facing the face

mask face - February 15, 2016d

Two recent dreams say I’m hiding…

In the first dream…

I’m watching a rock singer as he performs onstage…

His face is hidden by his long hair, a beard, and dark glasses.

So who’s the singer?  As with most of my dream characters, he’s an aspect of myself…

I knew that and yet, I had trouble “owning” this guy.  Was I really hiding?  After all, I share my most personal creations—my dreams—online.  Dreams expose our most secret secrets.

I believe, occasionally, a dream character may represent someone other than ourselves.  So, who in my life might the singer symbolize?  I began to think of possible candidates…

But I could not escape so easily.  Within a week, another dream repeated the same basic message, though in a different setting and using a different character.  In the dream…

Don Draper stands alone in a field.  Alone—though there are others, here and there, throughout the lot.

Don Draper was the main character in the TV series, Mad Men.  A man of mystery, of hidden identity.

After this second dream, intuition finally broke through and I accepted what I knew to be true: yep, the singer is me.

So then, what do I do with this information?

Though dreams present problems, they usually don’t give us the answers.  It’s up to me to solve this problem—that is, the waking me.  I’m still working on it.  Change will come—it’ll take time.  Much time.

Yes, the dream message disappoints me…

…but a little less on second thought.

Dream messages are usually not all negative or all positive…

The singer is putting himself out there—doing his utmost to express himself.  That’s definitely positive.

© 2016, Michael R. Patton
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About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, essayist, cartoonist, graphic artist, peace miller, new mythologist, and fledgling world citizen.... I grew up in Northwest Arkansas and 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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