The Way of the Dream – Part Two

Way of the Dream - Part 2

Welcome to the second part of my Journey of Love: The Way of the Dream. For ease of reference I will republish both dreams, however, if you would like to look back over the first part of this article, here’s the link: The Way of the Dream – Part One. In this section I will be exploring each dream in further detail, bringing to light their guiding themes before exploring how, despite being decades apart, both dreams are deeply connected. First, let us return to my recurring childhood dream. Even though there are a number of symbols within each dream I’ve decided to explore the three central images, which for me are the Dragonfly, the Dark Woods and the game of Hide-and-Seek. In the second dream I shall consider the symbolism of Birth, the Goddess Lakshmi and the Queen of Heaven before exploring the powerful connections between both dreams.

Childhood Dream: (Ages 7-12 years)

I enter a dark woodland and am chased by a huge brown furry dragonfly. The dragonfly is terrifying, it has huge white teeth. She wants to eat me. I try to hide behind the trees, she always finds me and is just about to eat me when I wake up. These repeated dreams frequent my childhood. As I aged the dream slightly changes and I try to hide from the dragonfly under the water of a small pond in the woods. I sit there, underwater, on the branches of an old tree until I can see the stars in the sky above. Somehow I can breathe down there. I poke out my head and always she is there to kill me. At twelve years old I got used to this nightly game of hide and seek and when the part comes to my death I am resigned and accept it. This courage took many years to develop. When I died I entered a nothingness, a blackness, yet I still existed. This was a new world to me and although I took hesitant steps I was not able to access this place and was told to go back, entry was forbidden. The dream stops at twelve.

First, let us turn to the dragonfly who carries with it the universal symbolism of transformation and adaptability in life. A deep symbol of metamorphosis, that inspires us to bring about the changes needed in order to reach our highest potential. In hindsight, I feel my dragonfly was initiating, almost preparing me in childhood to one day leave the familiar and travel into other, unknown places. I realise the qualities of the dragonfly, with its lightness, emotional flexibility and ability to change direction swiftly, stayed with me when I needed them most. Often seen around water the dragonfly symbolizes its affinity with the realm of feelings, water being a powerful symbol for emotions and the unconscious. The repetitive nature of this dream during childhood was I felt, time after time, calling me to transform and evolve.

Make no mistake, in these dreams I hurried through those dark woods terrified. Like the unconscious, it was a place inhabited by wild, ferocious things, a rich metaphor for the Shadow. As I reflect today on the sanctuary of the small pond, which I know embodies the living, healing waters within my Psyche (aha! another four-winged Goddess) I realise the four elements of Fire (dragon (fly) Water (pond) Earth (tree) and Air (night skies) converged. Could these early dreams have shown me my future vocation of poet and psychotherapist, of being able to read my own and other’s nature clearly? For I feel I was repeatedly shown that in order to survive, I would have to descend to the very root of the matter. For many years in my childhood dreams I was taken back to those dark woods to sit upon the roots of my past, while the route to my future was hopefully being reflected in the water above by the  ‘enlightened’ stars.

Hide-and-Seek is an ancient game, written about as far back as the 2nd-century by Greek writer Julius Pollux where it was known as “Apodidraskinda.” In this game Jung’s theory of holding the tension of the opposites comes to mind, as the turning point in my dream happened each time I was discovered by the seeker. Slowly over the years I learnt that, by completely surrendering to the seeker, my pattern of being a victim came to an end. In death my energy didn’t disappear, it simply transformed. In hindsight, I feel I was being shown the difficulties that I was to endure before I learnt how to not only meet my fear but surrender to it, and in that surrender my transformation would begin, like an initiation for the work to come. It was all there in that ever recurring childhood dream that completely vanished at twelve years old, the onset of puberty. Let us move onto my mid-life dream, decades later.

