A note from Erin:
I’m thinking about dreaming.
Not night dreams, but those we dream for ourselves in our lives.
As in Charles Eisenstein’s beautiful phrase, “the more beautiful world our heart knows is possible.”
Not so many years ago I was a little disoriented about dreams. I thought the point was all about being present, here, now, and my approach to presence precluded dreaming into the future. My dreaming muscles were weak. My life felt tight. Exercising my dreaming muscles again has been life changing in the best way.
The paradox is, of course, that both are essential. Presence is key. But so are dreams.
I like the way Mark Nepo speaks to this paradox.
“I have wanted so many things, reaching so few. From here, it’s clear that I have been blessed
not to get everything I’ve wanted. For my want hasn’t always been good for me, or anyone near. Often the things I want are compensating for something I’m not ready to face. In this way my want often twists the dream, which in turn twists me. It’s made me thing of dreams differently: not as individual aspirations, but more as transpersonal conduits of grace; filaments of soul that help us find each other and illumine the world. Now I think of dream as a state of being and not a place to arrive at. Now I think that dreams skip from heart to heart like flowing neurons arcing across synapses in the Universal body. We get so caught up in whether the dream comes true or falls away, when its purpose is to charge the circuit of life between us. When we can feel a dream moving through – and drop its name, even more, drop its game – it expands us with a moment of aliveness that enlightens us, lightens us from within. So, really, any dream will do. It is the dreaming that’s essential; not its imagined real estate, but the places it lights along the way.”
What dreams are percolating in your heart-mind these days?
What is calling you? Enchanting you?
Is there something trying to be born?
How do you relate with your dreams?