about dreaming
Struggling to recall a magical dream, I suddenly get a single, simple image. ...
|DOOR OF ETERNITY: by Marie-Claude Girondé, early 2000s, a painting on the multilayeredness of dreamwork.
"If you put an ear to the door of books and the doors of the night, if you pay attention, you can hear the conversation of poets..."
|THE DREAM: by John Hollander; spring 1974; a painful dream-poem
I find my lover sharing our secret joke with another. But I already knew I'd lost her! Why'd my dream salt the wound?
|THE DREAM: by Henri Rousseau; 1910, a (collaborative?) dream painting
Rousseau's famous painting of a woman who falls asleep on a sofa and finds herself in a glorious jungle may just be a real dream...
CAUTION: NUDITY, SLACKING
|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...
|DREAM-DENIERS: by Wayan, 2014/5/31, a dream contemplating the meaning of dreams
In a museum I talk to a stained-glass artist who's a dreamworker like me. But a meme seems to be spreading that says dreams mean absolutely nothing...
CAUTION: ADVANCED DREAMWORK
|DREAM MILKING: by Wayan, 2000/6/30, a dream warning of overwork... but awake or asleep?
After a hard day getting a "free" bed, I dream my milker comes to drain my dreams. Wait...did I agree to this? Or does milking drain objections, too?
|DREAM ON DREAMS: by Wayan; 1994/5/31, a dream in a dream in a dream.
I'm the composer Schumann, till a nightmare jumps me and I wake. And wake. And wake...
|THE DREAM POLICE: by Wayan; 1994/4/6, a dream on persecution.
The police confiscate my therapist's copies of my dreams, and try me for obscenity! So why do I help?...
|DREAM RECALL: by Wayan; 1998/8/1, two dreams on dreaming.
Are dreamworlds grim, on average? Do our dreams just express fears, or try to SOLVE our problems?
|DREAMISH HEART: by Wayan; 1983/8/15ish; a poem about a subtle way to sabotage dreamwork.
I write, draw, admire & carefully interpret my dreams, but do I ACT on their advice? Not so much...
|A DREAMKU PRIMER: by Roswila; 2007; how-to guide to dream haiku
Distilling a dream to one key image can clarify it. But don't be ruled totally by traditional haiku form...
|THE DREAMSUIT: by Wayan; 1992/7/12, a dream on unconscious programming.
An experimental helmet knocks me out. I'm groggy, miserable, till I learn what it did to others...
|DREAMTALES: by Wayan; 1996-2006, a 250-page collection of dream comics
"I've always dreamed other lives. Other bodies. Other times. Other worlds. I draw my lives..."
|DRUGGED, SHRUNK AND DAUBED: by Wayan; 2008/11/1, a dream-poem on sexual politics (Dreamverse #38)
I'm worried an alien charity is brainwashing an ex-prostitute. When I wake, she's still there--at 2/5 scale!...
|DUCK!: by Wayan; 1988. Digital painting of a dream, 1987/6/5.
I was on one of those package dream-tours--an hour here, a scene there. But then in Patagonia...
CAUTION: CREEPING PAGANISM
|DYING ONCE, DYING TWICE: by Walter de la Mare; c. 1920?, two dreams of death.
My only chance of life and freedom is to leap. He raises the gun and fires. I'm flooded with a soundless explosion of light...
|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...
|THE ELEVATOR PROPOSAL: by Wayan, 2004/10/15, a grotesque dream image revealing a subtler longterm pattern
I'm in an elevator with a giant guy with a hotel cart bearing a silver platter. On it, an erect penis. The guy tries to enlist me in his program to... what?
CAUTION: CARTOON PENIS
|ELLIS CRITIQUE: by Wayan; 2008/12/10, four dreams comically challenge Havelock Ellis's dream-theories!
Pa warns me to protect my paws. Gilt wounds my sole. A lioness eats a drumstick. Then a bus crashes on our corner--for real!
|EMBARKATION, or, THIS PORTAL COIL: by Wayan; 2013/8/28, a magical dream on dreams
A spiral pillow-path leads to an astral portal. But creatures arriving and departing jam the same path! Squeeze by, hop over, apologize... flirt?
|ENKIDU: by Gilgamesh of Uruk, c. 2750 BCE, an early prophetic dream
The hero Gilgamesh troubles his city til he has a dream predicting the gods will send him a best friend and lover, Enkidu...
|EXIT THROUGH THE DUNGEON: by Wayan, 1982/5/23, an experiment in automatic drawing that contained unexpected advice
I turned off my conscious judgment and drew. Two paths appeared--one leading to psychodrama, then prison; the other, into the underworld of dreamwork...
