In these dreams, you're not human: an alien or an animal or a person evolved (or engineered) from a nonhuman animal, or a mixture of creatures.
Species-bent dreams, like gender-bent dreams, are a wonderful opportunity to explore different senses and temperaments and instincts. And they force you to feel a lot more empathy for others--human or not.
But these are the psychological effects of such dreams, not the causes. I for one also have a lot of dreams about future centuries, and while working as a terraformer trying to fertilize sterile worlds has definite relevance and resonance for my present life, I also suspect the sheer number of such dreams implies something else... something literal. After all, the same messages can be conveyed in many symbolic forms. When one recurs endlessly, it's time to ask if it's symbolic... or anticipatory.
And the same may be true for all these dreams hinting that other species are smarter than we think. Time will tell. But before Time tells, I tell YOU, in the hopes of influencing our time toward a little more multispecies democracy. It couldn't hurt. The species you save may be your own.
RELATED TOPICS: animal people - animal rights and the uplift of species to personhood - aliens - I'm Just Not Myself Today: dreams where you've changed in some way - gender-bent dreams: you learn how the other half lives - age-bent dreams: you're much younger or older - cross-cultural dreams: your race, culture, professional or tribal identity has changed - cross-platform dreams: you're not even carbon! Silicon, steel, energy, data, spirit... - See also the full INDEX OF SUBJECTS.
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|ACORN AND PELT: by Wayan; 1983/7/19, a simple sex dream growing to a mystical extravaganza
I fall in love, defying dwarf-tossers and Toulouse-Lautrec, till I become a time-traveling bunny...
CAUTION: SEX, SIZE DISCRIMINATION AND SLANDER
|ADOPT A SON TO WIN A MATE: by Wayan; 2010/11/24; a dream of priorities
I'm a big cat lonely in this human city. Wish I had a mate! But as soon as I take responsibility for an orphaned boy, in walks an older girl...
|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?
|APOLOGETIC OGRE: by Wayan; 1990/3/1, a nightmare.
I hop on a bus in mythical Greece, and this woman's guardian angel acts racist. OK, I'm an ogre. So?
CAUTION: ANOTHER HANDGUN TRAGEDY
|ARAGORN'S LIVER: by Wayan; 1983/1/29, a nightmare.
I'm a hobbit in Silicon Valley, stalking Ring-wraiths down El Camino. But one of them's stalking me...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE, MADNESS
|ARCTIC CHANGELING: by Wayan; 1981/6/30, a dream on roots.
I'm a shy woman in a truckstop town who learns why I don't fit in. But will I, among my real kin?...
|BACKACHE DIALOGUES: by Wayan; 1993/12/10, four bizarre diagnostic dreamlets.
I asked my dreams why my back hurt. They told me: pregnancy, marsupial pouches, snapping turtles...
|BARN OWL FUSION: by Patagia; 2006/3/9, linked transformation and flying dreams
An owl flew at me, and I fused with it. The next thing I knew, I was a redtail hawk...
|THE BASEBALL KISS: by Wayan; 1983/8/4, a dreamtale on choice.
The Prime Minister of England breaks my nose, so I become a flock of squirrels to seek revenge. Should I let go?
|BASTARD UNICORN: by Wayan; 2012/6/28, a dream about ambition
Since I'm half-unicorn, my ambition drives me to share power and help the whole herd--that's how unicorns rise. But among human politicians...
|BAT AND UMBRELLA: by David Small; c. March 1, 1960, a 14-year-old's nightmare exposing parental neglect/abuse
I'm an orphaned bat staggering down an alley in a storm. I spot an old umbrella and mistake its ribs and flaps for... my Mom! I unfold Mom, and find...
CAUTION: LIFE-THREATENING CHILD NEGLECT
|BITE THE BULLET: by Wayan; 2000/1/25, a flightmare.
We unearthed a sacred treasure, but now a mob of believers are out to lynch us! I better fly...
CAUTION: SACRILEGE AND BAD PUNS
|BRICK AND SKIN: by Wayan; 1988/10/18, a dream of spiritual stretching.
I'm analog myself, but in Tibet, I meet a digital shaman whose body's a sort of ...
|THE BRIDGE: by Wayan; a 3-page comic from two linked dreams, 1989/5/28 & 1989/10/1.
The Hunt of the Unicorn (yeah, guess who I am), as I fly through the worlds fighting Reaganism...
CAUTION: MOCKS THE GREAT COMMUNICATOR
|BUGS AND ROOSEVELT: by Wayan; 1982/5/2, a wild comic predictive dream told as an illustrated epic poem
I become Bugs Bunny and torment Daffy Duck till I learn that in many time-branches the New Deal happened late or never. I decide to prod a reluctant Franklin Delano Roosevelt...
