The Chance of Change


Nice to know that I’m making progress. 

In one dream… 

…I’ve arrived in a desert city like Las Vegas.  I’m at my hotel, preparing to go out. 

I plan to bypass the strip with all the casinos and go to a college campus.  Maybe I can see a movie there. 

When I first considered this dream, I saw nothing wrong with going to the college campus.  I’d rather go to college than to a casino.

But then I asked myself, “Why rush?”

I’m not a gambler.  But maybe these dream casinos are about “taking a chance”.  Taking a chance—instead of heading back to the old familiar.  I see movies all the time.  Perhaps I need to try something more active.

In any case, I must have taken this dream message to heart.  Because in another dream a week later…

…I’m in a casino, at a bank of five video poker or slot machines, wondering which one I should play.

By watching for dream motifs, I’m often able to see when I’ve made positive change.

© 2010, Michael R. Patton
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About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and fabulist...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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