NaPoWriMo 2020 Day 4

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Hello friends. If it were a normal day, I’d be singing to my yoga students right now, during their relaxation at the end of class. But, Pandemic. Therefore, no public yoga. So instead of teaching, I’m home distracting myself with NaPoWriMo and poetry and words. Today’s prompt is about dreams. I can totally do dreams. I have obsessed about dream recall, dream interpretation, and lucid dreaming for a great portion of my life. So here you go, a poem about something I saw in a dream.

πŸŒŠπŸ’¦πŸŒŠπŸ’¦πŸŒŠπŸ’¦πŸŒŠπŸ’¦πŸŒŠπŸ’¦πŸŒŠπŸ’¦πŸŒŠπŸ’¦πŸŒŠπŸ’¦πŸŒŠπŸ’¦πŸŒŠπŸ’¦

Into the Blue

I had just strolled out of a conference room
and found myself walking in the old city of Briançon.
Instead of the scenery I was familiar with,
there was only vast blue sky stretching out in all directions from the old city,
an ocean of sky…no ground to be seen below the city,
only this feeling of space.
I realized suddenly that I was dreaming,
and I could do anything I wanted.
I wanted to fly.
I stepped onto the parapet and leapt off,
began swimming in the sky ocean
like a mermaid in ocean water.
My body undulated and I moved gracefully
through the sky. I never knew such freedom,
the exhilaration of open sky, open space,
and the power to choose my direction.
πŸŒŠπŸ’¦πŸŒŠπŸ’¦πŸŒŠπŸ’¦πŸŒŠπŸ’¦πŸŒŠπŸ’¦πŸŒŠπŸ’¦πŸŒŠπŸ’¦πŸŒŠπŸ’¦πŸŒŠπŸ’¦πŸŒŠπŸ’¦

I had this dream in late 2003. I was experiencing tremendous angst in my relationship with a man 17 years my senior. We lived in an apartment in Briançon and I felt deep ties to the town, the mountains, the country of France, but there was so much unresolved pain in my relationship and I knew something had to shift.

At the time of the dream I was back in the USA visiting my parents for the holidays. I had performed a space clearing ritual in my room the night before and prayed for guidance from the dream realm. This dream felt like a great gift to me. I woke up realizing I needed to end the relationship. I need to leave Briançon in order to move toward my destiny. Realizing this, I felt a great sense of relief and expectancy about the good things to come in the future.

2 responses »

  1. Wow! I love that you have shared your dream and the clarity that it brought. I have been dreaming a lot recently but they seem strange and a little frightening. I haven’t thought to try to recall them in more detail or to analyze them. I don’t think I will be so dismissive…

    • Some Tibetan Buddhists practice dream yoga. They reason that since we spend 1/3 of our lives asleep, it would be a shame to let all that time go to waste; we should use that time for awakening too. They have practices to help them induce lucid dreams, meaning they become aware of themselves within the dream and then can control certain aspects of the dream.

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