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Capt. Tony Nelson embraces the "white rabbit" while on a NASA training mission in the American desert on "I Dream of Jeannie."
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OKLAHOMA CITY – My kids love old TV shows. Lately it's been reruns of the NBC comedy I Dream of Jeannie (1965-70).

On the third episode of Season 1 of I Dream of Jeannie (aired Oct. 2, 1965), Capt. Tony Nelson (Larry Hagman) and Capt. Roger Healey (Bill Dailey) find themselves in the Utah desert on a NASA survival and training mission. Jeannie – a beautiful genie played by Barbara Eden – insists on helping her “master,” Capt. Nelson, much to his chagrin. He wants no help, as help would defeat the purpose of the mission, as he tells her.

Nelson and Healey will soon be blasted into orbit and ultimately to the Moon by NASA. Much has to be done in advance of the mission. (Editor's note: Here's a list of what was actually going on with NASA during October 1965 ... hmmm.)

The I Dream of Jeannie episode is titled “Guess What Happened on the Way to the Moon?” and involves scenes similar to those in the 1978 sci-fi/conspiracy film Capricorn One, which I analyzed in my Dust Devil Dreams post “Capricorn run.” All is not as it seems for three astronauts preparing for a mission to Mars, as they soon find out at a base in the desert that their "mission" will be a hoax due to unforeseen circumstances on the part of the space program bigwigs. 

Back in the circa 1965 Utah desert, Capt's. Nelson and Healey split up. Jeannie is insistent on protecting Nelson from the dangers of the desert. So, when a mountain lion attacks Nelson, Jeannie blinks and turns it into a "white rabbit." A lot of symbolism there.

When Nelson's original mission - laid out in the first episode - fails and he is washed up on a deserted island in the Pacific, he stumbles on the bottle containing the beautiful genie. In the opening credits, the voice says Nelson and Jeannie go to the "mythical" town and state of Cocoa Beach, Florida, near NASA's "Cape Kennedy." The launch location, named after the then-recently assassinated president (although re-renamed Cape Canaveral in 1973), would be a seminal event that took America - and the world, to a certain degree - "down the proverbial rabbit hole," like Alice chasing after the white rabbit, or Capt. Tony Nelson "holding" the white rabbit that had been "seen" as a danger just moments earlier.

Seeing that white rabbit and Nelson out in the desert ... one can't help but wonder if Jeannie creator Sidney Sheldon and others were "preparing" America for a "magic show," where sleight of hand, via US tax dollars, was used for purposes of military domination and/or other reasons not revealed publicly.

The Moon missions - whether you agree we went there or not - added to the surreal nature of American life at the time, as did certain official "experiments."

Note my April 30, 2015 DDD lunar-themed post "Over the Moon." In that post I report on NASA tests of ESP involving Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell in 1971.

I wrote: "“(Mitchell) attempted during the flight to establish telepathic contact with four selected subjects on earth.” The test, while not perfect, was largely considered a success."

CRUMBLIN' DOWN

It was a huge hit in the summer of 1985. A song about everybody wanting power “and about warfare and the misery its causes,” according to Tears For Fears member and singer Curt Smith.

I’m referring to Tears For Fears’ huge hit “Everybody Wants to Rule the World," which recently played a role in a powerful dream I had. 

I was a huge fan of this song and this band – still am. And they seem to go well with Dust Devil Dreams posts, as we have seen this past year or so.

But now we are in 2016. And the drive for war is as strong as ever. These past couple of years have reminded me of the Cold War 1980’s. And, historically speaking, the 1930’s.

As I thought yesterday, “Nothing changes, on New Year’s Day,” as Bono sings on U2’s driving-and-melancholy song “New Year’s Day.” It's their strongest song on 1983's War album.

Everyone on social media seemed relieved that the awful and dark year of 2015 was behind us. But is there hope in this new year or is it more of the same as we tumble towards election day and more “Ignoreland”?

As the TFF song during the bridge: “There’s a room where the light won’t find you / Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down / When they do, I’ll be right behind you.”

Walls tumbling down. It brings to mind the Old Testament figure Joshua and the Battle of Jericho, where the “walls come tumblin’ down.” War? Trumpets blasting? Something big just around the corner? Think of the "sky trumpets" phenomena of recent years. Or maybe it's a John Cougar Mellencamp thing

I think metaphorical "walls" are about to come down. One senses it all around. The artificiality of everything is about to crumble to nothing and leave only the real. 

That name “Joshua” has been syncing with me a lot lately, as has the name “Charlotte.” In fact, “Charlotte” figured in a dream I had last night, involving a country music band with the name “Charlotte” in it. There is the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. Violence is on the rise there. And I see the Oklahoma City Thunder play the Charlotte Hornets this very day.

But let me get to the main dream I had two nights ago, which I alluded to – one that took place early in the morning of December 31, 2015.

MONOLITHS

Clearly this dream was influenced by the remarkable new David Bowie video for “Blackstar” (which I wrote about here).  The album of the same name will be released on Bowie's birthday on Jan. 8, 2016.

In the dream, there is a dead astronaut (Major Tom?). And in my dream, I am “communicating” with a dead astronaut named “David.” This is clearly David Bowie. But I also link these images in my vivid dream with “David Schelzel,” who is the lead singer for a band called The Ocean Blue. Their name comes from the rhyme about Christopher Columbus coming to the New World – “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue …” (note “The ocean blue” Dust Devil Dreams post here). Exploration. Venturing into the dangerous unknown. 

This band, The Ocean Blue, is also from the town of Hershey, Pennsylvania, home of the Hershey’s chocolate empire. Their most iconic product is the Hershey’s chocolate bar.

A shape similar to a monolith.

So, this dead astronaut – on the Moon, of course – is communicating important information. Amidst all this are scenes back on Earth, scenes of the treelined and sandy shoreline of Lake Michigan. It’s at this point that the “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” comes into it.

It’s here that I should note that a source of mine said there was a Republican plot in 2011 – at this very spot along Lake Michigan – to spread the war in Libya and the Middle East, leading to the events of 9/11/11 in Benghazi, Libya. But that’s all I can say about that.

Anyway, I leave that location and find myself in a room. Similar to an AA meeting. I’m in there with other people. And I am holding a black piece of paper. And yet this piece of paper looks identical to the enigmatic, black monolith on the Moon as featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey. This and the dead astronaut seem to be connected. An information download. This seems all very significant. (The monolith, I should add, also looks like ... a chocolate bar ...).

It is then that I wake up. And what shocked me the most is that in my awakened state, I have a high-pitched ringing sound in my ears, identical to the one heard by the astronauts on the Moon in 2001 after they encounter the monolith

This was the signal the TMA-1 was sending to its companion near Jupiter. This is where the U.S. would send the U.S.S. Discovery spaceship and their astronauts, led by one David Bowman. The "dead" astronaut I was communicating with in my dream of 12/31/15?

For more on these matters, check out Rob Ager's 2008 analysis of Stanley Kubrick's cinematic masterpiece. 

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