Last night, I was a dust-encrusted cowboy riding my horse in the desert.
My tongue was a dry stone. My eyes were gritty pits. Every inch of me made friction noises because my skin was sand paper.
And I was riding, slowly, aimlessly, exhausted…everything a blur.
And the desert winds blew a question in my sand-stuft ears. And although muffled, the question was no less demanding.
The inquiry penetrated my granular coma. The question made me slip off my saddle.
But instead of landing in a dry heap upon the blistering desert sands, I splashed in cool, calm Waters – transported – transformed – revived – renewed – refreshed.
Isn’t that a great dream?
The desert was amazing. Even in its killing power, it was an incredible place to be. And my horse was equisite (I thought – in my “lucid” mind – I wonder if I can go back to the desert for a moment and bring my horse back to this Oasis!).
You know me – I’m all about the symbolism, and this dream delivers that in spades.
In my experience, this was the “Desert of Misconception” and we’ve all been a nomad in these desolate lands from time-to-time.
My dream is a replay of some very archetypal images – a theme of pilgrimage & exodus. A phase of life in which we endure the lean weeks, months…maybe even years with sometimes only faint whispers of hope to keep us moving forward.
We’ve all been in that barren land in which our perception is bleak, and we strive to move past unsavory appearances. It’s why I call it the Desert of Misconception because in spiritual reality – we exist only in Oasis.
Happily, each of us has been called out of the desert too. Maybe we haven’t heeded the call – but the Voice has beckoned us. I guarantee it.
We are obligated to keep ourselves keen to the Call that shakes us out of our saddle and splashes us smack-center in the Oasis of Life.
Even if our ears are stuffed with sand – the Call of the Divine has the power to pierce all obstructions.
Listen. There is more to hear than the soft shuffling of horseshoes in the sands.
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