CAUTION: NUDE DREAM-SELVES
|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...
|A FACTORY FIRE: by J. W. Dunne; 1900, a detailed predictive nightmare.
Dunne dreamt of a fire so smoky it killed people on a balcony in open air! Then came the evening news...
|FAKE IT!: by Electra Johannes and Patagia; 2007/9/22 and 2007/9/23, linked dreams.
Patagia dreams she fakes a Hindu rite, provoking Electra to dream she fakes leadership in a band of refugees. Or are they faking?
|FAMILY STORE: by Mark Ian Barasch's father, c. 2000; a subtly psychic dream healing a family
I dream my son the writer's living above our old family store, the one that failed in the Depression...
|FANFARE FORESEEN: by Wayan; 1983/7/7, a dream anticipating an unlikely event by just half a second
He turns on the radio, and a moment later a loud horn section rings out. A rich fanfare. I wake shocked--because the horn chorus isn't just in my dream ears...
|A FEEL-BAD MOVIE: by Wayan; 2009/1/8, a dream about why dreamwork's so hard
A great director alternates hits and bombs, because in half his films he sets out to trouble his viewers. Here's one...
|FIRST DREAMFLIGHT: by Wayan; 1969/11/11, two dream-results from my first dreamwork experiment.
I never flew in my dreams. I felt cheated. So one day I set out to CREATE dream-flight...
|FLOYD FREUD: by Wayan; 1983/4/18, a short dream of longevity.
After trying "the Interpretation of Dreams," I meet Floyd Freud, who's attracted to the neo-Nazis...
CAUTION: INSULTS THE MEMORY OF A GREAT GUY
|FOAM, FURS, DREAMS: by Wayan; 2012-16, a blog + 170 pics; dozens of dreams guide me to sculpt huge furry dream statues.
Dreams urge me to build life-size dream creatures with fur, joints, muscles & bones, then to heal myself by mating with them...
CAUTION: FETISHISM, FURRY NUDITY & SEX
|FOR THE FIRST TIME: by Jack Kerouac, Nov? 1954, a lucid dream of escaping a rut
I've climbed a cliff and cower on the brink; but for for the first time I need not fall or retrace my dangerous path down. I know I'm dreaming, and wake...
|FOR WORLD DREAM BANKERS: by Patagia; 2007/9/21, a praise-poem for dreamers
Dreamwork takes discipline, but writing and painting dreams for others takes even more: courage!
|FREUD'S FOUR POINTS: by Wayan; 2008/11/11; a dream critiquing four of Freud's dream-theories!
Freud and I argue dream-theory while we're stuck in an elevator that projects dream-examples on the walls...
|FREUD WAS SOME WRONG ABOUT DREAMS, and THE AUTUMN BREEZE: by John Berryman; ca. 1967, two of his surreal Dream Songs.
After a year of intense dreamwork, Berryman rejects Freud and accepts open-ended dreaming...
CAUTION: SIXTIES STONER REBELLING AGAINST SPELLING... and grammar... and punctuation...
|FUCK CALIFORNIA!: by Wayan; 2004/10/15, a surreal, embarrassing dream
I'm trying to hump the entire State of California. In public, too. What brought THIS on? Well, actually, I know...
CAUTION: OBSCENE SITUATION--AND TITLE. OOPS, TOO LATE.
|GALLERY GAWKERS: by Wayan; 2003-5; sketches of San Francisco characters
For two years, I sat at the desk in our co-op gallery, and secretly sketched our bewildered, art-assaulted customers...
|GENDER-SKEW IN DREAMS: by Wayan; 1998/2/2, a brief essay on dream-differences
In older studies at least, women dream of both sexes but men dream largely of men. Just like TV, huh?
CAUTION: YOU'LL NEVER WATCH TV AGAIN
|A GENERAL HISTORY OF TRANSPORTATION (AN EXCERPT): by Georges Perec; April 1972, a dream explaining what always mystified me. Dream #115
Parking structures with spiral ramps are, secretly, screws harvesting motion from parking cars, slowly drilling into near-impenetrable rock. Thus are skyscraper-foundations made...
|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?...
|GIRL IN THE WATER: by Wayan, 2000/10/7, twin dreams on... dreamwork?
In a California where the Gold Rush never happened, a girl rides a wild deer over the San Fernando hills to a secret dream-pool...
Then, in a Japantown hotel lobby, that girl floats in a giant aquarium, meditating serene, as local gossips whisper lies about her...
|GOLDIE AND GRIMOIRE: by Wayan, 1987/3/2, an early dream of the mare-goddesses of sun and moon
I get a crush on two mare-girls--sunny palomino Goldie is cute, but it's dark-silver, lunar Grimoire that really stuns me...
