COVID19 – The Lesson of the Dream
Last night I dreamt of finding two locked boxes on an empty road. I knew I had to open the boxes but they were securely locked down. I proceeded with caution but managed to open the lid of the first box only to find a second more colourful box within. After a bit of a struggle I unfastened the inside box. Discovering a tightly wound spring I carefully put it in my pocket. But then all of a sudden, the spring no longer contained burst forth. Changing into a cardboard cutout of a head shortly before erupting into multiple blossoms.
So let’s break it down.
Starting with the empty road, the dream is current. Depicting the silence on our roads and the lack of outside activity due to the COVID19 Virus. The locked boxes? The first box metallic and functional represents the lock down we are experiencing. We have to social distance, life on the outside for most stopped. While the second more colourful box represents the effects of feeling locked down, locked in ourselves. On hold, contained, feeling in-prisoned. Held in. Unable to get out.
The tightly wound spring is our state of Mind. Understandably the tension created by this pandemic fuels anxiety. Fear of what is happening, what could happen and what will happen. Pressurised into uncertainty and powerless the Mind feels trapped. Yes, locked in. Paralysed, in limbo.
But then the spring, set free, releases itself and the Mind bursts into creative abundance.
The lesson of the dream?
The key to getting through this most difficult time is Mind Management. Not only does the lockdown effect the physical but as well, emotional and mental well-being. Therefor we must guard the Mind. Be watchful about feeding anxiety.
Its message? Although having to accept being lockdown we still have the ability to manage well within containment.
Within the creative process the imagination is always doing one of two things, creating or destroying. So, at any point in time we either build or take something down. Fuelling anxiety, letting fear take hold, puts us on a path of self-destruction. Giving power to fear, we feel powerless. Tension takes effect. Locking us down. Locking us in.
But remember the glory of the released spring? Once I opened the inner box it sprung forth with ease. First taking the shape of a head (representing the Mind) then bursting into flowers (representing creativity.)
By tapping into the power of creative imagination we find solutions to help better manage. It is an energy, much like the spring flowers around us which clearly depict life force. And right now we need to fuel the energy of this situation in a positive way. Accept what you can not change and change what you can.
There is lots on offer to help us connect to the imagination productively. Whether signing up for an on-line course, dusting off your long forgotten guitar, writing the book you have always wanted to write. There is much calling you forth. No it mayn’t affect the path of the virus but most certainly will effect the steps you take upon it.
Life is all about perspective. In this time of great uncertainty choosing to create gives vitality, fuels hope. Not only do we feel better but as well, the world we share. For as we know – we are all in this together.