Defining Dreams

“Dreams are necessary for life” Anais Nin

I would qualify that by saying that dreams are necessary for a joyful life. If we want to live our lives from the vantage point of creating a joyful future rather than repeating the events of our past then dreams act as a natural and powerful catalyst for that joyful life.

We are spiritual beings experiencing a physical life. All of non physical energy desires growth and expansion. Whilst we are in physical form this requires a dream. We all have desires, every moment of our lives we experience desires, that’s how we make choices. A desire for food, for warmth, for touch.  Dreams are a collection of desires that take us to a place of experiencing more than who we are right now.

In our culture the idea of leading a dream filled life is often greeted with disparaging responses. We are programmed to think that dreams are for the fortunate few who do not live in the “real” world. But all great achievements started with a dream….as Einstein himself said “Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.” Without dreams we can find ourselves lost in a sea of mediocrity, playing out the same experience over and over.

It is fascinating to me that the word dream is derived from the old English word Drem which means joy, music, ecstasy. Isn’t this what life is supposed to be like? This is the message of Aurora and countless other entities that offer their non physical perspective. And doesn’t life just feel right when you are joyful? When you are filled with passion, enthusiasm and excitement, don’t you recognise a feeling of being at home? This is how life is supposed to be. That’s why it feels so right and why we desire it so much.

As I have mentioned already, we all have desires. Dreams are slightly more than simple desires. Our desires can offer us quick fixes and there is nothing wrong with that, and I am talking semantics a little here but I think that it is an important distinction. We can desire a new car, absolutely, and I love the idea that we can use our creative capacity to manifest anything physical.  What dreams offer us is a deeper look at life. When we start to think of our dream filled life we move closer to the state that Joseph Campbell describes as following our bliss. “To find your own way is to follow your bliss. This involves analysis, watching yourself and seeing where real deep bliss is — not the quick little excitement, but the real deep, life-filling bliss.”

This sums up the difference between desires and dreams. Satisfying desires can give you the quick little excitement but dreams offer you the richness of life. Dreams demand that you know yourself. You can only experience a rich life of dreams if they are your dreams in the first place, rather than other people’s dreams for you. The very defining of your dream can be challenging. We have got used to the idea of making do, of making the best of what you are being presented with by life. We can live purely from a reactionary position, a kind of autopilot. To turn off that auto pilot and start asking yourself some big questions is one of the most freeing things you could ever do for yourself.

So what do I mean by a dream? A dream is a deep aspiration that you have for yourself or the world. In some instances there may be a great clarity of the form…a dream of running your own business, riding a horse on the beach, traveling the world. In some instances there maybe a knowing of the essence, more peace, more joy, more abundance. Dreams are unique and extremely personal. Two people may share a dream of traveling around the world and yet still experience it in an entirely different way.

Another point to consider is that dreams are relative. Just because they are a deep aspiration for us does not mean that they have to be meaningful to an outside observer. So we could all probably see the validity of having a dream of traveling the world, even if that would not be joyful to us, we can still see the validity to it. But having a dream being able to go on a train journey, alone, for 400 miles may not generate the same enthusiasm from everybody. But to someone who experiences panic attacks at the very thought of  getting on a train, but who longs for the freedom that particular journey would give them. To them THAT is a powerful dream. Once accomplished, that dream can also transform the rest of their lives.

What I am driving at here is that it is not the end result that is important, it is the personal journey. Dreams take courage, they take faith and trust. They take willingness to spend time with yourself, to get to know yourself intimately. It is not in the achievement of a goal where dreams will be found but rather in the process of living your life in alignment with your unique expression of joyful existence.

Cara Wilde

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