CAUTION: EQUINE NUDITY, ESP REFERENCES
|GOOGLE DREAMS: by Michael Flora; early 2010, three (psychic? cryptomnesic?) dreamlets on names
After an article suggests we roam the multiverse in sleep, I dream of three strange names. Awake, I google them and find...
|GUILLOTINE: by Louis Alfred Maury; 1865, a dream researcher's own famously inexplicable dream
They led me to the guillotine. As the blade struck my neck, I woke to find the blow was real; my headboard had come loose and fallen on me...
|THE HAND THAT WAKES: by Wayan; 1997; acrylic study of what makes us forget dreams.
I was painting to a sad scary song by Laurie Anderson that goes "This is the hand... the hand that takes..."
|HE HAS REPENTED: by Frederick Greenwood; before 1894, a pre-Freud discovery of the unconscious
I fail to see an "angry" man's hidden agenda, then mistake a waiter's words--yet if they're me too, who's fooling whom?
|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?
|HER HAND ON THE MANTEL: by Frederick Greenwood; before 1894; a disowned predictive dream
Greenwood dreams he finds a severed hand on a mantelpiece. The next day it happens! But he sees no moral, so he dismisses it...
|HIJACK! The Christmas Special: by Wayan; 2012/4/13, a trapped-in-bad-TV dream.
I'm stuck on a jet full of cartoons. We get hijacked by a kid who just wants pilot practice, and then a cactus counterhijacks us...
CAUTION: THE F-WORD
|HOGAMUS HIGAMUS: by Mrs Amos Pinchot, or possibly Claire MacMurray; Nov. 1939?, a disavowed comic dream-poem.
She dreamed she'd written a wise and beautiful poem. Half asleep she stumbled out of bed and scribbled it down. Fully awake, she found the following verse...
|HORTA'S EGGS: by Wayan; 1984/1/17, a dream of re-evaluation.
I fight to save 50,000 eggs that'll hatch psychics. But my friends want to exterminate them! Am I wrong?
|HUMBLE THREE-EYED GIRL: by Wayan; 2008/12/30, a dream on giftedness and shame
I meet a circle of students with up to five eyes. The lone three-eyed girl is embarrassed, ashamed she's merely attained enlightenment...
|HUNT OF THE UNICORN: by Wayan; 1989/5/18, an overlooked psychic dream.
I marry, just to get into a clannish world where I'm seeking symbiotic unicorns. But I end up hunted too...
|I GUESS IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY PARTY: by Jack Kerouac, early October 1952, an epic frustration dream with transcendent advice
My party's a slow boho disaster. Conversation, booze, pot, sex--nothing works out. What will my mom think? And then, working at the office, I get the Message...
|I WON'T DIE TILL LOVE DIES: by Wayan; 1981/1/21, a divine dream .
I meet the mermaid goddess of love in her pool, but when she advises me, I dispute one small point...
|ICEBERG WRANGLERS: by Wayan; 2015/8/4, an otherworldly dream-poem
Captain Ahab's students are better ice wranglers than I'll ever be--wrestling near-invisible bergs round to lucky postures...
|AN INTERVIEW WITH WAYAN: by Wayan; 1994/3/20, an interview.
Dream researcher Stephanie Van Zandt Nelson questions me on the roots of the art of dreaming...
|INVADE GREECE, OR ELSE!: by Xerxes I and his uncle Artabanus; 480 BC, three linked, deceitful dreams.
Xerxes twice dreams a god orders him to attack Greece. So he asks his uncle to dream of the god and check his credentials...
|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...
|IT DOESN'T ADD UP: by Wayan; 1995/6/26, an arithmetical dream.
Dream math often seems bad, but I think the discrepancies are a signal, not noise...
|IT STINKS: by Aleksanteri Nevalainen; 2011/8/19, an accidental dream-incubation
Can dreams have taste and smell, I wonder? That night my dreams set out to show me...
|J.F., T.B. AND ME: by Dream Junkee; 2008/1/24, a lucid nightmare-comedy
Lucid, I summon a sexy literary character. But he tries to take over my personality and make it his lucid dream...
|JUNG'S PREMONITIONS OF WORLD WAR I: by Carl Jung, 1913-1914; five ignored warnings.
Jung was told in dreams and visions that Europe would soon drown in blood. But he just couldn't believe it...
|KEKULE: by Friedrich Kekulé, 1858 & 1865, two problem-solving dreams.
Kekule dreamed solutions to the thorniest structural chemistry problems of his era not once but twice...
|KITTEN'S QUEST: by Wayan; 2016/2/13, a dream-poem
I met two strange sisters on a train who turn out to be half-cat. They open my eyes so I realize that my neighbor Elaine must be a shapeshifter too...
