Long ago, humans heard thunder as the voice of a god. Lightning was that god’s avenging arrow. Rivers had spirits; trees – who are very old and wise and live very slowly so they can watch things long after we humans have forgotten them …. trees told us the story of our lives; snakes embodied wisdom and mountains were powerful beings. Things spoke to us and we humans could speak to all things — stones, springs, lakes, clouds, fire, plants and animals.
We no longer practice this ancient way of communicating with nature — it’s mostly unconscious for us now, if we practice it at all. Indigenous peoples still relate to the natural world this way, but for the rest of us, it takes intentional effort and often does not make sense to our logical brains. The benefits we gain from relating to all of creation as if everything were a companion, or guide, or wise being, is something very few of us have on a daily basis.
What a huge loss! Jung wrote that we can compensate for that loss by paying attention to our dreams. Dream symbols bring our attention to our original nature, our instincts and that old way of being. Dreams speak to us in the language of nature, which is strange and weird to us.
Art has been my way of translating the language of dreams into a language I can understand. Art is part of my journey to wholeness. As you look at my paintings, drawings and mono prints, look for symbols of the dream world, symbols like fish, and water (for the unconscious,) strong weather, storms, animals and plants and planets, that might show up in the messages you get from your inner self. Although I use titles to give a hint of each piece’s meaning, I encourage you to find your own story in these images.