September 9, 2012 at 11:55 pm #4250
I go to bed now. Taking a notebook and pen with me. Hoping Dream Angus will send me a dream 🙂
Dream Angus (a Scottish lullaby)
Dreams to sell, fine dreams to sell,
Angus is here wi’dreams to sell.
Hush now wee bairnie and sleep without fear,
For Angus will bring you a dream, my dear.
Can you no hush your weepin’?
A’ the wee lambs are sleepin’.
Birdies are nestlin’, nestlin’ taegether,
Dream Angus is hurtlin’ through the heather.
2. Sweet the lavrock sings at morn,
Heraldin’ in a bright new dawn.
Wee lambs, they coorie doon taegether
Alang with their ewies in the heather.September 10, 2012 at 4:15 am #4251September 10, 2012 at 4:27 am #4253
The Poisoner gives me a single blood-red rose and a bouquet of flowering monkshood he’d grown. We talk of midnight guerilla rituals, goblin markets, and secret entheogenic gardens. Smoke from the long-stem ritual pipe curls around us. The Professor rings and shows up at my door white-bearded with a straw hat and mischief-filled eyes. As I make us all tea, he unpacks gifts to me of poisons from his garden.”September 10, 2012 at 6:19 am #4256
re the dreamcatcher, well, yes, nice for kids, etc, indeed I have one here, but from my perspective, it’s the BAD dreams that are often the important ones. They’re telling you something is amiss, something that your conscious ego is blocking out, something that is too difficult or painful or scary to acknowledge, but which matters, in some way.
re remembering dreams, I had a nightmare, aged about 6 or 7, and another aged 8, which I can still recall fully, and in detail, just as if they were movies that I’d been to see.
For about a decade, about 30 years ago, I wrote down every dream I could recall, and read what various authorities had written about dreams. It’s not an easy task to understand them, I think it’s extremely difficult, but fascinating once you get a few clues as to what’s going on. They can tell you about your physical health, about your diet, about your relationships with people, about your self-esteem, all kinds of stuff. Perhaps a good metaphor, they’re like the dashboard of a car, the main task of the ego, awake, is watching the road and steering a course, but every so often, you need to check all the dials, for secondary information.
But there’s a whole lot more. Dreams that foretell the future, dreams that take you to distant unknown places, dreams that warn you about threats, dreams that connect you to what you love.
Then there’s all the ones that are totally baffling, weirdness that seems completely bizarre, and doesn’t fit into any rational paradigm the ego can construct. Which of course, was one of the aspects that surrealist art explored.
I take my dreams very seriously. Sometimes they are nightmarish, like waking at night filled with fear and insecurity, or encountering very scary figures. I think the scary figures are archetypal, like the Tibetan Wrathful Deities ( google for images ) by which traditional Christian depictions of the devil pale in comparisom. But these figures are not evil, they have a message, telling me I’m making a serious mistake and need to pay serious attention. I’ve been a rather ‘overly headstrong’ sort of man, so to speak ( ! ) often in my life, and I NEEDED a fierce apparition to get my attention, and set me straight, otherwise I would not have paid attention. So I’d hold the image in my mind’s eye, half asleep, half awake, and hold a conversation, ask what it wanted, what it wanted to tell me. You know intuitively when you’ve got the correct meaning, because it just feels right, satisfying, some tension is resolved. In fact, that goes for all dream interpretation, somehow you just know when you’ve understood the meaning it has for you, because it feels right.
Thing is, dreams can be poly-symbolic, holding several stories or meanings simultaneously. You have to ‘feel’ them, not try to analyse with logic, feel them from lots of angles until something clicks, ‘aha, I see what you’re saying’, e.g. that little motif of me, as a small powerless frightened child, lost in a busy city street, relates to such and such an event in the recent past… kinda thing.
Then you can play with the story, leading it towards a happy therapeutic ending, or trying to link it to who you really are today, if it’s a fragment of self that’s been lost and left behind long ago, and wants to re-integrate…
Most people in this culture I’ve lived in don’t take dreams seriously at all, which IMO is a big mistake, so I’m really glad that a few pioneers are now talking about non-physical realities. Because that’s what they are. Non physical realities. There isn’t some easy mechanistic, dull, rationalist explanation, that it’s just stuff from memory. That theory simply doesn’t work.
