Dream Catchers for Kelly
Time passes by so quickly but there are times when we can slow it down. It’s wonderful to find ways other writers describe the unconscious. – Elizabeth
Over the holidays, I watched the 2017 movie, “The Man Who Invented Christmas.” It gave me a fresh appreciation for Charles Dickens, the man, and what must have been a whirlwind in his mind.
We are continuing talks about how other people work with the power of the unconscious and the heart’s mind. This time, I share a thought that worked for Kelly.
Like most people, Kelly wanted an example of how she could actually catch her unconscious thoughts because they flitter through the mind so quickly. I came upon a quote by Charles Dickens that seemed to help.
In Oliver Twist, there’s a scene where Oliver is waking slowly, still drowsy. Dickens makes the observation that at such times, we know just enough of what the mind is doing to form “…a glimmering conception of its mighty powers.” He says that the mind leaps away from earth, sheds time and space, and is freed from the restraint of its “associate,” the body.
So there are ways that you can capture the unconscious. What is showing up in the physical is just a hint of what time, space, and the body hold, more than our conscious minds can box up.
We’re busy making something tangible: being successful, raising a family, holding down a job, being entertained, and doing things that make life rich. When life is interrupted, we’re forced to take a look at our lives as a whole, and maybe reflect on how things came about, up to that critical point. The path of the unconscious is the sequence up to the pointwhen life is interrupted.
When we find that other people are participating in something that we have been blessed with, enjoyed, recovered from, we realize there is more to what happens in our lives than what benefits us. It goes beyond us and toward others and becomes something that is integrated into the lives of people around us. That’s why it becomes an ultimate good that is permanent.
Most of us look outside of ourselves and work forward. I looked backward from an emotional reaction to see what brought me to the point of expressing emotion. When something caught my attention or struck me as an unexpected thing, I had an emotional reaction that registered in my mind. I didn’t necessarily know what that reaction was, or what it was connected to. So I would trace back to where that emotion was triggered in the event, and then inside the event, I was able to determine a specific point in a conversation, or something I saw, or whatever, that was actually the root of that emotional response.
We imagine long before we take action; we feel in the heart long before we express emotion. The heart’s mind is that part of us that stays true to our unique identity.