CAUTION: FLIRTATIOUS UNDERAGE CAT
|KUBLA KHAN: by Samuel Coleridge; summer 1797, an interrupted dream-poem
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree (at least until that visitor from Porlock barged in...)
CAUTION: POET ON PAIN MEDS
|LAING: by R.D. Laing; 1983/2/18, two excerpts from a talk on transpersonal dreams.
R.D. Laing gives two examples of dream-spillage suggesting itís not passive but playful...
|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...
|LEMON PEOPLE: by Wayan; 2008/8/11, a dream poem; Dreamverse #1.
A dream-fable of lemons who are really orange-people infected by a spore turns out to be about me...
|LET ME DREAM!: by Marie-Claude Girondé, spring 2007?, a dream painting.
The dreamer becomes a horse, the horse becomes a unicorn. Dreams have their own quests apart from the conscious...
|LES LICORNES: by Marie-Claude Girondé, fall 2007, a dream painting.
Three unicorns gallop out of the waves...
|A LIFE IN PERCENTAGES: by Wayan; 2013/5/19, a dream about dreams--and timesharing
A man I meet leads half a dozen consistent dreamlives--a life so splintered it's hard to be sure which is his waking one...
|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...
|LOEWIíS NOBEL DREAM: by Otto Loewi, 1920, a dream that led to a Nobel prize.
Loewi thought nerve impulses were transmitted chemically, not electrically. But he couldnít prove it, until one night...
|LONDON TRAFFIC: by Gheury de Bray; between 1923-1938, a warning dream.
De Bray dreamed a speeding car nearly hit him; a month later, he abruptly recognized the street from his dream and paused...
|LUCID LIMITS: by Wayan; 1990/2/13, a lucid nightmare. Yes, they're possible!
A nightmare. I go lucid as the bullets tear through me. Yet I go on with the dream! Why?...
CAUTION: NIGHTMARISH VIOLENCE
|LUCKY STARR: by Wayan; 1964, an early, cryptomnesic dream.
I fell asleep reading a book I'd read years before. I finished it in my dreams. Every word in place. How?
|LUCID LIVING: by Wayan; 125K, 2007/4/8, a quasi-lucid dream of the future, with 6 illustrations
Honesty induces a joyful state with lucidlike powers. So I bike across the Lake of Time, open the book of my future, and see...
CAUTION: SEXY SKETCHES FROM THE FUTURE
|MANDALA OF THE EIGHT DREAMERS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2007/9/16, painting of a group's dreams
Our dream-group's dreams had a lot of imagery in common: circles, groups, meditation. I fused them into this piece...
|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
|MARTIAN ROBOTS DRESS LIKE FREUD: by Wayan, 1975/8/16, an absurd dream... predicting my life-path?
Martian robots pester me. I flee through the Asteroids, leaving chaos, cratering Earth. Years later on my farm, a bot shows up disguised as Freud. I start mudslinging...
|MER-TIGER: by Wayan, 2014/9/21-2016/7/7; a nondream surreal soft-sculpture used as a dream-tool!
I got a big thrift-store toy tiger to shade my head as I slept (which worked; better dreams in the tiger's shadow!) then sewed on a crest, mane, fishtail, fins...
|MORTAL MIST: by Wayan; 2010/10/18, a lucid dream of a new sort for me
I miss all sorts of cues I'm dreaming, but I ignore my conviction I'm awake and try to fly anyway...
|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...
|MOM POPS: by Wayan; dreamed 1983/8/5, a dream of what happens when you defy your inner pessimist
The flood sickens my fuchsia bush. My mom says my fuchsia is hopeless, but I make up a treatment. When it works, well... read the title.
CAUTION: PUNS, EXPLODING MOM
|THE MOST FANTASTIC LUCID DREAM OF MY LIFE: by "Ben"; 2007/8/24, an epic lucid dream full of experiments
I fly, send myself email, discuss dreaming with dream people, punch a wall to test dream-pain, reach into mirrors...
|THE MUMMY: by Wayan; 2003/10/13, a Rarebit Fiend nightmare.
A horror film and Rick Veitch's dream-comix provoke a nightmare warning me that guilt about my dad is wrecking my life...
|NED'S KISS by Ned's mom and sister Ethel; before 1961, cledonic dreams of a playful revenant
I wished I could kiss my son farewell. That week, Ethel called. "I dreamed Ned kissed you, not me! I was hurt. He laughed like anything and kissed me too..."
|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
|NO ďI": by Wayan; 2003/10/22, a dream of identity loss.
