The title of the second Edge of the Known novel, Trust in the Unseen , was inspired by a blog post that I wrote a couple of years ago, which in turn was inspired by a dream.
A lot of commotion had been stirred up in a small logging town (nobody said so, but I somehow knew it was Aberdeen, Washington). It seems that a package had arrived, containing some kind of priceless treasure, and no one knew where it’d come from. The media descended upon this small town trying to get to the bottom of the mystery.
One trucker was interviewed. “All we’ve got here is trees,” he insisted. “There’s no way something this valuable came out of our town!”
When I woke up, I immediately associated Aberdeen with Nirvana, and I noticed the parallel at once. Here was a band that had emerged seemingly from out of nowhere to turn the musical world on its head. And Kurt Cobain’s ability to connect with his audience through his words and music was a ‘treasure beyond price’.
So, the dream was reminding me that the fulfillment of any dream is really a magical event, something that can’t be reduced to a series of logical steps. Like ourselves, it has its unseen source.
That media crew will never be able to trace the origins of the precious delivery because it sprang from the magic of consciousness itself. The reporters in the dream can be seen as the way our minds tend to race about looking for ‘explanations’ in the face of the unfathomable.
We’re not taught to see ourselves as the creators of our reality. Everyone learns, pretty early on, that the way to make life work is to get out there and manipulate things in the world, one way or another. What else can you do, in a (supposedly) mechanical universe without soul or significance?
And yet, logic-brain will always be confronted by certain phenomena – like the sudden appearance of priceless treasure in a poor logging town, or the emergence of the world’s biggest band from out of nowhere – that it just can’t explain from that framework.
This includes events that seem impossible from the perspective of the reasoning mind.
All of this ties in closely with the philosophy of Saul Mason, Brandon’s mentor, who insists time and again that our joys and victories, as well as our disasters and sorrows, all originate from within us. This is the essence of the magic that the greater part of humanity has learned not to believe in.
Trusting the unseen source involves opening our minds to the possibility of that magic, letting it touch us – and realizing that, oftentimes, the way in which it works really can’t be explained.
But it can be relied upon, nonetheless.