Enter the Dream

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein

“The Dream of the Prisoner” (1836) - Moritz Ludwig von Schwind

 

Ancient societies placed great emphasis on dreams, and no major decisions were made without first consulting them. Contrast that with many modern cultural paradigms.

In the film The Neverending Story, a little boy whose mother has recently died is repeatedly told by his father to get his head out of the clouds and put his feet on the ground. Many of us have heard the same thing while growing up. Then we internalize that voice as if it were our own.

This movie’s theme is based on a book the boy finds when he ducks into a small bookshop, in order to avoid three tormenting classmates. The bookstore owner warns Sebastian away from the tome, saying it will involve the boy more than he would want. Sebastian does indeed become part of the story, journeying through a vanishing world called Fantasia. His struggle between doing what his father requires of him and doing what he dreams is a struggle many of us can identify with. We’ve all been conditioned to follow rules imposed by others. Learning to find our way out of this jungle of confusion is the journey we take when we decide to follow the dictates of the creative source deep within.

Fantasia is the realm created by human imagination, not so different from the one in which we live. What we believe, individually as well as collectively, becomes our experience of the world. When we lose the ability to dream, our creative expression is greatly diminished. This industrial age demands, to some extent, that we file in line and shuffle off to work to keep the consumer machine oiled and running. It’s easy to forget there are choices. When things appear stalemated, however – when we feel stuck and hopeless – we can turn back to the dream. Initially it might take time to get the imagination primed and running. But the world is bound to be enriched through our courage to contemplate.

Inspiration requires reflection, hence the ability to dream at night while sleeping. It is in such incubative spaces that it encourages us to try something different or new. During reflection, intuition opens up. Along this stream of awareness, we are carried into a place of immense possibility. Daring to dream gives us permission to invite magic back into our lives.

The death of imagination is a terrible thing. It is the destruction of Fantasia, a world rich with images, creation and food for the senses. To reactivate participation in this magical world, one only has to begin anew. The potential to create afresh exists within each one of us.

Dare to dream, and watch your world transform through the creative power that is within you!

 

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.

~ Albert Einstein 


10 comments on “Enter the Dream”

  1. I don’t know about brightness, but I love a creative, imaginative mind.

  2. Those two quotes are my favourites from Einstein. So far, anyway…

    It’s hard to be in the company of people without the ability (or desire?) to let imagination free. Energy gets a bit thick and heavy. Laughter feels pulled out. Exit stage left! Smiling…

    • Love his brilliance. That right brained stuff coming from such a learned man at that time remains remarkable.

      I do feel for people who can’t seem to access their creativity – I know they are suffering – and from years of counseling others who are seeking to reopen those channels, I deeply empathize. On the other hand, it’s way more fun being in the company of folks who are juiced. It’s contagious!

  3. well written Bela. As Dr. A.P.J. Kalam has rightly said, ” Dream, dream and make your dreams come true”… I always prefer creativity over knowledge! 🙂

  4. Bela,

    Lovely post and I need to acknowledge you for that.You have inspired me to take the aspect of Dreams and the barriers between our dreams and us further and I think I need to write a post !

    Thank you for the thought!

    Cheers

    Shakti

    • Excellent, Shakti! This post is pretty surface, for me. It’s a rework of an article I wrote for a paper years ago. Too much going on lately to deeply contemplate and turn out posts that reflect that, so I always have a backlog to pull from. Happy you’re going to take some of this to the next level!

      You’ve inspired me before, and I’m so happy to return the favor once in awhile 😉
      Enjoy your weekend!

  5. I just wish there was some way of remembering all our dreams(the ones that we see while asleep) because so often I wake up knowing that i had been through a very elaborate dream, which just evaporates the moment I open my eyes. Surely they must be trying to say something to us. Or are they parellel existences? Our consciousness employed in another realm? Dreams are so intriguing..both the ones that we’re not aware of and the ones we hang on to with all the powers of our imagination. Glad to read this:-)

    • I too have wondered for most of my life about where dreams come from. Jung would say the collective unconscious, but I’ve wondered about parallel realities as well. Also the tone and texture of dreams – some seem symbolic, thus I presume they come from the archetypal realm (collective unconscious). On the other hand, there are dreams that I’m very much a part of, that I’m active and conscious in. And so my thoughts turn to the premise laid down in “The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep” by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. This supposes that we are living in bardo states whether in body or out (in life on earth and after/before) – realms of illusion created by the mind – and that learning about these realms and practicing prepares us for the transition out of body and back to the formless, once again. It’s all fascinating stuff.

      As to how to remember dreams, the best tool I’ve ever found is keeping a journal by my bedside and waking myself up to write down the essence of the dream – which I always think I’ll remember and which I rarely do. Over the years that has produced some very interesting material for reflection.


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