CAUTION: FIRESIDE PETTING, DUCK TORTURE, BAD POLITICS
|BURN: by Sierra Loucks; 1990?, a five-year-old's nightmare
I was at the beach with my friends. It was fun. But gradually they were laughing at me, not with me. Then they picked up burning sticks...
|BUTTERFLY: by Zhuang-zi; about 300 BC, a dream questioning identity.
I dreamed I was a butterfly, fluttering about, content with my lot. Suddenly I awoke and I was Chuang-tzu again...
|CAMERA STRIKE: by Wayan, 1996/10/19, a dream within a dream with a point.
I'm a lemur-girl in an emotional maze. But I wake to find I'm really a satyr cartoonist. Yet we have much in common...
CAUTION: PHALLIC SATYRE
|CATRISE: by Wayan; 2000/2/21, a sexy flying dream; acrylic painting.
I'm an alien exchange student in Palo Alto High School. I get stared at--they wear clothes, they don't fly...
CAUTION: FELINE NUDITY
|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"...
|CHEETAH: by Wayan; 1978-86, a poem on turning dreams into art.
I'm a cheetah working as a baker in Coconino County, Arizona, haunted by Krazy Kat...
|CITY OF BEES: by Wayan; 1994/8/2, a diagnostic dream-comic.
A bee-doctor in the city of Propolopolis diagnoses me as having a rare syndrome, Ambition Denied...
|CLIFFMARE: by Wayan; 1988/10/8; a dream of lust vs freedom.
I was a wild mare in heat, torn between longing for sex, touch, love...and the fear of being tamed.
CAUTION: HORSE FRUSTRATION
|CLOSE THE GATE: by Emily Joy; 2004/11/19, a dream of decision.
My foxy lover teases and tempts, but I can't let him into the patio for fear he'll hurt the rabbitsÖ
CAUTION: UNFUNNY BUNNY PUNS
|COEURL: by Wayan; 1980/2/26, a dream of surprise transcendence
I'm trapped in an alien hotel, my true love has gone radioactive, and the only way out is to turn into...
CAUTION: LESBIAN LUNACY
|CORVI AND FEY: by Wayan; 2016/6/14, a shamanic dream of reuniting estranged symbiotes
I visit a world of ravenlike people, the Corvi, who banished their partners, the wish-granting Fey, thinking them parasites. I decide to meddle...
|COSMIC EGG AND ENERGY BIRD: by Wayan; 1971/12/4, a childhood mystical dream.
A mystical vision of the Cosmic Egg gets messy when it hatches and the Bird escapes...
|COYOTE PAJAMAS: by Wayan; 1983/12/17, a Dantesque dream-epic.
I'm Coyote, keeping the Business Prophet from taking over Dante's Peak. But it turns too personal...
CAUTION: IDIOTIC VIOLENCE
|CREATURE BECOMES CREATOR: by Wayan; 2015/2/5, three linked advisory dreams on world trends
A weird little forest god raised me from an ordinary deer to someone passing for human. But World War 2 killed my god, and now I'm growing into...
CAUTION: NUDITY, CROSSBREEDING
|DARE TO BE FAT!: by Wayan; spinoff picture from a 1997/8/20 dream.
I was an anorexic fox-girl, till this phrase galvanized me. Now I pump iron and eat what I like, and...
|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"...
|MY DEWCLAW: by Wayan; 1997/6/30; dreams within dreams within dreams
Body after body is peeled away revealing truth inside truth...
|DINO TREASURE: by Wayan, 1996/9/1, a treasure-hunt dream.
At the Psychic Faire, I'm a deer-man in a gang hunting treasure, led by a rough tough dinosaur...
|DOCTOR VENTRIL: by Wayan; 1978/9/22, a nightmare where I'm the nightmare.
A doctor lures me into his office. What he turns out to be scares me less than how I defend myself...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE, ARACHNOPHOBIA
|DOPPELBRUDER: by Wayan; 1985/5/9, a dream of a self at war over... labels?
Lured to a parallel, feudal world by a marriage-vow, I'm trapped in my double's arrogant, twisted mind...
|THE DOUBT: by Wayan; 2007/2/15, an undream trance-painting
Painting an abstract watercolor, I drifted into trance, and found myself climbing a thorny slope. Had I gone wrong?
|THE EGG PROBLEM: by Wayan; 1990/3/2, digital painting of a magical dream.
I was an intellectual ballerina trying to stop zombies hatching from stone eggs...
|EMBER IN THE BRAIN: by Wayan; 1983/3/31, a dreamtale on anger.
I'm the Incredible Hulk, forced to do emergency brain surgery. And the patient's burning from within...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE AND UNLICENSED MEDICINE
|THE ENTWINED CHILD AND MADAM PURR-SAY: by PurplePurplePurple; 2013/7/5, two mirroring poem-dreams the same night
I dream my autistic son, miraculously high-functioning, recites a math-poem to a crowd...
