Darla’s new perfume, Gravity, bought yesterday was the most intoxicating aroma she’d ever smelled. It would be perfect with an evening gown but today Darla put on jeans and a sweater. Thinking that maybe she should watch her expenses for perfume closer, Darla brushed out her hair and shoving her feet into a pair of slippers, made her way down to the kitchen for a cup of tea. As she brewed the tea she caught the heady scent of the perfume she’d applied a few moments ago and began to prepare some toast. Just as the teapot began to whistle, Darla swooned and fainted, falling to the cold marble of the kitchen floor.
Coming to a couple of minutes later, Darla pushed herself up off the floor wondering why she had passed out. Rubbing her glazed eyes, Darla heard the teapot screaming and hurried to turn off the burner. The toast was burnt, brown stubs and as she threw them out again caught a whiff of the fragrance drifting up. Feeling light-headed, she grabbed the edge of the counter for support. A headache began to tear through her skull and she began to stagger back up the stairs when the pain grew worse. Grasping the railing, Darla looked down at her feet. They weren’t touching the landing. She was levitating higher and higher and her fingers lost their grip. As Darla drew a breath to scream, she again caught the lovely aroma of her new perfume and plunged twenty-five feet to the floor as Gravity took over.
~©Jazzi Ryan Ranes~
“Our rain was like faintest snow.. almost invisible within the mist. Barely seen shards of heat, lost in the chill of time.”
I want to try something, you guys. An experiment, if you will. I want you to write this poem. It does not have to rhyme, it does not have to make sense to anyone but you. Write as short or as long as you feel is needed.
You are going to create a poem of reality, veiled in lyrical words. One that is true and slanted to your unique sight. Poetically tell the truth and play the heart. Take the time to hear the colors, taste the sounds and immerse yourself in the words.
And I know you can do this because you all have a vision of your very own when you read the lines above. I read your various writings, as my time allows, and every single one of you are beautiful writers. Everyone of you have unique, lyrical viewpoints and I’d love to see what you can do with this.
~©Jazzi Ryan Ranes~
Someone posted a dream today and they were seeking to get some ideas about what it meant. I posted a response and let it ride. This person’s response floored me. I will post that exchange below. But first, here are some things you should know.
I’m no psychic or psychologist and I’m no Freud or Jung, but I am empathic to a degree and tend to feel things from all my senses rather than just one or two at a time. Occasionally this empathy comes through as synesthesia of a sort. My dream interpretations are based on universal dream symbols that appear across all ages, eras and cultures, and on my own instincts about the person telling the dream.
We are all empathic or sensitive to a certain degree and can learn to interpret the mind’s wanderings in sleep. You can look at books and articles online all day and find ten different meanings for every dream posted. Here are thirty universal dream symbols to get you thinking.
Dream interpretation is best done by the dreamer, however. A river in my dream may be a joyous, relaxing thing to me, but to you, it may represent a fear of water or drowning. My nightmare could be your happy dance dream. I mean, don’t just assume that monster intends to hurt you when it catches you or that dreams of death mean you or a loved one is going to die. Very often you are running from something you don’t want to face and death tends to mean transformation and/or growth.
So unless you are prone to precognitive dreams and have found yourself to be accurate over time, I would stick with the universal symbols as a jumping off point. Precognition is a post for someone else to handle as I don’t have enough experience to inform you.
If you keep a dream journal for a while you will eventually notice your brand of symbolism begin to repeat in your dreams and may be able to draw some conclusions to what certain symbols mean to you. Write or record everything you can remember as soon as you can, after you wake. Pay special attention to emotions and strange anomalies.
Pink zebras with glasses, melting clocks and flying through the skies like Superman do not belong in this conscious reality and the more you become aware you are dreaming the easier it will be to distinguish the meaning of unreal images.
If you are lucky, and you practice this technique, you may become lucid within your dream. I mean to say, you will know you are dreaming and will, to some extent, be able to control the action. You will remember these dreams as if they happened just yesterday…for the rest of your life. I will go into the fascinating world of lucid dreaming and astral projection in another post sometime.
