If someone called you a 'Dreamer' would you be offended?
Pause for a moment and think about the connotations;
- Head always in the clouds.
- Thinking fantastic thoughts yet never taking any of the steps necessary to achieve them.
- Little grasp of how reality works.
'Naive, idealistic, utopian and unproductive' are just some of the labels thrown at dreamers. They have no place in the system's world. They never get anything done and their ideas would never work.
Given this level of condescension, it's unsurprising that most people would rather avoid being labelled a 'dreamer'. While we all have a little idealist in us, we'd rather suppress our loftier visions than risk the ridicule of others. However, something happens when we turn our backs on that magical part of our souls. We cut ourselves off from a source of inspiration, that if nourished, could lead us to the realisation of our most cherished ideals.
It's for this reason that I'm writing this particular post. We need to change the 'Dreamer' label so it reflects the positive, status quo challenging force that it is. And more importantly, the world needs YOU to remember, and give free reign, to the dreamer in you.
You see it's my firm belief that 'Dreamers' shape the future. That idea, lying dormant in your mind, could be the very thing that empowers millions of people or creates technology that saves generations to come. However, if you allow it to stagnate, or ignore it through fear of being told to 'stop dreaming and live in the real world', then humanity is denied the chance to evolve.
The Saviors of the World
Have I convinced you yet?
Are you starting to feel your chest swell with pride at being a 'Dreamer'?
If I can't convince you then perhaps a heavyweight spiritual titan can lend some credibility to my theory. You see I'm not the only one who believes in the paradigm changing power of the dreamer. James Allen, author of the spiritual classic, As a Man Thinketh, had this to say about the importance of a person with a dream,
"The dreamers are the saviors of the world. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men, through their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers. Humanity cannot forget its dreamers; it cannot let their ideals fade and die; it lives in them; it knows them as the realities that it shall one day see and know."
Allen mentions something very significant here. Look at how the quote finishes. The dreamers' dreams will become reality. Far from the ineffective waste of space that the system wants us to see them as, the 'Dreamer' is the dynamic shaper of the future.
It's very simple. Everything starts with an idea. That car you see driving on the road. That plane flying in the sky. The sports star lifting the championship trophy. The dream preceds the reality. Even that age old question of what came first, the chicken or the egg, can be explained by the creative consciousness (answer at the bottom of the page).
The exact process by which our dreams manifest themselves into reality is, at the moment, unknown. However, some of sciences greatest minds have postulated on the process and their theories lend real credibility to the idea that our dreams are real. Take Max Planck for example. A scientist who studied atoms and matter (often referred to as the father of quantum theory) for a large part of his life and Nobel Prize winner for physics in 1918, had this to say about the relationship between consciousness and reality,
"I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: there is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force . . . We must assume behind this force the existence of a consciousness and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter."
Don't underestimate the significance of these words. Here we have a legendary scientist, that even the system accepts as an authority, telling us there is something more powerful than the material world. In fact, the mind matrix he talks about is the shaper of our realities as, 'all matter originates and exists by virtue of a force.' And seeing as we are conscious beings it follows that we are connected to this force. And if we are connected to this force then we too, share in this ability to influence matter.
This is why your dreams are real. The world is not a fixed, solid entity governed by random events. It is luminous and changeable and in part, responds to the desires and dreams, vices and greed of the people that live in it.
Turn your Dreams into Reality
I hope this post has convinced you of both the fact that your dreams are real and of the importance of pursuing them. I hope that you will be able to walk tall and say with pride that you are a 'Dreamer'.
Of course, the system is going to tell you to limit your expectations and not get carried away but it will always seek to defend the status quo. Your job is to be brave enough to hold onto, and act upon, your dreams no matter what the voices around you are saying.
And take it easy on yourself. You wouldn't be human if you didn't occasionally doubt the possibility of realising your dreams. In these moments, take heart from two different sources.
1. Those that have already realised their dreams. People do do it. You only have to turn on your TV or browse the internet to see countless examples of people living their dreams. These people are human, just like you. Don't make the mistake of thinking that they were born great or gained their position through luck. Study them and learn what it takes to reach that level.
2. This is a science you're working with. Ok, so there is no definitive experiment to measure how the mind shapes reality but there is evidence out there. Not only do we have the thoughts of some of sciences greatest figures, there are also numerous experiments that chronicle the relationship between consciousness and reality (Gregg Braden's book The Divine Matrix is a good source for these). More conclusive than both of these sources, though, is proving it to yourself. For over 11 years I've been keeping records of how my life has been improving since changing my thoughts and feelings and the relationship between the two is scarily accurate. You'll prove it to yourself as well as you stack each small success on top of the other, eventually creating the belief that you CAN live the life of your dreams.
Over to You . . .
Do you know someone who struggles to believe in their dreams? Email them a link to this article and give them the boost needed to start taking action.
And since we're talking about dreams, I want to know what yours is. Tell me in the comments section below and if you're already living it, then tell us your number one tip for making it happen.
(Answer: Neither! The idea of the chicken came first.)
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