Adult Dream (Age 49 years)

I am dressed in a long sari, it is blue with gold flecks throughout the material. I am walking alone into town when I stop in labour on the path and give birth to a large, dark-haired baby girl. I look at her and notice that she has four arms growing out of her shoulder blades. As she is my baby, I tell myself, it doesn’t matter how she looks, so I wrap her up and continue my journey. The baby is nestled close to me. Only when the head was crowning did I realise I was about to give birth, it was pretty straight forward. On the way to the town I stop once more to look into my baby’s eyes and there I see the dark night sky, I see stars moving and watch as a circle of twelve stars form. In the sky the face of a woman appears, it is as though she is made up of stars alone. She talks to me and tells me to wrap up the child and continue on my journey. I hold the baby closer and continue on my way. Later that day, in Active Imagination, I speak to the sky-woman and from our dialogue I write a poem about this dream.

For me the central images of the dream were Birth, the Goddess Lakshmi and the Queen of Heaven. The symbolism of Birth itself often signifies that the dreamer is undergoing a positive transformation which holds the potential to make them feel whole again. I didn’t know I was even pregnant, therefore, the birth came as a huge surprise to me. To go into labour whilst walking along the path feels significant in that the path (I feel) represents my journey through life. Birth came without much effort, ‘one big push,’ and there she was. I feel in awe of the glimpse of the creative process I have been given, I had no idea that it would manifest in front of me. This I felt was doubly blessed by my daughter’s quaternary of arms. As I held her in my arms, I felt like I was holding onto an earlier part of my life and when I awoke I felt certain that a new creativity and spirituality had been born.

(Maha)Lakshmi is a well-known Hindu goddess of light, beauty, good fortune and wealth. She is also known as “Mother of the World.” “Maha” means great and “Lakshmi” is an aspect of the Mother. As soon as I had given birth to her I knew at once that my daughter’s name was Lakshmi, I had given birth to a Great Goddess I kept telling myself in utter disbelief. What could this possibly mean? I remember in my dream how the earth pulsated with life and joy filled the air as I delivered her. She had come from my ocean, out of my small inner pond (womb) where lotus flowers are known to grow and thrive and where a festival of (star) lights had taken place. Mahalakshmi is known as the supreme embodiment of the mother-goddess, the cosmic soul, a divine and Great Mother who transforms each seeker’s dreams into reality.

The Queen of Heaven was the title given to a number of ancient sky goddesses including Isis, Inanna and Hera. In modern times, the title has passed on to the Virgin Mary, Mother of God. I like to think that whoever my Goddess was in the sky, dressed only in stars, she was a positive omen for the future. I was truly mesmerised, nearly fainting in delight (if such things are possible in dreams) when her face, a pure vision, appeared from the 12 circling stars. Then, when she spoke directly to me through the eye of the Goddess, I felt certain that the archetype of the “Great Mother” herself had travelled with me for all those years. For, as I return to the image of the dragonfly and recall her huge, brown and furry body, I think of her as more bear than dragonfly and the symbolism of Bear again brings forth, the Great Mother archetype.

How Are These Two Dreams Connected?

In my early dream I feel that the Great Mother (dragonfly) was initiating me for my life ahead, preparing me for the journey of birth that was to come. As seven years old is around the age we depart the world of soul and develop ego consciousness, I guess something had to die within so that I could engage more with life itself. Today the game of hide-and-seek leads me to fully understand that I cannot escape my fate, Self or Shadow, while the midlife dream reveals I have never been alone on this journey and that I am to keep the child close to me and nurture this new star from within. Oh how I wept with joy as I listened to her words! Memory flickers and I recall how stars fell into the water as I sat upon those ancient roots of my childhood dream, witnessing a festival of lights. In my descent, this fragment, this ‘Star of Lakshmi’ surfaced.

