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We are entering into autumn, the chrysanthemums blooming russet and purple and gold outside my window, the trees and prairie grasses glorious. I have oak trees in my front yard, and the acorns are falling–striking the driveway, the concrete porch, pinging against the cars parked in the street. I love this season with its jeweled colors and its crisp mornings. But in addition to it being a time of beauty, it is also a time of poignancy, a reminder of the summer we are about to lose, the cold that is coming.
Like many, I do not look forward to freezing temperatures and days of hunching into my coat. Most of all I dread being closed in, feeling that confined more often to the limits of my four walls, my world becomes smaller, diminished. We all want our lives to be full and rich with possibility. And we can. Rousseau said that while “the world of reality has its limits; the world of the imagination is boundless.”
In a dream, the meaning of life came to Fyodor Dostoevsky, legendary Russian writer, as he wrote in his book, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man: “And it is so simple… The one thing is — love thy neighbor as thyself — that is the one thing. That is all, nothing else is needed. You will instantly find how to live.”
Who hasn’t awoken with a start and had a nighttime dream that offers insight on what should unfold with a story character, or discover the perfect words to finish your poem? Maya Angelou interviewed for Writers Dreaming by Naomi Epel said, “Dreams can tell people all sorts of things, can work out problems. Especially for writing… .The brain says, ‘Okay, you go to sleep, I’ll take care of it.” Many writers from the past century—John Cheever, Herman Hesse, Doris Lessing, D. M. Thomas, Theodore Roethke, Stephen King, and Edgar Allan Poe—have recognized the power of dreams, using their dream images as inspiration for poetry and prose. Tapping into dreams helps us “unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our daytime lives,” Stephen King said, and we step into something fantastical.
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