holy trinity - September 26, 2014d
 

When Jimi Hendrix gives you a tune in a dream, it’s probably best to listen…

Duane Allman listened, and from his dream, he wrote the guitar instrumental “Little Martha”.

In the dream…

Jimi Hendrix shows Allman how to play the melody, using a sink faucet as a guitar fretboard in a Holiday Inn bathroom.

“Little Martha” is the final track on the album Eat a Peach, recorded just before Duane Allman’s death.  The song is played over the loudspeakers after every Allman Brothers concert to honor his memory.

A friend of mine also received a tune in a dream.  A small man sang to her as he rode up and down in a hot-air balloon.

She lost the song as soon as she awoke—just as I’ve lost a few creative ideas upon awakening…

But I don’t mourn these losses—no, I remind myself that such ideas come from the same place as my waking ideas: from the unconscious.  So the information is still with me…

Yes, creative ideas sometimes arrive in dreams, but we’re much more likely to be hit with inspiration while wide awake.

That said, I’m always open to whatever I might receive in a dream…

In fact, I once followed a dream message relating to my creative work…

…a message indicating I should use my ink pen on the novel I was writing, instead using it for cartooning.
 

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
hot off the e-press: listening to silence

blend mix - September 11, 2014d
 

Often, our dreams show us falling short…

But this recent dream shows me filling up…

In the dream…

I’m putting all sorts of food into a large electric blender.

It’s nearly full, but still, I’m stuffing.

The day before this dream, I’d been bemoaning my “Swiss cheese education”…

Throughout my adult life, I’ve tried educate myself.  But like Swiss cheese, my curriculum had plenty of holes…

I wish I’d taken a more focused, more systematic approach.

However, this dream tells me not to think in terms of what I may lack…

…but instead, to consider all I’ve gathered together.

Though the dream doesn’t indicate what exactly is going into the blender, I sense that it’s all nutritious.  Not junk.

But as with most positive message dreams, this one also presents a potential problem: I’ve got to realize when enough is enough.
 

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
myth steps

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

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