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Mastery

Dreams of the difference between bare ability and attaining true mastery of a field after long practice--when skills have gone so deep they've become part of you.

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ALERTNESS GYM: by Wayan; 1994/4/19, a strange dream date.
I go on a date who seems bored till she takes me to the Alertness Gym...
ANIMAL SPEECH, ANIMAL ESP: by Wayan; 1997/7/31, from Wayan's journal.
When you really observe animals in language programs it's obvious WE'RE the ones missing a lot...
ASTAIRES: by Wayan; 2015/11/17, a dream about... the Web?
A host of Fred Astaires dance mid-air, then pound on typewriters (caught like flies) in a huge spiderweb, typing randomly forever...
BEAN BAR: by Wayan; 1985/12/28, a culinary fable.
I don't know beans about right action, so the master chef of the Bean Bar, Kokoro, teaches me the stages of true mastery...
BEATING UNCLE FESTER, or, ACHIEVING BILUMIA: by Wayan; 2013/3/31, a telepathic wish-granting dream. A stupid telepathic wish-granting dream.
I screw the lightbulbs in my ears again, and this time, they stay. I sit down at the piano, and as I play...
CHURCHES BURN WHEN YOU LEARN TO FLY: by Wayan; 1989/9/1, a didactic flying dream.
I pay the price, but learn the difference between merely getting off the ground, and true mastery...
CRAWL: by Wayan; 1995-6. Digital collage inspired by a dream scene.
I dreamed I couldn't walk on water like Jesus, but I COULD crawl on it! A baby miracle.
CAUTION: NUDITY
THE DEVIL'S TRILL: by Giuseppe Tartini; c.1713, a musical inspiration dream.
I handed my fiddle to the Devil, who played a sonata of exquisite beauty. The sonata I wrote when I woke caught only echoes...
DON'T WANT HIM TO SOAR: by Wayan; 1991/4/18, a dream of sabotage.
In a parallel world, a visionary's building the first plane only now. I'm his assistant. But I don't WANT...
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...
GALLEY SLAVE: by Wayan; 2008/11/27, a subtly punning career-advice dream; Dreamverse #47
Shipwrecked and claimed as salvage on Crete, Ed the writer became a dishwashing slave! In contrast, Marie the musician...
THE GHOSTMASTER: by Wayan; 1992/6/16, a dreamtale of the Shadow.
I win a starship from the hostile Ghostmaster; in space I gain the confidence to confront him, and find...
FROM GLIDING TO FLIGHT: by Wayan; 1993/11/15, a gradualistic dream.
Hypnotherapy is hopeless with these blind architects flopping all over the cafe, but my flying has improved...
GOD-SHIELDS: by Wayan; 1990/8/21, a confusing dream of growth.
I'm a fat guy hired as a temp by some unethical gods. Or are they trying to teach me something?
HEALING DANCE: by Wayan; 1997/5/14, a dream of shamanic shop talk.
A shaman designs a rite to focus the village's healing attention on her client; the rest is just showmanship...
HEALING THE RING: by Wayan; 1984/8/22, a nightmare on... anger?
I bear a Ring of Power meant to corrupt me. I cleansed it, at a cost, but can't wield it till I've read its spell...
THE HEDGE KING: by Wayan, 1992/6/14, a gender-bent dream epic.
I change sex to infiltrate a sinister castle, unaware its Lord can spot a shapeshifter--being one himself...
CAUTION: A DISTURBING BEDSIDE MANOR. I MEAN, MANNER.
HER LOVELY AWKWARD SYNTH, by Wayan, 2009/3/9; a dream-poem, Dreamverse #43
A musical prodigy has a gorgeous, unplayable keyboard. But serious creativity takes a dull, regular, ergonomic instrument...
HISTORY CHANGES: by Wayan; 1994/11/22, a dream of an alternate life.
I'm the token Chinese guy in a jazz band in backwoods Brazil, in the old colonial days, when...
THE HOLY HARP: by Wayan; 1994/3/22, a dream of musical guilt.
The Goddess's harp, that calls in the seasons, just passed on. But the new harper has a shocking admission...
A HOT SKATER: by Wayan; 1997/5/8, a suggestive dream.
A skater so hot, she tears her clothes off and starts melting the ice! I'm shy with her: thin ice, you know...
CAUTION: NUDITY
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...
I TOSSED MUSIC: by Wayan; 1997/9/19, an advisory dream.
I asked my dreams "should I return to school?" They replied with this bizarre tale of sabotage...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE TO DUMB INSTRUMENTS
LEARNING SCALES: by Wayan; 1985/6/26, an epic dream of Chinese dragons.
I find myself in astral China. The Empress is banished, the Jester rules. Wisdom is lost. We need a Dragon...
LION-MEN: by Wayan; 1995/7/9, an eye-opening dreamlet.
I'm a traveling Zen warrior talking to a circus girl in a barn. Four guys enter--and my life changes forever.
LOLA: by Wayan; 1995/4/22, a wild dream: psychic, shamanic and... economic?
How the hell do I summarize this? Lola, a werefox I'm hot for, becomes my feudal Japanese brother, and her fox-shape reappears as the truck-driving maid for a Han Dynasty lady. We counter the interdimensional energy vampires by importing ghost unicorns on sailing ships, who have an orgy...
