comet on course - August 28, 2014d
 

Does this dream foretell disaster?

In the dream…

A meteor bursts apart in the night sky…

Glowing red pieces trail streams of white light as they shower down through the darkness…

A beautiful display—like a firework exploding.

How could such a beautiful image be negative?

Well, the meteor is falling; it does disintegrate.  Maybe this dream warns of a fall—a destruction.

Of course, not all destructions are bad.  A bird has to break the egg in order to hatch.

However, the little bird sacrifices only its shell.  The meteor sacrifices its whole self.

But isn’t “sacrifice” a key human value?  The meteor breaks open and the result is a wonderful show…

With that in mind, I can only see this dream as positive.

Though know the dream refers to my own life, I don’t think its message is exclusive…

I believe it tells of a condition of our life here on this Earth.
 

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
searching for the new mythology

shoes garage door - August 14, 2014d
 

Generally speaking, I don’t believe dreams serve as wish-fulfillments…as Freud insisted…

However, two recent dreams might be the exception.

Consider the first dream….

I wake in the middle of the night and discover I left the overhead door for the garage up…

Then I find the computer missing.  It was stolen because I left the door up.

In the second dream…

I wake in the middle of the night.  To my shock, the TV’s gone.

I check the garage—the overhead door is up.  Fortunately, the computer still sits in its little room.

These dreams are not to be taken literally—I pull the garage door down every single night.

So then, why am I being so careless in my dreams?

As a writer, I rely on my computer in many different ways.  Without that computer, I can‘t post to this blog!

But maybe I want to do other things, at this time.  Non-computer things.

So, I have a conflict going: I don’t want to lose the computer…I want to lose the computer.

As for the TV…

Certainly I can live without television!  But no—the TV represents more than television: it represents the taking in of information from a variety of sources—for example, books…

I know I need to take in information, but perhaps, I secretly want a break.

So how do I resolve these two dilemmas?

Well, there’s a time for the garage door to be open: that’s at dawn.  So maybe I’m jumping the gun—I’m itching to move on.

Dawn will arrive on schedule…

…and when it does, I need to realize that though I must temporarily give up some things, I will also gain…

After all, in the first dream, I found a big computer printer in place of the computer…

And in the second dream, though the big TV is gone, a little TV has been put in its place.
 

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
MYTH STEPS

anchor waves - August 2, 2014d
 

This dream told me that I was taking a good long look at myself…

…but warned me not to look too long.

In the dream…

I’m walking along a busy boardwalk near an ocean beach…

I come to a place where two rows of lifeguards, men and women, stand facing each other.

To me, lifeguards are a very positive symbol.  After all, they save people from drowning.

According to this dream, I have several lifeguard aspects within me: both men and women—so there’s balance.

However, since they’re looking at each other, and not toward the sea, they might not notice if someone needs their help.

I think it’s good to take a long look in the mirror…but to look too long is narcissistic.

It’s a fine line, isn’t it?

This dream came to me over eight years ago…

I didn’t see myself as a lifeguard then…nor do I see myself as a lifeguard now…

To me, the dream speaks of potential.  Such things take time.

Nonetheless, since that dream, I have shifted my focus—a little anyway…

Yes, I still try to see the man in the mirror…

…but I’ve also taken a better look at the world around me…

…which, after all, also acts as a mirror.
 

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
MYTH STEPS

hedgehog ask - July 22, 2014d
 

As with so many men…

I’d rather not ask for directions.  I’d rather find things on my own.

A recent dream tells of this tendency…

In the dream…

I’m at a stop for several different city bus lines.  The sidewalk for this terminus circles a small round concrete building.

I don’t see a sign for the bus I want.

I go around and around the sidewalk, looking for the sign.  I’ve caught that bus here before, so I should be able to find it.

Several students are casually waiting around.

