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The long read
An article on dreaming wisdom,
the I Ching and African Dream
Root, first published in Caduceus
I’ve always felt a rich synthesis between dreams and art; a winding track leads from one to the other through beautiful wilderlands, with infinite unfoldments along the way. The very nature of the fusion, though ~ exactly how each permeates and informs the other ~ is largely beyond words; it’s the images themselves which open a space for a deeper truth to grow.
In an all-encompassing sense, I like to keep the channel open as much as possible between the fertile, star-lit world in which all things are possible, and waking life…in which all things are also possible, but can feel less so.
More specifically, I love to literally create my dreams. Sometimes with songs or through other mediums, but often by painting or drawing them.
Here’s an illustration taking form, of a dream I had in the Autumn. In it, I'm given a choice of tracks to follow through a carpet of young sweet chestnut saplings, and choose the middle, least travelled one. It is a beautiful pathway.
Not long after travelling the sweet chestnut path, I had a dream filled with rich interior imagery. In it, I visit my good friend and fellow valley girl Catkin. She’s absorbed in painting a beautiful miniature arched Christmas painting in a room filled with light, colour and living trees; as well as a Christmas tree, there is a pear and a laurel.
So many kinds of goodness are embodied in this simple dream scene. A verdant creativity; abundance rooted in a deep inner peace rather than merely matter; an all-encompassing sense of a warm and welcoming home; nature as an intrinsic and honoured part of life.
May everyone be blessed with a Solstice and Christmas this bright…and a year similarly filled with goodness, creativity, peace and abundance, with the holiness of nature at its heart.