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Mentors and Teachers

Mentors and teachers in dreams--not all of them human. It's a broad concept. Two well-known types are:
  1. the Jungian anima/animus--dreamguides often using sex to lure the dreamer into dreamwork, who often encourage a dreamer to try behavior atypical for his or her gender--that is, they feminize men and masculinize women (whatever that means in a given culture), pushing for a balanced personality relatively free of gender restrictions.
  2. Wise Elders--crones, wizards, sages, oracles. These are familiar to Jungians and mythologists, too.
But these dreams show a much wider range of mentors and teachers. Friends, hermits, prostitutes, molluscoid aunts, telepathic lions, sex-workshop leaders, astral dragons. Some of them teach only by example; and some, by negative example, teaching so rigidly that the dreamer rebels. I suspect such themes are more common now than in Jung's era; and rightly so.

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AFTER THE FLOOD AND THE PIG-EARED BABY ALLIGATOR: by Skiznot; 1994-96, an oracular dream
My hometown floods. I swim after some strange fish and find a scientific community where a scaled baby tells me who I am...
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...
ALICE'S LETTERS: by "Alice"; late 1960s?, a dream of spiritual advice
I mail a packet of letters that will solve everyone's problems, but then a man points out how much we need problems...
AMBITION: by Wayan; 1994/5/25, an odd little dreamlike real-life experience.
My intuition led me to a panel discussion of women artists, just to hear one single sentence...
ANNE GOT LOST: by Anne's friend; 1936, a warning dream wisely acted on
She was headed for a rock wall. The brakes faded; she smelled burning. Then she woke. Her friends laughed, but she asked a neighbor what to do if...
ANTIGRAVITY RESEARCH: by Mary Arnold-Forster; 1905?, a dream of teaching dreamflight
I’m showing the Royal Society how to levitate. Confidence is the main thing. I teach a hesitant Fellow to lift off...
THE ANTI-SABOTEUR: by Wayan; 2013/7/19, a diagnostic dreamlet
This giant life-coach says my friends and I aren't self-sabotaging as we suspected. Just lack tools and opportunities. And we're aiming high...
AQUARINA PRODIGY: by Wayan; 2009/10/15, a dream poem with sketches; Dreamverse #60
A child prodigy stands out in a chorus line of waterdancers. Her body and energy are a patchwork of young and old...
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...
BIRD CRASH: by Emily Joy; 2007/3/12, a set of didactic nightmares
Such pressures there are on the sick to act well! I implore you, ignore them all...
CAUTION: EXPLODING TEACHER
BIRDMAN TEACHES "NO!": by Miriel as told to Wayan; 1985/7/11, a poem on flight/assertion training
In the canyon behind our home, a steel-clawed birdman taught my brother and me to fly. His method was weird: he told us to shout "NO!"...
THE BLOOD OF CHRIST (BUT, MOM!): by Anna Kingsford; 1879/10/17, a religious dream turning personal
I argue that Christ’s “blood” is a metaphor for “spiritual perfection.” But my mom says I’m killing her; she begs me to repent...
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...
BURN HIS TREE: by Emily Joy; 2007/2/7; two linked nightmares on art
Malevolent artwork terrorizes my baby and me! What's to be done?...
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...
THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF AN ANT: by Walter de la Mare; 1920s, a tutelary dream.
The book's first two pages showed an ant's awareness, then a human's wider grasp--both mere freckles on reality...
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!
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...
DIAGNOSTIC BATTERY: by Wayan; 1988/4/20, a nightmare of sorts.
My sister's new guru tests me psychologically--only it looks like an engineer's test to destruction...
CAUTION: EMOTIONAL CRUELTY
DON JUAN AND THE FLYERS: by 'Rasselon'; 2009/12/17, a shamanic dream about focus.
Little flying creatures hide in the shadows. But when I focus on them, they attack! Castaneda's teacher looks on amused...
DRAGON-JEWEL: by Wayan; 2013/6/27, a 1001 Nights dream-poem
I stumble on a dragon-hoard. Wizards and caliphs hunt me--how to get outa town? A brown coat and a delivery bike...
DREAM OF THE ARCS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1994/7/5, a warning dream on power
A nun-like figure shows me three arcs; two are forms of direct power, but the third, innermost arc can lead to secrecy and manipulation...
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...
CAUTION: SEX
FALL OF A PRINCE: by Wayan; 2006/11/17, a dream on the morality of predicting.
