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Dream Gates

Dream Gates

New and ancient friends

I’m savoring a couplet from the French Symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé, who has appeared in several of my dreams. He’s famed for his obscurity, but these two lines, from a poem about friendship, bring a bittersweet sense of something entirely familiar:

Nous immémoriaux quelques-uns si contents
Sur la soudaineté de notre amitié neuve

In rough translation:

We, the immemorial ones, are so happy
At the suddenness of our new friendship.

Surely you have felt something akin to this. In the presence of a new person, you know that you have met before, maybe long ago, in times “immemorial”. There is the sense of déjà vu, but it is more profound than the certainty that you have met before, probably in a dream. The sense extends to the feeling that you have lived important things together, before your present lifetime.

In  “suddenness” you realize that you are immersed, in that moment, in a “new friendship” that may in fact be the resumption of a connection from another life, or another dimension. In the truth of this moment, you may feel blessed to have rediscovered a member of your soul family.

Portrait of Stéphane Mallarmé by Edouard Manet.

 

 

  • http://www.awalkintheworld.blogspot.com Kelly

    This most certainly has happened to me. I’ve dreamed of several figures who have given me their names and then I end up meeting them in my waking life. Many of these relationships have turned out to be quite significant.

    Most recently, I had a dream in which I met a man named “Mike” three different times. In the last segment of the dream (and third meeting), Mike says to me, “Well, we’ve now encountered paths three times! It must be kismet or fate!” Oddly, the very next day, a man named Mike struck up a conversation with me at the gym. I could only giggle.

    • http://www.mossdreams.com Robert Moss

      Kelly – It’s always worth catching and tracking the names that appear in dreams.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Meredith

    I’ve certainly felt this strong connection with a few friends… and have also felt I could almost anticipate the arrival of them coming into my life. It’s hard to explain that. For me, it’s always been at a time of transition/crossroad.

    I was lucky enough to see this painting in SF last summer, when the Musée d’Orsay loaned out it’s artwork to the de Young museum.. but I believe it’s by Manet, not Degas. ;)

    • http://www.mossdreams.com Robert Moss

      Meredith – You are quite right. The portrait was painted by Manet in 1876, in a period when the two friends were meeting every day to discuss art and poetry and life. Ironically, I was reading a chapter about their friendship (in Rosemary Lloyd’s excellent scholarly book “Mallarmé and His Circle”) when I posted my note. Since one of my principles of life navigation is “Notice what’s showing through your slip”, I must be alert for what I need to know about Degas and his dreams.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Johann_von_Tritheim

    Mallarmé….What a wonderful poet to suggest for dreamers!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Nina

    When you are talking about French painters and soul friendship, one nostalgic memory apppeared in my mind. In summer we watched a documentary about Paris and its painters in the first decades of the 20th century and they mentioned one episode from Picasso´s and Braque´s life. In one period of their life they appeared to be such close friends and colleagues that Braque used to say they were like two mountaineers on the same rope, helping each other. When the first world war broke out, Picasso accompanied Braque and Derain, who were conscripted to the army, to the railway station and later said that he had never met them again. It was a poetic expression of the sad fact that their rare friendship was over. The reality was that both Braque and Derain returned from the war, though Braque was seriously wounded. For me this is one of many examples that finding a soulmate is a great blessing but it´s the fire where the friendship is forged (or melted).
    Lots of thanks for all your inspirative and friendly posts.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Aaron

    Wow.
    I’ve certainly navigated synchronicity in my life before, but never like this.
    Thanks, Robert, for giving those lines in French, coupled with the painting.

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