Still Working

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:

      War                310,000
      Suicides         815,000
      Murders        520,000

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

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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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