What would you do if you found someone who shared a dream – not one that you thought about and devised in your waking moments, but one that came unbidden from your subconscious as you slept?
This is the central question of The Seed. As we first meet the novel’s protagonist, Sara, we find her in a lonely and self-limiting life, living only through her art. But in her dreaming state she dreams of another, possibly former, life which was filled with both great love and great tragedy. This informs her new series of paintings and draws into her world a man who claims to be the other half of her dream romance. Is she being given a new chance to re-write the ending of the dream story and make it a joy rather than a loss, and if so, what would that mean?
The main dream in the story is one I dreamed when I was very young – seeing a man I thought was my husband carrying what I thought was my child, and me a spirit watching over them, having died in childbirth. I’ve never found – nor sought – a man who shared this dream, but wondering what would happen if I did was the inspiration for the novel.
Shared dreams – what are they and what do they mean? When I was a young girl I would routinely have horrible nightmares about murder and forensics and on telling my mother the next day I’d find they were scenes from a novel she was reading at the time. I used to ask her to read nicer books – LOL – given we seemed to have a psychic link. But if that was what it was, rather than coincidence, then I think it meant nothing more than illustrating our connection as mother and daughter.
But what of precious dreams you might wish to make reality? What if that opportunity presented itself to you? What would you do?
Have you ever found you shared dream in any way with another person, and if so, who were they to you and what – if anything – did you think it meant?
Dreams are so powerful – they are mythic, they are archetypal, and they can seem very real even if their internal logic is absurd. What happens if we try to cross the dream-world to reality, joining with another? What do you think would occur? And would this be risky, or wonderful?
PS: If this has intrigued you about my novel The Seed, all the information about its availability can be found on the The Seed page above. 🙂