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PSYCHODRAMA

Psychodrama, encounter, and similar mixtures of psychology and theatre. For several years , I was a regular in a large psychodrama/encounter group, the Inner Theatre, at Prometheus Center, near Stanford, California. One by one, audience members stepped into the spotlight center stage and worked on an issue; actors dove in, playing parts and fleshing out primal dramas. Everyone participated: in fight scenes, even the audience held up pillows in a ring to protect combatants.

In psychodrama, the speed and intensity of sharing, the secrets bared and wrestled with, forged friendships even more quickly and tightly than in an ordinary theatrical troupe. Even more of a hothouse, in fact. Both delicate orchids and weird, huge, stinking carrion-flowers grew in profusion. Most of what I know about human insides, I learned from psychodrama.

Dreams are, of course, the Inner Theatre which psychodrama mimics: a safe zone where new behaviors can be tested and old pains healed; an arena full of mayhem from which the dreamer wakes (usually) intact. Usually. I think wise dreamwork has the same basic safety-rule as physical psychodrama: fight if you must but don't hit to hurt, for your enemies are just friends playing roles. "All the world's a stage".

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BLUE CRYSTALS: by Wayan; 1979/5/20 dream offering guidance.
Throw a dream-crystal, or dangle it by a thread, and it'll point the way to go...
CAUTION: NUDITY
COFFINS: by Beryl and Wayan; 1983/11/5, dark parallel dreams
Ghoulish games backstage at a psychodrama theater. Eerily similar dreams the same night--and THEN they turn out to be predictive...
CAUTION: SLOW DEATH
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
DRAMATIC PARASITES: by Wayan; 1995/6/28, a dream on fear of success.
I project I'll make a lot more money soon. Good, now I can support all my lazy friends! Wait...
ICERINK: by Wayan; 1980/8/23, a warning dream.
Psychodrama seemed like a way to meet cool people. But when I dreamed they were ice-skating rioters...
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
JACUZZI JAIL: by Wayan; 1979/10/12, a dream of parental poison.
My family has shackled my little sister in a hot tub full of carcinogenic bubble bath...
CAUTION: INCEST ISSUES AND A SLIGHTLY DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY
THE LEMON SEA: by Wayan; 1982/2/22, a dream warning.
I wake up as someone else. I go through her working day, till Captain Kirk comes to take me to...
MOTH TRAPS: by Wayan; 1980/1/11, a short dream on getting stuck.
The Agile Beasts build traps to catch the Moth Monsters; but the Moths may build traps to retaliate...
MUSICIAN AND FOXTAIL, by Wayan, 2009/2/14, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #40
In Palo Alto I meet strange musicians in the rain, and realize kitsune aren't born but made...
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...
POD WAR: by Wayan; 1979/10/14, an "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" dream
Emotionless Pod People surround the last free humans. I fight for humanity, but I'm not human or pod--I'm...
POPEYE MUSCLES: by Wayan; 1986/7/14, a grotesque dreamtale.
My body turns protean: big Popeye muscles pop out as needed, relaxing into stick-figureness...
THE RULES OF THE GAME: by Wayan; 1992/11/30, a Gestaltish dream.
The Inner Theater. I'm duelling someone who keeps changing the rules. But so can I... can we make a deal?
STARHAWK THE WITCH: by Wayan; 1983/8/19, an epic dream.
I'm forced to become Time Pilgrim, warning history of the dangers of community--indeed, of unity...
SUSHI CIRCUS: by Wayan; 1982/2/17, an illustrated psychic dream.
When I flee the Psychodrama Circus to avoid being stabbed, it explodes! But it's the sushi that really upsets me...
CAUTION: CANNIBAL MAKI
THE VACUUM CLEANER QUARTET: by Wayan; 1981, four bizarre poems.
All I know about humans, I learned in psychodrama. I gawked as caterpillars grew wings. Except me...


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