Between “above “and” below” there is not stasis but dynamism and
tension. The motive causes of this tension are the dream
and the struggle.
In Constance there is talk of dreaming (“Sometimes I dream I
find you...”) and dreaming is also the theme of Still I’ll Dream. Here
the image of the danger of a descent is strong, but despite this, Christian
still writes: “I’ll succeed in dreaming again because you and I were
looking for the things that are true/Beyond the clouds, yes beyond the
hills, beyond the skies”. The dream is different from illusions (“And
I ain’t got time for illusions” - Ain’t a loser).
It’s something that has a reference to reality (“Hold my hand in my
dreams” - Michaela) and which is transfigured or yearned for
(“Dream to be/What you think you can’t be/Let yourself go/Let your mind
fly” - Close your eyes). Above all, it is a territory, if not
of reality, then certainly of truth. The dream is the place in which
one is most true, in which the basic tensions of a life are revealed
and manifested, at least in the interior depths. This is the motive
for many of Christian’s exhortations to dream.