Dreaming is a revolutionary act. It is to be part of creation and to access our source of deep creativity.We know it is true and we feel it in our body and soul.
However, we live in a society that does not value dreams. From an early age we are taught to have “our feet on the ground”. How many children are called out for daydreaming when they look out the classroom window?
Perhaps this is why Sir Ken Robinson said in his TED Talk that schools kill creativity. I believe that not all schools, but the vast majority that I have visited, do.
Dreaming and playing are enablers of deep learning and profound levels of socialisation.
The vast majority of technologies and innovations that we enjoy today, were dreamt by someone, at some point in time.Look at the song Yesterday that Paul MacCartney said came to him during a dream or the construction of the periodic table that came, in part in a dream by Mendeleev. These people probably had critics who tried to convince them that the idea wouldn’t work. Televisions, mobile phones, chairs, notebooks, glasses, imagine if the dreamers of these ideas only believed their critics? or the impossibility of their dreams?
We are often those critics when someone presents us with their dreams. The result is that people no longer want to share their dreams. The devaluation of dreams contributes to most of us not even remembering them…
What kind of society are we when people do not remember their dreams and stop sharing their dreams?
Cultivating and nurturing our dreams and those of others is an essential part of the transition to a more beautiful world that we know is possible.
Neurological studies show that we spend 30% of our lives sleeping and dreaming. It is time to reclaim those dreams, the source of creativity and wisdom, and, give them meaning.
We can, for example, start by practicing writing down our dreams in a notebook. Personally, I write down my dreams as soon as I wake up and once a month I read them. They have been the source of inspiration for many ideas and projects I have undertaken.
In many of these dream projects I have used the Dragon Dreaming methodology that was created in Australia in the 1980s by John Croft and Vivienne Elanta. Dragon Dreaming proposes the creation of collaborative and sustainable projects from people’s collective dreams. DREAMING, PLANNING, DOING and CELEBRATING are the four phases that allow the creation of projects of personal growth, strengthening of communities and care for the planet.
All over the world thousands of projects have already been realized with Dragon Dreaming, from companies, ecovillages, start-ups, to associations, permaculture projects, governmental projects, among others.
How can you put these ideas into practice?
1- Increase your perception and your senses to listen to what is going on around you. What causes need attention? What are your skills and what do you need to develop?
2- Dream and listen to your intuition: what ideas and inspirations invite you to act? can you ask yourself some good questions before going to sleep and observe what subtle messages your dreams bring to you?
3- When an idea or dream emerges and resonates with you, share it with someone you would like to work with. Invite him/her to be part of your project. A dream dreamt together has a strong chance of coming true.
4- Share with more people who have complementary skills to yours and who can help your project.
5- Assemble a dream team and hold a Circle of Dreams so that the energy of the project is amplified. Trust that your project will become better and more inspiring.
To dream is to fulfill a legacy of dreams dreamt before us. It is to be part of the creative flow of humanity.