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|ANGEL SHOWDOWN: by Wayan; 2020/4/2, a dream mixing shamanism and Barbarella
I see parasitic spirits sickening their human hosts. Can't get rid of them, so I try to teach them how to
keep their hosts healthier. An angel suspects I'm a necromancer, and shows up armed for a shootout...
CAUTION: DISTURBING PREMISE, LOWBROW ANGEL
|BALEENA'S GAME: by Wayan; 1974/1/26, a surreal dream with a practical point
A whale-spirit marries a poker-player. But her sonar sees too much. Whale-spirits prefer blackjack...
|THE BEST HOTEL: by Rick Veitch; pre-1995; an escalating surrealist dream
Rajiv keeps trying to convince me it's the best hotel in India: the orgy of biters, the
bowls of twitching fingers. But it's only the oracular spirits that really impress me...
CAUTION: CREEPY FINGERS
|THE BLACK WAVE: by Wayan, 2016/10/18, a poem on a hypnogogic healing dream
After days sick, I open myself to unseen spirits and let a black wavefront
go through me--and the healing begins. But what did I let in?
CAUTION: MYSTICISM & FETISHISM DON'T MIX
|BLEEDING HEART, the SELF-HEALING CORPSE, and IN THE FUTURE DESERT:
by Wayan; 2002/5/29 - 2004/5/11, a diagnostic, predictive dream-series; Bleeding Heart as comix
A tree-girl moves to Hollywood to make film deals, but jealousy stabs her...
CAUTION: BLOODY ASSAULT, GAY DRYADS, MUTANT NUDITY
|BOB THE TREE: by Catshall; c. 2013/6/21, a dream-haiku on our marriage
I dreamt Bob was a tree-god enthroned in ivy. I said...
|BOND: by Wayan; 1981/10/31, a nightmare where I'm the nightmare.
I'm James Bond. Captured and questioned, I lie to the enemy: the senators of the
Committee on Intelligence Activities. Till I see myself through their eyes...
CAUTION: SPY SEX, SPY MENTALITY
|BOYS WHO RUN WITH THE SCISSORS: by Wayan; 1986/1/26, a shamanic dream-joke
Women who run with the wolves? Ha! In Mongolia, the only ones who can beat lightning-demons are...
|BRANDY'S CURSE: by Wayan; 1996/10/23, a bizarre dream (even for me).
After I saw the film "Surviving Picasso", I dream a friend asks me to remove a strange curse...
|BREAK FREE: by Emily Joy; 2006/5/11, an encouraging dream on the price of safety.
I search for family skeletons, but then a talking plant on TV inspires me to seek the sun and fly free.
But certain velociraptors and barbarian swordswomen object...
CAUTION: DUELS, FISH ABUSE, THE F-WORD
|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?...
|CAIRO GIRL: by Wayan; 2008/2/18, a feverdream shifting from nightmare to joy
I'm lost in the angry streets of Cairo. But I meet a goth-girl with moth-antennae:
a jinni who's working for longterm change. She takes me home...
CAUTION: MOTH NUDITY
|CALIBAN IN ENGLAND: by Theodore Weiss; 1966 or 67; a dream-play never written
As I wrote a poem on Caliban, I dreamt I was him: taken to Shakespeare's England,
shown as a freak, I must escape to save Miranda and Prospero from assassins...
|CHART THE GROWTH: by Brenda Ferrimani; 2004, painting of an incubated, oracular dream
I asked my dreams "What's my truest purpose?"
I dreamed my body was a tree, and a voice said "Chart the growth"...
|COUNT COUP!: by Plenty Coups, 1857; a child's defining dream
I sought a dream of Helpers. But rather than give me gifts, they gave me a daunting challenge...
|CRAYON NAIAD: by Wayan; 1994, nondream art experiment
My friend Zooop taught me to crayon onto heated paper--it's vivid, dreamlike...
|CREATURE BECOMES CREATOR: by Wayan; 2015/2/5, three linked advisory dreams on world trends
A weird little forest god bred me from an ordinary deer into a creature who can
almost pass for human. But World War 2 killed my god, and now I'm growing into...
CAUTION: NUDITY, CROSSBREEDING
|DEANNA ON THE MAYAN STEPS: by Wayan; 1992/7/8, a nightmare poem.
