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“Listening to the voice of the Dream, you must make a choice. Keep the life of security and conformity, or travel into the darkness to find your awaiting paradise.”
According to Oxford Dictionary a dream is:
That sounds great right? A feel good definition. But right below that in the definition is this:
Talk about cold water… Why are we so quick to dismiss dreams in our society? Even in defining the word we build in a way to downplay the value of dreams and make sure that people understand that dreams are to be thought-of and not lived. Think about this. What was the first dream you ever had for your life? What was the first thing you can remember saying “That is what I want to do when I grow up.” Now imagine for every person that dream came true. A whole world of people doing nothing but living their dreams. Pretty awesome right? I think we would be a race of happier creatures if that was true.
Ok, so maybe that is not exactly ideal. I mean if that was real there would be a lot more ninjas and princesses in the world, right? The point is this: dreams are not to be dismissed or cast in a negative light, they are to be our purpose and reality here on Earth. The dreams we have as children grow over time as we grow as people. What happens at some point is that we stop growing as people with our dreams and they are cast aside because we can not keep up with them. We diminish the importance of our dreams and fit them nicely into boxes stored far in the back of our minds and hearts. Replacing them are things we perceive as more “realistic” or “plausible” based on the culture we find ourselves in. Achieving our real and true dreams somehow no longer fits into our life of comfort and ease so we vilify them and hide them away in dark places not to be heard from again.
The amazing thing is that even against all our efforts to destroy our own dreams, they still find their way into our lives. Every night when we close our eyes, our bodies heavy from a day or responsiblity and tasks, our dreams come out to play and to be heard. This time is when our dreams and desires can become real again, if only in an artificial way. I firmly believe that there is a real connection between the dreams we have when we sleep, and the purpose of our lives on Earth, our destiny if you will. It may not be as clear as all that, but if we nurture this idea we can begin to take back the dreams we have left to die.
In the land of sleep and fantasy our minds are allowed to imagine, to manifest what our heart desires, and is not bound by rigorous and tedious laws and foolish self delusions we use to mask our dreams. In this place we are free to explore what God has imagined for us, what the meaning of our life is without fear of ridicule or humiliation. The question should be for all of us is how do we get from the dreams that live only in our sleeping minds to being able to manifest and truly LIVE those dreams? Unfortunately this is not an easy thing to answer and even harder to do. Our society has done a damn good job of convincing of that our dreams are nothing more than thoughts to occupy our minds when we don’t have real life things to do.
The first thing that can help us overcome this fact is to come to the realization that our dreams are most often in line with our legacy in life. We have talked about legacy work here before and have explored the importance of fulfilling our personal destiny in life. The role that dreams play in this process is of paramount importance. Along with this realization should come the understand that no matter who we are, we are all meant for greatness in life. For each person great and wonderful things are meant to happen and meant to be lived. What we must to do to come into full cohesion with our legacy is to un-filter our view of what is possible and stop looking at life through the blinders of conformity, falsity, and limitations. Behind this veil that society places on our eyes lies the path that will lead us to the realization of our dreams, the real ones, that live deep in our hearts.
What we must also do in this endeavour is to let got of our need for things to be easy. The realization of our dreams is of utmost worth to us, and therefore will not be easy to achieve. One of the clearest and most profound roadmaps for this task can be found in a project called “Throne of Dreams” by Angel B and the guys at Dark Lion. In this cohesion of music, visual art, and inspired writing Angel B lays out the steps to achieving ones dreams:
The goal of this project, and of each of our individual journeys toward our dreams, is to go boldly in the direction of that thing that makes life worth living for you and to not ever deviate from that pursuit. At each step we must fight against our own instincts to dismiss our dreams as foley. As we begin to come closer to unity with out dreams the manifestation of their possibility, no their reality, is shown to us and becomes evident more than it ever has. It is about training our brains to listen to what our hearts are saying and to not confine our dreams to those dark corners in the spaces in our minds. Let your dreams free from the sleeping mind and have them run wild in the world of the waking where they can make an impact on this planet.
No matter what your dream is, you are meant for something beautiful, something transformational for yourself and those around you. Our purpose here on Earth is manifested in the existence and living of our dreams we hold close. Maybe you don’t know what it is right now, that is perfectly fine. As you begin to see the world not as a limiting and delineated series of steps, but ripe with the possibility for realizing your human potential your legacy will show itself to you. It is then up to you to not let go of it, to not only see it and feel it, but to perfect it and then to share it with the world. My advice to you: Dream big, then live bigger.