A Dream of Titanic Proportions


 

Some dreams have stayed with me for years…

I occasionally think back on a dream I had eleven or more years ago:

From a long distance away, I watch the sinking of the Titanic in the night waters of the Atlantic.

The ship’s nose tilts skyward.  People bob in the water.  Survivors pack into a number of lifeboats.

So, was the dream telling me that I’d be blindsided—a victim of my own arrogance?

After considering the developments in my life following the dream, I would say…

…maybe, maybe that interpretation is correct.

I’ve often wondered about our fascination with the Titanic.  Yes, it’s a powerful story—a warning about the hazards of overconfidence.

Well, I’ve rarely been overconfident.

In that case, perhaps the dream has an even broader scope…

Could it be that the dream tells of  potential dangers, not to myself, but to my country—to the entire world?

One doesn’t need to be a prophet to see we’re heading into some dangerous waters.

Anyway, I’m not claiming any visionary powers for myself.

I know that dreamers can receive psychic messages from dreams.  Maybe such messages are not limited to events in the dreamer’s personal life…

Maybe we also receive dreams that refer to the larger picture.

Nonetheless, I first consider a dream to be a picture of my current, waking life.

Maybe my Titanic dream does refer to future upheavals to be faced by us all…

…but even if that’s true, it could have also told of immediate trouble in my own small world.

© 2011, Michael R. Patton
searching for the new mythology

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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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