Do you dream?
No… I don't mean dream as in the dreams you have at night; I mean dreams such as - what do you want to be when you grow up?
Now, I know that for many of you reading this you're probably thinking you're already a grown up, right? But you're not; not really.
I mean yeah you maybe 21, 43, 51, or 62 and that's fine but that doesn't make you a “grown up” it just makes you a person who has been in your current human form for 21, 43, 51, or 63 years.
Age is merely a number and does not define who or what you are. You can be old at 25 and young at 52 – remember that! So being a grown up is merely a phrase we use to speak about people of a certain “age.” So having set the record straight on that, lol, let me rephrase my question.
So when I ask are you someone who dreams, you might be a 55 year old executive manager in a government position which is all well and good, but are you someone who dreams of going to Disney? Are you someone who dreams of the day when you can have an art studio in your garage and paint or sculpt? Are you someone who dreams of that day when you can take that acting class you have always wanted to take and get on stage and perform? Are you someone who if given the opportunity would quit your current “job” to follow a different dream of your ideal “career?” Are you someone who chooses not to dream because you feel it is impossible? Impossible because you don't have enough money and this dream would not provide you enough money to support yourself or your family.
Do you refuse to dream because you can't live off of this dream?
Well let me tell you something you may not have been told before - you can't afford to live without the dreams!
The dream is what inspires you and as you may or may not already know to be inspired, from the Latin “īnspīrāre” which means to be in God.
Now, metaphysically we know that there is no separation between us and God and so to be in God is more to be in God consciousness and to be in alignment with the law of mind where your ego is not in control.
Your ego is what is dictating what you can and cannot do.
Your ego is going to keep you living and dreaming small.
Are you someone who is dreaming small or are you someone who is willing to step out and dream larger?
Oprah has this quote that I often use or borrow from her where she references allowing the dream that God has for you to show up in your life. In other words are you willing to let God’s dream for you manifest in your life?
Are you willing to let the consciousness of God, the law of mind in action to dream through you, from you, for you, and as you, in order to demonstrate and manifest all that you can be, do, and have in this lifetime?
The greatest thing about dreams is they don’t expire. They can lay dormant for years and when you pull them out and dust them off, they shine like new.
— Casi McLean
Are you willing to take the leap of faith to go to the land were your passions move your heart?
Are you willing to stand alone in order to manifest that which you feel called to do with your life? Like Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi stood against the odds to live according to a higher ideal – a dream of peace and unity. Are you willing to dream, like George Lucas, Walt Disney, Bill Gates, or Steve Jobs and give birth to something that will revolutionize the world? Are you willing to face your fears of failure and or success in order to say you gave it your all to live the life you felt was your purpose to live?
Life is made of dreamers birthing dreams. Whether it is Einstein dreaming of riding a comet and creating the E=MC2 equation, Orville and Wilbur Wright dreaming of a flying machine, John F. Kennedy dreaming of a unified and equal America, or JK Rowling dreaming of a young wizard and his adventure of self discovery and transformation. Every medical advancement, technological achievement, work of art, and piece of music was born in the mind of a man or woman making the choice to give birth to this idea, this dream.
What dream or idea do you have tucked away in the recesses of your mind?
Buddhist scholar Alan Watts interviewed a number of college students asking them what they desired to be or do with their lives. Not what they were in college to study but what was the thing they were passionate about. The question is often phrased as, if money were not a factor and failure not possible, what would you do with your life? Often people respond that they would become painters, musicians, raise horses, gardeners, etc. Always they respond based upon their dreams! We allow the confines of culture and society to suffocate and stagnate and suppress our inner most dreams and in doing so we allow our spirit to die a slow and painful death.
Now is the time to change that. You have the ability to live your life based upon your dreams! Live the life you are destined to live; a life that you are passionate about, not a life based on competition and dog eat dog and rats racing to get the cheese before the others! Rather than that, you can live a life where all are equal, unified, and free, a life where each is respected as the individual manifestation of the divine that they are.
Reflect upon the words or Thoreau,
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favour in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”