After yet another dreamless night (an alarming confession for this dream-obsessed pillow-majordomo — how many such bottomless nights?), today I awoke with a photo in front of my mind, ‘Knots’ (by ©gauduchon). It was one of several that captivated me last night as I happily discovered the Onexposure photography website (http://1x.com/?viewpic=29200).
So what might she mean, this knotted muse that has come visiting upon a tongue-tied bard, a dream-stalled alchemist’s majordomo? Not sure, not sure at all. But perhaps she offers a path to follow back into my dreams. In the meantime, I will continue prowling (in a nice way I mean, no copyright poaching intended) through the Onexposure site and enthusiastically recommend all of you do so as well (http://1x.com/). I will gratefully use many of the images posted there on this pillow.
Monday, November 30
Sunday, November 29
Ah, yes, to dream. Therein lies the famous rub and herein goes a sad confession from this pillow and dream obsessed majordomo: I do not dream. More precisely, I do not dream at night, or still more precisely, I never remember my sleeping dreams. Someone once said that ‘I do my best dreaming while awake’ [yes, I know … in the AG era (After Google) no one every says “someone once said … ” anymore, but in a brief and harmless fit of nostalgia for the BG era, I’ll just leave it at that], which is all well and good, but my trouble is that I do my only dreaming while awake. And though my wakeful dreaming can be vivifying and exhilarating, I have been schooled and grown convinced that dreams are a vital link to our unconscious, a vast reservoir of universal myths and imagination, an umbilical cord to a great mystery we can only shun to the grave peril of any hope of creative vitality. Where if not in dreams where will we ever be able to steal any moments “from the wings of fleeting time”? If sleep is a dress rehearsal for death (and Hypnos/Somnos the twin brother of Thanatos/Mors), then dreamless sleep is a bit too close to the main show. To sleep and never dream is to drink overlong and oversoon from the river Lethe.
Which brings me to the other part of this blog’s mission. After all, what is a good pillow for if not a resting place for weary dreamers and nesting space for fresh new dreams? So this pillow also aspires to be an incubator for your dreams and perhaps for ones that have for far too long remained locked up inside me, a portal through which I can climb back into my silent fallow dreamscape and see if I can shake a few tree limbs and whip up a breeze or two.
These, then, are the hopes I will stuff into the pillow and fluff up each night before surrendering to sleep, perchance to …
Why the name and why the space? — you may well ask, and the truth is that I do not know and have no ready answer. Largely, this will be a personal voyage, in the company of those who care to join in, perhaps to help discover exactly that ... why the name and why the space?
I offer this pillow as a place to rest and dream. Fearing I myself have little in the way of inspiration and guidance to give you, I will, for now, settle on mainly providing snips and dabs of what inspires me in the worlds of music, poetry, art, literature, astronomy …
So this space will be mainly fed on what I borrow from others, with fruits I gleefully and gratefully pluck from much richer orchards than my own, admittedly with the faint but resilient hope that my own harvest will be enriched as well and that I, too, will bear fruits worth sharing with you. Perhaps you will want to contribute your own offerings or bits you find inspiring. Together, we can pad the pillow …