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Dreams of hands, to anyone who's read a lot of modern dream literature, instantly brings to mind one thing--Carlos Castaneda's famous exercise of simply looking at your hands in a dream. Well, except for Giant Hands these dreams aren't about that, or any other lucidity techniques. Here we have something much broader--something humans take for granted.

These are dreams of hands and of the lack of them, of opposable thumbs and the lack of them, of the thumb envy experienced by every intelligent creature on the planet who takes a good look at us. And the issues hands and handlessness can stand for--control over one's world, one's life... and the lack of it.

So get a grip, people! And not just in your dreams. The point isn't to see your hands. The point is to know how to use them.

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ALL TIED UP WITH THE PHONE: by Orion Sandstorrm; before 2002/5/25; a punning dream portrait.
In a dark void, a bizarre six-armed fur named Shandra is tied up in phone cords. A phone rings, and Shandra coolly says...
ARMLESS: by Wayan; 1997 portrait of dream figures (pencil/digital)
A strange, horny, frustrated being, part human part horse, who lacks hands to hold the centaurs...
THE ARMS POLICY: by Wayan; 2000/4/7, a nightmare.
The government has a harsh policy on armed dissidents. Not the kind of arms you think...
BLUE MER-ANGEL: by Wayan; 2000, ceramic sculpture, 11.5" long.
Seems strange to have no hands. How do dolphins get things done? By not needing to get things done?
CAT-SNAKE: by Wayan; 1993/3/6, a short dream fable.
I glue cat-legs on my snaky friend, despite the warnings of Christians who don't like snakes evolving...
CENTAUR QUARTET: by Wayan; 1982/2/26, 83/12/24 & 84/10/16, recurring dreams of my spirit family.
Can our interspecies family survive? Not just cultural conflict! Our very instincts clash around solitude/boundaries, sex and incest
THE CLARK RANGE, OR, THE HAND: by Wayan; 1975/12/1, a surreal dream prompting me to go lucid and still failing
High in the Sierra with some geologists, I stick my arm deep in a drillhole and feel something impossible--a living hand! Yet ...
DEAD RIGHTS! DEAD RIGHTS!: by Wayan; 1983/10/1, a dream of the other side.
I die young, to get it over with, like chickenpox. As I slowly revive, I face bias against the dead. So..
THE DEER'S FIRST DEED: by Wayan; 1984/10/8, a dream of gratitude.
A man teaches literacy to the wild deer. But with no hands, how can they give him anything in return?
MY DEWCLAW: by Wayan; 1997/6/30; dreams within dreams within dreams
Body after body is peeled away revealing truth inside truth...
DRILL TO FLOW: by Wayan; 2011/4/8, an anti-frustration dream
A panel of argumentative gods grant me a spare lifetime of piano practice. It takes that long, but...
ERECTION 2000: by Wayan; ceramic sculpture 9" tall; response to stolen 2000 election.
A candidate glad to shake your hand... though not all you voters will want him to...
FLIGHT, MARGARET, MOUSE, DOG: by Dave McKean based on Paul Nash's dreams (1895-9 plus Feb. 1913)
As a child, landscape artist Paul Nash dreamed of flying over the countryside of southern England. But he was threatened by a Black Dog...
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...
FOX-BOY: by Wayan; 1997/2/28, a dream fable.
A boy offends his uncle the King, who transforms him into a fox. Grounded! But Fox-Boy runs away...
FOXCOMB: by Wayan; ink 1990 tinted 2001; daydream of recurring dream character
I visited the first bioengineered fox-person with working thumbs, to see what she thinks of hands...
GIANT'S HANDS: by Wayan; dreamed 1981/12/23, a split-consciousness nightmare
I was a giant carefully, guiltlessly flattening San Francisco--just following orders to recycle it! While my mind inside the giant's mind was appalled...
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..."
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...
HORSELIKE BUT NOT: by Wayan; portrait of dream figure, 1997, acrylic, 14 x 17"
My anima Silky finds it hard to go back to classic hooves, now that she's tried opposable thumbs...
THE LESSON: by W.H. Auden; 1942, a poem on three linked nightmares
I'm told "Your lives are not in order." The golden crown's too heavy. I win my lover's hand--only the hand. What are my dreams accusing me of?
MAMMAL FLOWERS: by Wayan; 1991. Digital painting on recurring dream situation.
Since I dream I'm an animal a lot (or I'm an animal that wakes to find it's human a lot) hands fascinate me...
METEOR OR STAR?: by Wayan; 2007/9/17, a dream of uncertainty
I'm an anima. We rarely walk the day-world for long. When will I fade? Ignorance isn't bliss, it's paralysis...
MISFITS ON MARS: by Wayan; 300K, 1986/11/20, an epic dream; the climax of UNICORN TAG, though it can stand alone.
From the punk clubs of Frisco to the Safeways of Si Valley to the vermilion sands of Mars, Silky the were-nightmare fights for the Misfits against every cliche in science fiction...
MOLLY'S PROSTHETIC: by Wayan, 1994/9/22, a dream predicting a mood drug will fail
My dad's new wife is a collie. Naturally, she wants a prosthetic arm. But she has no site to bind it to...
THE MOUSE: by Paul Nash; surreal bedtime experience triggers surreal nightmare, Feb. 1913
We catch and try to kill a mouse, but reconsider and save it from a predator worse than us. This provokes a dream in which I am the mouse...
MY THREE HUSBANDS: by Wayan; 1981/2/26 furry polygamy dream drawn as a 15p comic ten years later
I'm three women who marry a unicorn, a goat philosopher, and a magic cat. We start a commune, but the police quarantine us...
NO FINGERS: by Wayan; 1993/10/6, an indirectly predictive dream.
My therapist has no fingers. A fingerless man intrudes on my session, and they use up my hour talking...
SHARK SENSE: by Wayan; 1988/12/9, a diagnostic dreamtale.
I'm a circus tiger, then a performing shark. One day, I block my human partner's high dive... Why?
SILKY AT THE MIKE: by Wayan; 1998? Sketch of recurring dream
Ours is a mixed-race family, and my sister takes after the horse side. No hands, but can she sing!...
THE SINGLE DIE: by Wayan; 1994/10/17, a dream on child prodigies. Or kittens who cheat at dice.
My sisters roll a single die. Miriel can influence it telekinetically, but can't shoot well. No opposable thumbs yet...
STUCK SNAKE: by Wayan; 2011/9/8; a set of dreams that out-Freud Freud
Girls flash and strip and crawl into bed with me, but I'm blind to their agenda--till I become a snakeboy and discover the real limitations of phallic symbolism...
THIS DREAM HAUNTS THE DAY: by Roswila; 1999, a dreampoem on transference
My father's trapped in a crashed car. But I'm distracted by a young man whose palm cups a living flame...
THUMBS: by Wayan; 1989/6/12, a dream vignette.
Worldwide, hands have gone soft and pliable. I meet some animals evolving into people and advise them...
THE UNCLEAN HAND: by Wayan; 1995/5/24, a dreamtale.
An Arabic traveler to China is shocked by toilet paper, which explains the origins of dualism. Really.
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?
WHITE-KNUCKLE FAIRNESS: by Wayan; 1999/3/23, a dream of not being me.
I'm a saurian forced to duel with a volatile friend. Wanting to fight fair, I don't just file down my spurs...

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