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A life’s journey is a marvelous thing - bookended by confusion and disorientation - yet between those awesome extremities there are abundant opportunities for clarity and comprehension. The true blessing is that those chances are legion. The most important residuals of having lived are those times when life comes into sharp focus and, within a broader nature, begins to make A life’s journey is a marvelous thing - bookended by confusion and disorientation - yet between those awesome extremities there are abundant opportunities for clarity and comprehension. The true blessing is that those chances are legion. The most important residuals of having lived are those times when life comes into sharp focus and, within a broader nature, begins to make a bit more sense. Before you are born and after you die you will not be not here - the opportunity to live and experience is not yours. In those decades between however, there are the opportunities to experience life and its meaning in all its various implications. This is the living time between ‘all that might become’ and ‘all that might have been’ - between the blind hope of youth and the melancholic regrets of old age. For those of us who can write or read books such as this one, that time is still very much our own. This is a book about that time and those opportunities. ~~~~~~~~~~ Over the years I have collected stones, pieces of well-worn wood, chunks of sea-worn brick and glass and the like. I keep them in a jar on my desk - I call them ‘dreaming pieces’. When I am getting ready to write, I’ll take one from the jar and turn it over and over in my hands until the visions begin to flow - and they always do. The chapters in this book are best thought of as your own personal jar of ‘dreaming pieces’. The challenges which they bring forth are not to be taken lightly. A journey into the realm of dreams and thoughts - authenticity and inauthenticity - vision and blindness - is full of surprises and strange turns. Raven's World You are about to enter a world in which all the characters are animals. But these are not cartoon characters, team mascots or anthropomorphic manifestations of human tendencies – they are potent spirits in their own right. Animals to be sure - but animals of a very special sort. They are derived very loosely from Native American mythology - particularly that of the Tlingit natives of southeast Alaska - but only very loosely. In a fundamental way they have created themselves. You will meet Raven - creator of the world - also known as Trickster. Raven dreamt this world into existence and, having done so, faced the decision which all creators do - whether to watch their creation drift off onto the stream of time or hop on and drift along with it. Raven made the latter choice with all its implications. He is only the creator of the original dream - not the continuing architect of what has become of that dream. All of his creations are busily dreaming themselves anew. The most Raven can do is provide a bit of mentoring to those inhabitants which have resulted from his initial dream - enjoy their company - rejoice in their dreaming of themselves beyond his initial dream of them. In that way Raven is now something more of a parent than a supreme being. Wolverine is the second most powerful spirit in this world. He has nothing in common with the cartoon character that modern media has made so famous. Wolverine is engaged in the higher levels of existence and working to understand exactly what it means to be. He possesses many of the characteristics of the natural wolverine. He is aggressive, mostly impatient and highly intelligent. His relationship with Raven, though differential, is often strained by these tendencies. Of all the spirits in Raven’s world, Wolverine has dreamt himself the farthest from Raven’s initial dreaming of him. You will also meet other spirits such as Deer, Bear, Wolf, Porcupine, Badger and Thrush. Each has their own strengths, weaknesses, challenges and potentials. Each started with what they were given by the pure chance of creation and dreamt themselves to be as they have become. Together these spirits live in a wood which is populated by other living beings. Here Tree, Rock and Pond are alive and dreaming - and thinking such as they are able. In Raven’s world everything is alive to being alive.