Then I become cartoon cat Madam Purr-Say and chant my own defiant poem at the dream gods...
CAUTION: FIRST POEM AUTISTIC, SECOND PISSY
|ERMINE, or, GOTHMOG'S GHOST: by Wayan, 1984/2/11, a gender-bent & species-bent warning dream|
I'm a delicate little ermine-chinchilla whose best friends are all sewer rats. They lavish food and drink on me, and I nibble to be polite...
|THE ERTHEDNI: by Wayan, 1977/1/8, three transformation dreams, the last with advice
1: I'm starving in a lush valley; a cult claims all the food, the water, even the air.
2: I'm drowning in a cage but find a corner with water I can breathe--just barely.
3: I'm a merman with a wise friend who hints I need to leave those who starve & drown me...
CAUTION: DOMESTIC BATTERING (OFFSTAGE)
|THE EVEREST MARATHON: by Wayan; 1986/4/12, a wild dream epic, part 3 of Unicorn Tag.
During the great race up Everest, I become an e-snake, cross three eco-bubbles, beg a wary deer-taur to splice my spine for me, help Ariane (a childhood crush on the run from sentient tanks), and solve at last the Dream Equations... I learn climbing Everest doesn't take strength, but... trust?
|FALCON AND FÜHRER: by Miriel; 1985/7/31, an epic flying/transformation dream
A mysterious "Führer" hypnotized all my companions. So I become a human-sized falcon and hunt him...
|FIRST NIGHT IN FIJI: dreamed May 1980 by S---; an unheeded warning dream
Far from home, about to wed a man I barely knew, I dreamed I was a lion in an open cage I dared not leave...
|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
|FISHERGIRL IN WATERCOLOR; OVAL: by Wayan; 1996, watercolor of a 1996/7/15 dream scene.
A watercolor portrait of Leaf and me on our boat in the lost city, from the dream FISHERGIRL...
CAUTION: TRIBAL NUDITY
|FLOCK WISDOM: by Alder; 1958, a magic comic frustration dream
My eighth grade class is a flock of birds migrating south for the winter, but we donít migrate the easy way...
|FLOATING HORSES: by Wayan, 1972/8/10, a flying/transformation dream advising patience
That day, I did bad art. That night, my friend & I get turned into levitating horses--though some of our fellow fliers are kinda creepy...
|FLY AWAY HOME: by Wayan; 1996/12/26, a dream of flight and kindness.
I'm an alien castaway, hiding my wings. But Earth feels like home now! If I could fly here, would I stay?
|FLY-PARADISE: by Wayan; 1978/12/15, an automatic-writing poem that functioned like an advisory dream
I'm a fly lured to a bright but sealed window. The only way out is to ignore the light and brave the dark--and only when a door opens. Patience AND boldness...
|FOUR DRAGONS: by 'Rasselon'; 2009/11/24, a dream of aerial duels
By a lake I've seen in many dreams, four dragons attack. I become one too, and duel them in mid-air...
|FREEBIRD TOWER: by Wayan; 1975/1/10, a rebellious flying dream
I was a bird-girl, the pet of some rich, royal humans. I summoned a storm of birds, flooding the moat and driving out my owners...
CAUTION: BIRDGIRL NUDITY
|FROG ORDERS: by Wayan; 1986/7/4, a dream on piety.
I'm in medieval England on a mission from God, but I meet a Priestess on a mission from...well, we argue.
|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...
|GOLD EATER: by Wayan; 560K, 9-page comic of a 1993/1/15 dream.
I'm an orphan shapeshifter enslaved by a gold-eating monster. But I meet a cat-girl with a hammer...
CAUTION: BAD FOSTER-DAD; CAPITALIST MONSTER; VIOLENCE TO INNOCENT VENDING MACHINES
|GREEN RAY, BLUE WINGS: by Wayan, 1974/7/14, a joyful apocalyptic dream
High in the Sierra during a thunderstorm, I dream aliens steal the gold, and the sun's going nova. But Life wants us to conquer space, so we all grow wings...
|GREENBIRD SAVIOR: by Wayan; 1983/6/2, a divine comedy.
Time-travel the Navaho way! But our bread-pipe gets hijacked, so we call the Bird. Who shows up, all right...
CAUTION: NON-STANDARD SAVIOR, EVIL DREAM PUNS
|HAWK AND CAT: by Wayan, 1981/6/2, a dream of ethics and terror.
My best friend is a cat. Problem is, I'm a rare hawk--a Cat-Eater. I never, ever would, but...
|HELPLESSLY LUCID: by Alder; 2007/6/23, a lucid dream in which Iím powerless!
Iím a homeless elf. Weíre a persecuted minority group. I know Iím dreaming and try to change it but...
|HERON HAREM: by Wayan; 1981/6/14, a dream with a moral.