I’ve had dramatic dreams that changed the course of my life. For instance, I once got a good job, tempted by large wages, and threw myself into it. But then I had an epic dream, which took me a few days to understand, telling me I’d made a mistake, and that I was not being true to my real self, and I had to chose, sell my soul or go with the easy big money… the conflict made me ill, but eventually I got it right.
Everybody has those sorts of traumatic choices in their lives. You know, like you’re a convinced pacifist, demonstrating against war, but after five years of unemployment, you see an advert to join the army and all the lucrative, tempting benefits they offer… but to follow that path means killing off the older self with its cherished values… so there’s a typical conflict that might appear in dreams, represented symbolically. Even worse are the ones concerning personal intimate relationships. They can mean very real episodes in hell. Intense love affairs that eventually end in equally extreme acrimony. And then trying to put the pieces of one’s being back together again. Not much fun.
Or, extreme nervous breakdown and mental illness. Freud called dreams ‘the royal road to mental health’. I think that’s right. We’ve had Freud, Jung, Adler, others, but that was all long ago and the picture of the world, and of the human psyche, has changed, quite radically. Every time I sleep, it’s like a consultation with my deeper inner being. I take it very seriously. I have no idea how this stuff works, in terms of physics and neuro-chemistry, but my dream can tell me of a problem, say, my dog has a tick, and I wake, and there it is, in just the place that the dream said. And the dream offers me solutions to the problem. Same goes for all other aspects of my life. If something is unhappy here, a plant or a tree or the pond, or whatever, it’ll be in my dream, calling to me.
Various significant people from my previous life appear and tell me how they are getting on. It can be very confusing. You mustn’t read the dream literally. It’s symbolic language, like Egyptian hieroglyphs, and several stories can run concurrently, intertwined. Sometimes a particular figure of a person might represent that person, or it might represent some quality of that person, a more abstract characteristic, that had made an impression on you. It’s all a lot like fairy tales. There’s a very close linkage.
“This is true happiness: to have no ambition and to work like a horse as if you had every ambition. To live far from men, not to need them and yet to love them. To have the stars above, the land to your left and the sea to your right and to realize of a sudden that in your heart, life has accomplished its final miracle: it has become a fairy tale.”
― Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the GreekSeptember 10, 2012 at 7:17 am #4257
Oh, another thing. Using sleep for problem solving. You have to be very specific. Just as you’re falling asleep, list the problems you want solved. Visualize them in detail. Tell your Unconscious exactly what you need to know, in detail, and tell it you want definite answers.
And then, when you are waking up, there they will be. Sometimes a selection of offerings, different approaches or angles. So, then thank your brain, and get on with it 🙂
I mean, switching the paradigm, this is only the same as praying to God before you sleep and asking for His assistance, or in a pagan paradigm, divining for answers. It’s all the same thing really. The Unconscious will attempt to communicate in whatever terms it thinks you’ll understand, that fit your overall belief system, so it works just the same for an atheist scientist as it does for a devout mystic or monk, although the imagery may be very different.September 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm #4259
I think I posted this link before, some time ago. It’s not particularly good, but this relates to what Tom Campbell said about the two guys in separate sensory deprivation tanks talking onto tape about what they experienced, and then the two accounts matching up.
I’d have thought that, if true ( Campbell doesn’t appear like a wacko or con man, does he ? ) that’s powerful evidence and you’d think scientists would be keen to try and repeat or explain it, but then scientism kicks in, as in the link below, re Sheldrake v. Wiseman. (‘If it doesn’t fit the standard textbook paradigm it just cannot be, and that’s it… !’ ) Which isn’t true science at all, just ignorant ideological prejudice.
“Is it possible to share a Lucid Dream with someone else or meet up with them consciously in the dream?
