Issue #71

Summer 2019

Grades of Dream

by Boris Glikman

All dreams that there are, ever were or ever will be can be divided into 61 categories, enumerated below:

  1. Prophetic dreams
  2. Non-prophetic dreams
  3. Dreams that are re-enactments, permutations, metamorphoses and transmutations of real life experiences
  4. Dreams that come true in reality
  5. Dreams that come false in reality
  6. Dreams in which reality comes true
  7. Dreams in which reality comes false
  8. Dreams that foretell the opposite of what actually happens
  9. Happy dreams
  10. Sad dreams
  11. Dreams that are somebody else's and that you dreamed by mistake
  12. Dreams that are somebody else's reality, so that when you wake up their Universe is destroyed
  13. Dreams that make no sense
  14. Dreams that make infinite sense
  15. Dreams that make dream sense
  16. Dreams that make reality sense
  17. Dreams that make super-reality sense
  18. Dreams that make supernatural sense
  19. Dreams that make eternal, universal sense
  20. Dreams that have no significance
  21. Dreams that have significance for the dreamer only
  22. Dreams that, apart from the dreamer, have significance for one other person
  23. Dreams that, apart from the dreamer, have significance for more than one but less than five people
  24. Dreams that, apart from the dreamer, have significance for more than five but less than ten people
  25. Dreams that, apart from the dreamer, have significance for more than ten but less than one million people
  26. Dreams that have significance for all of mankind
  27. Dreams that have significance for the whole Earth and all of its inhabitants
  28. Dreams that have significance for the whole Universe and everything in it
  29. Monsoonal dreams
  30. Wet dreams
  31. Humid dreams
  32. Damp dreams
  33. Dry dreams
  34. Semi-arid dreams
  35. Arid dreams
  36. Dreams that are forgotten by the time you wake up
  37. Dreams that are forgotten within seconds of waking up
  38. Dreams that are forgotten within a day
  39. Dreams that are forgotten within a week
  40. Dreams that stay with you for one year
  41. Dreams that stay with you for your whole life
  42. Dreams in which you foresee your future life
  43. Dreams in which you foresee your death
  44. Dreams that scare the life out of you, so that you wake up dead
  45. Dreams about a stranger who passed you in the street when you were 10 years old
  46. Dreams which help you to remember where you mislaid the TV remote control
  47. Dreams in which the identities and appearances of your closest friend and your worst enemy are combined into one person
  48. Dreams in which your deceased pet is alive again and, even though you know it is only a dream, you cannot stop yourself from taking it into your arms and hugging it, for you appreciate the opportunity that the dream has gifted you with to feel your pet's warmth and softness again and to give it your love
  49. Dreams in which you dream about waking up from a dream and analysing that dream
  50. Dreams in which you dream that you are back, for the first time, in your home town in your Mother Country, from which you migrated when you were still a child, back in the old flat in the apartment block you used to live in; and you go outside into the front yard where you used to play, hoping to see people from your past, although you realise that much time has passed and that they would have changed by now and grown older, and so might not be easily recognisable; but all you see are little kids playing outside who wouldn't know you and whom you wouldn't know; and so you go back to your old flat and look at the things in it, and try to recapture the magical feeling of gone childhood
  51. Dreams which leave you with a nasty taste in your mouth for the rest of the day after you awake
  52. Dreams which leave you with a warm, comforting feeling for the rest of the day after you awake, a feeling that you otherwise never feel in your waking life
  53. Dreams from which you awake with great relief, extremely grateful that it was only a dream
  54. Dreams from which you awake with great regret, extremely disappointed that it was only a dream
  55. Dreams in which you hear sublimely beautiful music that you have never heard before, but after waking up, cannot write it down, for you are not a musician and do not know musical notation, and so this music is forever lost to mankind
  56. Dreams in which the Truth is revealed, but it dissipates as soon as you awake and try to grab at its gossamer threads with your clumsy hands
  57. Dreams in which you meet your future soul mate
  58. Dreams in which you meet your future murderer
  59. Dreams in which you realise the delusional quality of the dreams that you dream when you are awake
  60. Dreams that are included in this classification
  61. Dreams that are not included in this classification

Author Bio

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Boris Glikman is a writer, poet and philosopher from Melbourne, Australia. His stories, poems and non-fiction articles have been published in various online and print publications, as well as being featured on national radio and other radio programs. He says: "Writing for me is a spiritual activity of the highest degree. Writing gives me the conduit to a world that is unreachable by any other means, a world that is populated by Eternal Truths, Ineffable Questions and Infinite Beauty. It is my hope that these stories of mine will allow the reader to also catch a glimpse of this universe."