I'm a heron working in the Civil Service. I want to blow the whistle, but then how would I support my...
|HIS MINE: by Wayan; 1985/12/2, a wild dream epic.|
I'm a hobbit seeking Henry Fonda's haunted gold mine, but I end up in a showdown in a shaman's bar...
|A HISA ON OLYMPUS: by Wayan; 2014/6/15, a dream on the need to slow down
I'm a hisa, a primitive alien who solves a high-tech crime for the humans. Then I hike home, step by step, down a great shield volcano. Because shuttles leave your soul behind...
|A HOBBIT IN L.A.: by Wayan; 1990/1/8, a dream on wishes.
I'm a hobbit woman in Los Angeles, hiding a magic weapon from Sauron. No, not THAT weapon...
|HOBBIT SNIPER: by Wayan; 1998/10/13, a dream on strategy.
I'm a sniper in a desert battle of men against hobbits. Guilty for not fighting openly, but that'd be suicidal...
CAUTION: MATH AND WAR
|HORSES OF THE AQUARIUS: by Wayan, 1956-8, poem on recurring childhood dreams.
In my earliest memory, I'm a wild horse near Shiprock who recurrently dreamed I was a human child. The two lives alternated for years, each a dream to the other...
|HOT POT CAT LOT: by Wayan; 1992/8/6, a delayed-action psychic dream.
After a bad writing class, I meet a shy catgirl guarding a Mongolian Hot Pot, and discover who I am...
|HOT TO TROT, or, BRAIN TRAUMA, or, HUMPIN' THE HOG, or, SAD-EYED SWAN OF LOVE: by Wayan; 1993/8/4, a wild dreamtale.
I'm a mare, hot to trot in the Big City (and get laid), but my gay Star Trek friend's brain trauma has made her a clueless alien with a bo(a)ring sexlife--until a certain swan enfolds her in love...
CAUTION: ALIEN POSSESSION, CARTOON PIG SEX, SMOKING SWANS
|HOW THE WAYAN GOT ITS NAME: by Wayan, 1986/5/23, a predictive dream-comic of names (and manes)
A telepathic unicorn-lion reveals that my true name is Wayan. And my species? Like him!
I wake, change my name to fit the dream, move to a new city, and find my dream-name scratched into the concrete...
|HUNT AND PECK: by Patagia; 1997/6/16, a dream on the creative non-struggle.
Iím a brown sparrow scratching in the dirt, looking for bugs. Focused, tireless, I hunt and peck...
|I AM A BIRD by Nancy Price; 1948, a dream of another life... well, two.
I live as a small falcon, glad I'm no longer human. But when that life ends...
|I AM THREE: by Wayan; 1957-58, my three earliest dreams.
My first memory is of being a wild horse and waking up to find I was suddenly a human child...
|I AM A SILKY IN THE SEA: by Wayan; 1986? Watercolor on shapeshifting in dreams.
"I am a man upon the land; I am a Selkie in the sea..." Silky or selkie means a were-seal...
|I AM NOT A MAN: by Wayan; 1996/11/28, a dream of Middle Earth.
I can help slay a monster and save my friends--if I deny I'm human. My denial has consequences, but it's true...
|I DREAM OF... ME: by Linda Medley; 1990 or 1991, a dream-comic inspiring (and shaping) her life-work, Castle Waiting
I wake in a hobbit-hole. My love looks worried. What's wrong wiith me? A badger takes me to see wizard Sean Connery, who gives me feathers to eat, and I become...
|I'M A VESTA, NOT A MAN!: by Wayan; 1980/1/6, a dream of when it's over.
I'm the animal guardian of a deep crater, but when a human girl rejects me, I set out to leave...
CAUTION: ORAL SEX, UNREQUITED LOVE, SPECISM
|IN IO: by Wayan, 1981/8/7, a wild otherworldly dream with 3 illustrations.
I live on Io. It's nicer than its photos. At least inside, where the oceans are--where I grow a second head...
|IN THE SHADOW OF MAN: by Wayan; 850K, 3 illus., 1994/3/4, a dreamfable on needs.
I'm a lab animal who discovers voice software and creates a personal zine, testifying for our rights...
|INUIT MEDITATION: by Wayan; 1989/11/16, a surreal dream-comedy.
I'm the first tuna to get a scholarship to Stanford. Naturally I sign up for a course in Inuit Meditation...
|JOVE'S LIMBO: by Wayan; 1994/11/27, a dream of astral muckraking.
Half elvish, rejected, I wander the worlds, and find a limbo built by Zeus--but do the inmates deserve it?
|THE KENNERBIRD: by Wayan; 1973/5/20; a naive shamanic dream.
I'm a cartoon flamingo; with my sisters, the frog and the rabbit-squirrel, I meet our Maker--the cartoonist...
|KIOSK: by Wayan; 1994/5/1, a 4-page dreamcomic on the power of song (or illustrated text version)
I'm a sexy singing beast, the Krelkin, trying to lure the Reading Man out of his Moral Kiosk...
