When Hurricane Katrina hit my former home city, New Orleans, I could only watch the images of destruction on TV…
I felt a little guilty that I wasn’t down there, helping out in some small way.
Finally, in frustration, I asked myself, “What can I do now, as I am now, to ease some of the pain in this world?”
Soon afterwards, I came across this statistic:
Causes of Death, Worldwide, in 2000:
So, in the first year of our new millennium, nearly as many people died from suicide as from war and murder combined.
I believe that working with dreams can help us deal with the inner and outer conflicts that cause depression, that sometimes drive people to suicide.
I’m not saying that dream work is the complete answer, but it can be a very important catalyst in the process of change.
I know it has helped me, though the work is often painful.
Through my dream work, I become more aware; this awareness, in turn, accelerates change. In plain language, I can realize what I’m doing wrong and why.
I’m not home yet. But the more I work, the closer I get, and the closer I get, the more I can contribute to the healing of this very wounded world.
© 2011, Michael R. Patton
sky rope poetry