I still cannot believe sometimes how this tree mural came about. So many years ago, I taught (and learned so much!) at the Paideia School (in my mid to late twenties) and shortly before I left there was a big celebration for a new building which was a gym and theater. I remember designing a t-shirt for that occasion. I left to go teach in Boston at the Atrium School, and one night I had the most remarkable dream. In this dream, I wandered around Paideia’s campus, and decided to go into the new building. As I stepped into the large foyer/reception area, there was the most holy and important tree growing, right in the building. It was the Tree of Knowledge, of The Tree of Life. Standing there gazing at it, I think I felt both knowledge and life cannot exist without the other. I woke up from the dream feeling a depth of wisdom from the tree flowing through me. I figured that it meant there was so much good, eternal and mythical learning going on at the Paideia School. That is what it meant to me by the way the dream felt.
Many years later (not quite thirty), I heard that a new library for the elementary school was being built on the Paideia campus. Imagine my true astonishment when the librarian, Natalie Bernstein, who arrived at the school after I had already left it those many years ago, contacted me and said she’d like to commission me to paint a Tree mural to go inside the new building!
How can that be? How can a dream symbol such as the Tree of Life actually, over time, find it’s way back to me in this way? In my dream, the tree grew in the new building, and in “reality” the tree mural was to be mounted on the wall in a new building! I still can’t believe it. I live for this kind of magic!
The other thing is that last year, an astrologer told me I’d have many things happening that would bring back the era of life from the 1980’s (when I taught at Paideia). A flood of synchronistic and highly unusual connections did unfold recently, and they still are happening. It is so interesting to contrast the “then” energy and find that, in many ways, there is a “now” energy that is so very similar. Only I’ve grown. Like a tree, toward the sun.