Dream Incubation: The Cure

The following dream incubations occurred over a period of nine days with three nights missed. The queries that were chosen for this first series of experiments concerned a loved one who continues to struggle with a rare non-organ-specific autoimmune disorder for which there is no known cure. Despite her presence in three out of the six dreams recorded, I consider this attempt unsuccessful, as the fragments that I was able to recall do not appear to have yielded a discernible answer to the query. The entries are listed in order from last to first. For background information on the system of punctuation used in the narratives, please refer to the dream journal format guide.

30.10.2020 2130–0500
Upon lying down, I began to internally repeat the question “How can Sentiws’ illness be cured?”. As I entered the hypnagogic state, the running question gave way to emerging imagery and I fell asleep shortly thereafter. I awoke in the morning with the recollection of several dreams, one of which involved Sentiws, though I am unable to recall their details at this time.

29.10.2020 2300–0430
Upon lying down, I began to internally repeat the question “How can Sentiws’ illness be cured without medication?”. As I entered the hypnagogic state, the running question gave way to emerging imagery and I fell asleep shortly thereafter. I awoke in the morning and recalled having several dreams, though I was only able to capture the following segments which, despite Sentiws’ appearance, feel unrelated to the incubation at this time: I’m with Sentiws on vacation at night · We’re in a rural area and Sentiws is annoyed with several impoverished locals who are flirting with me · I find a swimming pool — I’m with Azxomu in a house/hotel at night · Shutuol appears at some point · I’m outside with Azxomu during the day and show him a strange, tall pine tree that is breathing by raising and lowering its branches in a manner resembling the opening and closing of an umbrella · Following several breaths, a large mushroom-shaped root of some kind propels up from the ground and rockets into the air · He tells me that they help to pollinate the surrounding area ~ I’m trying to pitch in a game of baseball ~ I’m trying to find something to eat in this place

28.10.2020 2330–0650
Upon lying down, I began to internally repeat the question “How can Sentiws’ illness be cured without medication?”. As I entered the hypnagogic state, the running question gave way to emerging imagery and I fell asleep shortly thereafter. I awoke in the morning and recalled having several dreams, though I was only able to capture the following segment which, despite Sentiws’ appearance, feels unrelated to the incubation at this time: Sentiws and I are making love and are also frantically/playfully trying to figure something out

24.10.2020 0000–0730
Upon lying down, I began to internally repeat the question “How can I cure Sentiws’ illness?” while visualizing the symbol that emerged on 22.10.2020. As I entered the hypnagogic state, both the question and symbol gave way to emerging imagery and I fell asleep shortly thereafter. I awoke in the morning and recalled having several dreams, though I was only able to capture the following segments which feel unrelated to the incubation at this time: I’m with Flaar in the kitchen of a pub where I once worked · He is trying to make blueberry cookies — I’m on MLK Boulevard at night while working at an unknown event · Dir is around somewhere overseeing the logistics ~ I’m in charge of a departmental entertainment van and figure out how to convert it into a mechanical theater for the children · My supervisor praises me for the idea ~ I’m riding some kind of stilted tricycle to the event ~ I’m just outside of the event hall in a parking garage with Nhure, Hurotek, and a couple of their friends · One of the friends goes to get snacks and brings back several bags of chips, including Cheetos · Hurotek says something about the Cheetos

23.10.2020 0100–0700
Upon lying down, I began to internally repeat the question “How can Sentiws’ illness be cured?” while visualizing the symbol from last night. As I entered the hypnagogic state, both the question and symbol gave way to emerging imagery and I fell asleep shortly thereafter. I awoke in the morning and recalled having several dreams, though I was only able to capture the following segments which feel unrelated to the incubation at this time: I’m hanging out with Inuot in the city · We run into Khirtaap who appears to be in the process of buying drugs with a group of guys ~ The three of us go to a live performance of some kind in a small club · We are walking home together but Khirtaap is lagging behind · As we walk, Inuot is whispering something not-so-nice to me about Khirtaap ~ I’m walking Khirtaap to his apartment · I ask him something and he tells me that he works for the Transit Administration · I notice that he is injured ~ I notice that Inuot lives in an apartment complex

22.10.2020 0200–0900
Upon lying down, I began to internally repeat the statement “Tonight I will have a dream revealing how Sentiws’ illness can be cured”. At the onset of hypnagogia, a unique symbol formed in my mind which resembled two diagonally downward-facing tridents joined by a single vertical line. As I held the symbol in mind, the running affirmation gave way to emerging imagery. I fell asleep shortly thereafter and awoke in the morning with the recollection of the following dream which feels unrelated to the incubation at this time: I’m homeless, lying on the ground under a thick blanket in front of a 7-Eleven at night · I’m trying to stay under the blanket so that a group of gang members nearby don’t notice me and decide to fuck with me · It’s starting to rain and I get up to find a dry spot in an alley · As I enter the alley, I notice another homeless man standing at the entrance of a garage · I walk past him toward a cemented dry corner at the top of the ramp ~ I go to my office to sleep for the night and run into Thimaah who is working the late shift · We converse for a moment before he leaves

Notes:
Procedural issues to be addressed in future attempts include the inconsistent construction of the incubated query and the inconsistent pairing of emergent symbolism/imagery. Successive attempts should also include efforts to contemplate the query during waking hours. While I did not sense that the dreams within which Sentiws appeared offered a resolution to the query, it is entirely possible, perhaps even probable, that the segments provided metaphorical or symbolic answers requiring a more in-depth analysis to be fully interpreted. It is also possible that a resolution was dreamt but not recalled upon awakening.


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One Reply to “Dream Incubation: The Cure”

  1. I’d look for answers at raypeatforum.com (you can do a search there) and at raypeat.com. I’m sure Peat addresses autoimmune conditions and has “non-medical” treatment advice.

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