Bottom line…the more you take conscious notice of your dream content the more you will begin to understand the weirdness. I can’t stress enough that the world of dreams is a world of symbols. I have noticed that the people in a lot of dreams appear to be aspects of one’s personality or emotions like love, hate, desire, and tend toward the feels of hopes, needs and wants.
Your mind will save up your days experiences and give you a dish that may taste funny or rotten at first…until you turn around three times, pet the blue unicorn, then take another bite and find out it is your favorite food. Back up and punt, and realize that person you forgave three months ago just dyed their hair blue, bought a puppy and learned to make gourmet seafood dishes. Just sayin’. I did not dream that. But it is a good example of the correlations you can unearth between your subconscious dream world and your conscious reality.
Here is the dream posted.
~The reason for my post tonight is I am looking for some dream interpretations
I had a dream two nights ago where I was in a unfamiliar house with my sister. I was helping her paint her nails and each finger was a different color. To make this more interesting they were colors of skittles, in fact she even put the nail wraps on each nail that had the S logo on it. This dream was so real feeling I felt as if I was in this house experiencing this in real life. When my sister was finished with her nails I even remember Helping her clean up and on a napkin laid Q tips that were the color of each one of her nails.
Next thing I knew she was eating something and started choking but after a few good coughs she smiled at me and said I’m good.
Maybe it was because I was thinking about her and worried about what I had just learned, but it could be she was just letting me know she really was “good”.
Not sure but i am interested in some of your interpretations. I think what made it seem so weird was the fact I really felt as if I was in the room with her experiencing this, more vivid than any dream I have ever had and with lots of details. ~
Here is my interpretation and I came close to nailing it right to the wall.
~Okay. Here is what I get from your dream. Remember dream interpretation is subjective and your personal interpretation will be the most accurate. The unfamiliar house. The house is a symbol of body, mind and soul. Rooms are aspects of your being…the top floor would be your highest spiritual self, the basement your ego and basest emotions. Think of your physical body as a three-story house of rooms. The bright primary colors you help your sister paint on her nails suggest a happy comradery between you two even though you don’t know her (house) as well as you would like. Bright delicious colors are always a good thing in a dream. The S could simply stand for sister rather than skittles. Dreams are good at throwing you details that are not readily understood. You helped her clean up the mess. Have you you helped your sis through a rough time lately? Is her house in an uproar or agitated state. Are there health issues? You don’t have to answer those questions, just tossing them at you to think about. She choked but then recovered and reassured you. You have been worried about her for some reason and I think this dream is letting you know that even though you don’t know what’s going on with your sis, its going to work out in the end. The clarity of the dream indicates it is very emotional territory for you. These brain things (dreams) don’t stand out and stick themselves in our conscious awareness unless they mean something important to the individual. Or it could just be about skittles. Sigmund Freud said, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”~
And one last thing for y’all. Go to this website to jump off into any research your heart desires.
~©Jazzi Ryan Ranes~
I am so glad they put this on the bottom of the box where I couldn’t see it. I wasn’t sure how I was gonna get this pizza out of the pizza shop.
©Jazzi Ryan Ranes
~Just sitting here braining. I think I just invented a word.~
~You just can’t fix some things. They are like ash and evaporate into nothing when you touch them.~
“There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.”
― Edgar Allan Poe
~Rainbows only happen rarely and you only see them if you’re on your toes.~
~You went to college? Library living and people watching learning right here.~
“Watch out for intellect,
because it knows so much it knows nothing
and leaves you hanging upside down,
mouthing knowledge as your heart
falls out of your mouth.”
