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MOUNTAINS AND CLIFFS

Mountain dreams. I could get all New Age and justify it as a deep dream-archetype, a symbol for Spiritual Heights, and I might even be right. But the truth is, I just like mountains. I feel good among them--dreaming or not. I know why. I was raised in California and the only reliable water in the long dry summer is snowmelt--or perennial streams coming from upland forests. Here, as in many other climate zones, flats can mean death, and mountains, life.

Still, there are other patterns among these dreams. Thin mountain air can have surprisingly dense symbolism, as in our first dream, AIR OASIS. And MY VIEWPOINT is an example of another common type--a high place as a point in life where an overview or a look back is possible. Or ahead. Sometimes very far ahead indeed.

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AIR OASIS: by Wayan; 1984/4/15, a dream of marginality.
Why'd I have to get my big inspiration deep in a lake in the Land of the Lizard People high in the Andes?
THE ARTIST'S WAY: by Wayan; 1994/6/10, a visual-pun dream.
I'm a parade route. A group of child artists walks all over me. But their soles are bare, so I don't mind...
ASCENT: by Wayan; spring 1997; a comix-panorama summing up recurrent mountain-climbing dreams.
All that spring I dreamed of climbing, cold, fatigue, risk, and fear. But shamanic training involves toughening; ascent isn't always easy flight...
THE BIRD-TAMER: Wayan, 1980s, ink & erasable crayon; daydream.
How a centaur tames birds in the Sierra Nevada...
BORN IN A CAVE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2007/4/20 to 2007/8/9, a painted series of rite-of-passage dreams.
I keep dreaming of awkward but successful transitions into new life, and paint them all in one landscape...
CENTAUR SHASTA: by Wayan; 1987? Dream figure in a daydream setting
Just a really cute guide to the centaur country around their holy mountain, Shasta...
CAUTION: BREAST
THE CHUTE: by Wayan; 1993/11/10, a dream transforming fear.
I'm warily crossing an avalanche chute in winter, when my worst fear happens. Then the slide speaks up...
CLIFFMARE: by Wayan; 1988/10/8; a dream of lust vs freedom.
I was a wild mare in heat, torn between longing for sex, touch, love...and the fear of being tamed.
CAUTION: HORSE FRUSTRATION
CLIMB DOWN THE PINNACLES: by Jenny Badger Sultan, l995/12/24, a surreal dream and painting
Decision by decision, we made our way down immense rock crags. Below, I had to put out a deadly fire, a fire as solid as wood or stone, with a white staff. What am I really trying to calm?
COLUMBIA UPSIDE DOWN: by Wayan; 1992. Dream-tinged landscape.
I painted this upside down, with a mouse, then flipped it to see what I'd done...
THE COMING DARK: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 2002/3/2; dream-paintings about one disaster averted, and another... not.
I climb down from a desert cliff before night strands me; but reckless adolescent games in town lead to a crash...
CRITTERS IN THE RIFT: by Wayan; 2013/7/18, a weird dream job
I'm the receptionist for a research group of small animals who sniff out the answer to any question in an Icelandic rift...
DEADWOOD, or, MAO'S ONEIROLOGIST: by Wayan; 1976/4/2, a career-advisory dream-poem
Trapped in the Cultural Revolution, I can't reach the Himalayas. So I fly around the base of the Stairway to Heaven...
DELIGHT EVOLVES FLIGHT: by Wayan; 2011/12/23, an advisory dream
In a parallel world, a gliding griflynx displays a brilliant evolutionary strategy: joy! It's the strongest mate magnet...
DESCENDING THE MOUNTAIN TOWER: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 2004/7/6, a dream of grounding
The boy and I walk a spiral trail down the mountain to the caves of tears...
THE DOUBT: by Wayan; 2007/2/15, an undream trance-painting
Painting an abstract watercolor, I drifted into trance, and found myself climbing a thorny slope. Had I gone wrong?
ETNA-SHASTA, or, GROOM YOUR OWN FEATHERS: by Wayan; 2008/9/18, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #28
On a volcano's rim, watching the lava fountains, I interview a huge blue alien bird who never planned to be a monk...
HAWK RIDGE: by Wayan; 1988; Primitivist (and primitive) nondream digital painting
Early wild and wobbly computer art, reveling in those lush luminous colors...
HIGH IN THE MOUNTAINS: by Hélène Cixous; before 2003; a comic dream
My little brother catches and rides a fairy goose down steep mountain slopes, demanding it grant his wishes...
HYPNOGOGIC ASSAULT: by Dr Simon Forman; 1559-63, recurring hypnogogic images.
From age six on, Simon nightly climbs mountains and faces roaring floods in a sort of naptime bootcamp...
IN THE FOG: by Wayan; 1989/4/5, nondream (I swear!) digital landscape.
This place isn't out of my dreams, it just looks like it. It's real real real...
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
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..."
LAURA: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2009/10/24; a painting from the Box of Dreams
