Without mysteries, life would be very dull indeed. What would be left to strive for if everything were known?

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I don't always understand the things I experience

I work out all of my problems in my dreams – from my mother abandoning me to my never seeming to be able to maintain a good relationship. But the solutions don’t have any real holding power. They don’t ever seem to resonate with the same truth in the waking world as they do in dreams. And that’s because I can’t bring anything tangible back with me. I have to take it all on faith and for some things, faith isn’t enough.

“Perhaps you expect too much,” Kokopelli says when I try to explain this to him. “We are shaped by our experiences, and no matter where those experiences occur, they are still valid. The things you have seen and done don’t lose their resonance because you can only hold them in your memory. In that sense there is little difference between what you experience between when you are awake or when you dream. Keepsakes, mementos, tokens… their real potency lies in the memories they call up, rather than what they are in and of themselves.”

“But I don’t always understand the things I experience.”

Kokopelli smiles. “Without mysteries, life would be very dull indeed. What would be left to strive for if everything were known?

by Charles de Lint (born 22 December 1951)
from The Ivory and the Horn (1996)
chapter – Where Desert Spirits Crowd the Night
image – Lomo-Cam

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