The quaternary (the fourness) of the wings and limbs, represent wholeness. Something went to sleep at the onset of puberty, only to be reawakened during midlife as I am told to continue my journey. I am reminded throughout both dreams of the opposites, light/dark, birth/death, above/below. I had no conscious need for Jung prior to midlife, although I did read his memoir aged 15, much of which went over my head, it was only his name, the thread through the labyrinth, which lingered through the years. Upon waking from my mid-life dream I painted scenes and wrote a poem titled “Dream of the Cosmos” after Anne Baring’s brilliant book and with whom I shared the dream itself. She guided me to stay in touch with the dream as it gave me all I needed to know. A dream like that, she said, would last a lifetime. Like myself, Anne wondered what the child would grow into.

Somehow, even decades apart these dreams feel deeply connected and I have been so pleased to share them with you. The Great Mother came not once, twice but three times in them and in a variety of forms, yet distinctively knowable. I’m so pleased to have discovered Jung, such treasure in one’s life. He has been ‘The Good Shepherd’, my inner Guide, as finally I have found a psychological language that helps me understand my life from a spiritual perspective, helping me understand myself as a unique yet ordinary human being. More to ponder for years to come whilst I continue to write my debut novel ‘The Bad Shepherd.’ Forever it feels, I am returned to the task of learning how to hold the tension between the opposites, tis The Fate of the Alchemist for sure!

If you’re also interested in working with the way of the dream and would like to share any insights or connections you’ve picked up whilst reading I would be most happy to hear from you. I feel that as I’ve already touched upon my poem, ‘Dream of the Cosmos,’ within this article, I’ll make sure it’s my first poem of 2016 to be posted.

A very happy New Year to one and all!

Copyright Deborah Gregory 2015

22 thoughts on “The Way of the Dream – Part Two

  1. Do you know what Deborah, as much as I love your poetry (and I certainly do) I cannot wait until you write a book. You sweep the reader into your world with such a ferocity and such a tenderness that it almost leaves us breathless. Fascinating and insightful.

    Well done you Xxx

    I’m so enjoying catching up today …

    1. That’s such an amazingly generous comment, thank you so much Bathsheba. I’m utterly speechless, and truly humbled by your kindness. Thank you once more dear poet. xxx

  2. Dear Deborah, fascinating reading and most importantly amazing inner work! Well done! Clearly, dream work has a huge potential for showing us the way forwards in our personal development. It sounds very shamanic. I’ve never had detailed, recurrent dreams like the ones you describe – at least that I can remember – so it’s an incredible eye-opener to read your post. My night-time pursuits seem to be more of a way to digest the daily hum-drum. Although I’ve had the occasional being chased dream, until now I was never “caught”, so I find it deeply insightful and meaningful to read that “by completely surrendering to the seeker, [your] pattern of being a victim came to an end. In death [your] energy didn’t disappear, it simply transformed” and how you go on to describe the state of awareness that followed. Lots for me to contemplate here. I hope you’re enjoying the writing of your novel and wishing you the very best with it. Love & blessings, Sam 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Sam for your kind-hearted and generous reply. Although I had been speaking about my dreams with others for many years I only really started working with them over six years ago when I encountered Jung for the second (blessed) time in my life … and in many ways I still feel a little ‘green’ behind the ears with the work yet deep fascination grew along the way. With all the rich, wonderful comments I have received the symbolism of my central images have been enlarged greatly. I am deeply interested with the ancient game of Hide-and-Seek and the surrendering and breaking down of my fears that followed over many years … although Claire’s comment about the ‘inner game’ has got me looking through a different dream lens entirely. Thanks for your good wishes with my novel, hoping to get back to it this week. Warm winter wishes, Deborah.

