2 months since a Summer Solstice dream.
At the beach attempting to write blog related words.
Following epic partner meltdown in waking life, the dream comes up with three scenes:
A young wife secretly hoping to upgrade to a better marriage.
Meanwhile her Latino husband returns from the dead.
By his fully engaged, wondrous actions descending the steep, stepped hill of an ancient southern valley, young people follow him – enthusiastic acolytes.
“Maybe,” she thinks, “he’s not such a bad catch after all.”
He does not resent her questioning, moving on, his forward motion too clear to doubt.
I begin the descent, seeing I can do it one step at a time.
Meanwhile the catch – the seafood:
The Inuit shaman shows me how to treat the creature, prepare the creature from the depths – pillow-shaped with big eyes – a willing sacrifice on the table heaped with seafood – gift of abundance to me from the depths.
I must not be distracted by my concern over what to do with the abundance,
or by my fear for the creature, but learn something important here as the man makes a fine, shallow incision across the eye,
the creature still aware.
Then, in the coastal city:
I want the languorous students to return to the room of learning.
I tell the young man I want a world where young people grow up to have critical thinking skills.
In this moment of summer when the sun stands still the young people meander toward the seabus.
A marriage – 2 willing sacrifices – 2 shamans
– seafood – students – seabus – summer – solstice.
In waking life I have dream friends who point out:
The willing sacrifice is the I/eye – the ego – I of limiting judgement.
Pay attention to emotion as the abundant gift of the depths – water gifts.
Leadership not through instruction and insistence, but through undeniable engagement, after the resurrection, after the willing sacrifice of ego and judgement.
Irresistible enthusiasm after bringing divine knowledge from the heights of sacrifice – to the grounded place of practical application,
one step at a time.
2 months on I am at the beach, having experienced summer adventures, now getting a notion about the see of the sea – ways of seeing.
The brilliance of the summer sun and the depths of the unconscious work together to make me see.
Awakened by sleeping.
It feels meaningful to be reminded of your deep dreaming, Karen. We talked about your dream images a couple months ago, but seeing/reading them again I find new associations with my own experience. And I appreciate your collage-poem way of dream blogging!
Thanks, Kirsten. I’m sure you see your influence here. The interplay of our dreams is a gift. I think about the reference in the dream to the heights, and the pillow shaped creature from the depths and that these may also be direct references to dreaming and sleep and the gifts I am receiving from doing dream work. The proverbial parfait of meaning: layers.