Sunday, July 15, 2007
I've been having lots of dreams concerning my upcoming class, concerning the MLA. And almost all of them involve something about Passover, or the exodus of the Hebrew slaves from Egypt.
I wondered at the unusual images, and why I was dreaming those particular dreams.
So, being a good delve-deeper, I did some digging around mystical Jewish sources and my favorite Jewish blog, and found illuminating metaphors that helped me understand some of what this soon-to-start experience means for me right now. (You'll find excerpts from two sources below.)
"...[a Midrash states] the most distressing aspect of enslavement in Egypt was the consequence of the oppressive work; [the Hebrews] didn't have enough physical or emotional strength to do Kindess (chesed) for one another. ..."
From a variety of mystical rabbinical commentators
"... [The Passover journey] isn't just an external journey; in order to have true meaning, it needs to change us on the inside, where freedom really matters. The difference between slavery and freedom, between constriction and expansion, is our state of mind. ..."
From Rachel's blog, Velveteen Rabbi
So, learning as an antidote to over-work for business; learning as a journey where the travel is all interior...sounds right to me.
May all your dreams this week be illuminating ones!