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The Girl Who Circumnavigated the World in a Dream of Her Own Making

"Respect your dreams. Nature doesn't waste energy. It's seeking to communicate to us in some way, which, if we pay attention, may begin to heal some of the splits that we all carry."
James Hollis, Ph.D.

Last night's dreams are repeating.
Two distinct themes.
When dreams repeat, either I, the dreamer am not getting the message, or, the dreams are underlining something of importance.
In bold italics.

I often have collective dreams, i.e., dreams that carry outer events in the world to my psyche for reception. My analyst once told me that when the unconscious knows it has a receiver, a listener, one can get deluged. I do from time to time. That's when I signal a time out so that I can get some sleep.

But, these repetitive dreams are personal.
One involves intrusions into my household; and the other the felt presence of a girl.

After spending time with the dreams and Hollis, I found an image that speaks to what I should really be paying attention to.
Paul Bond's "The Girl Who Circumnavigated the World in a Dream of Her Own Making".

In this magical painting, the girl is rising off the ground with a pink parasol overhead. Autumn leaves swirl and fall away from her legs. Below, on the ground, three white rabbits. The light is surreal and misty, yet bright as she reaches for the sky.

A guiding image for this day, and this time. Get above it. Get a broader view of what matters most. The girl almost did not incarnate. But with grace, she grabbed ahold. We're almost there.

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