Dreamed around 2005/6/24 and 2005/6/26 by Henry Sultan
This acylic painting blends images from two dreams.
DREAM 1: FLOWER IN THE SKY
around June 24, 2005
I see a mandala/flower floating in the sky.
Two nights later, I had the following dream which inspired me to combine the two dreams in one painting.
DREAM 2: I CELEBRATE BOTH
June 26, 2005
I am young, single, and observing an outdoor ritual where a lot of people are weaving different colors of plastic pipe together on the ground, to make a serpentine pattern. It is very festive. Many people arrive and greet me. I am not that enthusiastic about it, but I am waiting for a woman to show up to this event. She has rejected me many times, but I want to see her before I leave.
Then she arrives. I stand by the open door of a van near her. She turns, sees me, comes over and hugs me, tenderly kissing my check.
She tells me "No Hanukkah this year; the cake fell off the roof."
I say, "There is always Christmas."
She replies, "I don't celebrate it."
I say, "I celebrate both."
She smiles and we go on talking; I think "I finally connected with her!" and wake up.
I believe this dream was a positive encounter with what the Jungians call the Anima, my female side. After I had it I was so inspired I immediately began painting the dream. I call the finished piece "Image of Two Dreams"; it's acrylic on muslin and board, 36"x 45"; finished July 2005.
See, it's all that celebrating that does it. I'm telling you, animas like a good party. Or snake ritual. Or cake-tossing. Though it's hard to celebrate before she shows up; she's the heart of the party. Yet it's the celebration that summons her--or him. Whatever guide inspires you!
Getting in touch with the other-gendered side of you really is like flirting or courting: earnest, grim persistence charms no one. To escape the prison of your own gender-training, you have to summon the freedom and confidence to play.
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