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Subliminality

Many dreams pick up subliminal images and information, and dramatize them so you'll notice how they're affecting you--or for more practical reasons, like finding lost items.

Subliminality happens all the time in the creative arts too: you don't realize what you've really drawn till it's done, or maybe not even then--it hangs on the wall a year before you stop in shock one day...

This is a new list, under construction, so email me if you find dreams with subliminal images or messages that might belong here. Better yet, contribute your own dreams that pick up unnoticed or ignored bits of your waking life and...

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AGASSIZíS FISH: by Louis Agassiz, ca. 1840: subliminal, psychic, or just a great guess?
Agassiz, faced with a fossil he had to crack open, was unsure where to strike. But for three nights he dreamed...
ALTHEA'S CHICKEN: by Wayan; 1990/3/27, a nightmare-farce.
My sister Althea decides my house has demons, and hires an exorcist who botches things, so that...
ANNE SEXTON: by J.D. McClatchy; 1974/10/4, a predictive dream.
I dreamt my friend Anne Sexton's death was on the news. I woke, the phone rang, and I learned she'd...
CAUTION: SUICIDE
ARCH: by Wayan; dreamed 1998/8/10, painted 1999, acrylic on wood.
I dreamed that as a kid I found two girls making love in the bushes, awakening my own sexual orientation. Later, I saw the bigger picture, which wasn't about sex at all...
CAUTION: SEX
ARCHANGEL: by Wayan; 1997/10/19, a dream-farce--or is it?
Sure I've been through hell, but how the hell did that get me elected archangel? And why's my butt itch?
CAUTION: ITCHY BUTT
THE CAMBODIAN GIRL: by Wayan; 125K, 1996/4/2 dream illustrated by sculpture, 2000.
VERY mixed media--the boat is warped wood. And the story is warped more...
CAUTION: SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE AND QUITE EMBARRASSED ABOUT IT
DALI CENTAUR: by Wayan; 1981/12/12; a surrealist nightmare.
I dreamed I saw what looked like an ink sketch by Dali of a horse--but I was dead wrong...
CAUTION: YUCK
DATE GHOST: by Wayan; 1983/11/26, nondream surreal painting of a shyness fit
I tried to date a nice young butterfly but was stopped by a monster who was... my own wings?
CAUTION: UNDERAGE BUG
EAGLE AND GEESE: by Penelope of Ithaka; c.1190 BC, a subliminal, self-interpreting dream
An eagle slaughtered my twenty geese. I wept until he spoke to me: "Take heart! These are thy suitors; I am thy husband..."
ENJOY LIFE: by Wayan; 1988; digital painting based on 1983/8/24 dream
This image is senseless, but I have an excuse: I was watching TV in my dreams. TV on another world...
FANFARE FORESEEN: by Wayan; 1983/7/7, a dream anticipating an unlikely event by just half a second
He turns on the radio, and a moment later a loud horn section rings out. A rich fanfare. I wake shocked--because the horn chorus isn't just in my dream ears...
FISHERGIRLS: by Wayan; 2.6M, 42 illus.; 1996/7/15; a sexy dream epic.
I had a spectacular dream one night, that lasted many days in dream-time--a true other life. It wasn't Earth, and we weren't human.
I was a teenage lemur, sailing with two friends into unknown waters--a rite of passage. I woke on deck deep in the night, my friends curled around me, and realized I didn't WANT to pass the test, be declared a grown woman, marry and have pups. I loved my girl friends. In a world lacking the very word, I was groping toward queerdom. Sailing into unknown waters! "Here be dragons," the old maps say. And they were right...
If 2600K is too big to load, try it in parts: 1: HOME, 650K, 2: VOYAGE, 1200K, 3: BACK 750K.
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEX, QUEER TEEN ANGST, ANTI-FUNDAMENTALISM
FOX STORM: by Wayan; 103K, fractal painting of 1998 dream (exact date unknown).
