Mall Rat Maze


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
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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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