Iím in San Francisco trying to throw Sauronís Ring into the Cracks of San Andreas. But a sexy sorcerer steals my sense of I! How can you act without a self?
|NO MAN IS ISLAND: by Wayan; 125K, 1990, poem refuting John Donne's, illustrated with dreamselves.
No Man is Island. So Men say. I am not a Man...
|OLDER AND YOUNGER: by 'Rasselon'; 2009/11/17, a dream of erotic deviousness
The older sorceress I'm in bed with plans to marry me off to a younger woman, but I distract her with my tongue...
CAUTION: BEDROOM HUMOR
|OPEN YOUR CAGE: by Wayan; 1999; penciled collage of dream characters
The cover of a collection of 11.5 dream-tales in glorious detailed Web-unfriendly black and white....
|ORACLE--SEA CHANGE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1999/5/6, dream-based painting
At the beach, wading with my fellow dreamworker Stephanie. The waves are getting bigger--are they a hazard, or can we ride them?
|OTTER NERD FROM TITAN: by Wayan; 2012/4/15 & sequel-dream (2013/2/9), a dream-poem on social skills
A suspicious exobiologist warns me that otter from Titan may not be the amiable, nerdy celebrity it seems. But...
|OVERLAY: by Wayan; 1984/2/11, 1995/8/26, and 2004/9/11, 3 dreams prompting a 9-page comic on parallel sensory worlds
Dreams of translucent fairies, centaurs, robots & gnomes prompted me to draw comics about them with clear overlays showing how dreamworlds overlay ours...
|PASS THE VIAL ON: by Wayan; 2000/4/18, a dream of renunciation
A vagabond king showed me the way into Faerie, and it made my fortune. But now itís time to pass the gift on...
|PENTALEMMA: by Wayan; 2002/3/10 to 2006/5/1?, a 13-page nondream improv-comic on our conflicting goals. Mine, at least!
Hypnotized in therapy, I saw AT LEAST five competing goals I have to balance. So come tour the Inner Solar System of our desires...
CAUTION: NUDITY (BODY, HEART, BRAIN, SOUL)
|THE PERIODIC TABLE: by Dmitri Mendeleev; 1869/2/17, a dream solving a key scientific problem
"I saw in a dream a table where all the elements fell into place as required. Awakening, I immediately wrote it down on a piece of paper..."
|THE PHOENIX: by A.C. Benson; 1894. A dream-poem.
I don't understand this poem's symbolism or even its style. It came to me whole, in a dream...
|PINBALL SHOWDOWN: by Wayan; 1995/3/18, a flirty game-playing dream.
I suspect the pinball champion of Jupiter is cheating. I try to scare her psychic confederate out of hiding...
|THE PLACE OF SPROUTING CORN: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1989/1/10 & 1989/6/28, painting of two initiatory dreams.
I'm shown corn plants growing from skulls, and it seems like I must plant some skull-corn myself...
|THE PLAY: by Georges Perec; February 1972, an absurd dream with an attention span of about thirty seconds. Dream #108
I'm in a play. Fear, then joyful sex, then ranching, then silly hats, as a man drones on about class struggle. Weird chairs, pingpong, coffee, impossible double utterances.
At last I tell friends my dream--backwards. Then I write the dream down on slices of cheese...
CAUTION: SEX ONSTAGE
|POLYGON DREAMS: by Wayan; 2007/4/23, a 32-page comic on the effects of shapes
What if comics panels and layouts weren't so square? I try triangles, pentagons, hexagons, circles, spirals--and some serious stuff pops out...
CAUTION: IDEAS, OCCASIONAL NUDITY, MENTIONS ABUSE
|THE POWER OF ART: by Wayan; 2016/8/29, a dream-poem about the longtern effect of dreamwork?
At a museum, a weird art project shows me how observing & documenting life can improve that life--just from being taken seriously...
|THE POWER OF SUGGESTION: by Wayan; 1995/10/11, a dream on shamanic tactics.
After studying assertion in dreams, I find I'm a shaman in an African village, troubled by a young rival...
|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...
|RACCOON MOON: by Wayan; 1993/11/22; a short psychic dream.
A precognitive dream about levitating snake girls, raccoons, and lunar eclipses.
CAUTION: MY SNAKE BREASTS
|RADIANT LIGHT: DREAMING IN THE HYPOGEUM: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1999/5/15, 6/12 & 7/14, a painting based on 3 dreams
I'm in the Hypogeum, an ancient Maltese dream-temple. I join some women staging a ritual; a little girl draped in a web plays the role of an insect...
|RAGNHILD'S TREE and HALFDAN'S CURLS: by Queen Ragnhild and King Halfdan of Norway; c. 850 AD, twin dreams predicting their children and nation will prosper.
