Daniel’s Dream: In the Lion’s Den–by Daniel Holland
My sweetheart Daniel Holland in Northern California had a wonderful dream one night and was fortunate enough to remember it. This is an archtypal dream every performer, artist, and writer must know and face before putting work out in the world. --JRG
In the dream I'm in the lion's den with two lions. They are ferocious: growling and prowling half circles around me, ready to attack. Instead of fighting them off or acting aggessively, I bend my knees in a signal of submission. I acknowledge their power and welcome them, comfort them, rather than attack back.
The lions become tame. They slowly circle around me. There is a respectful space between them and me. One lion looks at me. The other looks away. There's not going to be a fight. That's it. I am released from the pit by the king.
I passed the test. No one in the auditorium applauds. They look. I walk away. The audience doesn't respond. There's no glory. They wanted to see me torn apart by the lions. They are disappointed.
But I am free to go. I've earned my freedom. there will always be a space between me and the people. Neither popular or unpopular. I have my boundaries. I am safe. I am free.
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