embracing the good news

ghosts past - October 26, 2013d

Perhaps Freud would’ve said the dream was merely a wish fulfillment…

But I think it’s another “wake up call”.

Let’s consider the dream:

I’m at a large indoor meeting.

I sit with a group of creative types at the front.

Perpendicular to our line of chairs is a line of administration staff.

“E” comes to me from the administrative side and says, “We appreciate the good work you’re doing.”

We embrace for a moment, then she returns to her chair.

I was shocked by that simple dream.  Yes, the praise surprised me.  But what really threw me for a loop was who delivered that praise.

E was a girlfriend from many years ago.  She was not the most demonstrative person…

…to be honest: she was one of the least demonstrative people I’ve ever known.

So, for her to praise me, and then embrace me was a shocker.

To understand this dream, I had to better understand that relationship…

I asked myself, “Why was I willing to endure such a cold relationship, years ago?”

Well, I guess I put up with it because that’s what I expected—that’s what I expected from relationships, from the world.

According to this dream, my expectations may not have changed all that much…contrary to my belief…

That’s difficult to accept, but good to know.  Now, I can work consciously to change those expectations…

…and apparently, I’ll have some help in this work.  The dream also says the world will surprise me by going against my expectations.

Often, when we need to be woken up, we’ll receive a rough jolt…

But this dream tells me: we can also be awakened to the truth by an unexpected pleasure.

© 2013, Michael R. Patton

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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