As we climb down the steep mountainside, clutching bushes to keep from falling, I ask Laura "Do you want another child?"
"LOOK UP, JOE!": by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2009/10/17; a painting from the Box of Dreams
A waterfall leaps from a mountain so huge, steep and distant its base is lost in the haze...
MANTA MOTHS: by Wayan; 1990/10/3, a transcendental nightmare tinged by a dream eight years earlier, 1982/1/22.
Our expedition into the mountains shrinks as Manta Moths pick us off... or do they? An old scroll spoke of fear leading to transformation...
MARS REBORN: by Wayan; 1MB, 27 photos, 15 pp, 2003/9/22, a sculpture, a tour guide, a virtual world
Mars as it will be 1000 years from now, terraformed. A guided tour with photos...
MIRIEL, DON'T GO IN!: by Wayan; 1982/10/6, a dream of a petty god.
God offers gifts to pilgrims, so my sister enters his door. Fierce light shoots out...
THE MOUNTAIN, THE MAGPIE AND THE ROAD: dreamed 2013/3/26 by Rustling Leaves; an issue-baring nightmare
I visit a beautiful artificial mountain with loved ones--but my demons overwhelm me one by one.
CAUTION: SUICIDAL FEELINGS, BODY HATE/FATPHOBIA, IMPLIED RAPE
MOVING IN THE LANDSCAPES OF MY DREAMS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; an epic canvas hiding over a dozen dreamscenes (mostly Jan-Mar 2011)
Inspired by a dream, I painted a big canvas landscape with movable (magnetic) dream figures and flaps revealing hidden dream scenes...
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...
NEWT WEDDING: by Emily Joy; spring 1995, 100k, a six-year-old's epic dream
Through wild jungles and over the Mattress Mountains, I lead a giant purple newt to love...
OCTOPIA: by Wayan; 1996/3/21, a spiritual dream-comic on play; ill. text version
I'm a stratospheric bat who finds a flying swastika. Is it creeping fascism or a Hindu blessing? Neither! An Octopian frisbee...
PEAK ANGEL: by Wayan; 1995, dreamlike but nondream digital collage.
A naked angel came and perched on a rock, pointing at a vista that seemed both alpine and undersea...
THE PEAK WHERE I DIED: by Wayan; 1983/1/16. A dark dream-comic.
I froze to death trying to climb an icy peak. But I try again, and this time, no holds barred. Wow, am I selfish! But alive...
PIKE JOURNAL: by Wayan; 1984/11/14, a small psychic dream.
I'm peeking at Pike's Peak with Gregory Peck, as we seek my dream-journals in the Hawaiian jungles...
CAUTION: STUPID PSYCHIC PUNS
MY RAPPEL-MAD SISTER: by Wayan; 1984/7/14-15, a dreamtale on being halfway.
My sister hoists us up to the Goddess's country too early, or too late: the ice is thawing, treacherous...
RAZI AND THE HOLY WINO OF SHASTA: by Wayan; 1994/9/1, a redemptive dream and epic furry painting
20,000 years from now, a deer-harpist named Razi finds the Holy Wino's not quite the ruin he seems...
CAUTION: BAD PENGUINS, DEER NUDITY, RUDE DRUNK
RED OCHRE, CLEAR LIGHT: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2003/4/2 & 4/21; a painting that blends two possibly premonitory dreams
Mt Everest is snowfree and red; in the next dream I redden a sandstone cave with ochre. I feel uneasy...
RING OF WHITE WATER: by Wayan; 1983/1/30, an epic astral dream.
I'm a raft guide on a circular river that may just be reincarnation. One of my tour group jumps ship: she's scared of the white water of rocky relationships ahead...
CAUTION: METAPHYSICS, SEX, WEAK SOULS...
SERRANA: by Wayan; 2MB, Oct-Dec 2004, a sculpture/webtour with 60 maps, photos and sketches
A dry little world with many small seas, Serrana has at least six intelligent species and an anarchist culture. It's a tribute to Ursula Le Guin's anarchist utopia, "The Dispossessed", and Kropotkin's theories of biological cooperation...
CAUTION: ANARCHIST POLITICS, ALIEN NUDITY
SIPHONIA: by Wayan; 30 p, 2006-14, a nondream virtual world, in progress; maps, tours
First, suck up 90% of Earth's seas. Now wait 90,000 years for life to adapt. Tibetan plateaus above steamy new Deeps ruled by giant parrots, ravens and otters...
THE STARMONT TRIATHLON: by Wayan; 1984/7/2, a magical marathon dream.
I meet the Red God of Running and Holly Golightly; we're all in the triathlon up the world's greatest peak...
THARN: by Wayan; 8.3MB (45 p, 200+ ill.), 2006, a nondream virtual world: maps, photos, portraits, tours
Tour a rugged, spectacular moon with air and water in deep canyons sheltering a dozen intelligent species
CAUTION: ANARCHISM, NUDITY, SCIENCE
UNIVERSITY OF THE SIERRA: by Wayan; 1975/10/10, a pun-studded dream poem
Jealous of newlyweds, I grind my teeth to splinters. But the Great Ice did that to Sierra granite, and that turned out fine...
VESTA ON ISIG MOUNTAIN: by Wayan; 1983? Crayon, 11x14"; viewpoint of a dream character.
Vesta are animal guardians of the land. This isn't a portrait of a vesta, but how I see when I AM one...
VIEWPOINT: by Wayan; 1991/6/9, a dream on pastlife amnesia.
I ask to see my past lives, and dream of a viewpoint where I can--but this Mormon ranger...
WHO WERE THEY?: by Wayan; 1999. Digital sketch of daydream.
Who were they? I don't know. But they were doing something powerful on top of that mountain.


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