Deanna Troy and I meet an alarming man atop a Mayan pyramid. Who will be the sacrifice?...
|DREAM OF A DREAM OF NIGHT: by Robert Watson; 1960s, a dream-poem
The goddess of Night is in love with me, but I'm married, and tired, and just full of excuses...
|A DREAM SESTINA: by Donald Justice, late 1950s? A nightmare-poem.
"But what is wrong with my friends' faces? Why have they changed that way to wood?"
|THE DREAM TREE: by Roswila; May 1997, a dream-poem on roots
I have no roots but those I steal--until my father leads me to a sacred tree, saying "Look to your mother"...
|DRYAD IN WINTER: by Wayan; digital and crayon, 1992/6/2; dream-figure portraits
I relate so easily to animals, it's odd how ambivalent I felt about trees...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
|FADING AWAY IN THE LIGHT: by Lilian Verkins; 2013, painting of nature-spirit dream?
I was a child again, sitting on a bench, watching young maidens dance.
But as I grew older, they faded away in the light of adulthood...
|FIGHTING A VIRUS: by Wayan, 1998/11/21, a diagnostic nightmare.
Coming down with a virus, I dream of a guy who INSISTS we must fight, it's just so FUN...
|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...
|FLIGHT, MARGARET, MOUSE, DOG: by Paul Nash, dreamed 1895-9 + Feb. 1913; art by Dave McKean
As a child, landscape artist Paul Nash dreamed of flying over the countryside
of southern England. But he was threatened by the legendary Black Dog...
|FOUR-EYED BABY: by Xanthe; 1989?, a Jungian dream
I met some little hunchbacks in the woods who showed me a newborn baby growing from the moss...
|THE FOUR WINDS: by E.M. Martin; 1915, a harsh antiwar dream poem.
Three wind-gods are so revolted by humanity they want to kill us; the fourth says we'll kill ourselves soon enough...
|FOX TEMPLE: by Wayan; 2019/11/16, a mythic dream with sharp advice
AWAKE: I watch Okko's Inn. Little Okko sees spirits--until she grows up and quits settling for ghosts.
DREAM: I explore a temple, meet a fox-spirit... and see I never was human. Time to quit settling for...
CAUTION: GAUZE-ROBED PRIESTESS
|FULL REASON: by Wayan; 1980/5/28, a dream on patience.
At a benefit for Rock Psychiatrists, the Spirit of the Convention explains why I can't go on stage yet...
|THE GHOST OF CREATIVE CATASTROPHE: by Wayan; 2020/3/25, a dream of Covid as... playful
A whimsical spook causes a chain of crashes--a pedestrian dodges an elephant, swerving a car
that shoves a cyclist into a luggage-wrangler whose rolling suitcase panics a dog who runs into...
|THE GIANTESS OF THVERA: by Viga-Glum Eijolfsson; early 940s?, a very public clairvoyant dream.
Viga-Glum dreamt a giantess came to visit. "She is the spirit-guide of my grandfather in Norway. He is dead...
|GOSHEN: by Percy Konqobe; 1940s-1960s?, a lifelong recurring psychic dream
I hear voices: "The road to success is in Kafkat, in a place called Goshen." I look back, and see seven male shadows...
|GRAMPA HAS SPOKEN: by Wayan; 1989/11/26, an oracular dream.
In a worldwide junkyard full of warring spooks, I finally meet the one whose message I need to hear...
|GREEN, GREEN, SPIRIT OF THE SPRING: by Jenny Badger Sultan; dreamed 1991/2/3, 1995/8/13 and 1995/11/10
I meet a girl with a plant growing out of her head...
Someone prays to the spirit of a spring to heal me...
I watch people practice exercises with the ritual feel of voudun or candomble...
|HOOD: by Wayan; 1993/5/11 & 5/15, a recurring dream of a... woman? dinosaur? cape? spirit?
An alien-heron-dino-woman left us her cape--or is it a cast-off skin? I put it on, for I was told I need
the hood to ward off some evil. My human head won't fit the narrow hood. But the owner's manual
says I don't need a shield, I'm immune! So skip the hood; wear the cape as a minidress...
|HORSE THIEVES: by Plenty Coups, early 1870s?; a practical psychic or subliminal dream
Thieves stole 100 of our horses. The tracks suggested white men, but that night
my dream Helpers declared them Sioux. We tracked them across Montana...
|“JUST A FEW MORE YEARS!”: by Wayan; 2008/1/2, a nightmare on the coming crash
I found myself defending humanity before an astral jury, begging them to delay the great die-back...
|KOLCHEC: by Al Davison (Jan.1977-1978) & Sara Welponer 2000, sketches of a shared dream-figure
AL repeatedly drew a bizarre, recurring dream-guide named Kolchec; years later he met
SARA, who'd painted her dream-guide, a distinctive spook named--oh, take a guess...
