Some people say the end of the world is near
Others think the world will never end
But I tell you this:
The world as we know it is already passing away
By curious chance, an asteroid unexpectedly passed by Earth on October 31, which also happens to be the birthday of my departed grandmother. This random occurrence reminded me of a series of unusual and vivid dreams I experienced about a year or so ago. Somewhere I attempted to write about two of the dreams, at first in simple narrative form and then again in verse. Truth be told, my re-telling of the dreams leaves me dissatisfied. Perhaps that is the nature of dreams: they embody a world where the categories that strictly order our daily lives dissolve into something quite different. And while dreams are not ‘real’ in the sense that our daily lives are ‘real’, they have power to give us new vision when we wake up.
One of the dreams, the one I call A Vision of Green Light, involved an asteroid, visitors from a distant place in the universe, a dog, and the end of a world. In a sense, the story of the dream is less important than the meaning found in it. Or maybe I should say ‘meanings’, since dreams operate on many different planes of meaning simultaneously. Since we usually experience these various meaning-strands as one thing even though they are distinct, dreams can be frustratingly confusing or utterly transcendent.
We tend to regard the world we inhabit as essentially permanent and relatively static; this isn’t surprising given the way we experience and perceive it. But there is a different way of looking at the world: as a place where everything is in flux, continually changing, more process than thing, more action than place. Spiritual traditions and modern physics both affirm this, in different ways and with metaphors they find useful.
In this very moment
Our world is passing away
Whether it’s a dream, an asteroid, or the death of a loved one, we need reminders that whatever we experience can and will change. In that simple realization we find the root of both fear and hope, as well as the overcoming of fear and hope.
December 11, 2015