Today was devoted to reviewing my dreams – as in the sleeping variety.
I’m a prolific dreamer and have been recording them for decades. Because I work closely and often with them, I always feel like I’m visiting old friends when I review them. I confess I’m endlessly entertained by my dreams. Theater under the quilts is how I think about it – with the best seat in the house. There’s drama and comedy (my dreams often contain the most amusing puns), and quite often marvelous flying objects. And each one feels like a double present – the gift of the entertainment in the moment and then the afterwards gift of translating the layered meanings. What an extraordinarily wonderful language dream-speak is!
But it can also be really interesting to look at a year’s worth of dreams and coax out an overarching message – something that can’t been seen when working with them individually. Much of this year was about releasing things that were no longer a good fit for me and my dreams were right there foreshadowing and helping me make the shifts. But what I hadn’t seen until I had the perspective of distance and the full body of work to look at was what an incredible foundation of strong support remains. Along with the invitation to welcome in new things to fill the now empty spots.
An additional bonus for me in this review is that I feel like I’ve discovered some important material I’ll be working with in my art this year. It’s always fascinating to me how dreams can be such inviting entry points into other things. And they’ve been whispering to me about a book lately. I can’t wait to see how that turns out.
Did you discover something interesting through your dreams this year?