CAUTION: NUDITY, INTERSPECIES FLIRTATION
|A KRELKIN SMEARED: by Wayan; 1996/9/23; a dream of bold intervention .
I'm a slender, clever krelkin. I draw me, but then red rage erupts and I trash myself... can I be saved?
|LACED WITH TERROR: by Wayan; 1999/5/3, an anti-nightmare.
Researchers show me weird little objects like shoelaces that drive people mad with fear...
|LEARNING SCALES: by Wayan; 1985/6/26, an epic dream of Chinese dragons.
I find myself in astral China. The Empress is banished, the Jester rules. Wisdom is lost. We need a Dragon...
|LEOPARDS AT THE FRINGE: by Wayan; 2014/3/28; poem of a cryptomnesic species-bent thespian sex dream
I'm at the Fringe Festival, onstage in a Performance Orgy, playing two roles: a leopard with human pets and a leopard's human pet. But I'm not quite playing...
CAUTION: STAGED ORGY
|THE LIZARD LESSON: by Wayan; 1996/12/12, a hard-hittin' shamanic dream.
I'm a shaman in Nunavut who shows a rubber lizard and his foxy niece that reparations have limits...
|LOBSTER ECSTASY: by Wayan; 1970/11/1?, a teenage lobster love dream.
One of my first recorded dreams--how I foolishly turned away from Lobster Love...
CAUTION: CHITINOUS SEX
|LOST AGAIN: by Wayan; felt pen, 1983/2/27, sketch of daydream? or dream?
I was a bird-person in a post-nuclear future, touring North America on the wing. But ruins all look the same...
CAUTION: ALL YOU LOVE IS GONE
|MAELEN AND ME: by Wayan; 1972/5/1, a transmigrational dream.
I'm a psychic circus animal who's just managed to teleport my humanoid girlfriend. It's for our act, but...
|MANTA MOTHS: by Wayan; 1990/10/3, a transcendental nightmare tinged by a dream eight years earlier, 1982/1/22.
Our expedition into the mountains shrinks as Manta Moths pick us off... or do they? An old scroll spoke of fear leading to transformation...
|MENDELIAN CHIMERAS: by Wayan; 2015/1/1, a New Year's dream warning of medical uniqueness
I meet a girl who's a Mendelian crossbreed of human, animal and peavine, and then realize I'm no more human than she is...
|THE MER BUILDING: by Wayan; 2001/2/23, a dream of a double life.
Iím a puma with a night job as a cellist. But my day job with The Architectives is the bizarre one...
|MIGRATION THROUGH FIRE: by Wayan; 1999/9/3, a dream of what matters.
I'm a shaggy primitive whose tribe's outgrown our caves. We migrate, and meet two new species of people...
|THE MOUSE BANNER: by Wayan; 1986/9/4, a dream fable.
I'm a mouse with a protest banner saying "FREEDOM!", having a slight argument with a cat...
|MOUSE WORKOUT: by Eric, ca. 2005/9/28, a nightmare for my own good?
I'm a mouse trapped and tortured in a maze/machine who gets killed four different ways at once...
CAUTION: OW, OW, OW, OW
|MY FAVORITE DREAM OF 1991: by Mary Fleener; 1991, a joyful dismemberment dream.
My friend Carol and I are carrots. We crawl out of the dirt, through the kitchen window, and end up happily in soup...
|MY PET MONSTER: by Katie Hofgard; 2005/5/17?, an erotic nightmare
I'm a sexy monster, but my sister sells me to the Devil as his bride...
CAUTION: SEXY CREATURE, ROTTEN SISTER
|MY TREE: by Wayan; 170K, 12/12/2007, 2-page comic of a persistent delusion.
I keep feeling I'm a reincarnated rainforest creature just passing for human. When all I want is...
|MY WILDCAT WOUND: by Wayan; 1994/7/8, a dream on gender trauma.
I'm a wildcat in a cat/fox team led by a woman who wants us to merge with a man/wolf team...
|NIGHT MARE: by Wayan; 101K, 1991; digital painting inspired by a friend's dream .
I dreamed I was a feral mare: gentle, affectionate, sensual, but gone wild, wary of being tamed again...
|NO BLUE RIDER: by Wayan; 1996/1/21; digital painting of my first dream, in Franz Marc style.
