There was a brief period when I chronicled my dreams. Waking in the morning, I religiously wrote them in a dream journal. I then proceeded to extract the meaning as best I could. I had a book of dream symbols…but I often felt that a packaged interpretation missed the mark, that the real message intended for me and my specific circumstances was within me. It helped when I sat with the dream and allowed the meaning to reveal itself. Some dreams were a bundle of images, like a slideshow of sorts. It seemed that these dreams were a way of processing too much information. Other dreams, definitely had a metaphorical meaning for me to discover.
I relish dreams. I feel that they help with deep integration. They offer something I might only realize or acknowledge in non-ordinary reality, i.e., in the dream state. There, in the dream world, it fits. It offers something that I might not otherwise get close to touching. Extracting a meaning, I then bring it forward into my ordinary reality.
Then, there are the dreams that take the form of aspirations. That is what this painting evolved from. What does one aspire to? What arises from the depth and calls us forward? Something in us that wants to be seen, heard, somehow acknowledged. A once-upon-a-time dream that was, perhaps, mislaid along life’s path. And now, it calls again, resurrects itself into the current day and your awareness.
In these times of global pandemic, perhaps there is a barely formed dream coming to your awareness. An outside of the box aspiration that is being created as you engage this present reality. Staying open when you want to be overly protective isn’t easy. And yet, a new way of seeing and being is trying to emerge.
This morning, I considered the idea of dreaming the future as some Indigenous cultures do with the aid of spirit guides. In our society, there is so much disconnect with nature that it is likely difficult for us to align with it and dream a better future. That said, perhaps this time away, time apart could be used for that purpose…quieting oneself, connecting deeply to nature and dreaming the future better.