This dream gives me a new perspective on an old message…
In the dream…
…I’m going through a mall.
I catch glimpses of stores. But mainly, I move through a series of narrow, blank hallways.
Each hallway leads to a closed door. Behind each closed door is another hallway.
Finally, I decide to double back and go to a movie theater I’d passed.
But now the movie is sold out. I return to the street.
There was a certain excitement about traveling through all those hallways. And a certain frustration. Movement is exciting. I like to move. I like to explore. I like to see what lies behind the next door.
But I also like to find something at the end of the trail.
There’s a drive within us to explore, to move.
But we don’t go to malls just to jump from one hallway to the next.
We go to malls to shop, to relax, to hang out, to explore at our leisure—not to rush.
The message is one I’ve received before: STOP! But this dream offers an expanded perspective: it tells me that I can get hooked on movement—and that movement will not satisfy me. There is no cheese at the end of the maze—the maze IS the cheese. Actually, if I slow down, I can explore more.
Because I didn’t stop in the dream, I missed the movie—worse yet, I missed the bargain matinee.
© 2010, Michael R. Patton