My first memory is of being a wild horse, and waking up to find I was now a human child...
|OCTOPIA: by Wayan; 1996/3/21, a spiritual dream-comic on play; ill. text version
I'm a stratospheric bat who finds a flying swastika. Is it creeping fascism or a Hindu blessing? Neither! An Octopian frisbee...
|OFFICE NIGHTINGALE: by Wayan; 1982/9/21, a dream warning I'm in the wrong place
I'm a lonely bird flying in a glass office. Seeking friends, seeing reflections, I fly into windows. Ow! Only where no false friend beckons is there hope of escape...
|ON DRAGONS: by Roswila; July 1986, three poems of dragon dreams
The first two dragons numb my pain. I demand it back, and soon regret my haste. But the third dragon I seduce, for I'm a dragon now...
|PLANET CAT: by Wayan; 1995/11/12, a First Contact dream of love.
I'm the first man on Planet Cat, falling in love with my guide. And then I'm the Cat, falling for an alien ape...
CAUTION: NUDE CAT
|POKER WITH A DEMON: by Wayan; 1980/8/15; a comic predictive financial dream.
I'm authorized to play high-stakes poker with a scary-looking but rather nice demon...
|POLYGON DREAMS: by Wayan; 2007/4/23, a 32-page comic on the effects of shapes
What if comics panels and layouts weren't so square? I try triangles, pentagons, hexagons, circles, spirals--and some serious stuff pops out...
CAUTION: IDEAS, OCCASIONAL NUDITY, MENTIONS ABUSE
|PREGNANT WITH KRYTHA: by Wayan; 1998/2/3, a monomaniacal dream
My best friend and I are shapeshifters; I seduce him, just so my daughter Krytha can be born...
CAUTION: MAMMALIAN NUDITY, PHEROMONAL SEDUCTION, RECKLESS PREGNANCY
|RABBIT WORLD: by Wayan; 260K total, 6-page comic of a 1990/9/26 dream.
I'm a telepathic rabbit defending our world from space-laser attack. We do, but do we modernize too much?
|RACCOON MOON: by Wayan; 1993/11/22; a short psychic dream.
A precognitive dream about levitating snake girls, raccoons, and lunar eclipses.
CAUTION: MY SNAKE BREASTS
|REBEL OWL: by Wayan; 1971/10/9, a dream so mysterious it mystified its inhabitants
My city's invaded and occupied. I become a gigantic Owl and fight with impossible stamina. But in the end I'm dead, stuffed, on a museum wall. Can I let go NOW?
|REDNECKS: by Tad Ramspott; c. 2000/10/20, a dream of shadows and underdogs
I face two gunmen fleeing an invasion of dragons I support--since I'm a dragon inside. But dragons are more humane than humans...
|REDUCED TO THE STUDHOUSE: by Wayan; 1980/11/16, a warning dream.
I'm not a normal wolf: I'm a were-woman. When I turn wolf again, I'm in heat; but I want to be alone! So...
CAUTION: SEX TALK
|REFLECTIONS IN THE POOL: by Wayan; 184K total, 2 panoramas; a 1994/7/2 dream.
Night. A mirror-maze of contradictory preachings. But in the secret mermaid pool, I find love.
Then... sphinx-angels war in the air! A war of riddles. Can I, a batwinged devil, make peace?
CAUTION: SEX, NUDITY, MEAN ANGELS, AND ONE HAPPY DEVIL
|REVOLUTION IS MESSY: by Emily Joy; 2006/4/26, a political dream
When whites invade, two shapeshifting Native American cubs resist architecturally...
|RUNNING BIRD: by Alder; 1953, a kinetic nightmare with double selves.
I'm a flightless bird hopping down a line of marble columns rising from the sea, as they topple behind me...
|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
|SCISSORS AND FOX-FLIGHT: by Wayan; 1996/8/20, a marsupial flying dream.
Camping in strange mountains (Australia?), I can't sleep. So I nightwalk, and find I'm changing...
|THE SERMON OF CARMEN DOG: by Wayan; 1990/9/10, the ultimate public-speaking nightmare.
Animal poets at an open mic. My turn! And I find... I'm one. A creature without grammar...
|SHARK SENSE: by Wayan; 1988/12/9, a diagnostic dreamtale.
I'm a circus tiger, then a performing shark. One day, I block my human partner's high dive... Why?
|SLUGS: by Ellen Frank; 2010/11/24, a molluscan dream poem
My friend and I are banana slugs on the forest floor. We wander out into chaparral, and across a bike path...
|SMOKING REX : 25K, 1989/3/29, a dream of alliance.
A cigar-smoking tyrannosaur's moved into the neighborhood, upsetting us bluebirds and vampire bats...
|SNAKE APOLOGY: by Wayan; 1972/6/24 or 25, a dream of a clever solution to a communication problem
I'm a snake person being hunted by the FBI. I can understand human language, but I can only hiss. Still, I find an indirect way to propose negotiations...
|A SNAKE PROMPT: by Rebecca Solnit; before 2005, a brief but effective warning to pay attention
I remembered what I'd dreamed of the night before, a snake, and as I said the word to myself, I looked down and saw my right foot was poised to come down on...
|SNAPDRAGON : 2009/12/17, an illustrated dreampoem.
