following the ant path

A recent dream demonstrates the value of ants…

In the dream…

I’m walking alone through a land of drought.  A layer of dust, at least a foot thick, covers the barren ground.

Fortunately, I have a trail to follow—a narrow indention in the dust created by ants as they went to and fro, performing their chores.

My first question was: who or what are those ants?  Maybe they represent the many people working tirelessly in the shadows.  As long as I follow the path they’ve made, I won’t get bogged down in the foggy dust of our world, our life, our culture.

I like that message.  But I usually look at dreams differently—as if every person or creature symbolizes an aspect within me.

So maybe those ants represent work I’m doing on an inner level—usually unseen.

I don’t know…I’m confused now.

But why fret about meaning of those ants?  After all, they’re not a problem.  They’re helping, not hurting.  Their path leads me out of the desert…

At the end of the dream, I’m heading toward the downtown area of a large city.

So, I’ve gone from a place of isolation and scarcity to place of activity, abundance, and new experience.

A positive ending.  But perhaps not completely positive.  After all, that city looks somewhat cold and gray.

When I go into a dream, the message I discover is usually a mix of good news and bad.  But that makes sense, doesn’t it?  After all, dreams are pictures of our waking life.

© 2019, Michael R. Patton
the truth of the dream: poetry ebook

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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