A Sudden Invasion in Dream Time

acrylic and collage on w/c paper,  Muse Group demo

They came, they saw, but did they conquer?  A sudden mass invasion, terrifying in its implications, a force powerful enough to send us running.  Be prepared. . .  but for what?  to resist?  to hide? to welcome?  Ah, but friends call ahead, while enemies prefer the element of surprise. . .

They float down, at first fragile dots, become gellyfish as they descend, breathing the sky in and out like water. And then the sky darkens with their mass. . .

The blue eyed stranger emerges- hair, eyes, nose, then grin. Alien eyes, nose, mouth?  Or familiar and friendly, come with food and water, government supported health care, trash collectors, new roads and bridges?

Ah, but we love our footpaths and open ranges!  Must we submit?!

A picture like this makes sense in dream time, and that was the origin of this piece. . .a dream I had a few nights ago.  In dreams you can run and run and get nowhere, or suddenly land on another continent, and fearsome enemies can turn out to be benign and vice versa.

In the Tuesday Evening Muses we each brought a remembered dream to class and collaged and painted an “illustration” of it onto the page, then watched the story and significance evolve in our free writing about it.

When I write my dreams down in the morning, I think I’m capturing them.  But days later when I read them over, it seems I’ve not captured the essense of the inner sensory and emotional experience of the dream. Instead my writing becomes a net which only captures my thoughts and concepts about the dream.  Some members of the group had a similar experience, and one suggested that this is because dreaming is largely a right hemispheric activity.When we struggle to make sense of a dream in words, we cross over to left hemispheric activity, which doesn’t exactly match.

But when we express the dream in a visual image with collage and paint, we are retrieving the original dream experience and have access to that same inner realm. Then the image may even fascilitate the translation to word pictures as well.  Do you have experience with this?

The Hebrew word for dream is Chalom, which is derived from the verb “to be healthy and strong”.  A great reminder of why we are interested in what our dreams may be telling us.

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