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Episodic Dreams

Episodic or "installment" dreams are a rare type that always comes in series. Each dream returns you to the same dreamworld, later in time, like chapters of a novel or episodes of a TV or radio show. Episodic dreams aren't merely recurrent; events don't repeat! Time and causality can operate in the dreamworld as consistently as they do in the waking world (though time between episodes may pass faster or slower than waking time.)

Episodic dreamers can legitimately challenge the waking world's claim to be real--at least realer than dreams. If you alternate between two sets of consistent experiences, why assume one is real and one an illusion? The waking world is, after all, intermittent too. Is it punctuated by dreams, or is the dreamworld punctuated by so-called waking life?

This new list was inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson, who defined the type; its clearest modern example is Meredyth and Lilly. Please send me more of these dreams-in-installments!

RELATED TOPICS: recurrent dreams - epic dreams - false waking, and dreams within dreams - life-paths, life-scripts - dreams about dreaming - dreamwork in general - See also the full INDEX OF SUBJECTS.

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EVERLASTING AND PERPETUAL NIGHTMARE: by Shawn King; c. 2009/2/10; two installments of a lifelong nightmare
Lucifer throws firebolts from a Montreal tower as monsters stalk people on the streets; then a great flood washes us away...
I AM THREE: by Wayan; 1957-58, my three earliest dreams.
My first memory is of being a wild horse and waking up to find I was suddenly a human child...
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...
MEREDYTH AND LILLY: by Meredyth Watts; May 2010, 2010/11/14 and 2010/12/7, a set of dreams (or a recurrent episodic dream)
I dream over and over of the same place, time, and woman. We have a love affair. Strangely, I'm the one who gets pregnant...
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...
STRANGE GIRL STALKING ME IN MY DREAMS: by Mike Hanes; 2010/12/11, a dream pointing out an earlier lost dream
This strange girl reminds me "I rode your bike recently but you've forgotten." She's right--she rode it in an earlier dream...


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