Wow, Nufftin. INTERESTING dreams (and waking-life stories, too - Baptist preacher, sweat-watching, etc. Good reply on your part). Love the diamond stylus and lapis lazuli (indigo-colored) ink for the ancient document. I enjoy dreams and hearing about them. My dreams are usually odd. (My husband thinks they are especially weird.) I'm not sure if I'm dreaming more or more vividly since SLD, as I've generally had an active dream-life, although I may not always remember much in the morning unless I make a mental note to do so, or write them down...or something triggers the memory of a dream during the day.
But a few days ago, I had a very different sort of "dream experience":
My son called me just to tell me about a dream he thought was "bizarre." It was about my husband, me and himself. He'd dreamt that he was visiting us in an alternate universe or reality. He knew it was a different version of his mom and dad, and the dream-version parents knew that he was "their son" if they'd had one, who was visiting from an alternate dimension or reality. Telling me about his dream, he described the house architecture, furnishings and artwork in detail. The mother (me) in the dream, held herself differently, had a different attitude (she was aloof, a successful artist; a bit arrogant) than the everyday me. The father was basically the same dad with the same interests, same ways, except that he had taken a different direction in life with his vocation instead of going into the Marine Corps out of high school as real-dad (Viet Nam War era), although he'd considered going into the Marines. In this dream, my son discussed his real-life parents with the dream-life versions. The mother was somewhat disappointed in the other (me) version of herself, as if she could be "less" that she felt herself was in another reality, and my son felt very indignant at that, and thought her to be without depth of experience or empathy.
Interestingly, to both of us, the day before he had this dream, I had been engrossed with the question of "If right now I had a choice to do all over again, to start over at some point in my life, would I now choose the same directions, or would I change any?" Of course, changing one's past history could mean not giving birth to the present children, if any, and not having the grandchildren, the husband or wife. At what point might I change it? Childhood? Teenage years? Young adult years? Certain turning points?...in what way would I want to change the circumstance? Why? How? Or, seeing that I, personally, wouldn't wish to turn back time and change the course if I wouldn't have my children and grandchildren, perhaps I might be interested in an alternate universe or alternate reality, where I could consciously step into an "alter-life" at some point and see what would happen if I choose to change point A or B or C...as long as nothing was changed in the original universe. These are the kinds of questions I asked myself that day: "What kind of person would I become if I had become a professional artist?"; "Would I have chosen to have children?"; "If I purposely never had children, or the same kinds of harder experiences and challenges I've known in this life, would I be shallow? or more centered? etc."; "What would my home look like under those circumstances?"
...and that was exactly what my son had dreamed about, even seeing the way I had envisioned my home would be, although he knew nothing about my venture that previous day into "What if?"
He and I have had a deep connection of that sort since he was in the womb...maybe before that, too. Strange, but true. I had a similar sort of "alternate reality" dream about my mother many months ago. It was so vivid, detailed and "real" but different in a sense, too, than most dreams. I got to fly in that one. The best dream flying I've ever known.