Sinkhole

My heart sinks, I cry out and am met with a wet kiss, a tight embrace squeezes me, my body temperature plunges, tears coat me and when I open my eyes they sting. I immediately close them and the glimpse I get chills me to the bone. I’m in deep, in an underwater cave. An enormous bubble rises from my yell, and it’s this still frame that puts me in motion.

I pump my legs, tear through the water with my arms to catch my scream. As I drag myself up, assaulted by breathlessness, resistance to my every move, on the verge of a breakdown, I build up my courage. While my muscles burn, I realize with each kick and stroke it was getting incrementally easier. I imagine stepping on great shoulders of the sea, launching me closer to the surface. The light behind my eyelids grows brighter like the welcoming rays of daybreak. I try to ignore the pain that increases from not inhaling. I had been denying my body’s natural rhythm — that act of thoughtless breathing.

To ease the hurt every so often I let out a small breath. Little suds cling and tickle me as I swim through their glitterfield. The pops I feel alongside my body start to invade my inner vision. I am starting to black out. I push myself with every ounce of strength left and I burst past the dividing line and gulp in fresh air. My eyes shoot open and I let out a laugh in between sucking in sweet oxygen.

Somehow, I ended up in paradise.

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NIGHTMARES AT FIRST are dark, our deepest fears welling up from our innermost recesses, hitting every nerve, projecting out ghastly images.
As we come out of these dreams, the entrails of nightmarish hallucinations follow us into the waking world. Remembering them forces us to face scary realities, and as we revisit them, it’s important to remember that these multisensory, interactional and multidimensional spaces are sources of multidirectional time travel. Nightmares give us worst-case scenarios, offer us ways to create new possibilities, make us aware that we can take things in a different direction, and that we have the power to change outcomes.

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