Paragliding Artistry

I had this wonderful period in my life some years back where, for maybe 2 weeks, I dreamed every night of flying. It wasn’t like I was suddenly in the air, or jumped from a height. I started on the ground, ran, flapped my arms, and took off. It was such a vivid experience, I remember it clearly, after all these years. An out-of-body experience, if you’ll pardon the cliché. During my waking hours, I’d sometimes feel like I could almost do it.

  Yesterday I was corresponding with Kian Clipson, who lives in Southwest England; his small, cozy, artistic mobile home is going into our new book, Tiny Homes on the Move, and I decided to check the paragliding website that Kian co-founded, here, and there is a ton of exciting stuff. These guys are doing what I did in my dreams.

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5 Responses to Paragliding Artistry

  1. Anonymous says:

    interesting, I too, for years would dream of flying. I would just (in my dreams),just "decide" I wanted to fly, and there I would be soaring over things, gliding with my arms.

    the other dream I had nearly nightly, for years and years, was I would suddenly be running as fast as the wind…Loved it, but I would wake up and realise "not gonna happen", and feel sad.

    did you feel sad when you would wake up and realise you could not fly?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Lloyd, ah, good. It didn't happen re the flying for me, but for the running. Don't dream of running (or flying) anymore.

  3. Anonymous says:

    you shall hereafter be known as Lloyd Castaneda..with the Bolinas way of knowledge..

    Mike W

  4. ercanj says:

    From time to time (they come rarely but in clusters) I have dreams where I am capable of floating. This is not flight over large areas at height. It is more like I leap gently and then decide not to fall. I'm usually in a standing position. I can feel the pull of gravity and I am drawn down but by an act of will I can simple say no. Once I'm secure in floating I can move about slowly through the air, usually still in a standing position. These dreams are as real and lucid as any I have ever had. I partially know that I am dreaming because I am floating but it is also clear to me at the time that what I am doing is not difficult, it is possible. These dreams are wonderful and like Lloyd I can remember during my waking hours that this is possible. The fact that it isn't is not upsetting. I like the dreams.

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