Ocean

Everything comes from the ocean, as Thales correctly observed: underneath the rigid structure of wakefulness, down in the depths of the soul and of reality—there lies the ocean of whose waves our thoughts are images. The infinitely thin membrane separating the depths from the heights is where god and human meet. When a god looks down from above, a human looks up from below. Dreamer—dreamt. Soul—body. The water’s surface acts as a semitranslucent mirror, and if one looks in a mirror long enough, one may indeed come to that characteristic “oceanic feeling”1, which has been recognized since ancient times and out of which the numerous creation myths involving water have risen. The one dreaming is outside, the one being dreamt inside; both see the dream in the surface but from different perspectives. They are the mirror images of each other.

  1. Oceanic feeling (Wikipedia)