A time-traveling historian’s caught in a moral dilemma: warn an ancient prince he died of a fall in her history books? What do you owe history?
FILLING THE ANCESTORS' SHOES: by Wayan; 1995/9/24, a shamanic dream.
A dream of a shaman named Fred who tried to use a bear as a lightbulb. Fred, Fred, Fred...
A FIRE ENTIRELY WITHOUT HEAT: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2008/9/11; a dreampainting from the Box of Dreams
On the anniversary of 9/11, I dreamed a friend was welding nude. In his careful hands, the fire was harmless...
FLIGHT: by Denise Levertov; 1945; a dream poem
I meet William Blake! He says "The will is given us that we may know the delights of surrender." While in my bedroom...
A GAME OF CARDS: by Anna Kingsford; 1883/12/7, a god kibitzes on a Tarot game
Anna trusts to luck, but her mentor urges her to plan--"Think it out!" And what are these cards?
GARDEN OF THE GODS: by Wayan; 1995/10/6, a dream of slowth.
In the Garden of the Gods, I sit through sun and rain. For gods aren't the gardeners, they're the crop...
GENNADIUS: by Gennadius, ca. 415 AD, apparently the first recorded lucid dream
Gennadius re-dreams a previous dream, prompting him to notice he’s dreaming. His guide points out the spiritual implications...
THE GEYSER: by Wayan; 2014/3/22, a mock Dickinson poem on a dream telling us what to be
I dream my sister has an epiphany--we should relax, blur our boundaries, and just be sloppy Geysers of Good. Surprisingly, my financier mentor agrees...
CAUTION: CALLS CAPITALISM OBSOLETE
THE GIRL IS ARMED: by Wayan; 2009/1/28, three diagnostic/advisory dreams.
An abused girl survives grotesque situations to become a job/health counselor with a talking sofa...
CAUTION: BUTT-SNIFFING GIANT
GREEN DAY DREAM: by Cristy C. Road; early 1995. A recurring dream.
Green Day singer Billie Joe hocked a lugie on me in concert. I felt blessed...
CAUTION: EWWW
GURU GUTS: by Wayan; 1989/4/12, digital sketch of my perceptual world.
If it takes a whole village to raise a child, it also takes a lot of guts to raise a kundalini. Voila!
HALF SHAMAN, HALF STATESMAN: by Wayan; 1986/4/21, a parallel-world dream: Chapter 6 of UNICORN TAG
I get a scholarship to Shaman U. Some of my classmates are Terran, but I still don't fit in, because...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE
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...
THE HEDGEHOG DISPENSARY: by Wayan; 440K, 27 watercolors, 2004/10/2, a dream of a furry ambitopia.
A rabbit shaman orders his apprentice to drape dead hedgehogs round her neck til she bleeds. Ow! What’s his problem? Well...
CAUTION: FURRY NUDITY, ABUSIVE MENTOR
"HIS BALL IS EMPTY": by Wayan; 1982/3/23, an epistolary advice-dream.
A letter to Miss Hornyhearts compares the writer's lover and husband. Some sharp advice for nice boys...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE
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?
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..."
I TURNED OFF JESUS: by Chris Baker; 2011/2/18; an "oops!" dream
Playing Mario Kart, I stray into a darkness where Earth floats, burning. And then Jesus speaks up! But I carelessly hit the OFF button...
IN THE STAR; 1988/9/12 by Wayan; an epic, out-of-body, intrastellar quest-dream
I tour the heart of a red supergiant, where dreaming souls explore their heart's desires unconstrained by matter...
CAUTION: SWEDENBORGIAN VISON PLUS NUDE UNICORNS AND LEMURS
IS THE DREAMWORLD ROUND?: by Wayan; 2006/7/5; a dream about dreamwork
Dreamworlders, exploring our world, tell me of home. Their known dreamworld is just a little patch on a huge globe...
JAKE'S MAGIC CARPET; 2006/12/12 by Zhea Zarecor; a poltergeist experience and a reconciliation dream that grew to something more
Not long after Jake died, I dreamed he took me on a magic carpet ride. Since then, I've been flying...
JAMES MERRILL REMEMBERED: by Rachel Hadas; around May 1995; two dream-poems
Soon after my friend and mentor James Merrill died, I had recurring, elusive dreams about him...
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...
LESBOY: by Wayan; 1996/5/20, a dream on one's identity and place.
My Aunt Squid advises me to join a lesbian artists' co-op. But I'm a man! Not for long, though...
