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DREAM RECALL
Two Dreams On Dreams, One Night

Dreamed 1998/8/1 by Chris Wayan

DARK DREAMS? NOT SO SURE!

I dream of a terrible future. When I wake and tell a friend my dream, she says "Most dreams seem darker than waking life." I consider that. But it's generally not true for me.

I list all the social problems in our world, then compare with the ones in my dream. Only then do I see that the dream, despite several areas worse than our society, had others that were distinctly better--the dream just focused on the problem spots. Why not? Dreams want to solve problems.

And of course we tend to take familiar problems for granted--we're habituated, blind. I'm not so sure that even other people's dreams really are grimmer, on average, than their waking lives.

Trouble is always more noticeable next door.

LET THE COMPUTER HELP EXPLAIN DREAMS

Then I was walking along an alley with wood fences. Looks like San Diego. I'm thinking about dream recall. "No wonder I don't remember them very well these days. I used to rehearse every scrap on waking and number them mentally so I couldn't forget how many scraps there were, then work backward to an image from each, then fish for details, and link up the scenes... Now I only write what I easily recall."

I need to get methodical for a while now. An idea comes to me. "Use the computer. Try typing the key words of a dream first, then DUPLICATE that list and add carriage returns and brackets to the copy. Turn it into a list of THEMES to associate to, after you write out the dream. Many odd dream elements reveal strong messages if I just stop and ask myself what they mean. But now I take them for granted. If there's a checklist facing me after every dream, demanding I explain a list of key images..."

I wake to find... these ideas on dreaming were dreams themselves. Dreams trying to be remembered... and understood.

Dreams want to be understood!

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