and the Dream
My friends have a refrigerator
magnet that says "Only the dreamer can change the dream."
Frankly, this statement puzzled me the first few times I read
My first thought went to John
Lennon's great song "Imagine." "You may say I'm
a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." Call me an idealist
('cause it's true), but aren't we all dreamers? Don't we all dream
of peace and equality, a world of hope for our children and ourselves?
So if we're all dreamers, then
we all have the power to change the dream, according Julianna's
refrigerator. In my lesser moments, I ask "Would that be
the dream of wholeness or the dream of separation?" There
are times when this life-dream feels like a nightmare. Separation,
fear, distrust, agony. For many people, the dream has become a
nightmare of pain.
I remember I used to have these
awful nightmares that I was being chased by a bunch of people
with guns. I could only run and hide, run and hide. I could never,
not once ever, actually defend myself. It literally never even
occurred to me in those dreams that I had the choice to defend myself.
I was a victim, even in my dreams.
Now, I've done a lot of work over
the years to combat this nightmare. I stopped watching the news,
I stopped watching NYPD Blue, I stopped listening to violent music.
But most importantly, I learned to change the dream.
I am not a victim. I am the dreamer
of the dream. Stuff happens, every day. Stuff that I am not in
control of happens every single day. I refuse to be victimized.
I change the dream.
It's been said that the only thing
that you have control over is your own perception of, and thus
your reaction to, events. If I perceive God in All -- all people,
all events, all circumstances -- then the nightmare becomes a
peaceful acceptance of What Is.
I'll admit, this takes some practice.
I still have a nightmare or two every now and then. But now, in
my dreams, I take on the difficulty, I transform it, and I no
longer live in fear.
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