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Natalian dreams

Dreams having physical effects or leaving traces of some sort. This is just my name for them, derived from the earliest example I know--see "Natalius' Welts", below. I've had a couple of these dreams, and found them as devastating as Natalius apparently did. Nor did the shock fade with time and thought--can the dreaming mind change our bodies to conform to its beliefs, or is the dreamworld a real place, or can the dream-state hypnotically induce persistent hallucinations into the waking state--into "reality"? Any of the three possibilities has startling implications, for good and bad.

Readers who haven't had such a dream will naturally feel skeptical. Just remember: until recently sleep researchers told us lucid dreaming was physiologically impossible--the brain was too disordered in REM for self-awareness and critical thinking. They were proved wrong in the lab.

So belief or disbelief is premature--the first step is to collect more samples! Search has to come before research.

So... have you ever had a Natalian dream? Do you know anyone who's had one? Send it to me and I'll add it here.

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AFTERIMAGE: by Wayan; 1983/8/8, a dream on dreams.
A bizarre little dream proving just how physical the impact of a dream is on the body...
ASTEROID STRIKES: by Ben Bamber; Sept.-Dec. 2001, four dreams predicting three meteor strikes in southern England
I witnessed strikes in Brighton and Devon through the eyes of others; but I felt the Cheltenham impact in my own body...
CREEPINESS: by Scottopic; 2001/11/30. A hypnogogic nightmare.
I'm in bed sleepily petting my cat, when I see my cat across the room! What's on my legs? It's big. My cat chases it off... through the wall? My room is sealed. Where did it come from, where did it go?...
DEAD OR ALIVE? by Nancy Price; 1948, a surreal, poetic dream from the borderzone
Troutmet the moon-pigeon, Burtra the blackbird, a talking acacia, and my dead dad and gardener give me afterworld-advice...
THE DREAM TO LAST YEARS: by Elizabeth Church; 2004? to March 2008; recurring encounters with a protector--in and out of dreams!
For about five years now I have been dreaming of this guy. Different dreams, same guy...
EBON EBON THALUD: by Samuel Coleridge; 1800/11/28, a nightmare struggle leaving physical traces.
Ebon Ebon Thalud, a woman blended with darkness, tries to gouge out my right eye. I wake screaming. My right eyelid is swollen...
EXPERIMENT WITH TIME by Nancy Price; 1948, a shamanic-initiation dream declined?
I meet a girl who's 16 and 61, who tells me dreams are lives, not messages. But then I must fly over a sinister parade...
HAIL AND FAREWELL by Nancy Price; 1947/6/6, a revenant dream-message
A dying colleague haunts me all night. He says "crossings are often unpleasant" but death's not bad...
NATALIUS' WELTS: by Natalius the Confessor, ca. 155 AD, a dream leaving physical traces.
Natalius dreamed that angels whipped him for joining a heretic cult, and woke to find welts on his back...
NOCTURNAL HAIRCUTS: by two of Pliny the Younger's servant boys; 96 AD. Subliminal? Oracular? Prank? All three?
Two boys dream robed figures climb in the window to cut their hair--and find, awake, someone has. While Pliny learns...
OTTER MEDICINE: by The-Fringe, a Crow healer, early 1850s; a shamanic dream with physical effects
I slept on an island in a scalding hot spring, praying for a dream. I got one--and woke up on the shore...
RATTLER BANQUET: by Wayan; 1993/1/29, a farcical nightmare poem.
My parents invite me to dinner, but my mom chases a rattlesnake up my leg. Then I wake to find two holes in my...
REMARKABLE: by Joseph Wilkins; 1754, an out-of-body dream
Wilkins visits his parents in a dream. Only they think he's a ghost, and panic--in the real world...
RIB-CRUSHER: by Robert Southey; 1823/10/5, a nightmare leaving traces
I was in the grave. Worse, a living skeleton was trying to crush my ribs. Though terrified, I fought back, and...
SATANIC LIONíS WARNING: by Eldon B.; 2007/1/19, a nightmare with poltergeist activity
I fled a demon into a shadowy construction zone where an even worse telepathic lion-devil lured me in with soothing flattery. I woke shaking--and then things in my room began to move...
CAUTION: DEMONS, POLTERGEIST PHENOMENA
SONG by Nancy Price; Nov. or Dec. 1948, a transcendent music dream
Numb, sunk in a trance, I only woke when I broke through a wall to light and magical birdsong...


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