CAUTION: WILL DISTURB ESP SKEPTICS
|LEMON-EYED SPIRIT: by Wayan, 2019/10/24; a predictive dream-poem
I dream I'm a woman possessed by spirits with yellow eyes that tint the whole world lemon...
I wake, the sun rises, and for a single minute, the world turns that exact, strange yellow...
CAUTION: APPARENT E.S.P.
|LEONARDO'S BIRD: by Leonardo da Vinci, c.1455, a bizarre childhood dream or vision--or real memory?
The black bird hovered above my cradle, and several times struck me with its tailfeathers between my opened lips...
|LORD OF THE UNDERWORLD by Wayan, 1989/2/11; a chthonic transformation dream
I go ahead of my fellow spelunkers and blunder into the Lord of the Underworld's court of glowing pools where
dragons swim. I become one! Coiled with my two mates, I stare at my old friends. Will they even know me?
CAUTION: SCALY THREESOME
|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...
|MCKILLIP'S NEW BOOK: by Wayan; 2010/7/23, an epic literary dream
I'm inside a magical novel by Patricia McKillip, amid tricksters, cosplayers, spooks, sex changes, levitation and (sigh) cops...
CAUTION: COYOTE SEX
|THE MIMI: by Robert Moss, 1955, a dream of another life
As a boy in Australia I briefly died on the operating table. I found myself living among the Mimi,
spirits living in rocks. I grew up, grew old, died--and woke up nine years old again...
|MIRYAM'S THEFT: by Wayan; 1996/9/24, a psychic dream on being used
I'm a ghost dwarf in love with a Lady trapped in a magic Arabian castle. But our love is being used...
CAUTION: SEX, BETRAYAL, SACRILEGE
|MY SYMBIOTES: by Wayan; 2015/2/8, a dream characterizing our sixth sense, & proposing a seventh
I have symbiotes--a dragonlynx and some flannan, like micro-angels with birdfeet & moth antennae.
Lynx & flannan embody my sixth and seventh senses...
|NAIAD AND GOD-DOG: by Wayan; 1980/11/7, a manipulative dream-tragedy.
I love a Naiad who's lost her God. Tragedy strikes us. I'm devastated till I meet the aliens who explain...
|NEOLITHIC: by Wayan; 1992/9/21; a time-travel dream on the roots of art
I'm at a Neolithic art show. A Stone Age critic says "Viewers struggle to interpret signs as the signified."
I think they're just baffled how those animals can be stuck on a cave wall yet still be running around...
|THE NESS MAN, or, HOW TO HEAL: by Wayan; 1994/4/13, a mytho-musical dream.
Mythic creatures round a woodland pool want to heal a businessman. Do too many cooks spoil the soup?
|"NO ONE REALLY": by Wayan; 2019/7/13; a ghostly dream of weak borders
My new bedroom has huge windows, but no blinds. I pin up bedsheets for now--flimsy.
A girl walking by peers in. Wait--we're 50' up! She's in my room--and transclucent.
I yell "WHO ARE YOU?" She looks shocked I can see her, says "No one really" and fades...
|ODE TO PSYCHE: by John Keats; 1819, a poem based on a dream-encounter
Keats met two winged lovers nesting in the woods: Eros and Psyche, the last Olympians, worshipless...
|PASSION: by Katie Hofgard; 2006, an undream portrait of a complex woman.
Talk about mixed messages! Or... is it really?
CAUTION: NUDITY, SLIGHT FIRE HAZARD
|PRIMAVERA: by Walter de la Mare; 1920s, a dream persisting into day
I dreamt the Goddess of Spring paraded by my house. I woke and leapt to my bedroom window, and there she was...
|RAIN OF PLATONIC IDEALS: by Wayan; 2015/1/20, an absurd dream image done as a short poem
Strange beings from the realm of Platonic Ideals rain down like meteors on San Francisco.
I work as a tour guide, teaching the newbies not to step in front of a bus...
