A Time to Dream

September 3, 2018

In our shared world, there simultaneously exists:

Poverty, hunger, greed, anger, love, hope, faith, trust, betrayal, kindness, compassion, theft, murder, longing, receiving, losing, winning,

and every phenomena in-between.

There exists pain and there exists relief. There exists beauty and nature and destruction. There exists both responsibility and nihilism.

Within our shared world, few of us have the socioeconomic and cultural circumstances that allow us to dream.

Yes; dreaming, hoping, wishing for future blessings is a privilege, granted to those whose lives are not immediately threatened by disease, lack of resources or actual predators. It’s not easy to write your goals in your dream journal when you’re running from war zones, simply trying to stay alive. Those who are lucky enough not to face daily life threats have the blessing of time. Time to live, time to love, and time to dream of all our hearts’ desires coming to fruition.

We often get distracted from our deepest desires amidst the hustle of modern living. Biological and economic needs must be met. Wake up, workout, get to work, work, run errands, eat, sleep, repeat.

In the face of all this momentum lay periods of stillness, periods of quiet. Times of holiday or common colds or short walks offer us stillness, temporary reprieve from lives that seem to have energies and agendas all their own. From that stillness, our dreams are born.

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live,” writes JK Rowling, and I do not suggest that any of us quit our jobs to squander our savings and drift off into Dreamland, never to return or work to make our dreams reality.

What I do propose, however, is 5 minutes each day of quiet. 5 minutes wishing for your truest wishes. 5 minutes believing those wishes are possible.

Brian Tracy asks us, “What would you do if you knew you would not fail?” Write your dreams as if they were already real. “I am sitting on a porch in Colombia drinking freshly brewed coffee. I am with the love of my life. I’m fulfilled in my career, my family, and my self.”

It’s possible that all we’re all hallucinating, all the time. Hallucinating our reality, hallucinating our thoughts, hallucinating our perceptions. If anything is possible, we must stop fearing our power and step into it. To make real the desires of our hearts, we must first believe that we can. We must look at ourselves, outside the context of cultural conditioning, and ask ourselves, “What would I want if I knew, without fail, I would receive it?” It’s important to do this alone, as we each dream unique dreams.

As Terence McKenna so eloquently spoke, “Culture is not your friend.” This concept is important to remember when considering your dreams. What your culture values may be entirely different from what you, individually, value. Some cultures, like that in the United States, value productivity, accomplishment, and hard work. That does not mean that if you do not share those values, your dreams are any less important than someone who holds dear to his self traditionally “American” values. It simply means your dreams and American ideals do not align.

It can be hard to remember when you’re living in a socially-agreed upon model of reality that it’s okay to be yourself. Being “different” means you either have a responsibility to share yourself with the culture that differs from you, to engage them in understanding why you value what you value and to learn about their values, or, it means you have a duty to find a place that agrees with you.

Consider sharing yourself with the culture that so differs from you. Evolution and biology have proven the benefits of diversity. In a species, it’s not best for everybody to think the same, to feel the same, to experience life in the same way through the exact same impulses and sensory understandings. We must be different. Our diversity is what saves us from monotony. Our diversity saves us from extinction.

Our diversity drives innovation. And, our creative differences (meaning, the differences between us that have arisen from our creation), is what keeps this world beautiful, colorful, and ever changing. Culture is not our friend, because we as a humans have been misled to believe that the television is God. What we see in advertisments tricks us into believing there is something wrong with us. We falsely believe our every blink, thought, and emotion must be culturally homogenous. To be anything different is to be “wrong,” to be a problem that needs solving.

Human uniqueness is our most precious gift. Pessimists may comeback to the aforementioned statement with, “If everybody is special, nobody is special.” I challenge those who truly believe that to redefine their understanding of specialness, of uniqueness.

Specialness is not the opposite of normalcy. To be special is to be human. The goal is to learn and identify how you are special, how you can contribute to the world and make your dreams real at the same time.

To be special is to be born into the world and out of this world, with no way of knowing for sure why you are here or how it happened. To be special is to realize that we are all, together, dreaming the impossible dream and living a life that would otherwise be darkness if not without our collective energy.

We are all energetic beings with the capacity for the entire color spectrum of emotions. To deny that fact, to believe you are wrong, damaged, or crazy is a disservice to the specialness that is you.

And so, if this is all just a dream, and you could have anything you want, what would it be?

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