Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Lines and Stories
Also, here's an excerpt from a 2008 dream I rediscovered:
How weird it was! It was a dark room lit by blue-green Christmas lights. Two figures sat on thrones. They were Auberon and Titania, the King and Queen of the Fairies. They were surrounded by a throng of people, including many small children. They were all asking questions and the place had a warm, friendly atmosphere but also an air of awe.
I sat down next to Titania. She looked a lot like how Charles Vess drew her in “The Books of Magic” but when I looked closely at her, she was not ageless. She had small lines under her eyes, making me think she was a bit older than me. She turned to me and I understood that I could ask her a question.
“If fairies are real,” I said, “why can’t I see them?”
She laughed and I got this sense of “Oh my, that’s a loaded question, are you sure you really want to know the answer?” She passed some technical information to me that I couldn’t quite grasp (“technical” as in “here’s the reason”). I indicated that I wanted to see the fairies despite this.
“All right,” she said. “We’ll try to arrange some special events and see if you notice.”
At that moment, I realized that everything around me had faded and that underneath that scene was a man’s voice speaking English but I couldn’t follow what he was saying. It had been there all along. That’s what the fairy encounters would be like, I realized. It was about being aware of the voice underneath.
I suppose that's what any phenomenon is built on: a story running underneath the events. Or perhaps story-telling is a synthesis only we humans have mastered. Regardless, I'm trying very hard to listen for the voice underneath reality, but my monkey mind chatters so loud sometimes. Give that monkey a banana! It can't talk when it's eating delicious bananas.
(Photo "Cuba Camaquey" by Anja Disseldorp)