2 Traitz Lauren

I was in the Middlesex Fells this weekend and, after crossing over a hill, I walked down into a snow-covered valley in the heart of the reservation.

A ring of leafless trees,

silence and snow,

nothing else.


In Evanescence and Form, Professor Inouye claims “dreams do us the favor of helping us question the realness of the real” (Inouye, 28). And yet, we tend to search for meaning in the details that fade with the day. In her short work, Lady Sarashina attempts to give meaning to her otherwise monotonous life through an investment in a world of fantasy. She claims “I lived forever in a dream world,” articulating that she longed for a lonely, romantic storybook life more than anything the “real” world had to offer (Sarashina, 64). Dreams punctuate her life, and she seems to take them very seriously. For example, after dreaming of Amida Buddha late in her life she concludes: “it was on this dream alone that I set my hopes for salvation” (Sarashina, 107). The attempt to extract significance from dreams is not exclusive to Lady Sarashina or Japanese culture; it seems to be to be utterly human. Dreams are a reflection of the paradoxical human ability to recognize inconstancy and yet, attempt to impose form on the ephemerality to provide ourselves with meaning, even if the meaning is lost on us the next time we wake up.

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2 Responses to 2 Traitz Lauren

  1. Profile photo of Tommy  To Tommy To says:

    Hey Lauren,

    After reading “As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams”, I found myself agreeing with you that Lady Sarashina started to dream more and look towards her dreams for answers and clarity to her life, after losing her father and husband. I like how you picked out her dream for Anitya Buddha because it stood out to me as her most powerful dream. It gave her hope of a better life and salvation. Dreams are powerful things that our unconscious mind sees, and to understand dreams are to understand ourselves more fully, and I enjoyed seeing you adopt such a similar view to mine!

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