~Intelligence fights with itself.~
~Organized is a way of life. The various things I’ve done and created over my life have been controlled almost anal retentively. Like I had the only way to do a thing. And honestly, I still feel that way sometimes. It’s like I need some help but yer not doing it right get outta my way I’ll do it myself.~
~A lot of things the Marquis De Sade said were true and all so real. People make his words taboo because he was a freak and didn’t give a fuck.~
~Open minds only need trail behind.~
~If you are gay please let me know this important piece of information before I lay all my best moves on you.~
“Do not sleep under a roof. Carry no money or food. Go alone to places frightening to the common brand of men. Become a criminal of purpose. Be put in jail, and extricate yourself by your own wisdom.”
~Just be careful where you hide the bodies. I don’t want to have to accidentally dig one up when I’m trying to bury one of my own.~
~On doing what you love… If I were a painter I would be Bob Ross. Painting happy trees on sweeping colorful landscapes.~
~Yes, baby. Let’s make art sometime.~
~©Jazzi Ryan Ranes~
Okay. I’m sorry but I just found this way too hilarious not to share. Your welcome.
~©Jazzi Ryan Ranes~
Warning labels have never impressed me. People tend to act stupid and they can’t even read, or don’t want to. Sometimes they head so far up they ass they can see their own belly button. From the inside. Some people collect *Darwin Awards like I collect words.
I mean tide pods, dude. Do you really have to tell people not to eat those? And to keep them out of your kids reach? What ever happened to Mr. Yuk stickers? Get some, use them, and teach yer brats what they mean. Keep your kids away from your guns, drugs and sex life, people.
I saw a label on an iron packaging box, and I shit you not, it said, Do not iron clothing while wearing them. True story. …Danger. Do not hold the wrong end of chainsaw. Okay, I’ll keep that in mind.
And this one here… Do Not Swallow. …on the label of a hanger from a dry cleaner. You can swallow a hanger? I learn something new every day. Scariest part of this story? Somebody did this shit or there wouldn’t be a label. You got an extra *Darwin Award laying around?
Do we really need a label on that plastic packaging bag telling us NOT to put it over our head and suffocate to death? If you’re letting your kids play with stuff that needs a warning label, then you’re part of the problem.
How about this. “This product rolls when used.”…on a package of marbles. I’ll remember that the next time my square marbles start to roll away. I saw an egg carton that informed me there were eggs inside. I’m glad you told me that because I wasn’t sure what I was getting.
This is a good one. Product will be hot after cooking. You know, I’m thinking you may be right. A plastic bottle of soda with a bright red label that said, Warning – Drink then swallow. Swallowing is a reflex you dumb motherfu…. I thought I would chew mine if that’s okay.
And why do we have to have a sign that says, *Hair dryers for hair on head use only.* Well then. Or a tag that warns us not to use a hairdryer while sleeping? I’ll have to try that sometime since you said I shouldn’t. I didn’t know there were so many uses for a common hair dryer.
Maybe they should put one on boxes of bullets saying, *Too much lead is bad for your diet.*
Why don’t we take some of the labels off and let the morons sort themselves out of the gene pool? And don’t shoot the messenger…I’m just sayin’.
You have pets? Remember they can’t read. They tend to be smarter than us in many ways. They even have a label on dog’s pills that warn to “Use care when driving a car or operating dangerous machinery. Alcohol may intensify the effect”. Even so, they don’t know that antifreeze can kill them. You keep some common sense about you and you’ll save a lot of heartache.
A final tip? Just don’t use the product if you can’t read.
~©Jazzi Ryan Ranes~
I don’t necessarily hold with all the beliefs of these seekers, not all the time and maybe even none of the time. Depends on my frame of mind and whether I’m having a good hair day or not. So I’m not endorsing or dissing anyone on my list of visionaries. But I do recognize over the top genius when I see it. Here are a few who rolled up their sleeves and left a mark on the back side of humanity.
Over the top genius doesn’t begin to describe this man. He invented things that would have freed humanity from many modern struggles, had he not been robbed of them and stunted from ever growing to his maximum potential. He died in poverty and sloth. He was a sharp one he was. I would’ve like to seen him have some rein.