CAUTION: CRUSHED IDEALS
|ROBINSON JEFFERS AS A SHAMAN: by Wayan; 1996/7/28, a life-review, with 2016/10/22 followup
Jeffers, that harsh, visionary, ecological poet, seems drunk on Darwinism,
blind to kindness--or is he just reporting Big Sur's true, mean spirit(s)?
CAUTION: LITERARY AND MYSTICAL
|ROSE AND THE THORN: by Wayan; 1986/7/1, a dream on those too meek to ask.
We're swallowed by Swamp Sofas and enslaved to The Man Who Prays on Us. Time to grow some thorns!
|RUBBERNECKER: by Wayan; dreamed 2000/4/24; a ghost comedy.
I dreamed of a woman whose jeep stalls on the Antarctic ice. Along comes the ghost of a Volkswagen...
|RUNNER WITH A PORPOISE: by Wayan; 1999/10/30, a dream of spirits.
A Japanese high school athlete has no friends, till she starts meeting animal spirits on her long solo runs...
|THE SATURATION DIAL: by Wayan; 2015/11/7, a surreal lucid dream with a control knob!
Night. Two moons. I go lucid! Find a knob adjusting the dream's color saturation.
Dial it up--and find I'm not alone! Ghosts of pure color...
|SATYR: by Wayan; 1999/4/1, a frustrating wish-fulfillment dream (yes, both).
I'm a faun, the oracle for a Greek village. But my predecessor set up rituals I want to change...
CAUTION: SEX, PAGANISM, SELF-SATYRE
|SAVANNAD: by Wayan; before 1998/8/11; digital sketch of recurring dream figure.
A sexy meadow-spirit of my California drygrass hills...
|SEA EAGLE: by Robert Moss, 20th century, a psychic dream
I dreamed a sea eagle I saw as a boy led me back to my native Australia, to a Dreaming place.
Later a 'spirit man' of the Mununajali in Queensland led me to the exact place I'd seen in my dream...
|SHAMANIC CHEW-TOY: by Wayan; 2011/3/16; nested dreams of strange women
Compulsively honest spirit-women with waterjugs invade my friend's house.
I wake to find my girlfriend's obsessing on hair loss. To calm her, I babble about limb loss...
and wake again to find she was a dream too.
|SHOVED OFF A CLIFF: by Wayan; 2017/9/7, a nightmare-warning (I'd asked what to do next).
Atop a sea-cliff, I meet a young couple in love. One look at me and they
push me off! When I see I can't save myself, I try to take them with me...
CAUTION: NIGHTMARE BARING UGLY TRUTHS
|SILKY THE PEGASUS: by Wayan; 1984/12/11; a guided flying dream
My anima, a pegasus mare, leaps out of a girl's book and teaches us to fly up to an astral land...
CAUTION: FLIRTY PEGASUS
|SORTING HAT, DRUNKEN CAT: by Wayan; 2013/10/18, a steadily mutating warning-dream
I discover a Sorting Hat, as in Harry Potter--and it moves in with us. Our cat crawls in and plays peekaboo.
She becomes a teenager eager to get drunk at Thanksgiving--like every adult in her life. But she's not
puking drunk like them, so she must be OK! Just as I think I am--I only overwork to exhaustion.
CAUTION: DRUNK TEEN CAT, SEVERELY ALCOHOLIC ADULTS
|SOUL RESTORED: by Wayan; 2016/12/4, two dreams on deep change
MY SOUL RESTORED: To hide me as I grew up, someone transplanted a shard of redwood-soul
into me, and part of my soul into the tree! But now I'm grown...
RED ROBE OF INITIATION: I came to play music, but I'm dragged to the magic-school portal & draped in...
|SPACE NEEDLE: by Wayan; 1995/8/24, an erotic dream on architecture.
I'm a kid again, gawking at the Space Needle. But a woman stands before it, who no one else can see:
CAUTION: NUDITY, A SEXUAL PERSPECTIVE
|SPHINX'S WOOD: by Wayan; 1981/11/19, a dream of puns, riddles and advice
After my dad lets me down I dream black may be white, and white, black--if you're a Sphinx...
|SPIRIT CHORUS: by Wayan; dreamed 2016/2/8, a curative dream
I drum on an ocarina-gong in the dark. My weird music summons a choir of
fierce angels, who send a wave of tingling energy surging through me...
|SPIRITUAL TESTS: by Wayan; 2000/8/28, a predictive dream
As my dad lies dying, I dream my sister and I face spiritual tests
given by slacker angels who'd rather be on TV. Learn to let go!
|SPOCK'S SPIRITS: by Wayan; 2000/3/12, a financial-advice dream.
