I had an epiphany this week…
A rather obvious insight, but startling, nonetheless.
It came to me as I wrote these words:
If you doubt the amount of conflict we experience, consider your dreams…
I’ve recorded my own dreams, and over the decades, I’ve heard and read the dreams of many others…
…and those dreams usually talk about conflict. Our dreams tell us that we’re constantly dealing with conflict, whether we’re aware of it or not.
When I listen to my waking self—to what I’m saying to myself throughout the day—I realize the truth of those dreams: so much of the time, I’m trying to deal with inner conflict.*
Yes! We all contain a mess of inner conflict! Well, maybe you’re the exception. But consider this: how many dreams do you recall in which you don’t experience at least a minor conflict, a conflict unresolved?
I can’t say what the purpose of life is…
…but we’re certainly putting a lot of energy into dealing with conflict, both while we’re awake and while we’re asleep. Obviously this work is one of our main activities in life—if not the main activity. We’re continually trying to find peace—or rather, create peace.
That’s what my dream tell me, and in my experience, dreams don’t lie.
(* This passage comes from an entry dated September 26 on my mythsteps blog.)
© 2013, Michael R. Patton
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