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The History of Last Night's Dream [Oct. 21st, 2007|09:46 am]


Just thought people who read this journal might be interested in a new book called "The History of Last Night's Dream: Discovering the Hidden Path to the Soul" by Rodger Kamenetz. The author has a very interesting theory on doing dream work and shying away from traditional interpretation. I just finished reading it last night and found it to be amazing and eye-opening.
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I have a question for you [May. 24th, 2007|07:23 am]

[mood |curiouscurious]

I'll say up front that this is only tangentially related to dreams.
Yesterday, I followed a link on jmprince's blog to this wiki, to discover that I experience synaesthesia-- something I'd heard about in passing but never really looked into.

I'd always assumed that my experiences were something that everyone "saw", but apparently not. I suspect that synaesthesia is far more common than some would have us believe-- partly because most of us who have it assume that our experiences are universal.

I thought I would test this theory with people who read my blog, and have cross posted it here, because I'd like to know whether the experience of synaesthesia lines up with a different dreaming experience as well. I could see where it might possibly have that effect, given the associative nature of dreams.

So if you like, follow the link to the wiki, and see if any of the things described there line up with your own experience. I'd be particularly interested in hearing which subtypes you experience, if you have this at all, and also the degree to which your dreams are complex/lucid on a regular basis (and whatever else you think might be relevant!)

Admittedly, this request suffers from self-selection bias, but if you don't ask, how do you know?

EDITED TO ADD: If you *don't* think you have synaesthesia after reading the wiki, please let me know if you lucid dream. I'm wondering how much of lucid dreaming is tied into a highly visual thinking process.

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Angelic beings [Mar. 30th, 2007|12:10 pm]

I dreamed last night of creating stories about angelic beings. I was talking to someone, and standing in front of a window or viewscreen of some kind, and the beings I was making up stories about were wandering around on the other side. Like, I made them up in my head but they manifested or something. There were Greater Celestials, Lesser Celestials, Greater and Lesser Immortals, and Eternals. I think the Eternals were at the top of the heap, so to speak. The Immortals were at the bottom, like servants. The person I was describing them to said, after I mentioned the Eternals, "sounds old." I guess that was in reference to the Eternals, but could have been all of them.

I also dreamed I was laying in a "puppy pile" of people, male and female. The person to my right was supposedly male; but at a later point when I was engaged in more intimate activity with him (beginning with massage but progressing from there) he had no genitalia visible. He was as neuter as a Ken doll, or as the character of Metatron in the Kevin Smith film Dogma. Yet he seemed to be still male and could feel desire and pleasure. Distinctly odd. I added this part because his neutered quality seemed more related to being angelic than to be a eunich (sp?).
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Haven't had an entry in awhile... [Mar. 8th, 2007|12:38 pm]

Any news on the Wiki, Giant Moose? I still think that would be the best idea, since people could write out the whole stories of their dreams, and they would cross reference.

Meanwhile, let's talk about fluids in dreams.
Experiences of drowning/swimming/being underwater/drinking/rowing a boat-- anything fluid.
What have you dreamed about?
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Popular culture in dreams [Feb. 10th, 2007|11:48 pm]

I've been googling dream taxonomy, just to see whether there have been any other attempts to do what we're doing here. Almost everything I found had a strong analytical bias of one flavor or another. But this concerned a topic I haven't seen yet in our dream descriptions.

So I thought I'd ask our community the question they ask--

Do you dream of brand names/branded items of some kind?
If so, it might be interesting if you add a note about whether the brand differences in your dreams are things that are important to you when you're awake?
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Speaking with the dead [Feb. 5th, 2007|10:09 am]

In this entry, maybe people could share their experiences of speaking with the dead. Who did you talk to? What did you talk about? Did they/you know they were dead? Was there a chain of events outside your conversation?

(And giantmoose-- Any word on the wiki yet?)
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Dreams that Don't Fit [Feb. 1st, 2007|09:15 am]

Last night I had a couple of standard dreams-- you know, nothing special. The kind where you get your check in the mail and it's more than you expected, or you meet an old friend you've been meaning to get back in touch with but haven't had time to see. The second was quite vivid and movie like-- but still, nothing special.

I was thinking about what makes dreams special for me, and frequently it's that they defy easy categorization on waking. I have trouble mapping them to issues in my life-- or they deal with existential issues. They make me wonder, and keep turning the puzzle pieces, trying for a match.

What about you? What makes a dream memorable?

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results [Jan. 30th, 2007|11:16 pm]

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Favorite rooms? [Jan. 30th, 2007|05:57 pm]

We love our dream houses-- that much is clear. Here, lets talk about our favorite rooms from those houses. What makes your favorite so great?
I will probably not make a list here, since I expect these will be full of specific details that defy more general categorization....
but you never know.
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I'll fly away.... [Jan. 28th, 2007|10:29 pm]

In this entry, let's get into the details of flying dreams. How do you fly? Have you always flown in dreams? If not, do you remember your first time? Have flying dreams changed for you over the years? How often do you dream of flying?
Why/where do you fly?

--to escape danger
--to test dream vs reality
--flying and erotica?
--visiting people in tall buildings while you fly

--effortless, or nearly effortless flying
---but you don't go too high for fear of falling
--takes concentration and focus to achieve
---or else you rise
---or else you hover
---or else you drift back down
---and even with concentration you can only achieve a slight lift off the ground, maybe a few inches

--flying starting from a sitting position(hands under knees)
---which stops/changes as the dreamer ages?

Feelings about flying?
-- euphoria(that persists into waking? (me))
-- try to convince self that "it's real this time?"
-- defiant and smug about escape, but not necessarily focused on the act of flying?

Still dream about crashing in planes even though you have flying dreams
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