What list would be complete, right? Like the man above, he just needed more time.
Paul Harvey was a visionary, if you could hang out long enough to hear the rest of the story. So was Robin Williams and Bugs Bunny. Bugs was so cool he could ice you before you knew what hit you. The Tasmanian Devil ran you over with nonsensical gibberish, but you somehow knew where he was coming from.
Jim Carrey almost reached enlightenment but he was just too damned silly and he started to crash. Like poor Robin up there. Like wtf dude. Did funny hurt that bad? You comedians have it rough. Speaking of comedy genius, Carol Burnett and Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence and Harvey Korman. If you’re too young to remember them, go to YouTube and check them out.
Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes. Need I say more.
Edgar Allen Poe.
So much more than a horror story writer. Check this link for a story of a man I bet you didn’t know.
Until just recently I didn’t think much of him but a little research and a deeper look at his art, revealed a true creative genius. The man didn’t just scribble on paper. Check this out for a bit more.
Edvard “The Scream” Munch.
The Scream. The German title he gave these various works is Der Schrei der Natur, which means -The Scream of Nature-.
Same deal as Pablo but dark and creepy.
Marquis De Sade.
Don’t look at me like that. I can see you’re uncomfortable. Hear me out. Dude had mad erotic skills. Get back over here you, I said. Let me explain.
The Marquis De Sade had a deep profound knowledge of human sexuality, human behaviour, and the basest of all human desires. He was a lustful heathen and he did not give a good damn what anyone thought. It felt fucking good and he was gonna do it.
A couple quotes might explain why I dig his hedonistic soul.
“When she’s abandoned her moral center and teachings…when she’s cast aside her facade of propriety and lady-like demeanor…when I have so corrupted this fragile thing and brought out a writhing, mewling, bucking, wanton whore for my enjoyment and pleasure…..enticing from within this feral lioness…growling and scratching and biting…taking everything I dish out to her…..at that moment she is never more beautiful to me.”
-Marquis de Sade-
“My manner of thinking, so you say, cannot be approved. Do you suppose I care? A poor fool indeed is he who adopts a manner of thinking for others!”
-Marquis de Sade-
…and one more.
“Either kill me or take me as I am, because I’ll be damned if I ever change.”
-Marquis de Sade-
And speaking of people who knew about sex. Dr. Ruth.
Gene Roddenberry and Stephen King mastered the term IMHO. Gene’s Star Trek worlds have come to pass in many ways and more of it has yet to be created. Inspiring? You bet your ass. Stephen King. omg do I even have to explain? Dark, horrific worlds made so excruciatingly real… What goes on in your head dark master, when you turn out the lights? What dies on the cutting room floor out of those epic stories? What monsters haunt you?
Foster Brooks. No introduction needed.
~©Jazzi Ryan Ranes~
You: I’m having an elegant wine dinner with my besties.
Me: You’re having pizza and strawberry hill with your 3 dogs and 5 cats.
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~©Jazzi Ryan Ranes~
Someone commented to me in another forum, “The viewer has all the power in the world to decide what they can and cannot see.”
Well that is certainly true, but just because we may choose to turn away from disturbing media in all its vulgar forms, doesn’t mean it stops broadcasting.
Just because you don’t choose to imbibe the kool-aid doesn’t mean it still doesn’t get stirred. Sticking your head in the ground doesn’t stop media storms from blowing up your ass or change the fact that a tree still makes noise when it falls in the forest, even if you’re not there to hear it. The media goes on, like a bad dream, and it doesn’t matter if you think you’re awake or not.
Nightmares are a reporter’s food for thought. So yeah, you can decide whether to pay attention to the regurgitated madness we call journalism or you can ignore it. One thing is for sure though. Just because some people have rainbows over their heads doesn’t mean they’re not subject to the effects of the media on others. If y’all that naive, slide down that rainbow and tell me you didn’t land in a pot of shit instead of a pot of gold.
Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.
©Jazzi Ryan Ranes