Gemini 12. A single tree growing many different types of fruits.
Trees are, by nature sleepers,and in the sleep of their long lives they dream leaves and fruits which they shed as they fall back asleep, only to wake again to more dreams of leafing and fruition.
Except for the tree that woke and realized that in waking it might consciously dream whatever it desired. And so it began to dream of everything it could conceive. It became, itself, in its waking, the essence of all dreams. And such is how it became the meeting place of the dreams of all trees.
People in a space ship on the verge of beginning a journey to another world.
In a meadow near his round tower Irnad built a space ship out of branches, twine, and bolts of colored silk. On a summer afternoon he invited certain carefully selected people to go with him on a voyage to a far world.
After drinks and conversation in which he was careful to answer none of the participants questions as to where they were going, he had them all lie down on pillows in the space ship and began reading to them from Farquarus’ “Complete Explication,” an exceedingly dry book of reasoning and detailed, laborious logic that ran on for nearly a thousand pages.
Soon all his voyagers were asleep. “For,” he said to himself, “it is known by the wise that there is no sleeping potion more powerful than abstract reasoning. Logic is, most certainly, the mind’s best pain killer.”
He then slept also, and toward sunset, when they all awoke, he bid them farewell, and to enjoy their new land.
Of course, at first the participants all thought it a joke – Irnad was a notorious prankster. Until they looked around them and felt a strange and subtle difference everywhere. Colors seemed clearer, problems that had worried them seemed to have disappeared. Familiar friends and family seemed newly met, though they had lost no memory of them. Their senses had come alive and through them they awoke to the aliveness of the world around them.
Many burned with a desire to go on one of Irnad’s voyages, and he embarked on many more of them, though no one ever knew when they would occur, or who he would ask to join him.