  3. What beautifully vivid and poignant dreams! I, too, have always placed merit in the mysteries of our dreams and enjoy decrypting their meaning to better understand ourselves. I feel like your interpretations are so profound. And the way you describe the dream, I feel as though I can see every gorgeous detail! The water that you are able to be in and still breathe, the tree branch you sit on and the stars in the sky. I have always loved the symbolism of water. Along the lines of you being safe in the water and the dragonfly representing a part of life that you are scared to traverse, the water can represent a womb. A place where you are nurtured and provided for while avoiding the harsh elements of the outer world. So when you emerge you are essentially reborn. I believe you already said this but I think I just realized why you have the ability to breathe underwater, aside from dream logic. 😉

    I have always known that dreams are our subconscious trying to communicate with our conscious selves. Thank you for sharing your beautiful subconscious thoughts. And best of wishes in the New Year! –Lindsey V.

    1. Thank you so much Lindsey for your beautiful, lyrical gift of words. I’m mesmerised by what you say about the pond and although I had made the literal connection between water and womb, I had never thought, until this moment, that I could be symbolically returning to the womb. Wow! You offer me such a profound insight and this makes so much sense because the roots that I was sitting on could indeed symbolise the tree-like placenta and umbilical cord. Oh how memory stirs, and I recall once more swimming around those ‘warm’ waters!

      Back in the womb, back in the sheltering arms of the Great Mother. The journey feels like it’s all there, in this repetitive childhood dream, separated out so that one day I would hopefully begin to join the dots. The process of ‘Individuation’ certainly feels like ‘rebirth’ where my life was torn in two, so that I may begin again. I enjoy when you hint at my ability to breathe underwater, opening up in my mind’s eye to deeper mythology, mermaids and the lost city of Atlantis. Wishing you a very Happy New Year, Deborah.

  4. Good morning, Deborah, and Happy New Year to you and yours. Like Susan, I read this post when it was first published but, with a house full of family for the past week, only now do I have the time to respond.

    I’ve enjoyed the many comments above and have only one thing to add. Sometimes I like to play with numbers to see if anything comes up that can emphasize elements or add meaning to dreams and correlate them to my waking life. So I hope you’ll indulge me as I play with the numbers you’ve repeatedly brought up in these two posts:

    You were 12 when the dragonfly dream stopped. 12=1+2=3. 3 suggests the sacred trinity, perhaps a prefiguring of your sacred journey to come. Also a number that reconciles the opposites suggested by 2: the dualistic thinking of humanity which needs to be united and reconciled by the addition of the third. I envision that third as the sacred and creative mandorla space created when two circles overlap. The circle is a symbol of the Self and the Soul of an individual as well as the Soul of the world. For me this suggests that individuation is a journey about reconciling the opposites in our Souls, good and bad, dark and light, conscious and unconscious, heaven and earth, etc., and coming to inhabit that healing, creative third, the middle space between.

    Interestingly, you were 49 when you had the Lakshmi dream. 49=4+9=13. 13=1+3=4. So we move from 3, a number suggesting my sacred journey toward individuation, to 4, the number Jung associated with individuation and earthly wholeness, i.e. (4 winds, 4 directions, 4 sides to the square, etc.) So three is like a circle and 4 is like a square, which brings us to the idea from sacred geometry of circling the square, another ancient way of suggesting growth toward individuation, wholeness, enlightenment, etc.

    It takes most of us a great deal of time and life experience before we are consciously ready to begin this journey. It took you from the age of 12 (when your dragonfly dream stopped) to 49. That comes to 37 years. 3 + 7 = 10. 1 + 0 = 1. 1 = the number of the individual. So your Soul needed 39 years to ripen before it was ready to give birth to the new life of stepping onto the path of individuation.

    Once our eyes are opened to the life of the unconscious and the meaning in everything, each new insight brings such joy that we are hooked and can never stop. So it is with you, so it has been for me. I have enjoyed meeting and getting to know you this past year and look forward to many fruitful interactions during the coming year. May 2016 bless us both with ever-increasing meaning, light and love.