Two weeks later it all comes true. Literally? No. But closer than you think....
MA HAS GONE TO FRISCO: by Jack Kerouac, late June? 1953, a back-in-school dream ending in revelation.
I walk the corridors smiling, realizing for the first time that I don't have to go to high school---because I'm a great writer...
PESCADERO MONET: by Wayan; 1983/11/4, a happy art-cult dream.
Monet is over 100 now, living in an art colony. I visit him, but my parents come along. Bad idea...
PIER'S END: by Wayan, 1989/2/21, a Raymond Chandler dreamtale.
My detective lover warned me, "Stay away!" Now I'm trapped. Dare I follow the lion over the edge?
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...
POIROT'S FLIGHT: by Wayan; 1994/11/15, an anti-lucid dream.
I summon an aeroplane to escape a trap. Lucid? Not at all! Why should Poirot bother with such abstractions?
WHY PROGRESS IS SLOW: by Wayan; 1991/1/26 and 2/16, a sociological dreamtale.
Time-hopping through centuries, I learn how slow deep social change is. How we cling to our worldviews!
RUNNER WITH A PORPOISE: by Wayan; 1999/10/30, a dream of spirits.
A Japanese high school athlete has no friends, till she starts meeting animal spirits on her long solo runs...
THE SEX WORKSHOP: by Wayan; 1997/4/6, a dream on taking the next step.
The teacher of our sex workshop picks me for a demonstration in front of everyone. Gulp...
CAUTION: WELL WHAT DO YOU THINK?
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:
STICK IT BACK ON: by Wayan; 1980/7/15, a scattered dream still hiding a point.
The tollman on the new bridge to the Land of the Dead revives a beheaded woman by RANDOM action...
STOP OBAMA'S ASSASSINATION: by Wayan; 2012/2/10. A dream about politics? Or health?
Two child prodigies fail to stop the assassins stalking President Obama, but a geeky guy with a home-made laser...
THE STUTTER: by Wayan; 1995/9/7, a religious dreamtale.
Half our religion-founders were just one guy coming back till he got it right. Well, practice makes perfect...
SUMMON A MENTOR: by Wayan; 1997/10/6, a parabolic dream on wishes.
I turn shy with women I like. So I wish for a dating coach, who appears! Then I feel dumb: how come I...
TAROT: THE ANOREXIC DANCER: by Wayan; 30K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card of excessive self-denial, whether compulsive or artistic or spiritual...
TAROT: THE BUILDER: by Wayan; 46K. Tarot card, 3x5", of a 1974/5/19 dream.
The card of building your dream no matter what. I dreamed I met the Primal Builder...
TAROT: THE CENTAUR (Ace of Pentacles): by Wayan; 360 x 528. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Mind and body integrated. S/he can hold up even the world-serpent that the gods couldn't lift...
CAUTION: ANDROGYNOUS CENTAUR BREASTS
TAROT: DIRTY DISHES: by Wayan; 26K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
It's time to tackle that unpleasant task. But so what? You know how. And you have gloves...
TAROT: THE EXPLAINER (The Page of Swords?): by Wayan; 36K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Using the mind's blade humbly, respecting ideas and people, clarity's disciple may not see her own power...
TAROT: THE MAGE: by Wayan; Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
Jung said most people let one aspect of life dominate them. The Mage balances them...
TAROT: THE MAGENTA MESSIAH: by Wayan; 26K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
True teachers and leaders do exist, with vision enough to make seeds (and people) sprout...
TAROT: THE PIANIST (Knight of Wands?): by Wayan; 27K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The knight of creative fire, who takes over when you've mastered technique but kept your passion...
TAROT: OUTSTANDING (The Seven of Wands): by Wayan; 22K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Those of you who see or sense auras know how rare it is to meet someone with all four cylinders firing...
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...
TEHURA TRIES COMICS: by Wayan; 1994/7/19. pencil, Xerox, erasable crayon.
I dreamed a sphinx artist visited humanity and drew the crazy natives. I copied her sketchbook and notes...
CAUTION: NUDITY, PAGANISM, SLACKERISM, ACTUAL IDEAS
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...
WARM MOTHER: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2001/3/24, 3/29, 3/30 & 4/1; dreams
My mother takes over caring for my sick daughter; I feel pushed aside. When I wake, I try to paint a more positive image of mothering...
For a week, dream after dream appears with situations full of opportunities for patience and letting go of jealousy...
WERE-COMPOSER: by Wayan; 1995/2/15, a trashy dream.
I help a brilliant, starving composer turn his family curse into a profitable business...


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