Brian E Pearson
Delivered by our Dreams
Jungian writer James Hillman has said that dreaming is the psyche doing its soul work. It's such an interesting idea, that our unconscious has a life of its own and that much of our inner work is done without the participation of our waking conscious minds. If anything, we are called simply to honour the dream (and not "interpret" it) thereby creating space for healing to happen--from the inside out.
So, in a recent dream, I was delighted to see three new families joining our church. But they all arrived on the same day, a weekday, which was odd to me. But we had a midweek communion service coming up at 10 a.m. that same day, so I began my preparations to include them in that service.
Instead, I couldn't find the right sport shirt to wear (a twist on a former dream of not being able to find my clerical robes) so I spent the entire half hour, when the service ought to have been happening, frantically searching for the proper clothes!
When I emerged, exhausted from the search and upset that I had totally botched the communion service, I was surprised to discover that one of the newcomers, a Jewish mother, had prepared a magnificent lunch for everyone, all laid out on a long table with candelabra and platters of exotic foods. There was more than enough for everyone.