cleaning up…and up…and up…

mop bucket list - November 13, 2015d

A recent dream says I’m cleaning with dirty water…

In the dream…

I’ve hung a white 5-gallon bucket upside-down, so it can dry.

But there should be two buckets.  Where’s the second?

This dream refers to the cleaning I do on an inner level.  The symbol of the bucket comes from a household chore…

When I mop my floors, I always use two big buckets.  One holds the soapy water.  One holds the clear water…

As I mop, I rinse the mop sponge off in the clear water, before dipping it back into the soapy water.  That way, the soapy water stays relatively clean.

After I’ve finished, I hang both buckets upside-down, so they can dry.

I believe I’m also cleaning on an inner level—when I’m in the dream state.

For the most part, that cleaning occurs below my conscious awareness.  Even if I recall one dream per night, I still forget the majority.

But this mop-bucket dream tells me that I need to look into those I do remember…

Otherwise, I’m only working with one bucket.  Yes, I’m still cleaning, but a lot of the dirt gets recycled.

At the time of this dream, I was having a good streak of dream recall.  But I didn’t do much work on the dreams received…

However, it’s not too late to return to them.  Dreams shouldn’t be “date stamped” like a loaf of bread.  Those dreams likely speak of dilemmas I’ve faced throughout my life.  Even when a dream refers to a current situation, it’s still talking about the big picture.

© 2015, Michael R. Patton
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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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