“Follow the sound of music, Kristy. Focus on their faces.”
That is was a message from a dream I had last month. I don’t remember much from that dream – just that a local in the Okanogan Valley was talking to me in a coffee shop, looking me straight in my eyes, and gave me that message when I was unsure of where to go next or what I should be doing.
How should I interpret that? If I use the Jungian approach to dream interpretation, that local is me. I am giving myself advice. Something inside of me is giving me a message. That message has come in different forms from different people.
A few days after arriving in Washington, I found The Sound of Music DVD at the house I’m staying at and thought about watching it. Later that day, one of my Wisconsin friends sent me an email with the following lyrics from The Sound of Music:
I go to the hills
When my heart is lonely.
I know I will hear
What I heard before.
My heart will be blessed
With the sound of music
And I’ll sing once more.
My “Sound of Music” dream came a couple weeks later.
About a month ago I was having coffee in northern Washington with a high school friend. While we were talking, an elderly woman at the table next to us joined our conversation a few times. When my friend gave me directions to an old mining town, the woman piped in, “I love that drive. It’s like the Sound of Music when Julie Andrews is singing in the mountains.” My friend also shared that the Sound of Music is his favorite movie.
What message does that movie have for me in this “Good Medicine” valley, the Okanogan? People give me music often by email, CD’s, and YouTube videos. Recently a “wandering” friend sent me this video with a note that he felt it would inspire me on my search.
Performed by Brewer & Shipley, Witchi-tai-to was a song by Jim Pepper, a member of the Creek tribe and also a Jazz musician. The words, images, and the “sound of music” itself are magical.
“Water spirit feelin’ spinnin’ round my head
Makes me feel glad that I’m not dead”
I watched it again last night and loved it even more. Maria tries….tries so hard to make the Abbey her home, but it doesn’t fit her. She finds her where she belongs, finds her “meaning in life” different from what she imagined. This time I laughed while watching the movie – her outspoken nature, trying to fit in, few belongings, playful nature…
“Follow the sound of music, Kristy.”