"There can be a real meeting
between two people
at the point where they
always felt marooned.
Right at the edge.”
- Sam Shepard
Love and life are so difficult to define.
Both are never singular. There must be two.
Love is utterly singular to each person in each relationship at each moment in time.
We each love different loves,
constantly navigating and negotiating the infinite continuum of meaning
with which we view each lover through eyes that may not even see us as we are.
Sam Shepard's letters to his life-long friend, Johnny Dark
explored love as a union of two sovereign alonenesses
and a mutual awakening to dormant parts of each self.
Both men belonged to “The Work”
a movement of gatherings based on the spiritual teachings of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff,
whose philosophy was rooted in the idea that
although our default state is a sort of waking sleep, we are capable of waking up.
In 1982, Shepard met the actress Jessica Lange on the set of the film Frances, in which he had a supporting role.
Lange earned an Academy Award nomination and won Shepard’s heart.
The two entered into an immediate and intense romance
that effected, as Shepard wrote to Dark, mutual awakening.
What do you think?
Do we mostly live in a waking sleep
from which only love can awaken us?
Can our dreams awaken us even more?