It is possible but quite rare. Most accounts I have heard go something like this: 2 people aim to have a lucid dream on the same night and then aim to meet up within their lucid dreams. They both succeed in becoming lucid and they both meet up with a projection of their friend and believe that because they have interacted with that projection that they have had a shared lucid dream. However, unless they have exchanged some sort of password which can then be verified by a third party (perhaps to whom they e-mail their dream reports) we cannot say that this is verified proof. In many cases they may simply have been dealing with their own self-created projection of their friend, rather than the actual projected consciousness of their friend as in a true shared lucid dream. Anyway, all this is not to say that it isn’t possible to project an aspect of your own consciousness from the lucid dream state into another person’s lucid dream. It is definitely possible, we just need to check and verify the facts before we draw conclusions because this kind of stuff can easily become just another spiritual ego trip.”September 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm #4260
Peter Lumsdaine is outreach coordinator of Alliance to Resist Robotic Warfare and Society. Drones are tip of of much larger iceburg that is what we believe is a looming robotic, biotec, nanotec age that’s coming at us, of more and more sophisticated & autonomous machines and synthetic organisms. More than 50 countries posess drones. His organization’s goal is to empower people to understand and educate ourselves and others to develop strategies of effective resistance.September 10, 2012 at 11:20 pm #4264
Wow! So much to take in! I’m not sure I could be as brave as you re scary dreams. When I was a child I used to have a recurring dream about Frankenstein’s monster (I know, so predictable…) There were often different scenarios I’d find myself in, but he was always chasing me and my legs always turned to jelly or I became so dizzy that I found it hard to escape. The thought of turning around and asking him what he wanted never occurred to me because I was absolutely petrified :-0 Strangely, the last one I had was when Monty Brown (a neighbour who was ‘high up’ in the Gospel Hall???) came out of his house and said ” Haw you, Frankenstein! Awa’ hame an’ leave the wee lassie alane!” and he did!!!
Last night I took Judith’s advice and took a notebook to jot down my dreams. It took me AGES to get to sleep and just as I was about to fall asleep, I heard a phone ringing (not my phone, an old fashioned ring). I tried to get to sleep again, and the same thing happened!!! So I got up and had a cup of tea and went back to bed about 4.30am. Now I couldn’t sleep because I kept expecting a phone to ring every time I drifted off 🙁 I eventually fell asleep around 6am and then I heard a lawn mower… it wasn’t a dream, somebody decided to cut their grass at the crack of dawn 🙁 So I just got up and started decorating my living room 🙂 I’ll give the notebook another try – I might get to sleep tonight!
If you don’t mind me asking, what exactly is a ‘lucid’ dream? Are they different from ‘vivid’ dreams?September 10, 2012 at 11:59 pm #4265
how to fall asleep easily–my version of counting sheep. i worked in stained glass for 30 years (my studio is in storage in n. michigan and perhaps next spring i will return there) and i would enjoy moving colors around in whatever piece i was working on at the time. now, even though i am not actively working i still enjoy designing and choosing colors/textures in my imagination. and of course hope to pursue the ‘best’ idea in the future. another way i fall asleep is working in the garden; imagining what to plant next, etc., basically the same idea as the glass except i move plants and their colors/textures around.
a beginning exercise for lucid dreaming. you look at your hand and direct your hand to do something. my understanding of lucid dreaming is; you are aware that you are dreaming and in that awareness you are able to make choices in the dream.September 11, 2012 at 12:34 am #4266
Thanks, Judith. I’ll give the notebook recording another go and keep it up for a week or so. I’m so dog tired tonight so, hopefully, I’ll fall asleep quite quickly. Thanks also for the lucid dreaming tips. I know I’ve been aware I’ve been dreaming in past dreams because I’ve actually been able to tell myself ‘Oh, this is only a dream’. So maybe I can work on it.
Please post some of your stained glass work 🙂 An old friend of mine used to have a small stained glass business. I bought a beautiful glass spider on a stained glass web that she did for me as a one of. It fitted into the corner of my window – just like a real web 🙂September 11, 2012 at 12:59 am #4267September 11, 2012 at 1:34 am #4268
“Killer drones just keep getting smaller. The Army wants to know how prepared its defense-industry partners are to build what it calls a “Lethal Miniature Aerial Munition System.” It’s for when the Army needs someone dead from up to six miles away in 30 minutes or less.
