Most of us, when we think of dreams and dreamers, think only of nighttime dreams. Nighttime dreams are great, chock full of information and guidance and gifts, but they are not the only kind of dreams out there. There are daydreams, there are Martin Luther King’s I-have-a-dream kinds of dreams, and there is the aboriginal Dreamtime. There are lucid dreams, shamanic dreams, prophetic dreams, and I-dream-of-someday-traveling-the-country-in-an-RV kinds of dreams. Surprisingly these different “species” of dreams actually have more in common than one would think.
Right now I want to focus on the kind of dream that is a wish, a prayer, a hope. This kind of dream can be about what we want in our own individual lives (i.e., the RV) or what we want to see in the world (i.e., Martin Luther King’s dream of racial harmony.) When we daydream, we are often unconsciously engaged in this kind of dreaming. For instance, if you are a kid in a classroom daydreaming about being outside playing baseball or picking flowers, you are imagining the kind of life that would allow you to pursue the pleasures you enjoy. Or if you’re an adult, you may find yourself daydreaming about that RV or a home by the sea or about writing a novel or playing guitar in a rock band. These are dreams you may or may not believe you can actually achieve, but if you accompany your daydreams with a conviction that you absolutely intend to make those dreams a reality, then you are a dreamer with power! Because making our dreams come true requires belief and faith and conviction and excitement!
John Lennon sang about MLK’s kind of dreams. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will live as one.” What Lennon was doing was taking his own individual dream for peace and hoping that many, many others would join him in the dream so that the world would shift as a result. This is exactly the kind of dreaming that indigenous shamans practice and teach about!
You may find yourself thinking, ‘Dreaming is not enough. There must be action! Hard work! Meetings and power point presentations and activists getting people lined up to vote!’ Well, yes, anything done on the physical plane will certainly help, but first there has to be the thought, the dream. The dream takes place on the spiritual plane and then it manifests on the physical plane.
Consider, for example, the dream of having telephones and trains and planes. First someone had to think of and daydream the concept of a telephone, train or airplane, and then they needed to believe it was possible. Only after, first, the dream, and then secondly, the belief that it was possible, and then the action, was the invention itself possible. And then when that individual dream collected power, when the imagination of the country embraced the dream and got excited about it, then it became possible to cover the continent with telephone lines and train tracks and to build the planes, airlines and the airports.
Consider, too, the destruction of the Berlin Wall, the end of slavery in America, the right of women to vote, and the ability to send men to the moon. All of these huge pivotal changes in the world began with a dream that gathered strength. If we could do those things, most certainly we can outlaw factory farms, rid the world of Roundup and GMO’s, and end hunger.
So, what’s your dream, people? How do you want to live your life? And how do you want the world to be? All it takes, to begin with, is a very strong dream.
Dream on, people!!!