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DREAMS: ELSEWHERE OR NOWHERE

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When you sleep, YOU may be elsewhere or nowhere…. 
Sleeping Beauty
“The acute phase announced itself by nightmares of a grotesque and terrifying and premonitory nature. Miss R. had a series of dreams about one central theme: she dreamed she was imprisoned in an inaccessible castle, but the castle had the form and shape of herself; she dreamed of enchantments, bewitchment, entrancement; she dreamed that she had become a living, sentient statue of stone; she dreamed that the world had come to a stop; she dreamed that she had fallen into a sleep so deep that nothing could wake her; she dreamed of a death which was different from death.”   ~ Oliver Sacks, describing the symptoms experienced by Rose R., a patient who fell ill with Encephalitis Lethargica (Sleepy Sickness), from Awakenings. Later in the text, Rose R. is described as “…she was simply — elsewhere (or nowhere).”PAINTING:  Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898),  The Sleeping Beauty, 1870-1873

Dream of girl before sunrise - Karl Briullov

THE MAZE

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THE MAZE

“IN MAZES OF IMAGININGS
ALL SENTIENT BEINGS DREAM
‘I AM THE WHO WHO’S THINKING’
THE ILLUSIONS THAT I SEE.

WE CAN ESCAPE MORTALITY:
DELUSIONS WE’VE BEEN TOLD.
WE’RE LIVING THROUGH ETERNITY
AS IMMORTAL SOULS.”

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Lawrence R. Spencer. 2013.