Ragnhild sees a lovely tree rooted in her pain and blood; Halfdan sleeps with pigs and dreams he has a great head of hair...
CAUTION: KIDNAPPING, ARSON, AND GENERAL BARBARISM (look at the date!)
|READABLE DREAMS: by Wayan; 1989-92; a 3-year inner debate on how to present dreams as art
How do we make dream narratives readable, when most readers are raised to think they're nonsense?
|RED UNCLE, RED CANYON: by JB Priestley; c.1907 and c.1925, two short dreams making long-term predictions
As a boy I dreamt my uncle (a calm man) glared at me in red rage; I was terrified. A decade later, in a bar...
I dreamt that over a balcony rail I saw bright-colored, spectacular scenery. Years after, I took a detour in Arizona...
|RETARDED STARS, by Wayan, 2009/2/28; a dream-poem, Dreamverse #42
A horde of demented dwarves invades Market Street, jumping up & down, shaking the skyscrapers...
|THE ROAD TO HEAVEN: by Wayan; 1987, 14x17"; a watercolor map of shamanic dreaming
The Rem Road I travel every night, from rocks and flesh to spooks and stars...
|ROAR OF THE SAILS: by Wayan; 1973/9/6, a magical scavenger-hunt dream goes lucid--but not in a typical way
Our teams search through fountains and pavilions, finding & trading the glowing stones. None of the magic makes me go lucid, but as we sail toward the finish line...
|ROBOT DREAMS: by Wayan; 1985/2/5, a dream on dreamwork.
I'm a robot in high school. I have my first dream, but I'm deaf to its message cuz it's not spectacular...
|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
|SAT UP CONFUSED: by Wayan; 1995? Erasable crayon, 8.5 x 11"; self-portrait of waking-up state
I wake up with my head swollen, full of vivid bewildering experiences, without a clue...
|SATISFACTION: by Keith Richards, 1965/5/7, a famous dream song (and a well-prepared dreamer)
I always kept a guitar and tape recorder by my bed. I wake up and see the tape's run to the very end. I ran it back to the start and there, in a sort of ghostly version, was...
|SCALDED: by Wayan; 1993/7/3, a near-nightmare.
The feud between our magical families is getting ugly. Hawk-Head's dad throws boiling water on me, so I...
|SELF-MADE COW: by Wayan; 2013/4/10, a surreal psychic dream.
I'm in Santa Cruz with my friend, a shocking-pink stuffed toy cow with sewed-on accessories: big red lips, a floral wig, and a third eye.
I wake, draw the cow--and my sister calls from Santa Cruz to sing me a song about...
|SELVDROLLA: by Havelock Ellis; before 1922, an ignored prescriptive dream
A doctor recommends Ellis try "selvdrolla", but he gets off so much on the strange name he forgets the prescription...
|THE SHAKEN PROFESSOR: by Wayan; 1996/2/11, a dream explaining amnesia and memory.
A great teacher abruptly blanks out. Memory loss is scary, but in the empty moment, a deeper fear emerged:
|A SHARP CLICK: by Herbert W., 1932/5/30, apparent spirit-rapping
My friend Mr D. was interested in psychic research but skeptical about psychokinesis. But 24 hours after his own death...
|SHE LIVES TO 140: by Wayan; 2017/7/13, a dreamlet advising austerity, solitude and crankiness
I meet a 140-year-old hermit in her black chadoor, skateboarding down a hill near her sacred dream-spring...
|SHOOT THE MIRROR!: by Sir Oliver Lodge; 1927/10/15, a dream of stagy twists
A man gets his big brother blamed for his crimes, til their sister makes him shoot his own reflection. But neither one expects...
|6-MONTH TOMBSTONE, 17-YEAR CABINET: by a California model, pre-1961, and by a Texas maid, 1945; 2 predictive dreams compared
Predictive dreams rarely hint how far they've peered ahead; they just place you in their foreseen future...
|SLEAZE: by Cecy and Wayan; 1991/7/28; subtle shared dreams.
Our ranch has arsonist neighbors who call the cops and blame us for it! Meanwhile, my friend dreams...
|A SNAKE PROMPT: by Rebecca Solnit; before 2005, a brief but effective warning to pay attention
I remembered what I'd dreamed of the night before, a snake, and as I said the word to myself, I looked down and saw my right foot was poised to come down on...
|SO AROUSAL MEANS REM?: by Wayan; 1999/5/19, a dream on dreams.
My sexual orientation shifts arbitrarily, turned on one second, off the next. Who's at the controls?
