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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