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Varieties of Oneiric Experience

...is what tomsdisch labelled these investigations, and he held that hearing (in this case reading) others' dreams is as amusing as hearing any story can be, which I agree with completely, whether creepy and unheimlich or goofy and dadaist.  There's just no doubt that it all means something, and something important, but what or why can't be said, just as with stories themselves.  Teaching a lesson (or learning one) just won't do.

Anyway, after carefully grooming the data I seem to arrive at no conclusion -- most people don;t have those kinds of dreams and of the few who do there seem to be as many women as men -- so forget it.

It does suggest though the need for a real taxonomy of dreams:  not an analytic mode or method, we are far from that pace Freud and others, but a simple taxonomy, like the meme structure of folktales.  SO you can wake up and say oh one of those.  We do that anyway of course, but this would be science, like.

The Forgotten Errand.
The Big Nice House  (this one is cognate to the New Apartment, which in my dreams is always a wonderful refuge, sometimes with free meals or similar).
The Big Nice Elaborately Produced City.
The Big Guy who makes me Guilty/Nervous/Anxious
The Rock Band that Needs my Help (this can't, at least in this form, be a permanent fixture of mentality, though it might have earlier cognates. e.g.  The Shaman who Neeeds me to Beat the Drum.  In my case it was auditioning to replace the bassist in the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, a band I never even listened to much.)
Meeting Dead People who Act Alive
Being Dead but Still Alive
Meeting Famous Dead People who Act Alive

... well I seem to be drifitng into inconsequence, like the Chinese Encyclopedia. 


Comments

burnin_tyger
Jan. 23rd, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
One trope/meme that hasn't been added to the list yet is The Storm, or more like The Tornado/Hurricane/Huge Destructive Disaster. For instance, there have been several times I dreamed that there was a tornado or tornadoes approaching the house I was in (at least once I was outside and had to run to a house to take cover). The tornado never seems to destroy whatever building I'm in though, there is just the threat of great destruction, the fear of it being ever present.

Another one that happens frequently in my dreams is The Mysterious Old Flame That You Shouldn't Have Let Get Away. In my dreams there is frequently someone who is hauntingly familiar and dear, that in the dream I have been intimate with in the past but am not intimate with now...yet when I awaken I think of the person and it doesn't match up with anyone I know at all, let alone with any actual old flame.