    Jeanie

    1. Wow! Where do I begin? That was just incredible Jeanie and so very kind-hearted of you and oh my goddess, I must have been paying attention to my dreamwork and my Jungian studies because I could actually follow what you were saying! Thank you so much for playing with my dream numbers, I absolutely love the ways in which you worked out how long my Soul needed to ripen before it was ready to give birth. Those numbers make perfect sense to me … woo hoo! I feel like I’ve won the Dream Lottery!

      I haven’t read much on Sacred Geometry but after reading what you’ve just worked out I think I would definitely like to learn much more about geometric shapes and their symbolic and sacred meanings. In my life I have always been deeply attracted to spiral designs (love seashells) and remember as a child how I would sit for ages looking at patterns of tree rings. If I found a freshly sawn tree it was like discovering hidden treasure for me. Tree rings still blow my mind today, I find them deeply fascinating.

      I agree whole-heartedly with you, since meeting Jung in 2009 I have never looked back. The work is long, life-long and extremely slow (aha! Susan’s tortoise is popping in there to say hello I feel!) at times yet with it a depth and richness grows within that brings me such joy and happiness. Oh yes indeed, I very much look forward with gusto to what 2016 will bring us both. It has been wonderful to meet you Jeanie and to discover your books and blog. A very Happy New Year to you and your family. Blessings always, Deborah.

  5. Good morning Deborah and Happy New Year and to those who’ve commented on your post! I was completely intrigued – I’d read it a few days back but had no time to give it attention – now there’s time. Loved reading the comments and yours back to them.

    Firstly, Jung as Good Shepherd .. what a wonderful avatar. Thank heavens for Jung showing us some guide posts in the JUNGle .. 🙂 Our lives are immeasurably enriched by our dreams and our aim towards wholeness, little bits of it appearing now and then ..

    I too would have wept at the beauty had I had a dream of giving birth, the stars, the appearance of the Great Mother and more – a guiding star/dream if ever there was one. I’m gratified each time a baby appears in my dreams, or weddings, or creatures, or significant numbers .. or anything really! I fashioned a tortoise from clay a month or so ago, have painted it red and have yet to paint its shell on which I’ve pencilled some design .. I like my little tortoise!

    So, dear Deborah, may the blank slate be filled with beauty, joy, love, compassion, words, thoughts, dreams this coming year, now and always –

    1. Happy New Year Susan! Thank you so much for your wonderful, kind-hearted comment. I really love reading all the generous replies I receive, and exploring with others the poetry and articles I write in greater depth. I learn so much more about myself, my work and greatly admire those who allow their warm hearts and inspiring souls to do the talking.

      Ah! Deep in the JUNG-le, I absolutely love exploring Jungian Psychology and the man, the ‘Good Shepherd’ himself … for Jung’s theory on Individuation alone completely changed my idea of what ‘wholeness’ really means, his ideas on integrating the Shadow are revelatory! My whole approach to life has changed considerably.

      I hope in future posts to meet your little red (rubedo) tortoise, in the meantime be blessed with the creative process of bringing him to life. I have not explored the symbolism of the tortoise yet imagine that they are spirit animals of deep, hidden treasures. In pure synchronicity I watched a BBC drama ‘Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot’ (tortoise spelt backwards) about last night … Hmm, seems like the ‘tortoise’ may be my next symbol to explore. Thank you for mentioning your little ‘red one.’ Blessings, Deborah.

  6. Ahh I’ve been looking forward to your follow up of these dreams and yes I have to agree that things in your external life at 12 and 49 must have some sort of significant link with the timing of them. As I said after the first part it is almost as if something went to sleep at the age of 12 only to re-awaken at 49…having read your poetry perhaps it was the need to be fully survive your childhood and then bring up your own family. Once you knew that your children were old enough to look after themselves you then turned within once more and reconnected with your Self and the Great Mother to continue this wonderful adventure.

