Perhaps this list should be merged with ghosts, below. I've tried to make the (admittedly subtle) distinction: ghosts are specifically the spirits of the dead; while souls are... otherwise. The dreams below show just how diverse "otherwise" can be. There are also a few dreams that don't feature souls as much as explain them, like Gennadius below.
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|AFTER BIRTH: by Wayan, 2004/9/29, astral acrylic painting
Never mind what happens after death! What if, before we were born, we were spirits with no idea what happens after birth?...
|AM I EPHEMERAL?: by Wayan; 2006/7/6, a puzzling dream of alienation
I live in a colony of long-lived observers of humanity. But am I a human hireling--a short-lived pet--or one of them?
|ANGELUNE: by Wayan; 1999 acrylic painting
The joyful animal-angel I feel myself to be in my happiest dreams.
|ANIMAL HEAVEN: by Wayan; 2008/8/16, an astral dream-poem; Dreamverse #6.
At a party in Animal Heaven, I fall for a rabbit-girl doomed to be human dinner. How can I rescue her? I'm Fate's part-time intern!
CAUTION: BREASTS, BEASTS, INCOMPETENT ANGEL OF DEATH
|ANOREXIA NIRVANA: by Wayan; 1993, a digital picture-poem of astral temptation.
I was anorexic for years; I only mastered it when I saw it was a hunger for the spirit world...
|ARENNA, FREED: by Wayan; 1991/11/6, a magical pastlife/flying/freedom dream.
I learn to fly from Arenna the moon-girl and Crest the dragon, in the House of Deep Memory...
|AROUND LAKE ERIE AND ACROSS THE HUDSON: by Rachel Hadas; 1997?, a dream-poem.
My dead friend Charlie and his sister and I are driving around Lake Erie. We know it’s a dream and he’s dead, and yet we’re joyous...
|ART OR PROPAGANDA?: by Wayan; dreamed 2008/2/7, three strange dream-reactions to Philip Pullman's books
I'm in a sleep lab dreaming of a kind of dream that can change reality itself. I study its EEG trace. Can I learn to do it?...
I'm arguing with musicians about what's best--music that serves your narrative scheme or spiritual purpose, or pure great music,...
I'm bored in history. Rather than take notes, I draw sexy furries. And so do the babydykes to my left and right! Wishing'll summon the girls we want...
CAUTION: PHILOSOPHY! OH NO!
|ATLANTIS: 3: MICHAEL'S DREAM; c. 1993 by Mark Doty; dream-based elegiac poem, one of six
I dream I see the soul of my lover step out of his body, a second self of light...
CAUTION: AIDS DEATH
|BEWARE OF OVERSTIMULATION: by Wayan; 1980/12/30, odd dream advice.
A sex-ghost appears in my bed, but when she's overstimulated, she tends to fade. Bad reception!...
|BLACK PUPPETEER: by Anonymous #2; 1930s, an eerie dreamlet.
My friend F. was with a child in a garden, but every move the child made was controlled by a weird figure behind her...
|THE BOOK: by SAO (Shawn Allen O'Neal); October 1989, a mandala-like dream-icon
The crystalline figure on the cover of the book in my dream seemed to hold as many answers as its title...
|BURN THE EGGS: by Wayan; 2008/1/20; a magical advisory nightmare with 15 sketches.
Fighting a theocracy, my dragon-soul burns the church's dragon-nursery. The cost is terrible: a black vortex...
CAUTION: ROMANTIC THREESOME GETS BURNED
|CLOCKS STOP, CLOCKS START: by an Indiana family, 1953/10/3, and a Florida family, before 1961; similar psychokinesis accounts
Indiana: Father's favorite clock, a cuckoo clock, stopped at exactly the time he died...
Florida: an old clock (silent for years) started ticking loudly at 10:20, the time of my husband's death the day before...
|CUTENESS PAGEANT: by Wayan; 2008/8/29, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #16.
I'm trapped in a cutesy cartoon universe! Worse, to judge a beauty contest, I have to see past our style to our souls...
|DANCE OF THE SUN: by Wayan, 1972/10/23, an epic mystical dream
I cross a hostile continent to a magic commune, fall in love with a flying girl who slaps a soul-spark into my head, and follow an alien goddess leading the Dance of the Sun...
|DEFENDING MYSELF BEFORE A JURY OF MEN: by Jack Kerouac, 1958?, a short transcendent advisory dream
I'm on trial. As I argue in my own defense, I float over the court! The jurors murmur "Why does he even bother protesting? He's beyond this world"...
|THE DEMON TODDLER: by Wayan, 2015/5/5, a creepy dream about... bears? demons? humans?
After a nature show on bears and a horror-parody film, I dream of a man and a demon toddler in a sick relationship. At least it sickens all of us...
