No Stopping the River

The first rule in interpreting dream messages, is to recognize that the meaning of a symbol varies with personal experience.  This is why dream dictionaries are ineffective.  This week’s responses to the river prompt clearly demonstrate this principle.

For me, I have always envisioned the collective unconscious as a river whose flow encompasses all – past, present, and yes, future.  It is this belief that inspired my poem, The River, written at time when illness had cut me off from life as I had known it, and left me feeling isolated and afraid.

For Proscenium, and Jazz* of Steps and Pauses, the river is a reminder of the power of nature, as endless rainfall and flooding have infiltrated their lives.

For Middleton Road, and Willow Poetry it is a feeling of home – the magic of the sun setting or the river lit up at night.

For Choosingmyperspectives, one letter UP, and Stuff and what if…, the river carries memories of younger days.

Lifelessons recognizes those for whom the river is a way of life, and Culture Shock reveals how the river can be a means of escape and danger.

Sgoeil and Charmed Chaos speak to the possibilities presented by the river.

Of course, like most symbols, we have only scratched the surface of possible meanings.   It has been a rich and meaningful week and I thank you all for your contributions.

See you tomorrow for a new challenge.

*To view Jazz’s comments, visit the original post.


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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

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