Songs and Dreams
By Seeking We Are Found
“The Dreams are cinematic: the cathedral with the columns, the cave with its altars.... The Songs echo the firm conviction of St. Patrick that the power of the Christ will not only suffice, but also will triumph and yield blessings unimagined. The help we long for is confidently expected and celebrated.... The Songs are good medicine for the health of soul, but are best in small doses—a little goes a long way. There is more here than meets the eye, so plant the seed and see what grows” (from the book).
There is a correlation between waking experiences in a sleep state and inner experiences in a waking state. Both involve awakened consciousness. The songs in this volume are halting attempts to put into words inner events that are experienced in a waking consciousness. Inner experiences are filtered into images, ideas, and feelings, which are then translated into words. This derivative process condenses activity into words.
The polar opposite process must happen for you, the reader. If these words resonate when read, they then recreate images, ideas, and feelings. In this way, it is possible for the writer and the reader to experience a very similar inner activity. The creative process of each reader has a life of its own. Ironically, as individuals we create our own unique inner activity, which can lead to a universal experience.
“This is a remarkable and very impressive book. Mr. Reilly is a lifelong student of philosophy and Rudolf Steiner and his poetry provides a spiritual autobiography of a serious philosopher and Christian. He has provided significant dreams which illuminated his life at various times, which in counterpoint to his poetry (they are often psalms in the most important sense) provide an illuminating and instructive whole.
“As he has lived, so does his poetry, and the insights provided there, develop. Read the book from cover to cover, and feel the depth of this man's spiritual quest and discovery. Like all good poetry, this book provides the reader with an intuitive illumination that goes beyond the text itself. They are psalms, parables, insights and glimpses into the marvel of our lives and existence. The reader will go back often to certain phrases and poems, and most especially the dreams.
“I recommend this book without qualification. It is the distillation of a serious man's lifelong quest for truth and enlightenment, to which any thoughtful Christian will respond with delight and gratitude.”—Charles D. Wick