I had a dream earlier this week that I was having tea with BKS Iyengar, Frida Kahlo and Paramahansa Yogananda.
Could you imagine? All I remember was sitting in sunlight surrounded by bright floral wallpaper. We were sitting at a round table, drinking tea and laughing. I remember saying to them, "Don't hog all the biscotti, man!" I had wished I had recalled all the details of the conversation to later analyze it myself. I was a little disappointed that I didn't write it down when I woke. A little embarrassed that all I remembered was the food.
Today, a friend (and wise-one) laughed when I shared with her what little I remembered and still found no clarity with its meaning. She revealed that bread (the biscotti) historically and symbolically represents spirit and knowledge. I was hungry for all their wisdom, which is why I was insisting they save some biscotti for me. She said they appeared in my dream world to let me know that my time of awakening and transcendence is here. It's as if they were a high council interviewing me to see if I was ready to move forward.
But why these 3? I was taken back at the idea of even dreaming them, especially together in one room. I never would have even imagined them in a room together. She encouraged me to look deeper. She said they are each reflections of what I have and am: Iyengar and Yogananda, both yogis and enlightened ones. Both of whom I seek and reference often in my yoga classes and practice. Frida, an artist and painter who fiercely loved and felt emotions so deeply; a woman who beared so much suffering emotionally and physically. I asked myself after, if given the actual opportunity to meet them together or seperately, would I have inquired deeply? Would I make an effort to get to know them better? Absolutely. Having realized that, it made imperfectly perfect sense why they dropped in as unexpected guests.
I honoured that dream and their presence by painting them.