I'm a werewolf-girl in love with a gender-dysphoric weredragon in love with a man who's very, very patient with all our shiftiness...
CAUTION: NUDITY (SKIN, FUR and SCALE), SHIFTY PEOPLE (BI, WERE and QUEER)
|SOUL-SHARD: by Wayan; 2000/10/5, a rebellious dream
I'm a wolf in an ashram studying astral travel with my spirit-wife. Our souls blend a bit, enraging our guru, a Hindu god, who sends demons to make us stop this spiritual "contamination"...
|THE SPHINX APPROVES: by Wayan; 1991/5/2, a dreamtale on growth.
A great war shrinks to wrestling, then hopping from page to page! Once they were worlds to me, but now...
|A SPHINX IN CLAY: by Wayan; 2017/2/25, a dream urging me to make a sculpture--and face my heritage.
I'm a half-sphinx--human dad, sphinx mom--stuck in human form so far. Will I ever learn to shift? I find myself sculpting my elegant feline future self...
CAUTION: SPHINX NUDITY
|A SPHINX'S SKETCHBOOK: by Wayan; dreamed 1994/7/2 & 7/19; a 23-page dream-comic
I find the sketch-journal of a beautiful winged sphinx who left her mythic isle to explore a city of crazy bipeds, called San Francisco...
CAUTION: SPHINX SEX, SPHINX ATTITUDE
|SPIROGRAPHY: by Wayan; 1997/9/29, a one-page cartooned spiral autobiography
Laying my timeline in a Fibonacci spiral, it's clear great changes come in a pattern--as soon as I've digested the last couple, a new revelation/revolution appears...
CAUTION: CARTOON NUDITY, HEAVY ISSUES
|STREAMLINING: by Wayan; 2004/11/10, a dream within a dream
I dream I'm an otter, and wake into a dream about sculpture--and learn my style's due to my species...
|STRUCK BY THOUGHT: by Wayan; dreamed 1956-57, 1971/11/26, 1978/12/28, 1982/10/5, and 1983/9/12, a picture-poem experiment: one dream per stanza!
Five short dreams exploring the weight of culture on our animal selves...
|SULE SKERRY: by Wayan; 1984/8/13, a non-nightmare.
My sister and I are on a ship abandoned by its crew, heading full-steam for the rocks, when...
|SWALLOWED!: by Wayan; 1990/7/30, a warning dream.
An ancient pictograph inspires me to try a meditative technique: shrinking and letting myself be eaten...
CAUTION: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME
|SWAN: by Wayan; 1995/4/8, a dreamcomic of transformation. (Small screen, slow loading? Swan as ill. text)
I wake amnesic in a cabin in Alaska, in a dress printed with self-putdowns. I track down the wizard who cursed me...
|THE SWORD DANCE: by Wayan; 1988/4/29, a psychic dream.
I visit my friend Xanthe's lungs, where a swordswoman in a red bikini gives me a unicorn. The next day...
|TAROT: THE WINGED COYOTE (Freedom! No suit. No rank.): by Wayan; tarot card from a dream, 1979/3/14.
I dreamed I was the Spirit of Mexico: a winged coyote flying around Sonora howling at the moon...
|TEMENOS: by Wayan; 1997/6/17, a psychic dream.
I'm at a Robert Bly camp for men only. But I'm no man--not even human--some faun or satyr-like species...
CAUTION: A TEMENOS IS A SACRED PHALLIC IMAGE
|TIGER TALL: by Wayan; 1992/7/3, a marathon dream.
I'm a tiger from Planet Cat, visiting Earth to run in San Francisco's "Bay to Breakers" race. I knew racial tensions were high, but why is William S. Burroughs out to kill me? Oh. Because...
|TIME-CAT: by Wayan; 2013/11/23; a self-flagging predictive dream
I'm a cat person, grooming. But not MY fur--it's a woolly mass of timelines! We cats travel time, smoothing out snarls... Then I wake, go to a party, and...
|TO HELL: by Katie Hofgard; 2003/4/19?, a nightmare of loyalty
I loyally served a demon who punished me until at last he sent me to hell. And STILL I didn't rebel...
CAUTION: BLOODY ABUSE
|TOWERS: by Wayan; 1998; digital. Inspired by flying dreams but no specific dream..
Cities are fun when you're a bird--all those updrafts and perches and nests with great views...
|TRESPASSERS IN MALANCHAI: by Hyal; 100K, Feb 1996?, an epic dream with a weird intrusion.
A maneless lion-boy wins his people's respect. While training, he sees weird trespassers who seem to be from someone else's dream... and ten years later, he finds that dreamer.
|TRINITY: by Nashoba Hostina; 2002?. A nightmare of losing your best friends to love...