CAUTION: NUDE SUNBATHING, GENDER BEWILDERMENT
LES LICORNES: by Marie-Claude Girondé, fall 2007, a dream painting.
Three unicorns gallop out of the waves...
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
MAMA BEAR'S ADVICE: by Wayan; 1985/12/8, a dream on love-tactics.
A bear-girl seduced by her coyote professor gets some advice on revenge from her anthropologist mom...
MIDWAY: by Wayan; 1994/2/4, twin shamanic dream-lessons.
I'm cold and dark and disoriented! What am I doing wrong? Nothing--I'm just halfway to Alpha Centauri...
MOON AND FIRE RISING: by Jenny Badger Sultan; main dream before 1994/3/10 (with other dream images, one from 1969)
A fierce dragonlady showed me a cache of art. When I painted her face I recalled seeing it in a dream decades ago--in the mirror...
CAUTION: DRAGON BREASTS
MOONCAT: by Wayan; 1995/11/26; a subtle dream-comic about sonar. Also: ill. text version
Near a mysterious sculpture garden on the moon, lives the blind, bike-riding sage I seek: Moon-Cat...
MY MOTHER'S CLOSET: by Rachel Hadas, c. 2000; a dream-poem provoking a 2008/9/16 dream by Chris Wayan
I was in my mother's closet, trying on her outfits, and trapped in Hamlet, too...
MY NAME IS WAYAN: by Wayan, 1986/5/23, a dream of names and manes.
A conversation with a telepathic unicorn-lion reveals that my true name is Wayan. And my species?...
NOW WE ARE 48: by Laurel Blossom, 1991; a dream-poem of a rescue.
At the beach I dive into deep water to save my drowning friend Kathy, and find it’s not so clear who’s who...
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
PARVATI SAWS THE WALL: by Wayan; 2013/6/26, a dream-poem about a kook
A martial-arts student won't fight the teacher she loves--not even for her final exam. Instead she gets a rotary saw and...
THE POWER OF THE BUTTERFLY: by Lisa Gale Garrigues ("Cory"); winter 1997, a dream of flying, shapeshifting and spiritual advice.
When a flood trapped me in my cabin, I dreamed I met an old man who warned me to let my butterflies go...
RAGS TO RICHES: A FIGHT FOR LOVE: by Hyal; October 2006, a dream of courage.
I was just a street rat, but I danced with the princess at a ball, and fell in love. Three rich suitors pulled their blades...
RAPA ITI: by Marc Liblin, 1954-1960s, recurring childhood dreams teaching him to speak an unknown language
Only at age 33 did Marc Liblin at last meet someone who spoke his dream language. He married her, and moved to Rapa Iti, the only place in the world it's spoken...
A RENAISSANCE WOMAN: by Wayan; 1997/7/3, a dreamtale.
I'm an abused girl turning tricks to survive. But this is San Francisco: I join a prostitutes' co-op, and meet...
CAUTION: PROSTITUTES WITH SELF-RESPECT, OH NO!
THE RIFT ZONE: by Wayan; 1987/11/27, a long-term psychic dream.
I'm not ambivalent--I'm confused! I live here by the Rift Zone and I don't. I'm single and not. Two lives!...
ROBERT’S PLAN: by William Blake; late 1788; an advisory dream...
Blake was broke. Couldn’t pay to typeset Songs of Innocence and Experience. But his brother showed him in a dream...
SAW HER IN HALF?: by Wayan; 2008/8/28, a warning dream-poem, Dreamverse #15
A sorceror's apprentice describes a medical procedure her teacher plans. I sure wouldn't want that done to ME...
CAUTION: TALK OF BLOOD AND SEX
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?
SHIP OF JADE: by Wayan; 2009/11/7, an illustrated dreampoem on dreampoetry! Dreamverse #64
My dreams are made of lovely carvable jade. Too bad my tools and skills suit our plastic age...
SHY SPHINX: by Wayan; 2009/11/27, a dream of indirect advice
I find a shy sphinx hiding in the corner of a painting in a dull art class. But maybe she's right to hide...
SNOW by Nancy Price; 1948, a false-waking dream about living vs survival
Lost in the snow, I must either give my baby to a stranger or let my dad put him in a box, safe, forever...
SOUL-SHARD: by Wayan; 2000/10/5, a rebellious dream
I’m a wolf in an ashram studying astral travel with my spirit-wife. Our souls blend a bit, enraging our guru, a Hindu god, who sends demons to make us stop this spiritual “contamination”...