CAUTION: SEXUAL CONFUSION
|SOLE RETRIEVAL: by Wayan; 2005/10/6, a punning spiritual dreamlet
Guards in a museum confiscate my goofy purple-warted shoes, then lose them! I fuss till they find them. Vital to protect my... soles?
|SPARROWHAWK: by "Anonymous #14"; before 1963, a tiny, vivid, precise, yet contextless predictive dream
I dreamt a sparrowhawk perched on my shoulder. Next morning a friend was given a stuffed sparrowhawk. He crept up and...
|SPIROGRAPHY: by Wayan; 1997/9/29, a one-page cartooned spiral autobiography
Laying my timeline in a Fibonacci spiral, it's clear great changes come in a pattern--as soon as I've digested the last couple, a new revelation/revolution appears...
CAUTION: CARTOON NUDITY, HEAVY ISSUES
|STAY ON THE SIDEWALK: by a Utah boy, before 1961, a flawed warning nightmare
He said "Oh, Mom, I had a terrible dream. A car ran me down." I said we could not live by dreams or we live a life of horror...
|STARFISH: by Marc Ian Barasch, c. 1985; a multileveled, doubly predictive dream
A sacred starfish piloting a Cessna plane survives a crash. But can it survive a boy's clumsy rescue efforts?
|STEPHENSON AND BELL: by Matthew Talbot; 1768, a recurring predictive dream.
A man in a blue coat on a white horse delivered papers from a nearby wrecked ship, signed Stephenson and Bell. I awoke, and...
|SULFUR GROTTO: by Wayan; dreamed 1988/8/30, a psychic genderbent rescue-dream
I'm a teenage girl diving for treasure. In an eerie coral grotto reeking of sulfur I spot a diver in trouble... and wake to find the grotto is real..
|SURF DREAMS, DEEP DREAMS: by AE (George Russell) and Wayan; 1918 and 1996, twin images of our limited conception of dreaming
What you call dreams are just the surf-zone between waking and dream! Swim out past the foam to the deeps and you'll find...
|TARDIS GAZEBO: by Wayan; a 3-page digital dream-comic, 1993/2/17
Solve a pictographic riddle and you can fly, shapeshift, work magic! But someone doesn't want us solving dream-riddles...
|TAROT: DREAMTIGER! (Strength): by Wayan; 42K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
Find your strength in dreams: facing (and befriending) what you've feared, or fought...
|TEACHER-BIRD: by Wayan; dreamed 1986/9/7; a cyclic dreampoem
Seeking my lost teacher-bird, I dabble with the time machine in the basement. Oops! I summon Bigfoot. But the monster rips out her fur...
|TELEKINETIC KIDS: by Wayan; 2017/9/8, a warning and exploratory dream
A black separatist commune hides two little girls who are psychokinetic. They fear I'll expose them. But I've spent my whole life passing too...
CAUTION: PARAPSYCHOLOGY, RACIAL SEPARATISTS
|TEN HEARTBEATS OF WILL: by Wayan; 2011/1/2, an experimental dreamflight|
A friend says lucid dreaming doesn't matter--you can even fly awake if you clearly will it. So I jump...
|THIS CAN'T BE REM!: by Wayan; 1981/8/18, a predictive stinky dream.
An article claimed smell is rare to absent in dreams. My dreams felt insulted and sent me a stinky one. But why THAT smell? Well, next morning on my way to work...
|A THOUSAND BIRDS: by Wayan; 2008/2/28, a mystical little dream
I watch Disney animate the Legend of the Thousand Birds, who pull a wireframe sleigh of light, right through a dark, material Santa...
|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...
|TIME-CAT: by Wayan; 2013/11/23; a self-flagging predictive dream
I'm a cat person, grooming. But not MY fur--it's a woolly mass of timelines! We cats travel time, smoothing out snarls... Then I wake, go to a party, and...
|TOO MUCH TO BEAR: by Wayan; 1997/4/28, an alt-world calculatin' nightmare. (Small screen, slow downloads? Bear as text w/pics)
I dreamed that huge nouveau-riche polar bears invaded San Francisco, evicting us locals...
CAUTION: CORRUPTION, URSACIDE, MATH!
|TRAIL OF POGS: by Wayan; 2004/9/6, my dreams' response to the first Burning Man dream-workshop
A trail toward Freedom has extra markers, for it's three trails, superimposed! Not all the cues are for us...
|THE TRAIN: by John Hollander; spring 1974; a poem based on a shared dream
A couple slips in and out of sleep, dreams, one another's bodies and one another's dreamworlds, trying to connect...
