working 24 hours a day

fighting yourself dummy - September 28, 2013m

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
poems of our dream life


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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One Response to working 24 hours a day

  1. Ingidisa says:

    I like this picture you chose. Imagine how much of that conflict, dream or otherwise, we would reconcile if we only understood that picture!

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