Coming to the Jumping Off Place
Dreamed May 1, 1992 with earlier dreamlets; painted 1992, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 49.5", by Jenny Badger Sultan
Several dreams, one of ascending a ladder, one of descending stairs at night to the sea, made me start painting images of the ladder. For me it symbolizes change and transformation and connects the realms of sky, earth and underground.
I made two monoprints based on these ladder dreams: Dancer Ascends the Ladder (left) and Guardians of the Ladder (right).
I also began a large acrylic painting of a ladder made of entwined figures. After I had been painting a while, I had this dream, on Beltane, May 1, 1992, which I put into the landscape behind the ladder:
A group of us is living on an island. We are constantly watched and our activity is controlled. It is unbearable. We decide that we will go to the highest place on the island and all jump off, to our deaths.
This was a dream of release from the destructive, death-dealing aspect, and rebirth through a caring and nurturing spiritual presence.
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