hallway of mystery

pink doors blue border - August 16, 2015d

A recent dream has me pondering a path not taken…

In the dream…

The work day has ended.  I’m walking home through downtown Seattle in the late afternoon sun.

I’ve gone this way before.  But it’s been awhile.  So I’m not absolutely certain of the route.

I take a short-cut through a big office building.  I open a door and find a long hallway.  The hall has a row of metal doors down either side. One pink metal door after another.  How odd, I think to myself.

I close the entrance door and go on.  This walk is taking longer than I expected.  So I have a little anxiety.  Even so, I know I’ll eventually arrive home.

“Seattle” has become a recurring symbol in my dreams.  Unfortunately, I still don’t know what it represents.  In any case, there seems to be a progression in my series of Seattle dreams…

In previous dreams, I’ve just arrived in Seattle and am trying to get my bearings.

According to this latest dream, I’ve settled in.  So, my initial problem has been solved.

Which means, it’s time for a new problem.

But it’s not a big problem: I trying to go home.  I know how to get there.  It’s just taking a little longer than I expected.

But what about the hallway?  I wanted to be on my way, so I didn’t explore.

But was that the only reason I hesitated?  The hallway did seem a little strange.  Maybe I preferred to stick to the familiar.

Okay, but there’s nothing wrong in going home and relaxing.  Didn’t a wise man once say, “Home is where the heart is”?

Yes, but isn’t my life supposed to be about discovery?  Exploration?  Looking into the unknown?  Learning?  Isn’t that the decision I made, many years ago?

There’s a time to rest and there’s a time to explore.  It’s the end of my workday, so perhaps it’s time to rest…

On the other hand, a chance refused is often a chance forever lost.  I may not find my way back to that hallway.

So, okay, I’ve decided I should not close the door on that entrance.  Now, the question is: how does this scenario express itself in my waking life?

After much thought…

…I still don’t know.  Perhaps the situation has not yet arrived.  Maybe this dream is giving me fair warning.


In any case, I haven’t forgotten the basic lesson of the dream.  I’m a little more aware now.  So maybe when new opportunities present themselves, I’ll pause to consider, before I hurry away.

© 2015, Michael R. Patton
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journey of a lifetime

desert well question - July 22, 2015d

I’m in a desert…

…according to this recent dream:

I’m standing in a broad expanse of desert sand, without a tree or a sprig of grass in sight.

Suddenly, I drop down through a sink hole.

Now, I’m in an underground chamber.  A number of tunnels branch from this room.

Where I should go?  How can I get out?  I’m scared.  I feel trapped.

While pondering this dream, I realized I shouldn’t feel trapped…

After all, I had many choices—too many for comfort.  One of those tunnels could lead to an oasis.  But which one?  Maybe they all lead home.  I just need to commit…

On the other hand, I might walk on and on and on, without ever finding anything.

Well, in any case, it’s an adventure.  Isn’t that what I want in life?  Yes, it’s scary predicament, but also exciting.

Does the desert of this dream represent a desert within?  Perhaps.  However, I do often bemoan the desert of my culture.

Whatever the case may be, I’ve gone within—I’ve gone below—into the unconscious.  Maybe I’ve found a labyrinth.  If so, through trial and error, I can work my way to the core.

Like so many other dreams, this dream tells me: our ordinary lives are so much more than we know.

© 2015, Michael R. Patton
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states of mind

tale of two kansases - June 11, 2015d

“We’re not in Kansas anymore.”

I find a certain irony in that famous line from the Wizard of Oz…

…because Dorothy never actually left Kansas.  Oz exists in her mind.

That’s not to say it isn’t real.  Oz is as real as any dream.  Oz is a real expression of Dorothy’s waking life…

Her traveling companions in Oz can all be found on her Kansas farm.  As is typical with dreams, the Oz dream reveals these people for who they truly are.

But how can the land of Oz represent Kansas, when Oz dazzles and Kansas exists in plain black and white?

I believe our exciting, scary, wonderful dreams show us what we’re actually experiencing, as we go through our mundane days…

I may be in Kansas.  But I’m also in Oz.

© 2015, Michael R. Patton
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may you be with the force

shadow is you - May 9, 2015d

There are greater forces at work, according to my dreams…

That is: forces greater than my conscious will.

Consider this dream from several years ago…

I’m in a car with my girlfriend at night.

We’re parked. Some large dark figures—like henchmen—are in the car with us.

They have both of us wrapped up in their powerful arms.

Though I’m not held tightly, if I try to move, I meet with immediate resistance.  My anxiety jumps.

The dream message was so obvious that I missed it at first.  Or else, I didn’t want to see…

I was ready to be done with that relationship.  But I—or rather, we—couldn’t break free…

…at least, not until the situation had run its course.

Those dark figures represent the unconscious.  The unconscious is that part of me that knows what I need to do, where I need to be.  The unconscious can subvert my best-laid plans.  The conscious mind conceives, the unconscious decides.

Am I saying we’re powerless against the unconscious?

I’m saying I’m powerless if I try to fight it.  I have power, as long as I work in tandem with the power within me.

If I listen to my intuition, to my dreams, and accept the information and act on it, I will be working in tandem.

I don’t state these ideas as fact.  I state them as beliefs.  But dreams, such as the one above, suggest they’re true.

The dream said I was with that woman for a reason.  The next step would have been to discover the reason.  In what way did I need to change?  If I’d have answered that question, I could have consciously worked toward making the change—I could’ve expedited the process.

But no, I didn’t look to another dream for guidance.  I kicked and squirmed against the powerful force that held me.

And today?  Have I learned to listen?  To work in tandem?

Well, yeah, sort of…It’s always a work-in-progress.

© 2015, Michael R. Patton
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the rare exception

child waves - April 26, 2015d

Kids swimming like dolphins!

And yet, there might be a problem…

Consider the dream:

I’m standing at the edge of an indoor Olympic-size pool…

Children swim laps down the length of the pool in marked lanes.  They move up and down in the water with the grace of dolphins.

Ever so often, one breaks the surface on her upward arc.  But for the most part, they remain under the water—the cold, cold water.

Oddly enough, they swim fully-clothed.  Nicely attired.  One little boy wears a suit coat and a tie.  Their clothes are soaked!

The kids don’t seem the least bit bothered by the cold or the clothes.  Their flowing motions are beautiful.  So perhaps there’s no problem in this dream…

Aren’t they building muscle by swimming those laps?  Aren’t they developing lung power by staying underwater?…

They’re able to become strong in this protected, structured environment.

Yes, but shouldn’t they be wearing swimsuits?

Perhaps, they’re not ready yet to reveal so much of who they are.  For the time being, they must play a certain acceptable role.

Usually, I see a dream as a mirror.  Each element of a dream is an aspect of my self.

But maybe this dream is the rare exception to that rule.

I often worry about the children of our society.  They’re beset by so much at such an early age…

This dream helps to allay some of my worries.  This dream shows a whole “school” of kids strengthening themselves.

Unlike many, they have the benefit of protection.  They have structure…

And so, they’ll be prepared when they must deal with the cold waters of the outside world.

© 2015, Michael R. Patton
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