deadly projection

flag grief - December 3, 2015d

Another mass killing in the U.S. brings to mind many dreams I’ve had over the years…

…dreams in which I’ve dealt with terrorists, with shooters, with thugs.

I now realize those killers exist within me.  Even if the dream killer is someone I know, it still is me.  That killer is part of my shadow.

I bristle when someone acts as if dream work is airy new-age touchy-feeling nonsense.  It’s serious business.  If I’m unaware of the negative shadow within me, I may project that shadow out there—onto “the other”: that store clerk, that couple…

…White people, Black people, the community, the employer, the post office, the government…

I can project that shadow onto anyone, any group.

When that happens, I will see them as the source of my problems, the source of my pain.  They become the killer in my dream who’s out to get me.  In order to eliminate that threat, I may go so far as to try to eliminate them…

…and in that way, create another sad headline that leaves people asking “why?”.

© 2015, Michael R. Patton

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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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