Blog - Picasso - the dream

The Postman Rings Twice

What does the electrician who is now a spiritual teacher and the postal worker who now interprets dreams share in common?

Typically, we see metaphor as beyond the concrete and literal—traversing imaginative realms of our symbolic experience. The Kabbalah takes a hybrid position. If we were using a metaphor to explain the Kabbalah’s take on metaphor we might suggest an abstract piece of art—a Picasso like image that shares some suggestive semblance and yet differs, at times radically, from the form and shape in representational art.

What the Kabbalah then would suggest about the electrician turned spiritual teacher is that she has a common current running through her choices of profession—she brings light into people’s lives—illuminating what might have remained darkness. The metaphor of shedding “light” finds its concrete representation in wiring and sockets and in re-wiring thinking and plugging into new ways of thinking and feeling.

The same can be applied to the mail carrier who delivers letters (or at least used to) and the Zohar, the classic Kabbalah text, elucidating that “a dream not interpreted is like a letter not opened.” There are messages we need to receive for our emotional and spiritual growth and the carrier of those messages are the dreams that arrive in our “inbox” every night. On occasion, the dream has the wrong address, but most of the time it is delivered certified and requires our signature (we have to recall and open it).

Metaphor, which is a form of thought, will sometimes manifest in reality. Manifest reality is a repository of metaphors. Put another way: there is a story behind or within the things, creatures and events that populate our lives.

He may not have been the first, but Aristotle was emphatic that appreciation of metaphor is the hallmark of genius. Kabbalah Experience Awareness Principle 9—“to perceive and understand the metaphors that underlie your life choices” makes this a personal task of seeing the story behind the “masks” (choices) we wear. Dreams, are a useful tool to entertain the creativity of metaphor that you are engaged in every night. So pay attention to your dreams and if they recur, remember that the postman always rings twice.


Leave a Reply

Avatar placeholder

Your email address will not be published.

Related Posts

spiritual beings

Being Spiritual Being

by Melanie Gruenwald I was in the car with my friend the other day, and she reflected to me, “I just wish I were spiritual. You’re spiritual!” I kind of chuckled. I don’t feel so

Live Like Art- blog

Naming Rights

by David Sanders Look, it doesn’t always work out this way. If it does, it is interesting, dare I say provocative, when people’s last names are an uncanny reveal of a characteristic uniquely associated with

Bittersweet by Susan Cain

He. She. They. We.

He. He wanted to ride his bike across new lands. He yearned to explore boundaries of strength, continents and relationship. She. She dreamed of ballerinas, standing under the Eiffel Tower, and macarons melting in her

What’s the Point

Their mantra became, “Am I making any progress?” Over a long summer it is wonderful to find projects that can engage your children. I was over at a friend’s house and saw their daughter meticulously

Cohort 1 Rosenbaum Fellows

It is Graduation Time!

This weekend, we are hosting the Rosenbaum Fellows in Transformative Kabbalah for the culminating retreat of their Fellowship experience. We are thrilled to welcome David, Vanja, Matthew, William, Mina, Aaron, and Nicole to Colorado and