How small will the new mini-drone be? The Army’s less concerned about size than it is about the drone’s weight, according to a recent pre-solicitation for businesses potentially interested in building the thing. The whole system — drone, warhead and launch device — has to weigh under five pounds. An operator should be able to carry the future Lethal Miniature Aerial Munition System, already given the acronym LMAMS in a backpack and be able to set it up to fly within two minutes.”September 11, 2012 at 1:40 am #4269September 11, 2012 at 1:57 am #4270
A recently discovered 500-year-old Alaskan settlement is rapidly disappearing into the Bering Sea.
The exquisitely preserved frozen site provides a spectacular insight into the Yup’ik Eskimo culture.September 11, 2012 at 2:00 am #4271
Microscope images of deadly disease organismsSeptember 11, 2012 at 2:05 am #4272September 11, 2012 at 2:28 am #4275September 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm #4279
“Prof Baillie presents a stark choice: “We have an important moral and ethical decision to make: do these species have a right to survive or do we have a right to drive them to extinction?”
Some of the creatures on the list are down to the last few individuals. For example, numbers of the saola – an antelope known as the Asian unicorn, so rarely is it sighted – have been whittled down to the last few tens in existence.
Ellen Butcher, of the Zoological Society of London, explained: “All of the species listed are unique and irreplaceable. If they vanish, no amount of money can bring them back. If we take immediate action we can give them a fighting chance for survival. But this requires society to support the moral and ethical position that all species have an inherent right to exist.”
It is possible that some future medical application may be found for the willow blister fungus, or other plants or even animals on the list. But the conservationists involved stressed that this should not be the decider on whether we make efforts to halt the decline of species that we are destroying.
“All species have a value to nature and thus, in turn to us humans,” said Simon Stuart, chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission. “Although the value of some species may not appear obvious at first, all species in fact contribute in their way to the healthy functioning of the planet.””September 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm #4280
“Early on, Issyk Kul also drew attention from researchers for the remains that lie beneath its stunning cobalt waters. It’s an endorheic lake (meaning that it has no outlet) with abundant underwater springs, and the water level has fluctuated dramatically over the centuries, submerging settlements, buildings and even entire cities that had been established on earlier shorelines. Issyk Kul was one of the earliest sites for underwater archaeological research in Central Asia, with divers exploring its depths as long ago as the 1860s.”September 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm #4281
“Let’s then say you become sick and tired of all this corruption and want to launch a public campaign against it. Great. Just be mindful that when you try to have a public rally to support your cause, some disguised government thug may throw a grenade in the midst of it and then the police will blame you for trying to score political points against the regime by killing and maiming your own supporters.
Yep, Cambodia is true worker’s paradise. It’s the type of place where your boss, a military officer, can order you to go by motorbike and pick up a rare endangered animal so that it can be illegally transported to China to be eaten. Just don’t let that animal accidentally escape, or you’ll have to face the wrath of your boss, who might just be so enraged that he will douse you with gasoline and set you on fire, and when you die your wife and child will be left destitute. Surely, you think, that if an employer tried such a thing the press would find out and make a big stink about it, right? Well, they would, except that the newspaper reporter went to the army officer and requested a bribe so that the story would never be published.
This is just a little taste of what it is like to live in a country that has been stripped of most of its resources and where the unaccountable elites feel no obligation to provide any kind of safety net for its citizens. This is exactly the kind of society our own predatory oligarchs are slowly establishing here in America. If you don’t believe it, ask yourself how if providing for the less fortunate is an unalterable established political consensus several American public officeholders have within this last year publicly compared the food stamp program to “feeding wild animals?” Even five years ago, such utterances would have been unthinkable in the public arena. That’s just one small example of how the public rhetoric, to eventually be followed by public policy, is evolving–or rather devolving–in America these days. Not incidentally, impoverishing the working and middle classes has the added benefit of stretching out the availability of the planet’s increasingly scarce resources. That, as any Harvard educated MBA would tell you, is a classic example of a win-win.”September 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm #4282
when the iraq war began, there was a tiny bit of writing about that the war was really about water, not oil. this presentation is about water (not the iraq war) and i found it both informative and inspiring.September 11, 2012 at 8:02 pm #4283September 11, 2012 at 8:03 pm #4285
i seem to fail on posting images. anyhow, annie, if you click on the image it will open in a new window and look a bit more like what it is. my world view in glass. 🙂September 12, 2012 at 12:57 am #4291September 12, 2012 at 1:02 am #4292
“Could a placebo work even if you’re not consciously aware of it? Scientists have always believed that placebo effects rely on your conscious expectations of what a pill or therapy is supposed to accomplish. But a new study suggests that your unconscious mind can play a key role in triggering a placebo effect.
