Lloyd Burlingame, successful Broadway stage designer and distinguished educator in theater arts, was at the height of his career when he learned that a hereditary condition would destroy most or all of his vision. Fearing the loss not only of his profession but also his identity, he asked himself: “What good is a blind artist?”
We all face losses in our lives, some so small they may go unnoticed, others of such enormity they threaten to overwhelm us. Does one accept the challenge of adapting to loss? Or does one give in to despair?
This is Burlingame’s story of seeking meaning in suffering and discovering an inner source of strength and resilience, finding direction and support in Jungian analysis. While still able to paint, he recorded the dream images that offered guidance on the inner road deep within him. Reproduced here, a selection of his paintings uniquely adds to his story.
On his journey of discovery, he reinvents himself as an author. Yet he considers the greatest achievement of his life to be finally accepting himself as nature made him: a unique individual, able to embrace the formerly despised and rejected parts of himself, to attain wholeness, freed to live fully.
For anyone who dreams, seeks truth, and courageously explores his or her inner reality, this illustrated memoir offers a fresh perspective to attaining psychological and spiritual maturity, and provides a new context to bringing the wisdom of the soul to awareness.