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A life’s journey is a marvelous thing - bookended by confusion and disorientation - yet between those awesome extremities there are abundant opportunities for clarity and comprehension. The true blessing is that those chances are legion. The most important residuals of having lived are those times when life comes into sharp focus and, within a broader nature, begins to make A life’s journey is a marvelous thing - bookended by confusion and disorientation - yet between those awesome extremities there are abundant opportunities for clarity and comprehension. The true blessing is that those chances are legion. The most important residuals of having lived are those times when life comes into sharp focus and, within a broader nature, begins to make a bit more sense. Before you are born and after you die you will not be not here - the opportunity to live and experience is not yours. In those decades between however, there are the opportunities to experience life and its meaning in all its various implications. This is the living time between ‘all that might become’ and ‘all that might have been’ - between the blind hope of youth and the melancholic regrets of old age. For those of us who can write or read books such as this one, that time is still very much our own. This is a book about that time and those opportunities. ~~~~~~~~~~ Over the years I have collected stones, pieces of well-worn wood, chunks of sea-worn brick and glass and the like. I keep them in a jar on my desk - I call them ‘dreaming pieces’. When I am getting ready to write, I’ll take one from the jar and turn it over and over in my hands until the visions begin to flow - and they always do. The chapters in this book are best thought of as your own personal jar of ‘dreaming pieces’. The challenges which they bring forth are not to be taken lightly. A journey into the realm of dreams and thoughts - authenticity and inauthenticity - vision and blindness - is full of surprises and strange turns. Raven's World You are about to enter a world in which all the characters are animals. But these are not cartoon characters, team mascots or anthropomorphic manifestations of human tendencies – they are potent spirits in their own right. Animals to be sure - but animals of a very special sort. They are derived very loosely from Native American mythology - particularly that of the Tlingit natives of southeast Alaska - but only very loosely. In a fundamental way they have created themselves. You will meet Raven - creator of the world - also known as Trickster. Raven dreamt this world into existence and, having done so, faced the decision which all creators do - whether to watch their creation drift off onto the stream of time or hop on and drift along with it. Raven made the latter choice with all its implications. He is only the creator of the original dream - not the continuing architect of what has become of that dream. All of his creations are busily dreaming themselves anew. The most Raven can do is provide a bit of mentoring to those inhabitants which have resulted from his initial dream - enjoy their company - rejoice in their dreaming of themselves beyond his initial dream of them. In that way Raven is now something more of a parent than a supreme being. Wolverine is the second most powerful spirit in this world. He has nothing in common with the cartoon character that modern media has made so famous. Wolverine is engaged in the higher levels of existence and working to understand exactly what it means to be. He possesses many of the characteristics of the natural wolverine. He is aggressive, mostly impatient and highly intelligent. His relationship with Raven, though differential, is often strained by these tendencies. Of all the spirits in Raven’s world, Wolverine has dreamt himself the farthest from Raven’s initial dreaming of him. You will also meet other spirits such as Deer, Bear, Wolf, Porcupine, Badger and Thrush. Each has their own strengths, weaknesses, challenges and potentials. Each started with what they were given by the pure chance of creation and dreamt themselves to be as they have become. Together these spirits live in a wood which is populated by other living beings. Here Tree, Rock and Pond are alive and dreaming - and thinking such as they are able. In Raven’s world everything is alive to being alive.

32 review for Dream Walk Parables for the Living - Meditations on Meaning

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Thanks so much for a first-read of this book. I was honestly expecting it to be a bit weird from the description and even the look of it but it was totally awesome, especially for those interested in mindfulness and existentialism. Well done!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Earl II

    This is a book about dreaming and thinking - authenticity and inauthenticity. The first section - Dream Walking - relates an extend conversation between Raven and Wolverine. Their talk comes about as a result of an experience that Wolverine has had with Thrush. Wolverine’s question to Raven is actually Thrush’s question to Wolverine. But, as you will no doubt find, the question is different for each of them - as it is different for Raven. The question at the end of the section, however, is only This is a book about dreaming and thinking - authenticity and inauthenticity. The first section - Dream Walking - relates an extend conversation between Raven and Wolverine. Their talk comes about as a result of an experience that Wolverine has had with Thrush. Wolverine’s question to Raven is actually Thrush’s question to Wolverine. But, as you will no doubt find, the question is different for each of them - as it is different for Raven. The question at the end of the section, however, is only for the reader. The second section - Dream Food - is a collection of ‘dreaming’ pieces. Each short chapter ends with a question. Although most of them appear rather simple, I assure you that they are not. They are the dreaming pieces of the dreaming pieces. The more time you spend with them the richer your dreams will become.

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