THE STYGIAN SENTINELS: by SAO (Shawn Allen O'Neal); 1970s, a recurring astral dream.
The couple guarding the bridge over the River Styx, the Crocodile King and the Geisha Queen, rarely seemed to agree...
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 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 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...
TEACH DREAM E.S.P.: by Wayan; 2012/2/14. An advisory dream with an intriguing model of time.
I'm co-teaching a class on the various flavors of ESP. My specialty's sending warnings to my own past self, creating new time-forks...
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...
TEETH IN HIS THIGH: by Wayan; 2008/10/30, an embarrassing dream-poem: Dreamverse #37
The Conference on Love has two sexy speakers. One says "my teacher's stalking me" but she clings to him. Love? Hate? Both?
CAUTION: EXHIBITIONISM--but what are these two exhibiting?
THE THREE VEILS BETWEEN MAN AND GOD: by Anna Kingsford, March 1881, a prophetic, almost messianic, dream.
I was shown what veils the God in us: Blood (violence), Idols (dogmatism), and the Curse of Eve (sexism)...
CAUTION: FUNDAMENTALISTS (OF ANY FAITH) WILL SEE RED
UNCONTROLLED TIME TRAVEL: by Jo; 2007/7/13, a time-slipping dream.
I’m a drug-addicted amateur dramatist. A fat balding businessman and I bring humanity back from extinction, but...
CAUTION: TORTURE (brief), ADVOCACY OF WAR, HUMAN EXTINCTION (offstage)
UNDER THE FUR: by Wayan, 700K total (5 p, 140K each), 1997/10/7; a color dream-comic
(or plain text version, just 10 K)
A strange creature slunk into our yard, carrying a skunk lunch. But she dropped her fur coat, and...
UNICORN FEEDBACK: by Wayan; 2009/1/3, a double dream of advice
A unicorn advises me. I wake, and tell a friend, who proves I must have misheard. And then I wake again...
THE VISION: by Robert Herrick; 1648, an eroti-political dream poem
I dreamt Anacreon the poet reeled with drink and lust--and I am wild and wanton like to him...
THE WELL: by Denise Levertov; 1960?; a dream-poem
I meet my own muse--the muse of all of us, perhaps--scooping water from a sacred well...
THE WELL OF WOMEN'S WISDOM: by Wayan; 1991/3/25, a dream on gradualism.
I find the well of women's wisdom. Lucky I had a sex change! A girl sneers "this wisdom's narrow." Is it?
WHALE SPEAKS: by Brenda Ferrimani; 2014?; an epic dream painting
I dreamed I was a whale swimming against a Christian ebb tide, trying to lead humans to a cleaner spiritual current...
CAUTION: CRITIQUES AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY
WHAT TO DO IN A WIZARD'S LAIR: by Wayan; 2013/4/23, a comic dreamlet
A friend who's a sorceror's apprentice shows me his Dark Master's tower. And the bed strewn with stuffed animals. I just can't resist...
WHY ARE WE AFRAID TO DIE?: by Hopper; summer 2008, an astral-interview dream.
I meet a ghost girl and ask her about death. I figure she knows first-hand. And she tells me...
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
WINDOW IN THE SKY: by Emily Joy; 2006/10/15, an epic, flying, disorienting, apocalyptic dream
When my friends and I learn to fly, all of Middle Earth turns against us! Fleeing from Saruman's army, I bonk my head, exposing the backstage truth about our world...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE, DOOM, PHYSICS! YODA IN THE TUB!
A WRITER'S MUSE: by Wayan, 1996/12/7, a dreamfable on creativity.
A writer's found in his office mating with an ash-covered creature! But could she be his muse?
CAUTION: NUDITY OR NOT? SEX OR NOT? NO ONE QUITE KNOWS...
YOGA SAINT: by Wayan; 2010/12/4, a disturbing diagnostic dream
I wanted a dream on my recurring headaches & bellyaches. I meet my illness--a yogic saint who punishes jokers, flirts and cynics for their worldliness...
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?
ZILLIONAIRE'S TOWER: by Wayan; 2012/2/9, a financial climbing dream
My mild yuppie friend Lou climbs a bank tower to reach his rich mentor, and wins an internship. But as he swears his oath...
CAUTION: DISSES CUTTHROAT CAPITALISM
ZYGOTE: by Wayan; 1999, a comic astral vision.
It's true: after death, angels advise you where to go next. But what if you get an over-eager travel agent?



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