We were inseparable: the tiger, the fox, and the wolf. Together our magic lit up the darkness around us, until...
|12 SWALLOWS, 700 DAUGHTERS: by Wayan; 1972/10/14, a dream poem on compassion; Dreamverse #5
Alchemy demands I kill ten swallows. I refuse! Instead, twelve birds and I fuse and fly over a magic wood...
|TWO PLANES: by Wayan, 1994/9/6, a multistaged psychic dream.
An assassination plot using two planes triggers an invasion of our kingdom. I'd rather be playing Frisbee...
|AN UNDERCOVER TROLL: by Wayan; 1994/7/6, a dream of personal growth taken too far...
Disguised as a literary troll, I spy on the Neo-Nazis, but my disguise can't last: I ate a magic herb, and I'm growing...
|VERA AND HER PRIDE: by Bethany Sellers; 2005, a dream-portrait of an inner feline family.
I found myself in a whole pride of cat-people like me, each one representing some side of me...
||UNICORN TAG: by Wayan; 1986, a linked series of illustrated dreams.
Animal teachers, mostly equine, drag me (as I scream NO!) beyond plain dreamwork into shamanism...
Chapter 1: The Deer Party: by Wayan; 150K, 6 illus.
Chapter 2: Ariane's Honeymoon: by Wayan; 8K
Chapter 3: The Everest Marathon: by Wayan; 1 illus.
Chapter 4: Who'll Be My Love?: by Wayan; 100K, 4 illus.
Chapter 5: Dreamrider: by Wayan; 7K, a nondream interlude
Chapter 6: Half Shaman, Half Statesman: by Wayan; 170K, 4 illus.
Chapter 7: Eight To A Horn: by Wayan; 2 illus.
Chapter 8: Black Magic: by Wayan, 7 illus.
Chapter 9: Misfits On Mars: by Wayan; 300K, 7 illus.
|THE VAT MESSIAH: by Wayan; 1985/2/27, a major dreamtale.
In our cult, we lie in vats of goo till we grow wings. But we're feared more than we knew...
CAUTION: A SPECIST LYNCH MOB, NAKED IN SCHOOL, LESBIAN FEELINGS, OBSCENE CARROT
|VESTA ON ISIG MOUNTAIN: by Wayan; 1982/5/?? Erasable crayon, 11x14"; viewpoint of a dream character.
Vesta are animal guardians of the land. This isn't a portrait of a vesta, but how I see when I AM one...
|WAPATO BIRDS: by Wayan; 1986/2/2, a subtly psychic dream.
I'm a Wapato Bird: part crane, part elk, part tree-bud. Despite shyness, I must lead our people's migration...
|WATERCATS: by Wayan; 170K, 1987/9/10; a psychic dream of another life.
I'm a biologist who finds an 'extinct' species in a slum. But the survivors speak: they tell me I'm one of them, just hypnotized to think I'm human... And when I wake, another kind of cultural hypnosis is exposed:
|WATERSHIP DOWNTRODDEN: by Wayan; 1983/6/22, a dream of another life.
I'm an intelligent rabbit in an alphamale's harem, organizing a feminist movement...
|WAYAN SAYS: by Wayan; 1992-94. Digital portrait of dream-self
I'm a lean loose cheetah who works best in short bursts and long rests. I overwork when I get too human...
|WELLS'S QUEST: by Wayan; 1992/7/14, a benevolent dream.
I'm on a world inhabited by hobbits when H.G. Wells shows up, looking for a Ring of Power...
|'WE'RE ALL HUMAN': by Wayan; 1987/3/13, a dream trial.
For flirting in the astral cafeteria, we all get sentenced to group therapy--till I catch the lie in my life...
|WHALE SPEAKS: by Brenda Ferrimani; 2014?; an epic dream painting
I dreamed I was a whale swimming against a Christian ebb tide, trying to lead humans to a cleaner spiritual current...
CAUTION: CRITIQUES AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY
|WHAT E.S.P. IS FOR: by Wayan; 2012/12/10, three linked dreamlets on my real nature and purpose
I dream ESP isn't just for oneself; then of a romance between a wolf singer & a deer guitarist; then that I'm furry too, and better accept it...
|WHICH ROAD? 36K, 1999/1/13. Digital sketch of a dream.
I was on a path winding over grassy hills, while humans zoomed by on a freeway below...
|WHITE-KNUCKLE FAIRNESS: by Wayan; 1999/3/23, a dream of not being me.
I'm a saurian forced to duel with a volatile friend. Wanting to fight fair, I don't just file down my spurs...
|WINGS by Nancy Price; 1948, two bird-people dreams, one psychic
I have a long chat with two talking songbirds. Next I'm a parrot, living in rainforest. And then the mail comes...
|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
|YUM YUM!: by Wayan; 1985/1/31, a smelly dream.
At work, a toxic potluck. I say no! And dream I'm a scent-oriented alien tossing back stink-grenades...
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