CAUTION: DEVIL AND PEDOPHILE: WHO'S CORRUPTING WHO?
|DIPSOMANIA: by Dick in L.A.; before 1961, a suicide-preventing ghost/voice
I couldn't find Mrs. B and feared she was suicidal. Quite clearly and at once I heard my late mother say "She's in that hotel over there"...
|EDGE: by Wayan; 1992?, digital painting of a nondream vision.
A robed figure crowds a wild horse to a cliff-edge. One's my body, one's my soul. But which?...
|THE EYE by Nancy Price; 1948, a nightmare of resisting torture
A staring Eye tries to break me, though his birds rebel in sympathy. But the cats and robots flay me. Yet I refuse to die...
|FALL FROM A STAR: by Edwin Muir; 1920, a hypnogogic shamanic initiation
Escaping the tiny red plush room inside a star, I dive back to earth. Oops. A beast eats my broken body. My soul waits...
|FIGHT GOD!: by Wayan; 1979/12/25, a Christmas fight dream.
I'm in Heaven, but... it's full of Christians! I fight 30,000 angels, but I wanna go right to the top, and...
CAUTION: PAGANISM AND PUGILISM
|FOOTPRINT: by Wayan; 1980/1/11, a dream of the floating world.
I'm jogging in Yosemite. A man tells me I'm possessed. There IS something in my shoe...
|GALILEO FALLS: by Wayan; 1979/11/7, a mysterious dream .
I was a closet unicorn. SO closet, I didn't even know what a unicorn was, till I went to college and met...
|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...
|GHOST GATOR: by Wayan; 1984/10/9, a lip-reading dream.
A child from another universe materializes--part way. Too bad we called in that expert from Stanford...
|THE GODDESS OF WYRE: by Edwin Muir; c.1920, a dream of soul-rebirth
After 25 years I land on my native island of Wyre, to touch an ancient clay figurine, who grows young and wakes...
|THE GOLDENE BOOK OF VENUS: by Anna Kingsford; 1881/3/15-16, a poem read in two dreams
Poem from a book on how our love can save lives and souls, memorized during two dreams of a Renaissance astrologer's library...
|GUARDIAN GHOST: by an Oklahoma girl; 1919, a dream (?) of ghostly advice
I dreamed my late stepdad warned me to stand by my mother--she'd be in trouble and people would gossip and blame her...
|HALF-HEARTED GHOST: by Wayan; 1994/9/28, a dream on the cruelty of shyness.
I go invisible in my dance class and hear what the girls I like have to say about me. Uh-oh...
CAUTION: PAINFUL RELATIONSHIP TRUTHS
|HAWKING COUNTRY: by Wayan; 1994/2/3, a quantum-level dream.
I read Stephen Hawking, and dream I'm in the Quantum Desert, full of bridges, holes, and loops--like the microstructure of spacetime. But it's not alien at all--it's HOME!
|HELL CAFE: by Wayan; 2009/10/21, a dream poem w/sketch; Dreamverse #62
A Buddhist scroll shows me Hell Cafe, where diners become entrees. But I read the scroll backwards! You can escape Hell just by walking out, against the traffic flow...
CAUTION: CANNIBAL SOULS
|HELL-TORNADO: by Wayan; 1988/7/2, a dream on social engineering.
Who built the tornado in the Heartland, that sucks anyone who opens their spirit-wings down to Hell?
CAUTION: BAD THEOLOGY, WORSE PHYSICS
|HEPBURNING: by Wayan; 1984/8/1, a nightmare on repression.
Kat Hepburn burns inside as passionate aliens take over our souls. How can we expel them before...
|HOWARD ANY TIME NOW: by Alice; before 1961, a predictive dream of a ghost calling.
My dead father said "We are looking for Howard any time now. We'll be glad to see him but sorry for the ones he left..."
|IF YOUR HEART IS BEAT: by Wayan; 1989. Nondream, digital graffiti-poem-poster.
When your brain-cops are edgy, you're getting warm!
|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 VISION, UNICORN NUDITY
|INVISIBLE KYOKO: by Wayan; 1995/1/16, a dream on bold and shy.
I'm at a party in an air-lake. We fish for a girl who's gone invisible. But... what if we catch her?
|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...
|LONG ROAD TO HEAVEN: by Edwin Muir; 1920, an epic hypnogogic shamanic initiation
Creatures in the primal sea touch my third eye, dragons cry their eyes out, I fight the Sphinx, and arrive at last in...
|THE LOST RING: by Helen Fraser; 1924; an astral lost-and-found dream
A friend in Heaven promises Helen a lost ring would return to her. Three days later it did; but its path had been strange...
|MARK'S DISSOLVE: by Wayan, 2015/7/31, a dream-poem on an alternative way of death?
