A new perspective on an old dilemma came to me last week…
…via this dream:
I’m on the upper floor of a modern office building. I know I’m invisible…
So, I decide to be a little mischievous…
I creep down the hall to a conference room.
A group of workers talk at the end of long table.
At my end, some snacks are arranged on plates.
I take a couple of snacks, just for fun. But I knock some silverware to the carpet by accident.
The sound startles the group members. I sneak back out into the hallway and stand there, listening to them.
Though I’m invisible, a woman from the group is able to detect my presence.
She comes up behind me, puts her hand on my stomach, and shares some words of kindness, of comfort.
Once again, in a dream, I feel apart from a group. Often in these dreams, I sincerely like the people. Nonetheless, there is a distance.
Dreams don’t lie—those scenarios mirror my waking life.
In this most recent dream, not only do I feel a sense of distance, but I’m also invisible. I can see them, but they can’t see me.
Or so I believe.
According to this dream, though I may feel invisible, I can still be seen.
Not by everyone. But that’s a little too much to expect, right? Would I really want to be seen by everyone?
This woman is open—is aware-so she can sense my presence. Because she goes by her feeling sense, she understands who I am.
Who can ask for more from another human being?
So, this dream brings a hopeful message, along with this admonishment: you’re not as clever as you think you are.
However, there’s a question at the end…a key question…
Having been discovered, having been “felt”…
…how will I respond?
© 2013, Michael R. Patton
searching for the new mythology