    One other thought, you hid under the water which is where the dragonfly larvae live until they are mature enough to surface. As adults they are not able to return to that place below the water. Each time you surfaced the dragonfly ate you – consumed by the Great Mother before another adult could be birthed or perhaps to encourage you to spend more time in watery safety? Perhaps a part of you didn’t want to grow up too soon? Maybe that was you survival mechanism? Sorry I am meandering all over the place on this one but I think my point is that in your adult dream you then gave birth to Lakshmi and protected her as you walked.

    I shall sign off at that rather confusing point!! :)) Wishing you blessings for a happy, healthy and peaceful 2016.

    1. Thank you so much Sophia for all your meandering as you’ve certainly hit on a point I hadn’t considered before! I agree the dream world is deeply bewildering at the best of times. At the end of the dream I was barred entry to the place beyond my death very much like dragonflies, who once ascended, cannot descend. Hmm, maybe this is why the dragonfly could not reach me until I emerged from the pond.

      More to consider I feel as the lysis (ending) of the dream offers each dreamer insight into how they might deal with the problem or situation. I wonder does the lysis still apply to childhood dreams? I guess so for I feel I was being told, shouted at even to ‘go back to life.’ Thanks once more for all your wonderful and inspiring support ever since I first joined the WordPress blogosphere, back in August.

      Earlier today I read these words … ‘don’t forget the past, learn from it’ they seem perfect today here at year’s end. Wishing you a very Happy New Year, Deborah.

  7. Deborah, I followed the link back and read both articles in their entirety. I have suffered from nightmares and confusing dreams all my life. I like how you give no answers but encourage us to stay with each image and explore its symbolism. Knowing something about Carl Jung’s theories would be an advantage but you explain it clearly. The fact that you offer real dreams is essential. You’re the most honest writer I’ve read in a long time. Happy New Year, Liz.

    1. Thank you so much Liz for your kind-hearted reply and for all your recent, wonderful support. I do realise that with a pooled wordcount of just over 4,000 words both dream articles must have been a l–o–n–g read for you.

      I think it was my own bad dreams that first got me interested in dreamwork, I do remember one where I jumped on a person’s head so hard that their skull cracked open. It was horrific, I was upset about the dream for weeks because I was unable to reconcile that violence within.

      I guess symbolism started way back in ancient times. Today as we live in different countries, cultures and communities we are truly blessed to turn to such rich, varied ways of looking at our dreams, of which the Jungian lens is just one. Counting my blessings and wishing you more, Deborah.

  8. Wow! Power dreams, Deborah. It’s fascinating to me that I spent the afternoon editing a blog about my first glimpse into the power of archetype. Specifically, the Mother Archetype. I wonder what was happening in your outer world at the time of these dreams. Those associations ground me in your practical earth-bound life. Were there connections between what was happening to the girl from 7 – 12 and the woman’s life at 49?

    You’ve unpacked the symbols so well. The dragonfly, the woods, and the game that must be as old as humanity. Every infant is delighted by it and knows how to play. Are there any stories about Lakshmi’s birth or mother?

    Have you ever tried painting or drawing any of these images? I find this a fertile avenue when there are strong images such as yours.

    It’s such a pleasure to know you, Deborah, and to get a glimpse into the richness of your inner worlds. Thank you for sharing freely. Wishing you many blessings in your inner and outer worlds in 2016.

    1. Thank you so much Elaine for your wonderful response. I’m already looking forward to your blog on the Mother Archetype. Ha-ha! Oh how my Hare-like ears pricked up! When I consider the connections between my inner and my outer lives at the time of both dreams, transformation, is the word that connect them … as my childhood dream stopped around the onset of puberty and the other came around the start of menopause, both periods (pun intended!) known as ‘The Change’ … significant times, and turning points in my life. Interestingly, I also moved house during this childhood period. Oh wow! Thanks for asking that question Elaine! Earth-bound in deep ways, preparing me for the changes to come.

