January 2nd, 2020

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Self-Awareness Question: Dreams

Folks have mentioned an interest in questions and conversations that make them think. So I've decided to offer more of those. This is the current list on self-awareness.

11. Do you often remember your dreams when you wake?

Routinely.  I have spent decades of diligent effort learning how to navigate between dimensions both inner and outer, and to carry things from one to another.  In sleep, ideas are heavy.  It's like trying to carry rocks in a wet paper towel, underwater, swimming toward the surface.  Sometimes if one tears through, it's possible to swim back down and retrieve it, but this too takes practice.  

In college, a professor read me a poem that talked about falling asleep as descending in an elevator, and going past "one bright floor" with all sorts of exciting things going on, that he never got more than a glimpse of.  I was utterly baffled.  My teacher asked why.  I pointed to the line and said, "Because that's where I get OFF!"  I just couldn't imagine anyone spending his life noticing that floor, but not bothering to learn how to operate the elevator buttons.

There are many ways to learn about mystic sleep and dream skills.  Dreaming is a huge part of the indigenous religions in North America and Australia.  Some good instructions may be found in yoga nidra, which spans both meditation and sleep.

https://www.yogaville.org/2017/04/24/stages-of-yogic-sleep-how-yoga-nidra-works/

http://www.mindbodyvortex.com/induce-lucid-dreaming/

http://www.mindresearch.xyz/Brainwaves.html

https://www.wikihow.com/Do-Yoga-Nidra

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Feeding Friendly Birds

Some birds are just friendlier than others. This can be a lot of fun.

http://www.birdsandblooms.com/birding/attracting-birds/feeding-birds/feeding-friendly-birds/

http://www.birdsandblooms.com/birding/attracting-birds/feeding-birds/feeding-birds-hand/

http://www.birdsandblooms.com/birding/attracting-hummingbirds/feeding-hummingbirds-by-hand/

If you have clever birds like jays or sparrows, try bird puzzle feeders. You can buy various styles, but they're also easy to make by poking a few holes in a plastic bottle or cardboard box.

https://www.beakythings.com.au/collections/bird-food-puzzles

https://www.ottoenvironmental.com/avian-2

Cheap puzzle feeders for cats or small dogs are easy to find at a pet store, and should also work for birds.

http://nymag.com/strategist/article/best-food-puzzles-for-cats-and-dogs-according-to-vets.html
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Packing and Wrapping

During this Giftmas season, I have used a large portion of the mountain of bubblewrap I had saved for such occasions.  We didn't not have to buy any new bubblewrap, although I do need to refresh my smaller supply of holiday-themed tissue paper as most of what I have is white.  I feel very vindicated in my packrat skills now.  :D  My grandmother would be proud.
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Accomplishments

I have wrapped All The Things!  \o/  Some things needed to be printed up, some were heavy and/or awkward in size, so instead of merely wrapping everything the same way, additional ingenuity was required.  I have nonetheless prevailed.  :D 
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Contemporary Embroidery

 ... now in book form.  Some of it is beautiful, and some is modern art that's not really meant the same way.

I have tried my hand at various styles of embroidery.  I don't have the patience to sit and paint with thread for hours.  However, some of the stitches are enormously useful for other purposes.  I use the blanket stitch for edging blankets and for doing applique on tabards.   Handy skills.  And if I want to get fancy, I have reference materials to do more.  I do admire the art form and generally like looking at its pictures.
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Now in the Public Domain

... works from 1924 that should have been released 20 years ago except for Gershwin's asshole heirs. Note that some of these items have already been lost, they are so old. This is why excessive copyright is a bad idea. But we are now free to play with, among other things:

* The first film adaptation of Peter Pan
* When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne
* Tarzan and the Ant Men by Edgar Rice Burroughs
* The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
* Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
* Santa Claus Blues by Charley Straight and Gus Kahn (recorded by Louis Armstrong)

So go make some stuff.