Last night I dreamt of a clogged toilet. Ew, I know. But hear me out. Before going to bed I was considering how crowded my life is with distractions.
In the mornings lately, I am pulled between spending my time making breakfast, preparing meals for later in the day, catching up on the morning news, brainstorming for my upcoming retreat in January, addressing the daily list of tasks, listening to a pod cast (spiritual food for my day), reading one of the many books I am into right now, getting dressed for work, and oh yeah… being still for 20 minutes of centering prayer.
Now, I know from experience that the last one is the best use of my time. I get that. I remember the way it helped me move through the rest of my day. But, the pressure of distraction is constant and relentless.
One of the books I’m reading is Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss and yesterday, I noticed that one of the pages of the back of the book was actually bookmarked. When I turned to that page, I saw the first indication of which archetype might be a guiding force for me. The Athlete.
Y’all, when I flipped it open and my eyes landed on the description for the Athlete, I was struck with an internal Aha. That’s what we look for in working a dream- an internal resonance that is felt deeply, like beneath the ability to put words around it. That’s what I felt.
Right now, it is beyond my ability to express how much this resonates with my soul. There is nothing to “do” with this new information yet. I am just holding it in front of me and keeping it in my sights so that it can speak to me further. I’m just sitting with it (whenever it’s possible for me to).
So all of that happened, and then I dreamt of a clogged toilet. In my dream, I promise to spare you the unnecessary details, I was trying to clear away the clutter so I could return to cleanliness. But it wasn’t just a tidying up that was needed. It was an emergency situation which required my immediate response without the luxury of time to consider the best approach.
And, here’s the kicker, this is a repeat symbol. I’ve dreamt of a clogged toilet before (once before to be exact and it was a very significant dream at the time). That’s very important in the world of dreaming. Repeat symbols, situations or dreams are one of the ways your inner voice demands your attention. So, my internal resonance with the Athlete archetype during waking life made something familiar rise up in this dream and demand my attention.
Now, how I respond is up to me.
Can I muster the will power of my inner athlete? Am I able to re-introduce discipline of clearing these distractions in the immediate present moment? That is certainly what this dream is suggesting I do.
Conveniently, this week marks the beginning of the Advent season, when our spirits yearn for warm stillness from within; when everything around us tries to remind us of our own inner flame that is awaiting our attention, our stillness and our focus.
It is now 7:48am and I have 20 minutes of time to give to Centering Prayer. What a beautiful, wise and strong use of time.