exhaustion puts us to sleep. we flop into bed, crawl under sheets, we pass out, lie down, go under, we collapse, surrender, and submit to sleep. we typically get sideways when the sky goes dark and resume waking lives when it brightens back up and so goes another day. lately my schedule for sideways has gone upside down. i don’t know why but i have been feeling tired in the middle of the day, so much so that today i fell asleep before the sun fell out of the sky. and now i am awake in the dark.
i took this picture of a couch. it’s an artistic piece but i have seen people sitting in it, where it sits around the corner from my house (wait- do couches…sit?) i thought about the expression: “melting into the couch” when we talk about exhaustion and a nice nap. this picture depicts the opposite- where the couch is instead melting. and i look back at my own couch and my bed and- at this hour- its funny because they are melting and i won’t join them. they look so inviting and i feel so uninterested. “come melt into me,” the bed beckons. but i can’t. “just sit down and see what happens,” whispers the couch. but i don’t. i guess this is more an auspicious time for me to… write about it. i feel like salvador dali could appreciate this.
“nelly had a propeller hat flying dream in technicolor”
the surrealist art movement of the 20th century helped to give us all a visual window into the subconscious. artists explored more imaginative images, dream-like scenes and unusual juxtapositions to show a world beyond our accepted reality.
in order to enhance his creative productivity and access this subconscious dream-state, salvador dali practiced a method he called “slumber with a key.” dali would take a nap sitting upright in a chair holding a key in his hand with a plate on the floor placed underneath his dangling arm. as soon as he began to fall asleep, the muscles of his hand relaxed causing the key to fall out of his hand and onto the plate with a loud crashing sound to jolt him awake. dali then immediately sketched and painted the fresh images he witnessed in his dreams.
challenge: adventureclubinteractive challenges you to tap into your “dream-state” for creative purpose. try a variation on dali’s “slumber with a key” and awaken yourself mid-slumber to write, sketch, paint, sing, dance or however else you choose to express yourself. feel free to take a nap holding a heavy skeleton key, or silverware or anything else that will jerk you awake when dropped on a plate.
variation: set an alarm and wake yourself up sometime between 2am-6am. this is vata time, a wonderful time for active dreams, creativity, spiritual practices and meditation. tap into this vata energy and get busy creating!