dream last night has been haunting me for much of my life.
"It is the eye that sets off the true question, the interrogation of all the interrogations which sleep in the letter. The eye, not the ear," wrote Edmund Jabès, addressing his monumental, The Book of Questions. He added that "there were a few obsessive words at the origin of these works." Among them, "the word: God (and) the word: Jew." God he defines as "the extreme name for abyss." While the Jew is "a figure of exile, of wandering, of strangeness and separation."
The other side
of the tragedy of a people exiled throughout the world, who return to
land of their coeval myth, is discussed by Marie-Louise von Franz: "Even
the worst things you fall into are an effort of initiation, for you are
in something which belongs to you." However, a homeland never belongs
to a people, only its stories and the dreams they inspire. Bashō wrote:
Robert Bosnak tells
of an Aboriginal woman named Nhanyinitja, who told him of a song she had
dreamed. "It seemed obvious to me that the dream portrayed some aspect
of her life." When he suggested this to her, "She said that
she had to go back to her people and teach them the song and the dance
so they could dance it for the landscape in order to keep its memory intact."