I might have been less cowed by the storm-face, if I'd seen it was made of little foxes just like me...
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 PAST FOUR: by J.W. Dunne; 1898, a dream of clocks and time
I'm in an argument--is it 4:30 PM or AM? I wake to find my watch says 4:30, but it's stopped! I wind it, and in the morning...
IRISES: by Frederic Mistral; 1834, a four-year-old's ecstatic dream
That day Frederic, craving irises, fell in the water three times. At night he swam through a warm-water iris paradise...
LOST OPAL: by Anonymous #27; before 1961, a clairvoyant or subliminal dream
The opal fell out of my ring somewhere around town. I was heartbroken at the loss. But that night my husband dreamed...
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...
MARTIAN AIRLOCK and JAGUAR MASK: by Wayan, 2015/6/22, twin shamanic not-quite-nightmares
Jaguar Mask: a shapeshifter who's gotten stuck in human form asks me to sew a new jaguar mask on her living face. "But won't it hurt?...
Martian Airlock: I'm on Mars without a suit. Freezing, choking, I dive into an airlock and slam the switch--but someone's sabotaged it...
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...
THE MUSICAL AMOEBA, by Hermester Barrington, spring 1979, a predictive dream inspired by the Incredible String Band
I'm hiking through the Catskills when a gigantic amoeba comes slipping over the hills...
NOT THREE!: by Wayan; 1996/11/11, an encouraging nightmare
I was wrong. I didn't survive three assassins. It's been seven! Why'd I forget the others?
PREEMIE; 1951/10/30 by an Oklahoma woman; a predictive dream
We were looking at our three-pound premature baby girl. Though tiny she was bright-eyed, active, perfect...
RUM JUNGLE: by Wayan; 1997? digital; map of the dreamworld.
Think of your dreams as a rainforest, clearcut every morning--unless you make the effort to remember...
CAUTION: TINY NAKED ANGELS
SABOTAGED BOAT: by C. G. "Chinese" Gordon; c.1861-4, a recurrent warning dream
I recognized the saboteur. If I had neglected that dream warning I and probably all the men with me must have been drowned...
SENTENCED TO CHEESE: by a Birmingham physician; early 1850s? a classic subliminal nightmare
One night I had to sleep above a cheese shop. I dreamt I was trapped in a huge cheese, as a horde of rats gnawed...
CAUTION: YOU ARE LUNCH
SEPTIC: by Steve (age 6), before 1961, a recurring predictive nightmare
For three weeks he wakened nearly every night, screaming in fright; he said he "fell in a hole." Then, one snowy day...
SHELL AND STONE: by William Wordsworth; late 1840s, a dream of a new Great Flood
An Arab shows me a stone he calls a book, and a shell that speaks prophecies of the flood rushing toward us over the desert...
SKYLIGHT: by an Honorable Lady; well before 1894, a crimesolving dream (psychic? subliminal? ghost-visitation?)
My dead father said a trusted servant was stealing our goods through an unlocked skylight. This proved true...
STRETCH NOW!: by Wayan; 1993? Daydream image with an agenda
Do it now! I'm doing it. I'm getting up from the keyboard and stretching. I am a cheetah...
SULFUR GROTTO: by Wayan; dreamed 1988/8/30, a psychic genderbent rescue-dream
I'm a teenage girl diving for treasure. In an eerie coral grotto reeking of sulfur I spot a diver in trouble... and wake to find the grotto is real..
THIRTY THOUSAND RADIATORS: by Wayan; 1999/7/30, a dreamtale.
I dream normal women don't turn me on--I like the 30,000 little aliens who just landed! I wake to see an ad about them on a passing bus... and it turns out I'm NOT still dreaming...
UNICORN STAIN-GLASS WINDOW: by Wayan; 1983/4/28, a subliminal dream? Or predictive?
The stained-glass unicorns were stunning, sexy... but veiled by a bland, tasteful, floral inner stained-glass window...18 months later I saw the window...


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