It is easy to forget that we are being guided by something that vibrates beyond our eyes. Dream serve the purpose of guiding us toward what we want. Without dreaming, or wishing, life ceases to have meaning, and the hours become wasted. This life can easily become monotonous, regimented, lifeless, predictable, and move towards an unending nothingness, however, we must dream. There may be seasons in life that challenge our spirit, but we must live for something. Anais Nin on dreaming aids us in learning the art of dreaming.
Without meaning man lives for nothing, and escapes his reality in order to cope with days where our sanity is thinner than the hairs cut by Moirai. The man escaping reality is trapped by his circumstances, and every struggle become a burden rather than a lesson. Dreaming encourages us to see beyond the life that rests before us, and without guides, without warnings, without messages, and without inspiration we have no way of making it through our days without despair. There is a life where happiness is abundant, joy is persistent, and moments where we reflect on the pain and recognize its necessity. Anais Nin On dreaming speaks on our complete “becoming” through the art of dreams saying:
Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together. Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.
Dreams creates a space for us to be guided by our heart. When we create pure solitude we escape from a world lived through the mouths of other people. And as we learn to live through our dreams, we create our reality. The beginning of all action is first a thought, and Anais Nin understood this saying:
In the world of the dreamer there was solitude: all the exaltations and joys came in the moment of preparation for living. They took place in solitude. But with action came anxiety, and the sense of insuperable effort made to match the dream, and with it came weariness, discouragement, and the flight into solitude again. And then in solitude, in the opium den of remembrance, the possibility of pleasure again.
Life takes us through many journeys, but only allowing our dreams to nourish our lives we can remain Intune to the universal rhythm.
Throw your dreams into space like a kite and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country. We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living.
Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.
Anaïs Nin speaks with warmth and urgency on those themes which have always been closest to her: relationships, creativity, the struggle for wholeness, the unveiling of woman, the artist as magician, women reconstructing the world, moving from the dream outward, and experiencing our lives to the fullest possible extent. Continue reading Anais Nin On Persistence.
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