Sunday, September 19, 2004

topic 1 - dreams

We are such stuff as dreams are made on,
and our little life is rounded with a sleep. ~ Shakespeare

Everyone has had anxiety dreams, wish fulfillment dreams, nightmares. Perhaps less universal but still common are wet dreams, prophetic dreams, dreams from which we awaken though layers into consciousness, screaming, crying or laughing.

There are dreams specific to one's culture, recognized by everyone - the dream in which your muscles won't obey and you can not run, the dream of forgetting to dress before going out into the world.

Sleep disorders notwithstanding, everyone sleeps, everyone dreams. If we are divided by differences in our conscious states, perhaps we can find common ground in our dreamings.

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world forever, it seems.
~Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy

This website is dedicated to exploring this common ground, through the archive of the Dream Repository (yet to come...?) and global discussions on this website...

Please join us -- and help to make the world a safer place for "the lovers, the dreamers and me." And if you have related writings or artwork of your own that you would like to have appear at this site, please drop me an email!

We are raised to honor all the wrong explorers and discoverers --
thieves planting flags, murderers carrying crosses.
Let us at last praise the colonizers of dreams.
~ Peter S. Beagle

Bonus Topic: Dream interpretation:

Whatever parts of our minds sleep by day and awaken by night communicate to us through our dreams. I found a scrap of paper in an apartment I used to live in, on which someone had written, "... I wonder if nightmares aren't what we have every night and the calm, smooth pictures are what our minds turn them into if the terror doesn't wake us up." At the time I myself was waking exhausted morning after morning from dreams in which I was doing hard labor, as if I'd volunteered in some imaginary Peace Corps, and spent night after night digging ditches and building houses.

Then there is the possibility that we are receiving communications from external as well as internal sources. If we share a dream with a loved one who is lying next to us, that doesn't seem so unbelievable. But what if the loved one is miles away? Is there a nocturnal meeting-ground we unconsciously travel to... Can we discover truths revealed in a symbolic dream language and bring our discoveries back with us into the light of day?

Can that be true that loves the night?
The darkness is the nurse of light.
Can that be true that mocks at forms?
Truth rides abroad in shapeless storms.
~ from The Shadows by George MacDonald

There are hundreds of dream-interpretation sites out there, and I don't want to re-invent the wheel, so as I explore, I will add the best links to my link page.

What I will post here is dream-inspired writings and art, that attempt to make sense of dreams through artistic interpretation. Please email us if you would like to contribute. And please don't think that because the art you see here is "pretty" that we won't accept darker visions. We need both the dark and the light, so to speak...

To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wildflower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.
William Blake ~ Auguries of Innocence


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