SPIRITUALITY

Four Dreams and Four Fortunes On July Fourth

I awoke with four night’s worth of dreams in my head this morning.
In the afternoon, I was blessed with four fortunes in one fortune cookie.
Today is July 4th.

The coincidences were hitting me over the head with four very large hammers.
Yes, I see it, yes, I’m awake, thank you yes I appreciate all that I have, I am awake now.

I see now, so I share four dreams and four fortunes with you now:

DREAM #1

Houses made of paper
I dreamt that houses were made of paper. Just sheets upon sheets of thin, photocopier-style paper.

The crazy thing is, they were all water damaged. You know when a book gets wet and then dries and the pages wrinkle? That’s what they all looked like and it made me very sad.

FORTUNE #1

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DREAM #2

Birthday bathroom
I dreamt that it was a very good friend’s birthday and I hadn’t bought him anything and I hadn’t made him a card. I only bought a card and wrote in it.

The birthday party was meant to be a surprise. I had the keys to his house while he was two houses down, starting a BBQ. It wasn’t his current house. This felt like the older houses on Victoria Drive or Graveley or Shaughnessy. He noticed me, though, so the surprise seemed to be ruined.

When I was inside a mutual friend came in. Of course, he had made a hand made card.

He was asking where the bathroom was and when I told him, he was very upset that it was facing the living room. He said you don’t want dirty water spilling into the living space, into the kitchen is okay, not the living space.

FORTUNE #2

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DREAM #3

Scolded labourer
I dreamt that I took a temp job as a general labourer. It felt like the day I recently volunteered at Spanish Banks – a motley crew, quite a variety of men and women. It seemed like we were on general clean up duties at various demolition sites. It felt like Vancouver, where many old buildings have been knocked down to make room for condos.

We weren’t given very good instructions. Actually, we weren’t really given instructions at all. Plus we weren’t provided with helmets or gloves. So we just wandered around and tried to learn from nearby crews. I noticed they were picking up large rocks and collecting them on the back of a truck, so I starting doing the same. But that quickly became boring because most of the rocks were very small. Mostly everything was a huge mess of very fine destruction.

Eventually, a Jim Pattison-like character came along and was very very pissed off at us. So pissed off he mostly shuffled around, back and forth across the debris, frustrated. When he did talk, I could barely hear him because of the background music we were playing. I went to the computer to turn down the iTunes or the stereo but couldn’t figure it out. So I gave up.

I tried to talk to Jimmy, to explain that I hadn’t been on a construction site in years, and that we weren’t given instructions, helmets, nor gloves. He didn’t seem to fully comprehend.
He was a terrible leader – fully embracing the authority but not effectively directing his team at all.

FORTUNE #3

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DREAM #4

Shaving seminar
I dreamt that a friend and I, plus a lot of other people were attending a seminar on How To Be Successful.

But for the first hour or more of the presentation, the woman was teaching us how to take our beards off with a certain liquid and a dish sponge (the ones with the one rough side, usually used for dishes).

I began taking off my beard below my jawline. It felt so real, my skin was so smooth, I had to check, once I woke up, if it was gone.

In the dream, though, I went to the bathroom and all the hair down my neck below my adam’s apple was left and it looked gross. My friend had a good amount of stubble and refused to remove his.

FORTUNE #4

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ART, LITERATURE, QUOTES, RULES, SPIRITUALITY

The Fortune Cookie Says…

THE FORTUNE COOKIE

Functioning superbly will come automatically to you

Why, thank you, cookie. You are such a charmer.

The nice thing about receiving this message was that the timing was wonderful, as I was at a business meeting.

I am learning all I can about working for myself, to promote myself, and psyche myself up to do the stuff I love more than anything, which is make art. Sometimes I don’t believe that I function superbly. But now a cookie has told me I do. So I will.

THE POSTER ART

Vincent Parker!

I’ve really been enjoying this guy’s poster art for the Biltmore Cabaret over recent months. Turns out there’s a lot more to him than just a really great, loose drawing style. Check him out at: www.vincentparker.ca

THE RULES

Rule #3 – Always, ALWAYS take time out to read. A little news, a little nonfiction, and a lot a fiction. Get out of your head and into another’s.

THE QUOTE

An artist is a person first. He is an individual. If there is no person, there is no artist. It is of no importance to me whether you wear your payos behind your ears or whether you cut off your hair entirely and go around bald. I am not a defender of payos. Great artists will not give a damn about your payos; they will only give a damn about your art. The artists who will care about your payos are not worth caring about. You want to cut off your payos, go ahead. But do not do it because you think it will make you more acceptable as an artist.

– Jacob Kahn, artist and mentor, speaking to his student in Chaim Potok’s amazing novel “My Name Is Asher Lev” (pg 257)

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