CAUTION: FREUDIAN SYMBOLISM, LITERATE WRITING
|TRAUMDEUTUNG; before 1983, by Charles Gullans, a poem telling a dream that warns of... what?
I was walking on an endless plain, upright and tense, walking beside you, hurrying. What were we doing on the burning plain? What war...
|TREFIL, ON SCIENCE: by Wayan; 1994/1/26, a rant on dreamwork.
In an oneirophobic society, it's easy to forget that when you do dreamwork, you're doing basic science. No funding, no team, no lab coat? Can't be science! Unless they mistaught us what science is...
|TRITONIAN FOXTAUR U.: by Wayan; 2016/9/10, a wish-fulfilling dream set on Neptune's moon Triton (or is it Saturn's Titan?)
I'm an exchange student at the Solar System's best university for the magic arts; my classmates are methane-breathing foxtaurs...
|TUCCOTINE: by William Archer; 1917/1/14, a tasteful dream.
The innkeeper singled me out, insisted I try a strange-looking liqueur, a house specialty called "Tuccotine"...
|TWILIGHT'S OVAL GAME: by Wayan; 2017/10/4, a set of dreams arguing "Friendship is Magic"--literal magic.
I'm racked with guilt over failing to save a magic tree that fell and killed someone.
I play a giant pinball game--a tilted oval relief-map with pop-up origami creatures. But you can only win as a team of six friends...
A Caribbean girl with a weird aura tries to align two magic crystals to heal herself...
CAUTION: BREASTS, PONIES
|TWO GUITARS: by Marc Ian Barasch, c. 2000; a multileveled psychic dream
I dream my daughter's selling two unused guitars. They seemed symbolic until I told her the dream and learned...
||UNICORN TAG: by Wayan; 1986, a linked series of illustrated dreams.
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.
|UNRESOLVED OR JUST... DIFFERENT?: by Wayan; 1989/9/26, a dream on dreams.
In my dreams, a co-worker tells me HER dreams. Their focus is utterly unlike mine! Dream goals differ...
|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
|THE VERIZON EXPERIMENT: by Wayan; 2014/3/31, three linked dreamlets, the last apparently predictive & self-flagging
1: A nature spirit's physics experiment proves that time forks. The question is, how much? How dense is the multiverse?
2: I sketch and sculpt a model of the possible multiverses. A physicist likes it; the nature spirit likes it more. She swipes it...
3: A literary friend tries to install refugees in my bedroom, crowding me and my work into a corner. I wake. The phone rings. My other literary friend...
|WHERE'S IT COME FROM?: by Wayan; 1995/3/19, a dream squared.
Why am I an outsider? Can I change? Do I want to? Even my dreams don't know. Then I wake to find my meditation itself was a dream, and the answer; as much of an answer as I'm going to get.
|WHIPPING NIGHTMARES: by Jamie Sawyer; 2014/9/3; non-lucid yet lucidlike dream
Attacked on the ground, in the air, even in space, I fight back effectively. I'm not lucid, yet in all my dreams now I have real power...
|WHOSE DREAM IS THIS, ANYWAY?: by Anonymous #25 as told by Patti Allen; c. 2005, a cledonic reconciliation dream
A woman in our dreamgroup had a baffling dream of being fired by a Mr Bleeden, but it made shocking sense to me. My dad...
|WINGVOW: by Wayan; 101K, 1994. Digital collage of dream figures
Here's an incantation to induce flying dreams. "Bring me wings NOW, or forever hold your peace..."
|THE WITCH-PIMPS NEXT DOOR: by Wayan, 2015/12/19, a creepy dream of a sex-slave
First I dream the neighbors are powerful witches offering dog-collared children to the local men. Later, on a train, I meet some kids who managed to escape...
CAUTION: CHILD ABUSE, NUDITY
|WRITE A LITTLE DREAM WITH ME: by Ellen Frank, 2015/10/16, a comic poem/song on dreamwork's quirks
Sharks unicorns and moonbeams / Lost loves and karma chocolate I-beams / Raw telepathic bundles of beans / Write a little dream with me...
|XIE MENG!: by Wayan; 2003/1/27, digital portrait of my dream lover.
A warning from my spirit wife, Silky, about the World Dream Bank. Building a cathedral of classic dreams is all very well, but what about NEW dreams?
|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?
|YOU'RE THE EAGLE: by Wayan; 2000/2/8, a dream fable.
A hermit spends his life wrestling with shadows. His only disciple becomes famous. Who was happier?
|ZOOOP'S MAZE: by Zooop and Wayan; 1999/1/21, apparent shared/telepathic dreams.
I wander a sunken maze, meet a playful woman, find a hidden treasure. Meanwhile, my friend Zooop...
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