Every so often, you come across a phrase or a statement that is breathtaking in its perceptiveness. This is what happened to me when I read the following quote from The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard:
“The main benefits of the home, I must say: the shelter during the day, the home protecting the dreamer, the home allows one to dream peacefully … the home is one of the greatest forces of integration for the thoughts, memories and dreams of humanity. The binding principle in this integration are daydreams. “
Of course, you need to keep in mind that Bachelard had this book first published in 1958, he was 74, so he was writing predominantly from a bygone era, and from a European (specifically French) sensitivity. However, he writes on a theme so universal that it still resonates strongly in even the most contemporary urban psyche. Similar to the work of Carl Jung, and of the same era, Bachelard writes about the conscious and unconscious allure of the dwelling we refer to as home.
As a Feng Shui consultant with a background in counselling psychology, I have always conducted my assessments from the position that a client’s home reflects a great deal of their inner life. So when Bachelard’s put so much power into the term “daydream”, a term we now often use derisively and dismissively, it struck a powerful chord within me.
On pondering his elevation of the status of the daydream, I could indeed see the intimate connection between reverie, and the actual path someone’s life might take. After all, daydreams reveal our predilections, our yearnings. They are where our vision for our life is conceived. They are where solutions to our dilemmas are germinated. And daydreams can best flourish in the quiet nooks and crannies of …Read more