Seeing in the Dark
by Kim Sillen
Kim Sillen Gledhill was a healthy 24-year-old painting student when she worked for the band R.E.M. Her life changed suddenly on a hot Georgia day while she was running through the woods with their manager’s dogs. From out of nowhere, she heard a voice tell her that she would develop multiple sclerosis.
This was the latest in a series of premonitions that started when she was three years old. While the rational side of her brain tried to dismiss these things and distance herself as far as possible from anything that reminded her of feathered dream-catcher wall hangings or the Psychic Friends Network, she knew that this warning was real. So real, in fact, that she did what seemed crazy for a healthy, young painter in the grunge-filled 90s: she bought a health insurance policy. Nine months later, she was diagnosed with MS.
Seeing in the Dark is a story of learning through dreams and premonitions that consciousness is not isolated to the confines of one’s own mind. It makes a case for a nonlinear structure of time that can't be easily dismissed, while presenting a clear connection between body and soul.
This is the story of accepting the unacceptable in a world that defaults to linear thinking; of finding the rational in the irrational; and of embracing a gift while overcoming the seemingly insurmountable obstacles of a chronic illness. It might make you rethink everything.
- Kim Sillen, December 2011
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