      Re: Hide-and-Seek. ‘Old as humanity’ So true. Consciously a game that cannot be played alone, nonetheless unconsciously, I realise that all aspects of psyche join in. Could it be that it is the Self which is the Seeker? Now there’s another light bulb moment! I will explore the Goddess (Maha) Lakshmi some more, as apart from her being well known as a Hindu Goddess, I know little else at the moment about her. In pure synchronicity, on Christmas Day I opened a wonderful present, a book titled ‘Looking for Tantra’ and on the front cover there she was, the Goddess Lakshmi! My archetypal inner guide, nudging me to start writing this article.

      Thank you so much for all your amazing support and encouragement these past few months Elaine, wishing you a very Happy New Year! Warm winter wishes, Deborah.

  9. Hi Deborah, wishing you a happy new year! Have to say this follow up post is awesome!!! I’ve been really hoping since November that you’d write the second part. I’m impressed you’ve been able to make sense of not only each dream but connect them to each other and take them forward with you in your life.
    Your poem, “Dream of the Cosmos” in your poetry book is most excellent, it’s one of my favourites!!! I’ll look forward to you posting it here along with another picture, can’t wait! I’ll check out the other book with the same title on Amazon.com although I think much of it will go over my head, it’ll be a good book to learn more from.
    Just to let you know I’ve been recording dreams for several weeks now, only I keep forgetting to work them and end up doing a week’s worth at once.
    My nephew enjoys his book but instead of writing dreams he draws them. He’s decided to do this all by himself and I can see exactly what’s going on in each dream.
    Actually it’s already becoming a “special” book for all my family, as he always brings it over when he visits.
    As a mother whose young daughter enjoys hide and seek I want to say it’s a game which is fun and scary all at the same time so your comment of opposite’s hits home here!! Is it me, or does everyone prefer to be the seeker?
    I’m going to have to read this whole article all over again, there’s so much in this thread and the first one. You’ve given me so much help with my dreams with your articles, I can’t thank you enough and whatever you do in 2016, keep on writing Deborah!!!

    1. They say that the New Year is like a blank book, and the pen is in our hands. That it is our chance to write a beautiful story (or poetry!) for ourselves. Wishing you a Happy New Year Claire, with the hope that you will have many blessings in the year to come dear poet! Thank you so much for your wonderful review on this, part two of my article.

      I was eager to finish writing this article earlier but had to wait until the holidays to find those extra hours. Hopefully I’ll be making many more connections between these and other dreams for many years to come. If you go to the amazon uk page for ‘Dream of the Cosmos’ by Anne Baring you’ll see I’ve written a book review … I called it ‘Oceanic love or what it looks like in words.’ My avatar is Deep in the JUNG-le, I always recommend Anne’s incredible ‘A Quest for the Soul’ book to everyone I know.

      Ha-ha! Yes, I always wanted to be the Seeker in that game of opposites! Thank you for sharing your reflections, they resonate on many levels. Dark/light, hide/seek, birth/death there are always opposites I’m learning. I’m so pleased that your work with dreams is going well and that you’re finding your own stride with the work. Warm winter wishes and thank you so much for all your wonderful support and encouragement this year. Happy writing always, Deborah.

      1. Morning Deborah, can I come back to hide and seek?
        You will laugh, I played this game last night with my nieces and nephew and now I’ve completely changed my mind because hiding was the best part of all.
        You want to be found and then you don’t. What I noticed most was the laughter, a house filled with it….if only we could look at this the same way on the inside and see it for the game it is, does this make sense??..

        1. ‘If only we could look at this the same way on the inside and see it for the game it is’ … Oh yes, makes perfect sense to me Claire! So much Truth, with a capital T in your wise words.

          There’s also something in your reply that reminds me of ‘Steppenwolf’ by Hermann Hesse where at the end Steppenwolf finally (through the help of the Immortals) comes to realise that humour is the only way we can deal with multiplicity within our lives. There’s this one line …. (Post-Christmas ‘slow’ sprint to book shelves) “Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.” … ah! now there’s a New Year’s resolution if ever I saw one. Blessings, Deborah.

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