My friend Mark is ready to die. We say farewells, and he evaporates into the spirit realm--as everyone does when they die! Flesh to glass to air...
|MARTHA'S FALL: by Barbara, Martha, and Wayan; 1977/5/18. Three linked warning, sex, and flying dreams
Wayan makes love to Martha's double, then sees her soul watching from the shadows...
Barbara can't reach Wayan to say farewell...
Martha falls off a mountain and decides to let herself die, just to see what happens...
CAUTION: SEX, ABUSE ISSUES
|MOM ON THE WING: by a tail gunner; 1942-45, a lifesaving warning dream
I saw my mother standing on the tip of one wing of our plane. She was dressed in white flowing robes and calling my name, warning me of danger...
|NED'S KISS by Ned's mom and sister Ethel; before 1961, cledonic dreams of a playful revenant
I wished I could kiss my son farewell. That week, Ethel called. "I dreamed Ned kissed you, not me! I was hurt. He laughed like anything and kissed me too..."
|A NIGHT ON MOUNT DIABLO: by Wayan, 1984/6/8, an allegorical four-phase dream.
I'm attacked by a narcissist firebird, a rabid rattler-manticore, a masochist bear, and a sexless succubus...
CAUTION: INEPT DEMONS
|OVER THE VOLCANO: by AE (George Russell); c.1900, an embarkation dream.
We're spirits over a volcanic fountain of energy. And some of us prepare to ride the current up to...
CAUTION: ASSUMES MYSTICAL LITERACY
|PASSIN' THROUGH: by Wayan; 1991, nondream digital picture
Painted to that country song by Leonard Cohen, where Adam, Jesus, Washington, and FDR are all interviewed in their darkest moments, and they all sing "We're only passin' thru..."
|A PEGASUS-DRAGON SCRIPTS MY LIFE: by Wayan; 2017/12/4, a dream of my... creator? guardian angel? Credited scriptwriter, at least...
I watch the TV show of my life, and learn that my scriptwriter is half dragon, half pegasus. It's my human self that's been a fiction all along...
CAUTION: FURRY NUDITY
|PHOTOS LURE SOULS: by Wayan; 2016/3/12, dream of summoning spirits
I'm photographing lifesize furry statues. How explicit, how sexy? If I get shots they like, souls will be lured to enter their bodies and bring them alive...
CAUTION: NUDE CREATURES
|PINHEAD HEAVEN: by Wayan; 2013/7/12, an absurd dream-poem
I'm in heaven. But... what can you do up here? And it's so small. Where is everyone?...
CAUTION: WE FIND OUT
|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...
|PRISONS AND STRIPES: by Emily Joy; 2007/10/4, a lucid dream.
In a museum full of spacetime-bubbles holding lost souls, the museum-goers are as weird as the exhibits...
|RECONCILIATION: by Martha Sherwood; 2003/6/19, a dream-parable
Even after the Resurrection, a mother and daughter still have issues to clean up...
|REINCARNATION, or, SUPPOSE: by Wayan; 2015/7/10, an undream poem
These days I'm doubtful about both an afterlife AND utter extinction. Was Shakespeare wrong about what gets buried, what lives on?
|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...
|REVELATION: by Anna Kingsford; 1885/11/27, a prophetic, almost messianic, dream.
Dreams and other revelations shouldn't be dissected--they need to be reveiled, not revealed...
CAUTION: INTENSE MYSTICISM
|SELF-MADE GIRLS: by Wayan; 2000/2/15, a public dream.
Two souls coalesce from bars of light into human beings by the power of words. Words like stupid, ugly...
|SELF-POSSESSED: by Wayan; a 2000/7/10 dream of a ghost that may portend the future of the World Dream Bank itself
In a pizzeria, customers walk blindly through a ghost; briefly possessed, they echo his moods. But for such an insubstantial figure, he seems strangely stable...
|SERAFINA AND RAM DASS: by Wayan; a 2000/11/6 dream anticipating an 11/9 experience with auras
A Finnish shaman/witch gives me a lesson in night flying; in the waking world I meet Ram Dass and sense him speak astrally before his body can get the words out...
CAUTION: HIGH MYSTICAL QUOTIENT; IF ALLERGIC, AVOID
|THE SHADOW OF LIBERTY: by Wayan; 1989/7/8, a possibly telepathic nightmare-comedy.
My sisters get bored with the game of power, so I watch TV--till it melts, and a terrifying giant rises to chases me...
|A SHARP CLICK: by Herbert W., 1932/5/30, apparent spirit-rapping
My friend Mr D. was interested in psychic research but skeptical about psychokinesis. But 24 hours after his own death...
|SISTER TO LIFE: by Edwin Muir; c.1920, a dream of shamanic healing
The glow seemed to come from within her, but I knew it flowed from my own breast. Her eyes fluttered...
|SNOW STALLION: by Wayan; 1994/6/4, a tangled political/spiritual dream.
