I don’t need to be a PhD psychologist to know that if I have the same dream over and over and over that perhaps there is a message in there for me somewhere! For the past seven years (at least) I have had the same dream – usually nightly. The details differ, but the gist is the same – I am traveling somewhere and trying to get home but cannot. Either I can’t find my tickets, passport or luggage, or the stuff that goes in my luggage, or I can’t find my kids (usually Wil) or I’m on the wrong road, the path is somehow blocked or as in the case last night, I was on the wrong train. Each time the dream ends in frustration and I wake up feeling cheated and incomplete. Last night, for the first time in a long time, the dream ended not in frustration but with a glimpse of hopefulness. In this dream, I got off the wrong train and found a ticket counter. The man at the ticket counter (who was really cute by the way….) offered to give me a ride home. Maybe someday this dream will end with me getting home! I can always hope, right?
In the complative life, dreams are considered an important vehicle of communication between our Divine Source/Higher self and ourselves. Dreams are one of the ways in which God communicates truth, direction, insight, wisdom to us. Knowing that dreams exist within the world of myth and metaphor, the invitation is to bring our dreams into our prayer, asking the Divine to reveal the truth beyond the images.
This then will be the invitation for me today, to ask God to help me to understand the truth beyond the pictures. What is the home to which I am trying to return? Who/what will be the helpers along the path? So, God…..will you please show me the way to get home?