According to a recent dream, I want to be in two places at once.
In the dream…
I drive with some male friends to an isolated country field at night.
We park and walk down a trail to a copse of trees.
In just a short time, my friends return to the cars. But I’m not ready to go. As I linger, I stare down into a concrete tank filled with water.
A stranger arrives. We talk. He seems smart, sincere, secure in himself. I’d like to continue the conversation, but fear my companions might leave without me.
When interpreting a dream, I let this idea guide me: everything in the dream represents an aspect of myself.
So, those dream friends are me. I see them as the “social me”. The part that enjoys the world of noise—the excitement, the sizzle, the stimulation. If I linger in this mysterious place, I fear I may lose that aspect of myself.
But there’s more behind my desire to leave…
I’m scared of the mystery.
The mystery is dark…strange…uncertain…isolating.
So then why do I also want to stay? Because I sense I can find the sacred here.
The stranger represents another aspect of my self—though that’s hard for me to believe. Hard to believe, because he seems comfortable here. Secure.
If I stay awhile longer, I can connect with this aspect. This relaxed, self-assured aspect. So…to become more comfortable with the mystery, I must stay with the mystery. That makes sense.
Don’t get me wrong—the world of noise is not bad world. I will return to that world. I must live in that world.
But in order to be a better man in that world, I need to visit the mystery occasionally.
Whenever I go into the mystery—whenever I try to reach my deeper self, whenever I try to realize the reality behind our chaos—I always feel more centered, more peaceful afterwards, when I return to the world of noise.
© 2017, Michael R. Patton
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