Melissa Daum addresses an extremely relevant topic — considering the pressure to curate one’s life for the sake of Instagram.
Navigating the desire to translate something experiential into something verbal, while also hoping that your listener will remain interested and responsive.
Deepening intimacy can be as wonderful as it is terrifying. Learning to trust your partner can feel bumpy at best, and at other times, like reaching into your chest, pulling out your heart, and handing it over to the other person to take care of.
Falling asleep, falling in love, falls off buildings, tripping and falling, falls from innocence, falls from grace, rain, leaves, Icarus, Adam and Eve, and Humpty Dumpty — falls captivate our greatest fears and our flights of imagination.
Become the container of your emotional waters and be free to wonder about what’s next.
“All sickness is homesickness. All healing is homecoming. Sharing moves me homeward.”
In sleep, our defenses are offline, so the “water” we’re avoiding by day has a chance to flush out in sleep via our dreams. If one’s avoidance of the “water” is chronic and rigid, recurring nightmares can be a sign the psyche is under stress.
Dreams like yours, that wake us up in the night, also have the potential to wake us up to what we’d rather turn a blind eye toward. My advice is to try and sit down with the wolf and actively dialogue with it. Ask the wolf what it wants to tell you, what is it you’re not looking at, and what it’ll do to you if you keep up your current pace.
It’s natural for us to protect whatever we value the most, and this is echoed in your dream house, as you have to go through many rooms and doors to reach the riches. It’s like you’re protecting something very precious, yet very big.
Skin marks the passage of time, yet it’s always with us, thus the paradox of mortality and timelessness is held by our skin. Like other liminal images — twilight, shore, gate — skin occupies a similar threshold space in our archetypal imagination, a porous border at the meeting of two worlds.
“You are living with a whale who calls to you and wants to swim with you. What’s that like for you? Are you rejecting it? Do you feel a sense of obligation or maybe confusion? And what does that remind you of?”