In A Short Story: The Girl Who Dreams of Red Shoes a young woman searches for something to feed her deep spiritual hunger. Bavarian Kreme donuts and M&Ms only make the void worse. After weeks of binging, she dreams of her spirit floating through a large mansion, disconnected from her body. When she comes across an audiobook exploring an old fairy tale, she can’t resist buying it. As she listens to story of The Red Shoes, she experiences inner shifts that awaken her to the possibiliy of a renewed spiritual life.
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Once upon a time, there was a young woman who’d lost her way. She knew her home address, and she knew how to get there, so she wasn’t lost in that respect. At night, she would have dreams, and in those dreams she would wander a cream-colored mansion infused with golden light. It would seem as if she was floating or flying, more like a ghost than a person. When she would have occasion to look in the mirror, she would start, because the person in the reflection looked nothing like who she felt herself to be… and so her dreams showed her: her spirit was disconnected from her body, hovering close by, but nonetheless lost to her daily reality.
And you wouldn’t think this would be a problem, since she was aware of it. Perhaps it would be an easy thing to coax her spirit back into her body, but in fact, it was not.
The young woman and her spirit had been disconnected for years, so even though they were familiar to one another, they weren’t really acquainted. Besides, the girl didn’t want her spirit to return to her body. She’d decided a long time ago that flesh was a dangerous place for spirit to live, so she made sure her spirit never felt welcome or comfortable inside her.
Yet, the young woman suffered from longing. The longing persisted, even though she pretended that it didn’t…