I am in bed and there is a dog on my bed. The dog transforms into a young teenage girl. We have passionate sex together, except that we are both fully clothed, so there is no penetration. Very high energetic sex! Photo by Kieran White on Unsplash
I forgot to mention that at the time I was also reading “The Island of the Day Before” by Umberto Eco. The setting is the middle of the Pacific Ocean during the 1500s. Roberto the hero of the story is the sole survivor of a ship that was sunk during a storm. He survives by clinging to a piece of the ship’s timber. He eventually bumps into another ship that has run aground on a reef. The boat is deserted but is well provisioned so he sets up home on board. There is an island nearby but it is out of reach. Too far to swim (he can’t swim) and he doesn’t have a rowing boat to row there. In order to maintain his sanity, every day he writes a letter to this peasant girl he knew when he was 15 and was in this besieged castle in Italy. This was his first experience of war. He was besotted with this peasant girl but he never spoke to her. He was the son of a minor Italian nobleman. So everyday he writes a letter to this girl describing his experiences of his day. When he has finished writing the letter he reads it out loud so he can remember how to talk. This peasant girl becomes his muse even though she is on the other side of the globe and no nothing of it.
Hi Lindsay, this is a beautiful example of entanglement playing out between our dreams and life events. I love the parallels you draw from clearing out your family home to Roberto’s isolation on the reef and of course the muses that emerge for you both.
Still none the wiser as to what it is about. I cannot see the parallels between Roberto’s isolation on the reef and me clearing out the family home. But in reference to the dream and clearing out the home: clearing out the home was a very stressful task especially working with my brother. The house was full of junk which had to be sorted, my mother was worrying that we would throw something valuable out ( and we probably could have). Also my brother is a perfectionist in everything he does and expects the same standards from everyone else. He can be a bit of a martinet in that respect. I do get on with my brother very well I just prefer not to work with him, if I can avoid it. So I would look forward to this interlude in the day when I went to the supermarket and our little conversation with this young girl/ woman. (I’m not sure how old she was). Anyway I am about to add some more dreams which may help to tease this out further
I see the parallel as the stressful situations you and Roberto were experiencing (Roberto being stranded; you performing the stressful task of clearing out the home) and the women that you had contact with and who transformed into muses for you both during the process.
Okay that makes sense.