Category: Dream Teaching

Dream Work

“Your work is to keep cranking the flywheel that turns the gears that spin the belt in the engine of belief that keeps you and your desk in midair.” Annie Dillard


“Every once in awhile, if you’re like me, you have a dream that wakes you up. Sometimes it’s a bad dream–a dream in which the shadows become so menacing  that your heart skips a beat and you come awake to the knowledge that not even the actual darkness of night is as fearsome as the dreamed darkness, not even the shadows without as formidable as the shadows within. Sometimes it’s a sad dream–a dream sad enough to bring real tears to your sleeping eyes, so that it’s your tears you wake up by, wake up to. Or again, if you’re like me, there are dreams that take a turn so absurd that you wake up laughing–as if you need to be awake to savor the full richness of the comedy. Rarest of all is the dream that wakes you with what I can only call its truth.

“The path of your dream winds this way, now that–one scene fades into another, people come and go the way they do in dreams–and then suddenly, deep out of wherever it is dreams come from, something rises up that shakes you to your foundations. The mystery of the dream suddenly lifts like fog, and for an instant it is as if you glimpse a truth truer than any you knew that you knew, if only a truth about yourself. It is too much truth for the dream to hold, anyway, and the dream breaks.”

Frederick Buechner,  “A Room Called Remember” in Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons, © 2006 Harper Collins, New York, NY

                          “Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.”   Joseph Campbell

“Our task is not to explain images, but expose ourselves to them and have out thinking and feeling affected by them. Images are inherently and necessarily mysterious. They invite us to enjoy a life where mystery deepens the level of our thought and experience. Going against many approaches intended to help us get along in life, we don’t have to treat images as if they were psychological aids to healthy living.  A reverential attitude toward the life we’ve been given is more important than living that life correctly, successfully or healthfully.”

Thomas Moore, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life, page 174


“Dreams reveal the poetry embedded in the ordinary things of life.” Thomas Moore