Saturday, November 18, 2006

a brush with freedom

I learned from Josephine over at Carbon Press that it’s a blogging no-no to write about your dreams. So, being the ornery person that i am, i say to hell with that.

Although i will admit that my eyes glaze over when someone wants to tell me about their dream. So i am not going to tell you about any dream, just about the impression that i was left with afterwards.

I dreamed the other night about bald eagles. One that was some kind of, not pet exactly, but one tame enough to fly to me. And wouldn’t that be cool? Anyway, dream went on, bald eagle flew around, blah, blah. But when i woke up afterwards, i swear could still feel the brush of his wings on my face.

22 comments:

Lucia said...

I've never heard that it's a no-no to write about dreams. I'm going to be ornery about this one too!

(Maybe someone will leave a comment about the deep dark secret of eagle dreams.)

amusing said...

As I child, I had a recurring dream about running circles around the neighbor's rose bushes and then being able to fly. It seemed so real I was sure it must be true...

I love hearing people's dreams (though keep hearing that everyone else finds them boring). After all, haven't dreams, hallucinations and other output of the mind at play been the source of some great works of art? Write away!

TTQ said...

It's YOUR blog and you can write what you want! Yesterday's post was great and I'm glad that you wrote about your dream, made me think I might have a cool dream tonight.

Julie said...

I'm not going to tell you what Freud says about flying dreams.

So have you been watching Lord of the Rings lately? Don't they get rescued by Eagles at one point? (I'm a bit rusty. It's time to have another LOTR marathon).

Kirsten said...

Not only did I write about a particularly peculiar dream once, and a couple other odd ones later, I linked recently to the weird one in a filler post because I was too sad to write a real post.

Does this mean I'm out of the blog world permanently? Would it help if I said I didn't know about the non-dream-blogging rule?

jen said...

freedom, baby...freedom.

Lisa said...

Guess I did an oopsie, then. I like reading about people's dreams, though.

lu said...

I never trust rules in the realm of the creative process. Who makes up these rules; People without windows or souls? Write what you want; read what you want.

I love how you remember something tactical about your dream.

Last night I dreamed that my ex husband invited visiting monks to spend the night in my home. The house was floor to ceiling clutter and mess- the level clutter that makes for awful reality TV intervention programming. It took me a good hour after waking to shake the feeling of burden, obligation and shame. Send those bald eagles my way!

Mama P said...

I sometimes dream of an ex boyfriend who made me laugh laugh LAUGH. I'm always single, no kids. And I'm so excited to be with him and set up an apartment with him. It's nice to have those optimistic visions without responsibilities. Of course he's gay, so I never wake up and worry that I let him go. Though I do wish we could be dancing partners!

meno said...

lucia, ornery women unite! Go for it.

amusing, i always dream(ed) of flying. Just push off the ground and swim and soar through the air. I would wake convinced that i could do it.

ttg, i do write what i want, else why have a blog? I hope you do have a cool dream and we hear about it too.

julie, i think it's escape, and if not, please do tell! I love LOTR, and eagles do rescue them at the end. God, i would LOVE to fly on an eagle's back.

kirten, welcome. I will go and read your dream. And this rule was made to be broken.

jen, you know don't you?

lisa, i really think that there are no rules in blogging, except to keep it real.

lu, i have had dreams, maybe nightmares, where it took me most of the day to recover my equilibrium. Such is the strenghth of emotion engendered. And the eagles are winging their way to you now.

mamap, i think you need to go dancing more lady! And laugh.

daufiero said...

over at writing as jo(e), she shares a lot about her recurring dreams of snakes. definitely seems the majority favor writing about dreams. If I could just sleep long enough to have one...

Sanjay said...

I have not read that it is a no-no to write about dreams. As you know my last post was about a dream and there may be one more in a few days.
Bald eagles are cool!

Holly Capote said...

I share my dreams and people ask me, "What's wrong with you?"

But aren't dreams supposed to be kooky-crazy? And shouldn't creative people be creative even when they're asleep. I know good things can happen when I'm asleep. I've woken with complete stories in me. Speaking of stories, in the past 2 days, 2 publishing houses have requested rewrites and a third house wants me to write a book: we have to talk money and time, but it sounds like a swell project. I would interview one of the surviving Mengle twins and do her bio.

Meno, there will be times when I disappear: not because I don't adore you. I do. It'll be because I'm becoming busier and busier. In addition to doing tv and appearances and performances, I'm doing a monstrous rewrite and somedays, IF I'm here, I'm just too tired to remind you of how much I adore you. That's sad, but true. So, remember that my declarations of adoration have no shelf life.

Caro said...

Freedom, overcoming past hurts, the animus or masculine part of your psyche, Soaring, to exult, a feeling of empowerment This is what I found on the net about eagles in dreams. Does it ring true?

Thailand Gal said...

I don't customarily remember dreams.. but the ones I do remember are awesome. I'd write about them.. definitely. And hopefully you will continue to write about yours, too. :)

Peace,

~Chani

patches said...

I often wake up with a brief euphoric feeling from a good dream, but if you ask me aout it after my first cup of coffee, the memory of it has often faded. As for the dreams that I do remember, well, lets just say they would have made decent out-takes for the movie, "Running with Scissors".

Rules for blogging, you mean there are rules? I wonder how many of them I've broken...

marian said...

I don't know who started that whole thing about it being a no-no to write about your dreams. I really think it was just the opinion of one big blogger and somehow everybody bought it. I love reading about dreams, unless they're stupid dreams. But yours was lovely...

Maggie said...

It seems we have a consensus. Dreams - can be written.

I love the tactile aspect of this. That your mind was so taken by the dream it sent messages to your skin and you felt the dream. This has happened to me on occasion. I remember having woken up and looking all over my bed and pillow for what could have simulated the feeling I had but finding nothing. I was actually happy to find nothing. Knowing that the mind can find its way into the most beautiful visions and share it with the physical body.

bobealia said...

rules are made to be broken
Don't dreams often mean the opposite of what they appear? Does this mean you are sinking? Digging a hole? Being burried?

meno said...

de, oh, yeah those sleep deprived years are so tough.

sanjay, bald eagles are cool. Sometimes we see them fishing in the lake in front of us, and all activity in the house stops while we watch.

holly, wow, you are a busy chick (peep!) i am both excited and exhausted for you. When you get famous for your books i will say i knew you when. Thanks for the love, i have become inappropriately attached to many of my readers. So thanks for the reminder that you are still here. I've missed you. :)

caro, i know that i woke up feeling exhilarated, like i had been swooping through the skies my own self. The writing that i have been doing here feels like a new and empowering thing. So the answer is yes.

Chani, i donlt remember very many either. But when i do it' soften because i am left with a physical feeling. It's cool.

hi patches, i have those dreams too! I don't think there are any real rules for blogging. And if there are, i will break them, given a chance.

marian, Who knows! Josephine mentioned it and then proceeded to write a lovely post about a dream, so it's obviously a crock. I like reading about them too.

maggie, write on, dreams! It is really fun to know how powerful our minds and dreams are.

bo, i am with you, break that rule. Being buried, ugh. I couldn't sleep after the "Kill Bill 2" movie where she was buried in a coffin.

Princess in Galoshes said...

I had a dream about a bald eagle recently, too! It came to my wedding. That must be good, right?

Check out dreammoods.com, awesome website for dream interpretation.

Mother of Invention said...

Perhaps a connection to take flight and let yourself go..a little freedom?

(It's my blog and I can blog what I want to...you'd blog this too if it happened to you!" Leslie Gore??)