me too?

Me too?

In a recent dream, our national conversation becomes a personal conversation…

Consider the dream…

I’m in a large spacious hall, talking to a helpful bank employee.  As we part, I touch her lightly on the shoulder—a spontaneous act of appreciation.

But I’m shocked at myself.  What have I done!  She could take this wrong way.

But no.  She doesn’t seem to give it any special thought.

Farther on down the hall, I meet and talk with another woman.  Again, the conversation is friendly, but nonsexual.  As we part, I touch her shoulder.

Once more, I’m alarmed: you idiot—you’ve done it again!

But this woman hardly seems to notice the gesture—just like the bank employee.

First, let me say: I’m not an aggressive man.  Never have been.  Nor am I the touchy-feely type.  I might touch a dog on the shoulder.  But that’s about it.

Maybe the message is: in light of recent harassment stories, I’ve become paranoid.

However, the touches in the dream may not represent actual physical touches. After all, you can “touch” a person with a verbal expression of genuine warmth.

I’m often concerned about someone taking something I say the wrong way.  This dream is showing that worry in high relief.  And also telling me: relax.

In the dream, both women are emotionally healthy.  I know that on a basic intuitive level.  On that level, I know they won’t misinterpret my warm response.  If I’d picked up a different vibe from either of them, I would’ve been more reserved.

Actually, they might’ve thought me weird if I hadn’t expressed appreciation.  That’s the irony: a cool, aloof response is more likely to be misconstrued.

The dream is saying: trust yourself—your instincts are good ones.

Yes, even at this late date, I’m learning about human relations.  But I guess I shouldn’t feel too bad—from what I see in our news, many of us still have much to learn.

© 2018, Michael R. Patton
myth steps blog


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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