the Halloween inside me

I may not be able to see the spirits that haunt our world…

But with courage, I can see the ones that haunt me.

According to my dreams, I’m quite scared of the unknown spirits that lurk within.  However, my dreams also show…

…I’m willing to go past my fear.  For example, in a dream from 2013…

I sense that some malevolent spirit-beings lurk behind a door.  I decide to be brave and face them.

But when I try to swing the door open, whatever’s on the other side pulls against my pull.  So…

…I then try to push the door closed.

Ironically, the being then pushes against my push.

When I considered that dream, my first thought was: “I can’t win!”

But then I saw how I could.

I realized: in my eagerness to go beyond my fear, I tried to do too much at once.  All I really needed to do was open the door a bit, then let go and deal with the situation as it unfolded.  Though I can facilitate change by being active, I can’t rush change.

Okay, but maybe I should leave those spirits alone.  I could be opening Pandora’s Box.  How does that old saying go?  “Don’t trouble trouble ‘til trouble troubles you.”

Ah, but even if I don’t open that door, I’ll still be troubled by those spirits.  They’re within me.  A part of me.  Hidden away in that room, they can affect my mind and behavior in ways I don’t realize.  So, I need to become aware of them.  I need to see and deal with what resides in the shadow.

As we all do, in my opinion.  Just consider the state of our world—every day looks like Halloween.

© 2019, Michael R. Patton
sky rope poetry

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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