After much thought, I still don’t know what that bus represents in my life…

Nonetheless, I’ve learned two important things about my mindset from this dream…

The first one comes from my use of the word “should”.  As in: the bus sign should be here…

Yes, I’ve caught the bus there before, but things change—bus lines change.  What worked in the past doesn’t always work in the present…

My other mistake is just as obvious…

I don’t even consider asking any of the students about the bus I want.

I like to feel that I can find my own way through this world.  Generally speaking, that’s a positive trait…

But there’s a time and place to ask for help—to ask for guidance…

Of course, there’s no guarantee those bystanders will know.  For that matter, they might even give me the wrong information—that’s always a hazard when going to outside sources for assistance…

It’s a big dilemma for all of us—whose information can we trust?

I guess we first have to trust ourselves, purblind though we may be: we have to rely on our own judgment.

So, I guess I can take some comfort from this idea: even when I must ask for help, I still have to rely on myself to some degree…
 

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
searching for the new mythology

spinning question - July 9, 2014d
 

Am I just spinning my wheels?

Consider this recent dream…

I’m standing in a driveway when I begin to spin.  I look down at my feet as I go round and round—they’re just off the pavement.

Having also spun in some past dreams, I’ve grown familiar with this symbol…

I’ve come to see spinning as positive—though it can be unsettling.  When I dream spin, there’s a revolution going on in my life.  Change.

Maybe this type of spinning is a universal symbol.  In the “Wonder Woman” TV show, a regular gal does a spin and becomes a super hero.

However, in this most recent dream, I’m going counter-clockwise.  So perhaps I’m regressing.

On the other hand…

…I have a sizeable past, and maybe I need to reexamine that past, right now, before I can go forward—before I can leave the driveway.

So, I’m not spinning my wheels: I may be standing in one place, physically, but internally, I’m making progress by going in reverse.
 

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
searching for the new mythology

temple gray gold - June 28, 2014d
 

I say there’s no such thing as a simple dream…

Consider this dream:

I’m watching a scene from ancient Mesopotamia.

The screen is filled with a golden temple.  A tall temple wall slopes upwards until it reaches a flat roof, topped by a ritual room.

This massive temple emits a diffused glow of gold light.  No one is in sight.

Then I see the same temple, except now it’s a light gray.

The actor James Caan is here, along with untold others.

I’ve ruminated on this “simple” scenario for the last three weeks…

It may likely be on my mind thirty years from now.

Temples give us space to express our spirituality.  The gray temple includes a Hollywood actor, so perhaps the dream refers to spirituality expressed through the popular arts.

The gold is brilliant.  The gray seems dull by comparison.  However, the golden temple appears to be vacant, while the gray temple includes people…

Perhaps the dream tells of a choice—one of those “damn if you do, damn if you don’t” choices.

As to how that choice plays out in my waking life…

…I’m not sure—I’m still ruminating.

In any case, I shouldn’t ignore the good news of the dream: whichever way I go, I’ve got a temple.

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
BUTTERFLY SOUL

trouble car - June 16, 2014s
 

A recent “car dream” presents me with a choice…

In the dream…

It’s late at night.  I’m parked in my driveway.

I try to lock the car by flipping the switch on the inside of the door on the driver’s side…

I try again and again, but for some reason, the door won’t lock.

I go to the passenger’s side door and flip the switch.  Still no luck.  I feel confused and frustrated.

If this scenario happened in waking life, I’d simply pull the car into the garage, shut the overhead door, then find a mechanic the next day…

But this is a dream, so the mechanic would be me.

However, as the mechanic, I may not be able to fix the door locks—the doors seem to be controlled by higher forces…

Since I’m also the car, those higher forces are within me—within the unconscious.

Even so, I don’t think I’m totally at the mercy of the unconscious.  After all, I could park in the garage…

In the garage, I’d have protection.

However, if I parked inside, I’d lose the fresh night air…

The dream tells me: you can’t both the open sky and the protection…

The dream tells me: your choices are limited, but you still get to choose.
 

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
BUTTERFLY SOUL

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