Fairly recently, I woke from a dream in which I was praying in, what looked to be, a Buddhist temple. I was wearing a maroon-colored dress and wearing beads. Lots of beads. Whether or not it is practiced in reality, in my dream, I was kneeling on a beautiful red prayer rug. When I raised my head from prayer, I found a friend kneeling beside me and a statuette of Buddha on my rug.

Upon awakening, I thought of Robert Jordan’s creation, Tel’aran’rhiod. Wikipedia defines Tel’aran’rhiod as, “…the World of Dreams is a fictional reality where the reality is mutable, mentioned in the fictional world of Robert Jordan‘s fantasy series The Wheel of Time. The word itself is from the in-universe language known as the Old Tongue, and literally means ‘the unseen world’. Tel’aran’rhiod was created by Robert Jordan based largely on real lucid dreams in which dreamers are self-aware, and environments are malleable, depending on the awareness of the dreamers. Additionally, the perception of time in Tel’aran’rhiod is different from the awaking world.”

Fun fact: The last time I wore a dress was on my wedding day (9/24/2005).