Lost in a dark maze of machine-shops, I follow Mr. Spock, who's drunk, and talks to tree-spirits...
CAUTION: ALCOHOL AS INSPIRATION?
|STRANGE SERVICE: by Gordon B., early 2006, a transcendental dream
The old man sang in the empty church, then looked at me and snapped his fingers. I was filled with voices...
|SWEDENBORG'S VISIONS: by Emanuel Swedenborg, 1759-1761, as told by Immanuel Kant; 3 examples of ESP
Swedenborg stuns the Queen of Sweden by whispering a secret only she and a dead man knew;
A widow begs him to ask her late husband to find a lost receipt. Swedenborg reveals a secret drawer;
Swedenborg, at a dinner party, grows alarmed by a fire that nearly burns his home--500 km away!
|TELEPATH TREES: by Wayan; 1993/9/11, a how-the-other-half-lives dream with 7 pics
I dream Edward Abbey shows me a secret grove of telepath trees.
That night, in my dreams inside my dream, they meet me...
|THROUGH THE WIRES: by Wayan; 2007/9/16, two surreal contrasting dreams
I meet some alien wolves, and see the social scene as they do--pack, status issues. But then...
I cross a pasture & slip thru a barbwire fence, as I explain cows, wires & organic life to an energy-being...
|TIBETAN DISASSEMBLY: by Wayan; 2007/7/5, a dream of a desperate ploy
A woman in Tibet disassembles herself! A local god hires her spirit,
but she uses the office equipment to backup her memories and...
CAUTION: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME
|TRAIL OF POGS: by Wayan; 2004/9/6, my dreams' response to the first Burning Man dream-workshop
A trail toward Freedom has extra markers, for it's three trails, superimposed! Not all the cues are for us...
|TRUSTING FOXES: by Wayan; 1997/8/20, 2-page comic of a psychic dream.
Evicted. Lawsuit. I dream a lawyer sends me a letter full of fox-girls! In East Asia, foxes
mean trouble, but these are friendly--good news is coming! I wake to find we've won a home...
|AN UNEXPECTED SPIRIT: by Wayan; 1990/11/2. Digital sketch of a San Francisco Samhain scene
When things fall apart and the center cannot hold and mere anarchy is loosed... I tend to giggle.
|VIEWFINDER: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2000/5/31, a dream-ritual declined
A friend explained she planned to be a human viewfinder, bendng into
an arch for a male spirit to dive through. I didn't want to risk it...
|THE VERIZON EXPERIMENT: by Wayan; 2014/3/31, three linked dreamlets, the last self-flagging as predictive
1: A nature spirit's physics experiment proves that time forks. But how much? How dense is the multiverse?
2: I sculpt a model of this multiverse. A physicist likes it; the nature spirit likes it more. So she swipes it...
3: A 'friend' offers refugees my bedroom, crowding me and my work into a corner. I wake. The phone rings...
|WARM FUZZIES: by Wayan; 1990/2/20, an origin-myth dream.
I take a shortcut with the Warm Fuzzies, boating on lava through the earth's core,
and now when a volcano erupts, I know who it is that's quarreling beneath..
|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...
|WIND OF SELF-HATE: by Wayan, 1976/4/4, a dream warning of family brainwashing
Biking around blindfolded and half-naked, I fight winds
of self-criticism and self-hatred that only I can feel...
|WORKIN' FOR PEANUTS: by Wayan; 1990/12/11, a crude but perceptive dream.
I'm an elephant working in a diner. In the bathroom, I inadvertently summon the Genie of the Urinal...
CAUTION: PISSED PACHYDERM
|XALGRIIN IN THE LAB: by Emily Joy, 2006?, odd dream scene
Xalgriin is a sweet stegosaurus boy locked up in a research lab, planning to free not just himself but others...
|YOU REALLY AREN'T LUNCH; 2012/6/11 by Maia Spencer; a cledonic dream of facing fears
Hiding in the woods I meet a Cyclops. But I'm not me, I'm the editor of the World Dream Bank...
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