Environment, Inside and Out


Though the dream didn’t have a clear image…

…it had a clear message.

In the dream…

…the Vice President—who is like Al Gore, but not Al Gore—plans to take action on his environmental concerns.

But there’s a question about how the President—who is like Bill Clinton, but not Bill Clinton—will react to this decision.

So according to this dream, I want to act on some of the values I’ve long held…

However, my actions may conflict with pragmatic concerns.

The pragmatic “President” aspect holds the greater power.  But perhaps the “Vice President” aspect can persuade by showing how its idealism–its morality–is pragmatic.

At first, I believed that “environment” in this dream referred to the physical world—our planet.

But dreams are rarely so simple.  “Environment” can have more than one meaning.  It can also refer to my own personal environment, both inner and outer.

To extend outward again: in the same way, “environment” could relate, not just to my psyche, but to the psyche of our world.

I believe the main reason we humans don’t take better care of our environment (both inner and outer) is fear—fear of what change will cost us, will demand of us, in the short term.

The dream is telling me that I’m ready to make needed sacrifices that may cost me in the short term…

…but will help protect and enhance my life in the long term.

I think the pragmatic aspect may represent my conscious ego.  The conscious ego is the decider—the conscious ego is the one that must act.

However, in my experience, the conscious ego is not the ultimate decider.  When I make a conscious decision that goes against my moral sense, I trip myself up (just as Clinton did during his presidency).

Fortunately—and ironically—by looking at this dream, the conscious ego became more aware of the conscious ego.  So now, perhaps I can avert—or at least, lessen—the conflict.

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

About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and storyteller...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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