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The Door Ajar

I had a dream the other night in which I found myself in the house where I grew up: a very modest bungalow in a neighborhood where most of the wage-earners worked in an automobile factory. I was born and raised in Detroit.Shortly before my family moved out of that home, someone broke in one night by smashing through the back door. After that, I was always sure to keep the door locked. But in my recent dream I went down the short stairway from the kitchen to the basement and found the back door halfway open. I shut it quickly and turned the lock and looked around for signs of an intruder. Later, I learned that a young man was interested in my wife and had used the back door to visit her. The dream went on to another scene about bees invading a later, bigger house that we had built on a hill. I woke up thinking about a Lucas Cranach painting of Eros standing next to tall Venus, bees buzzing around his infant head.In my practice of therapy, I devote a great deal of time to dreams. They are like X-ray machines showing me what is going on beneath the surface of a life. For years, I’ve noticed this small moti …

Thomas Moore is the New York Times best-selling author of Care of the Soul, as well as many other books on deepening soul and cultivating a mature spiritual life, three of which have received the Books for a Better Life Award. At turns he has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, a psychotherapist, and an S&H columnist. 

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