In a dream many years ago, I was in an ancient city.  It is night and it is quiet.

I am standing by the great wall that protects the city.  It is more like a mound.  It does not rise straight up from the ground.  Still, the wall is high enough to protect the citizens.  Then, in the dream, I am viewing the city from the air, noting the great embankment making a circle around the buildings, castles, streets and homes.  In the dream, I am noticing a feature of the stones that make up the protecting walls that reminds me of dragon scales.  Looking closer at those walls, I am realizing that those are scales.  Suddenly it becomes clear to me that the great circular wall surrounding the city is a mammoth serpent, asleep, protecting the city as she dreams.

That which we seek protection from, that which frightens us most, by its very nature is the very barrier that protects us.  Our armor and the weapons that seek us are the same.  What keeps us separate is also that which most terrifies us.  Those edifices that provide us our identity are the very things that can take our identity away.

This is the paradox of being human.  Becoming separate, we acquire split consciousness and self awareness.  What most terrifies us is the loss of that isolation.

I started this work a dozen years ago, seeking the origin of the dragon myth.  I followed hundreds of dragon tales and their telling on six continents through a hundred books over a year and a half.  Deep into the exploration, I found myself studying serpent myths, myths of the great goddess.  These dragon tales were rooted in these serpent stories from ancient societies that preceded the patrilineal invaders that retold them.

Finally, lingering over Marija Gimbutas’s hypothesis regarding human matrifocal, paleolithic origins, discovering Christopher Marshack’s moon calendar interpretation of ancient serpent carvings on rock, antler and bone while integrating anthropologist Chris Knight’s hypothesis of female-driven human social evolution, I found that a new origin story began to form.

Whereas Western society is founded upon the Indo-European, male viewpoint that the fittest survive, the new story precedes the Indo-Europeans, predating Darwin, Adam Smith and men with swords.  The new story is how we discover that there is no enemy and that we are all connected.  The new story recognizes the wall as also the answer to the riddle of our separate self.

It is in dream that our deepest truths lie sleeping.  I seek a theory of evolution that integrates dream with waking life.


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