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Mark Atwood
I was about to graduate from some school. (Which school, it wasn't any that I've actually attended.) I needed to take a shower to get ready, but all the showers were just showerheads sticking out of the walls in the study hall. Courtesy dictated I find one that wasn't going to spray on someone else there. While soaping up, I had a conversation with someone who was selling silly little desk toys. I bought some of them.

I was standing in line for the premiere of a movie, based on a series of books. It wasn't Harry Potter, or Lemony Snicket, but the people in the line knew about those. These series was similar.

I was at a family party, which lots of big gift giving. It was either hosted by or for/about my sister and her husband. I saw on the pile of gifts on the table, a Sybian "toy", just barely concealed by a towel over it. I was concerned, was that all that appropriate to just leave out like that? I was told not to worry, so far I was the only one to have recognized it for what it was.

I had two more dream scenes to transcribe just a few minutes ago, but now they are gone. Trying to write down a dream is like trying to pick up a cobweb. The process of remembering and turning it into words, destroys it.


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norincraft From: norincraft Date: January 12th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

I was looking for word this....

The people in you dreams might guessed if they had seen it. I did when I saw this

Sometimes, even if you don't know the word and haven't seen or even heard about the device, it's use immediately comes to mind even if the advertised use is somewhat different.

Or maybe it's just way I'm wired.

Anyway, thanks.

"...these new exercise machines have one very special facet to the way they are used: the user does not need to do anything..."

... Make that two very special facets

memegarden From: memegarden Date: January 12th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
My own experience is that I can "tag" a dream by recalling it and noting keywords to myself, and then nail it in place in memory by writing it down. If I don't turn it into words promptly, it fades out. It sometimes surprises me how much I can pull back of a whole night's dreams by working backwards, as if the dreams were scarves tied together being pulled out of a magician's sleeve.
From: d_flat Date: January 14th, 2007 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree with memegarden, if I don't write it down, then chances are it may be forgotten forever. There are certain 'keys' to each sequence and I also agree that I can work from the end and go backwards towards the beginning.

But, I find what you said interesting, "Trying to write down a dream is like trying to pick up a cobweb. The process of remembering and turning it into words, destroys it."

I think this is because dreams use memory differently than our conscious waking state. You almost need to put yourself in dreamstate in order to preserve the dream.

Maybe I will start writing down more dreams. Interesting post. :)
memegarden From: memegarden Date: January 14th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes; I find it easier to remember dreams if I do no verbal processing or other outer-directed thought before focusing on recalling them. I've also found it true that staying in the position I dreamed in helps.
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