Diagram: Earwigs and
|unfilled circle = waking event
|filled circle = dream event
= Ed's experiences
= my experiences
- At ASD-14,
I present a paper describing elaborate synchronicities--arabesques--and decide
that next time, I should at least venture an opinion of how such things can
read a book review on October 5, 1997
that provokes thinking about arabesques and the multiverse.
Wednesday, October 15, 1997, I listen
to a Book-on-Tape about mountain climbers making a dangerous ascent in Tibet
that afternoon, I meet with dream group regulars at a café,
announcing that at ASD-15, I'd like to report on arabesques that occur among
group members. Can we conceptualize the multiverse as an answer to the question
of how arabesques can occur?
then reads a recent dream about mountain climbers making a dangerous
ascent in Tibet. I feel "jazzed" by this coincidence and by the conversation.
We remind ourselves of our "assignment" -- to try and lucid dream and study
an object while lucid.
- That night,
I dream I'm at an ASD conference, in front of the Frick Fine Arts Building.
in the dream, I enter a bank, become lucid and encounter Ed.
shows me drawings mounted on a wall and tries to tell me something about his
waking on that day, October 16, I attend a lecture at Allegheny
General Hospital. Peering into the lobby beforehand, my friend notes that,
"It looks like a bank." I recall dreaming of a bank, and realize that Allegheny
General is where Ed works.
lecturer is a very humorous British doctor. An overhead projector shows his
notes behind him.
doctor jokingly uses the word "earwig," a reference I don't understand.
that afternoon, Ed dreams of Dr. Frasier Crane at a café with a blackboard
Wilde (humorous, British) enters and writes a poem on the board.
- The name
of the poem is "Ear-wig."
waking, Ed visits the Frick Art Museum to see the exhibit of Plains Indian
Drawings, which were made in ledger books.
- Ed has
an epiphany in front of an 1886 drawing of the Pine Ridge Reservation and
realizes he has dreamt of it.
returns home and finds a dream account from 10 months earlier that features
books with American Indian illustrations, as well as poems.
in the dream, he and his wife are walking around a "Lakota reservation" with
"a church with a tall steeple" and an "administration building" matching the
Pine Ridge drawing. Pine Ridge is a Lakota (Sioux) reservation
of this in a phone conversation, I note that the date of this dream, January
6, is Epiphany. I then relate my dream, including the Frick Fine Arts building;
the bank that is brought to mind by Allegheny General, which is where Ed works;
and Ed's showing me drawings and trying to tell me something about his dreams.
attend ASD-15 with a very detailed example of a dream group arabesque.
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