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I DREAMED MY PILLS WERE TAKING ME

A dirty lie by Chris Wayan, 2004

Huge bright-colored pills with happy faces nibble on a brown woman swimming in a deep blue dreamspace. Click to enlarge.

THE LIE

I dreamed my pills were taking me.

Since then, I've pretty much given up anything stronger than vitamins, even when I'm sick. I feel better not messing with my body so much. Rest and sleep and better food seem better than dreaming that I've become food...

A CONFESSION

OK. Now, the truth.

I'm so busy these days that my dreams aren't vivid and my recall's spotty... except now and then I'll get a dream suggesting I do something really odd, and those usually turn out to be warning dreams, not psychological ones. Maybe you think ALL dreams are psychological--by definition. Nope. The one about fixing your brakes before you crash and die, for example. No psychology in plain survival! These days, mine are mostly like that--sometimes things my unconscious picked up subliminally, sometimes things I couldn't possibly have known by any conventional means. Call them what you will--I unapologetically call them psychic.

So... did I dream my pills were taking me? Nope. It's the first flat-out lie of a painting I've done.

Why'd I do it? Because I've started ACTING exactly as if I had this dream. Over the last couple of years, quite without noticing, I gradually quit taking drugs of any kind--not even allergy medication.

I can't say I miss Western medicine much. I feel good about it. Like I've graduated.

When I finally noticed how profoundly and stealthily my unconscious had changed my life, this phrase and this image burst into my mind simultaneously. Sort of... retrospective pseudo-dreaming?

Otherwise known as a dirty lie.

Still... I kinda wish several million (or is it billion by now?) other pill-popping people would have this dream...

So, I spread the meme.

THE PRESCRIPTION

Your pills are taking you. Nibble by nibble, bit by bit. But you, and they, can quit.




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