My poems are dreams in word form.
I love the protean quality of both dreams and poems. You never know what an image or word will turn into. Life is like that; only we don’t see it that way. Everything seems permanent and fixed, but it isn’t. As we get older and look back on our lives, we realize how much like a dream or poem it all is.
Writing a poem is not unlike dreaming. There’s only one fundamental difference. When writing a poem, you have to activate both your conscious and unconscious mind.
Symbols fill the gap between raw energy and form. Poetry and dreams do the same.
Poetry and dreams are two of the most potent vehicles for unveiling the unconscious.
The most powerful ideas come to us mysteriously–like dreams.
Poems let you play with words, just as dreams let you play with images.
I love poetry in part because of its fragmentary quality, like dreams.
Poems resemble dreams in the rich symbolism their words express and the protean quality of their embedded images.
Jacob’s Ladder: Dreams allow us to move from one dimension to another.
We humans are stones, apparently hard and unchangeable, but in reality slowly transforming, able to be molded and shaped, gradually breaking up into soil as we nourish the earth, the water, and the air.
Jacob used a stone as a pillow during sleep and set it up afterwards as a standing pillar to remind us that we are creatures of the earth, nourished by our mother, linked to heaven, going up and down a stone staircase, as we integrate female and male, above and below, inside and outside, earth and heaven.
Just as Jacob, we are here to immerse ourselves in life’s ups and downs: stones breaking up and reshaping themselves as we point our inner selves heavenward and earthward to remind us of our home straight ahead, with our authentic being, now expanded to include the ever shifting kaleidoscope of life made whole.
Dreams are raw acts of creation, just as when the Source created the universe in the first six days of Genesis. Dreams show we are made in God’s image.
Where is Jacob’s ladder now? Inside each of us.
Both the waking world and dream world are real. The question is: How do we interpret them?
Dreams are a gateway that connect this dimension to others.
Dreams allow us to explore alternate possibilities and realities.
Dreams both reveal and create our lives.
Dreams allow us not only to see and understand our lives, but to recreate them.
Inspiration = Dreamtime
Gen 28:12: Why do the angels first go up the ladder and then down it in Jacob’s dream? Because some of us are the angels.
Meditation, study, dreaming, praying: moments when time and the I depart and the Source enters.
What is Jacob’s ladder? A gateway opening from one dimension to another. (Gen 28.12)
Jacob’s ladder:going up-going down; inhaling-exhaling; holding-letting go; receiving-giving; living-dying (Gen 28.12).
Instead of getting caught up in the trivia of day-to-day life, we may glimpse at what really matters through dreams.
When we walk through a familiar building, our home or workplace, we are also exploring the pathways of our unconscious and of the Source.
Symbols are the vehicles through which we experience life. Daily activity gives us the illusion that events are tangible and symbols are codes. Dreams allow us to see symbols as they are: the force that channels energy into form.
Under waking anesthesia, life moves as a dream does. Time contracts. Moments take on greater meaning. Events do not flow from one to another, but from symbol to symbol, forming a poem and a painting.
Dreams flow from the warm currents of an unseen ocean.
Twisting subterranean hallways where symbols merge with life as we know it. A dream showing us the way.
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