Flying Dreams

It is rare for me to turn my dreams into paintings, but once in awhile it happens. This painting is of a dream about flying.

"The Attempt at Flying"
Attempt at Flying, 52" x 72", 1980

I am sure flying is a common dream among dreamers. In this particular dream, I had the handle of a lawn mower in my hands. All I had to do was hold it out in front of me with both hands and then turn the handle back towards me. Up I would go at great speed reaching great heights. I would look down and see my brother and then zoom down to surprise him.

I have had this flying dream quite often. In one dream I was way up above the Empire State Building when I thought to take a good look at what I was holding. A wooden handle!! How could a wooden handle take me to such great heights and places? The minute I had that thought, I plummeted earthward. At about twenty feet off the ground, I turned the handle heavenward and the power came back on! What a relief! Up I went, my confidence was back. I continued zooming around town but had become aware that if I doubted the power of the handle I would lose the ability to fly.

How would a shrink interpret this? Well, I think it is quite simple. Don’t lose faith in one’s self. However, I am also sure that a shrink could make much more of this. The heights – the falling – the buildings – my brother – the handle. Who knows, it could be all kinds of stuff.

So anyway,  I did this painting of my flying dream expressing my hopes and fears. In my painting, I have sprouted wings that perhaps act like a parachute in case my flying handle fails me again.  Of course, like the Wright Brothers knew, flying carries the risk of crashing, but it’s worth it.

I have not had a flying dream in a while. Maybe this blog will bring one on.

Have you had any dreams where you can fly? Has it inspired you?

3 thoughts on “Flying Dreams”

  1. When I fly all I have to do is jump and I’m off. Glad I don’t have to hold onto anything as I’m sure I would drop it while pointing at something.

  2. All I have to do is put my feet very close together and stand very straight, think FLY! and I’m off! Just like Mom always said, stand up straight and fly right! Some nights its tough to get higher than the tree tops though. I can feel the leaves tickling my toes.

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