Disappointed by the Dissipation

tornado eyes - July 3, 2013d

I felt so relieved when those dream tornadoes disappeared…

…but perhaps, also a little disappointed.

In the dream…

I hear a big storm coming up outside…

I want to check the Weather Channel, but don’t have time to hunt for the channel changer…

So instead, I turn to look out the big window behind me…

There I find a herd of black storm clouds rushing toward my house…

…and what appear to be five funnels moving down from those clouds.

Tornadoes—headed right my way.

My mind races.  What can I do?

In my confusion, I look away for a moment.  When I check again, the funnels have dissipated quite a bit…

I’m wondering if they’re actually even funnels now—maybe they’re just streaks of rain.

To start…I don’t like the way I froze in the dream…

However, I didn’t have much time.  I knew there was little I could do to protect myself.

At least, I don’t run away in fear—I know it’s better not to run from a tornado.

But I may have done even more to help myself.  Perhaps the funnels dissipated because I became aware of them.  If I’m aware of what’s behind me, it loses its power.

So though I feel at loose ends, I actually have some control in the situation.

Here’s the irony: as I went into the feelings of the dream, I discovered, to my surprise, that I was actually a bit disappointed at the end…

The tornadoes are gone.  The excitement is gone.

Yes, there’s still the big storm, but I’ve been through plenty of storms—storms, I can handle.  At the rate this one’s coming on, it won’t last long.

But it’s foolish to want tornadoes, right?  Tornadoes can be incredibly destructive.

Yes, in our physical world, tornadoes wreck havoc.  However, these dream tornadoes work as a symbol…

…a symbol that’s been in my dreams before.  I’ve pondered that symbol.  I’ve found its positive aspect…

Tornadoes spin and in their spin, there is revolution…

A revolution brings drastic change—our world gets spun around and around, as one force battles its opposite…

The destruction, though painful, clears out the old, opening us up for a new way of being.  The destruction is needed.

In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy gets caught up in a tornado and returns with a new perspective.

So that’s why I’m disappointed in the dream.  Instead of a major revolution, I just receive a little more rain.

Well, rain does bring growth…

…and erosion.  But erosion is also change, and as I see it, good change: rain can wear away my dross—albeit, slowly.

For that matter, I do shift perspective in the dream—I do turn…

I turn away from the TV to judge the storm for myself.

A little turn, but still, it’s significant.

Some positive information for me.  However, I also see a warning…

Yes, the funnels have dissipated, but they might reform just as quickly…

…if I turn my back, if I lose awareness.

Though some tornadoes are, unfortunately, necessary…

…if possible, I should avoid them…

There are other ways to change…not so exciting, perhaps…but still, refreshing.

© 2013, Michael R. Patton
searching for the new mythology


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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