Could your unconscious mind be making you feel better or worse, based on cues you’re not even aware of?
At first blush, this notion sounds hard to believe. How can a placebo response happen without conscious awareness being involved? “September 12, 2012 at 3:51 am #4296
“In his 2009 book The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, psychiatrist, doctor, writer, and former Oxford literary scholar Iain McGilchrist mounts a fascinating argument for the idea “that the division of the brain into two hemispheres is essential to human existence, making possible incompatible versions of the world, with quite different priorities and values.” The first part of the book examines the structure and function of the brain to elicit the differences between the left and right hemispheres, and to show them “as no mere machines with functions, but underwriting whole, self-consistent, versions of the world.” The second part examines the record of Western philosophy, art, and literature to reveal “the uneasy relationship of the hemispheres being played out in the history of ideas, from ancient times until the present. It ends by suggesting that we may be about to witness the final triumph of the left hemisphere — at the expense of us all.”September 12, 2012 at 4:06 am #4297
“With exorcism booming in Poland, Roman Catholic priests have joined forces with a publisher to launch what they claim is the world’s first monthly magazine focused exclusively on chasing out the devil.
“The rise in the number or exorcists from four to more than 120 over the course of 15 years in Poland is telling,” Father Aleksander Posacki, a professor of philosophy, theology and leading demonologist and exorcist told reporters in Warsaw at the Monday launch of the Egzorcysta monthly.
Ironically, he attributed the rise in demonic possessions in what remains one of Europe’s most devoutly Catholic nations partly to the switch from atheist communism to free market capitalism in 1989.”September 12, 2012 at 4:08 am #4298
John Dee. 16th cent. Artist unknown.
Doctor John Dee (1527-1609) remains one of London’s most intriguing historical figures. He was a confidant of Queen Elizabeth I, who guided the nation through one of its most challenging eras, partly based upon Dee’s unique blend of alchemy, divination and Hermetic philosophy. In fact, the Queen had so much faith in Dee’s calculations she had him choose her coronation date … What is less known is that Dee was obsessed with the apocalypse, and believed he had opened a supernatural gateway leading to a powerful and disgruntled spirit world … Few recall that he coined the phrase “British Empire” and helped shape the emerging ideology of the nation.
… Dee and [occultist and medium Edward] Kelley held various “spiritual conferences”; a quest that Dee believed would render immeasurable benefit to mankind … Kelley became Dee’s regular scryer and the two men appear to have achieved, if not exceeded, their goals, for Dee began to write truly remarkable, albeit sublime, works that he maintained were the product of angels who spoke in language known as Enochian.
… Today, we are uncertain if Dee, Kelley or [Aleister] Crowley did in fact unlock the door of the apocalypse, for it is said the apocalypse is a slow-working mental transformation within the collective unconscious of the human race. The year is 2012. Now, as then, we contemplate the possibility we are living in an Enochian end of days. Doctor Dee influenced history at the highest levels of government. His legacy influenced perhaps the most notorious of occult groups, which in turn influenced the “New Age” and modern occult movement. But was he also instrumental in the opening of a door in human consciousness that would allow the apocalypse to manifest?September 12, 2012 at 4:51 am #4299
Thank you, Judith. You are very talented 🙂 I’m actually reading about spirals and labyrinths (Labyrinths: Ancient Myths and Modern Uses – Sig Lonegren ) And strangely enough, it involves Ariadne (also known as the Spider) and Dionysus who, it is said, fell madly in love with each other and had a long and happy marriage. When she died, she was deified and Dionysus gave her a place in the heavens: the constellation Corona Borealis or the Northern Crown. Even stranger, Native Americans call this same cluster of stars the Spider – who spins her own kind of labyrinth web 😉
So, I have received a stained glass spider/web and a stained glass earth spiral – thank you, you made me smile 🙂September 12, 2012 at 4:59 am #4300
Oh,btw, I’m having all sorts of weird dreams (well, last night…)
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