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Dream Commentary and Comparisons Part One

Afternoon of April 19, 2015. Sunday.

This is a summarized personal entry of a number of discoveries I have made concerning my own dream "language" and long-term history. Firstly, I will take a look at validated symbol-like connections. This entry mostly only uses my material presently online (though I have decided not to link anything, as it would end up being too much to read in one period) - a total of only about 2,000 dreams (presently on tumblr) rather than the entire estimated 40,000. As this is uniquely personal, it is unlikely to reflect any level of assumed "interpretation" regarding similar dreams that others may have had (unless it is relevant to the same life experiences associated here). This is my present stand on what I feel is one hundred percent true after numerous examinations over the years.

Cobra: The main cobra meaning originates from age four, established in documentation at age five. The cobra has been found to represent my potential as the sole dream maker (including non-lucid dreams). There are a number of validated clarifications for this. My recurring "Cobra in the Hayloft" dream (1966) is the most obvious. This dream was my first longer recurring lucid and vivid "dream making" series. The cobra is my "first tulpa" in that I knew what I was doing in-dream in most versions. It is directly relative to the "snake charming" as "dream making"/"dream control" metaphor. Pretty straightforward. "Terra Cotta" (1974) also validates this. The giant cobra follows me from a tunnel connecting two worlds (dream state versus conscious awareness) but I am able to lead it back without harm, thus maintain my control as the dream maker (again, even in a non-lucid dream). From here, it becomes even more obvious. "The Cobra Kit" (1975) actually has me building a model from a cheap plastic kit of a cobra that sways side to side when completed. In this case I am making the cobra within my dream in a different way - not as a tulpa but as a plastic model. Still, making a model suggests practice as the dream maker, again, pretty straightforward. From here, it balances out in "Golden Cobra and Angelic Healing" (2014), where I finally seem to "get" that my wife (first as a tulpa and "mystery girl" before I learned she was a real person) is also a dream maker in influencing my dreams long before I met her. The amazing intense "dance" of her and the cobra is actually a metaphor that fully acknowledges that my own dream making is integrated with her "sending" to me in my dream states. Thus my dreams are presently half my own, and half my wife's (assumed telepathic) influence, which has been validated numerous times in the past few months alone (there is no other "explanation" aka "cop out" that could explain this). Finally, on a side note, during and after my operation in 1976, a lucid dream cobra bit me where I had real pain on my right thumb. This woke me instantly and seems to again represent the threshold between dreams and waking, this time related to pain threshold as well.

Elephant: I have already written extensive entries on the personal meaning of the elephant as a dream feature. Due to a couple early childhood experiences (and my mostly inconsequential pachydermophobia), elephants came to symbolize the apocalypse ("end of the world") by using a highly unique dream composite combining Pompeii and alien invasion. Thus, the elephant, as an invading alien in "The Flying Saucer" (1969) ended the world with a "volcanic eruption" from his trunk upon emerging from his spaceship. However, the present meaning of the elephant is "false prophet" and "alien conspiracy theorist". This stems in part from the humorously titled "Pachydermophobiaphobia" dream (2014). The elephant now as the false prophet (all the people who go on and on about doomsday - especially the 2012 fiasco) is established as such by his "trumpeting" (announcing) in a "bigger than life" sense, followed by a spray of water and no actual doomsday, only to stomp on and try to invent another system for "new world" or "world destruction" fiascoes or other materialistically infeasible systems of pure fantasy. This is an interesting example of a childhood to adulthood transition regarding dream symbolism.

Butterfly: Butterflies have taken on an odd role for a few reasons. Logically, one could possibly associate angelic symbolism or "ascending" (metaphorically, from caterpillar to butterfly). That has not been the primary case with me. Butterflies are the essence of death, loss of time, and human criminality and loosely associated with the death's-head hawkmoth. "Butterflies in the stomach" is a way of describing nervousness in anticipation. A butterfly shape is sometimes associated with a (sideways) hour-glass shape - mourning the passage of time. Not only that, there was an incidental connection with an artist's name and the murder of a young girl by a schoolmate ("Hostile Butterflies"). In the detailed precognitive dreams of my sister Marilyn's illness and death, she had butterfly-shaped welts over her body (though which in afterthought probably more correctly represent the death's-head hawkmoth). I also note that another dream, "Butterfly-Man-Monster" (1995) as well as "The Butterfly People" (1978) dealt with reclusive, possibly vampiric people. In "Butterfly Attack" (2014), I associated this one with drinking too much carbonated pink lemonade (which actually can cause a "fluttering" in the stomach).

Wooden plank bridge over forest or swamp: I have already written extensively on this ("eternity bridge") as well, but something to consider is just how precise very long-term precognition can be. My dreams as a child where I was with my life partner turned out to be literal. One of my first real-life experiences with my wife was on such an elevated wooden bridge (in a rainforest) and where we kissed. Thus, many childhood dreams turn out to be either literal or at least self-fulfilling prophecy. Very curious.

Doors: Again, I have written on this extensively. Doors are "conduits" to either other levels of awareness within a dream or simply act as the process (metaphorically) of waking up. I have had numerous dreams where I wake at the same moment of going through a doorway or gate - often waking up at the exact moment I walk or jump through, especially in unpleasant childhood dreams. What else could it mean than simply leaving the dream? It is not rocket science.

Water lowering during fishing versus flood dreams: Perhaps one of my most common generic dreams throughout my life has been fishing while the water gets lower and lower over time. This has proven to be solely a metaphor for waking up (and with no other meaning). Floods sometimes have a similar meaning in that they sometimes represent the chemicals "flooding" the body to keep someone in the sleeping state (or preventing physical movement during sleep).

Atomic bomb: Recently, I realized that atomic bombs are an in-dream metaphor (probably for an associated cellular process) for the waking state and the parallel "destruction" of the dream state. In a recent dream, I actually "froze" an atomic bomb, and the mushroom cloud (at a distance) began to glow more brightly, which in turn, made me go deeper (or "back") into my dream, which also then became more lucid and vivid and lasted longer than usual ("A Place in the Sky" from 2014).

To end this entry, it is fairly obvious that many dreams are inherently only metaphors for waking from them, though may only be relevant to the last scene (especially if a door, gate, or elevator is involved at any point - for example, "looking for a gate" may solely represent looking for a chance or cue to wake up). A very good example is "Motorcycle Jump" (early 1991). I had slept for too long and in this dream, mostly unknown people were in an unrealistically large version of my Cubitis bathroom, by which the only light was from the headlight of "my" motorcycle. To "decode" my dream exactly - my conscious self was understood to be the motorcycle rider (the motorcycle being a representation of conscious energy, similar to the horse) and my stunt was to somehow rise up and fly through the tiny bathroom window on it - the portal to waking up (as a window represents inner and outer dream state focus), which I achieved. You might ask...but why so many other people in the bathroom? They were actually a hodgepodge of residual dream characters and "could not all 'go' at the same time" - I was the only one to be allowed to "go" (the only one who could leave my dream). It is quite logical to assume that a number of similar stunts in dreams solely represent waking up. Many people have dreams of bizarre bathrooms, which is probably only a dream's attempt in trying to get a person to wake up and actually go if they have to, as the in-dream one is too problematic or weird to use.

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