I'm a peace terrorist trapped in Squaw Valley, herded like a mare by a huge stallion made of snow...
And then the dream shifts and I blurt out the truth behind our idiotic waking world! And wake believing it...
CAUTION: MERMAID AND HORSE NUDITY
|THE SOLE FISHER OF THE EIGHTH NODE: by Wayan; 1986/9/25, a prescriptive dream.
The pier jutting into the sea of dreams has an 8th chakra at the end, where a lonely woman fishes for, um, sole...
|SOLE RETRIEVAL: by Wayan; 2005/10/6, a punning spiritual dreamlet
Guards in a museum confiscate my goofy purple-warted shoes, then lose them! I fuss till they find them. Vital to protect my... soles?
|SOUL-BOARD: by Wayan; 1989/1/12, an illustrated dream poem.
Africa. My horse trusted me as we faced lions and fire, but to face the Soul-Board, he must trust himself...
|SOULS IN THE MUD: by Wayan; 1981/1/14, a thoughtful dream.
I'm being hunted in Reincarnation Swamp, as I worry--the human population boom means experienced souls are scarce. Are most folks you meet really dogs, cats... rats?
CAUTION: MYSTIC ELITISM
|SOUL-WORK GOES ON: by Wayan; 1994/11/3, a journal extract on dreamwork.
As I reread decades of my dreams, I see Jung was right: even in times of chaos, soul-work goes calmly on...
|SPARK OF THE DIVINE: by Carla Young, 2010/2/2; painting of a brief oracular dream
A voice told me, "Human beings have a spark of the divine"...
|TAROT: DEATH (Resurrection): by Wayan; Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
So you die, and to your secular surprise, your soul or psyche (which does after all mean butterfly) metmorphoses into...
|TAWNY OWL by Nancy Price; April 1948, a dream of muses
On the road with a poet and a philosopher, I insist we rescue an owl. But we get lost, and the poet turns into...
|THIEF OF DREAMS: by Wayan; 1996/11/29, a 22-page comic telling a sexy soul-swappin' dream. (Small screen, slow loading? Text w/pics)
I was a mermaid trying to find Count Coyote's stolen dreams, so I could marry my human girlfriend...
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEX, LESBIAN MARRIAGE, ANTI-FUNDAMENTALISM
|TRANSPERSONAL PUPPIES by a dog breeder; before 1961, a cledonic dream of a ghost
The stranger seemed to know me. He said "Tell her about the little dogs, it will comfort her." Two weeks later...
|MY TUTELARY UNCLE: by Wayan; 1993/5/28, a shamanic dream.
I'm half Anglo, half Kwakiutl. My uncle the shaman died, but he still wants to teach me his medicine...
|TWENTY OF ME: by Robert MacNish; before 1830. A dream of multiplicity.
I possessed ubiquity: twenty of me, and each possessed by my same soul, so I could not say who I inhabited...
|A VALLEY NEAR HOPE: by Wayan; 1984/10/17-19, an epic dream.
I'm lost in a valley where unicorns love cyborgs but fear giant ants, who adore unicorns but hate cyborgs, who think ants are cute, but dread unicorns! And while the Three Tribes love and hate, cave-monsters sculpt them all. I set up peace talks between these four vertices of my tetrahedral soul, but what if I get what I want? Peace, love... transformation? What if those aren't cute and New Age?
CAUTION: SWEARING, DRUNK LIONS, CYBORG SURGERY, AND GOGGLE-BARFING
|WHEN THE SPIRIT MOVES YOU: by Wayan; 1996/5/1, an alternate-world dream.
An empire of creatures who go into seasonal heat has affected its human neighbors--or bred a new type...
|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...
|THE WILD HUNT: by Carl Jung; Sept. 1922, a clairvoyant dream.
In a dark wood, a gigantic wolfhound tore past me. My blood froze. The Wild Hunt was about to carry away a human soul...
|THE WIND FROM HELL: by Wayan; 1981/4/21, a dream-poem.
Hot air rises, right? So there's a monsoon from Hell, lifting souls. Lucky for us that gravity balances it...
|A WORLD DIES WELL: by Wayan; 1981/12/6, a dream of reconciliation.
A world-mind I never really liked gets one thing right before it dies, and so I make my peace with it...
|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...
|"YOU'RE SO GAY!": by Wayan; 2013/1/24. A psychic dream of a time-short oracle.
I'm in line to meet a shockingly accurate psychic. But she's running late, so as I frame my question...
CAUTION: I'M NOT GAY BUT I SURE AM QUEER
|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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