Dreaming A New Dream
by JoAnne Dodgson
mentor at the Wise Woman University
Dreaming a new dream - that's how we'll change the world. The first step toward change is simply to dream. What do you really want...for your life?...for all life?...for our planet?
Our Inner Landscapes Shape the World
Our inner worlds are filled with beliefs about life and pictures for how we're supposed to live it: What we should and shouldn't do given our gender, age or race. What our bodies should look like. How relationships work. What's 'food' and where to get it. How money is to be made and spent. How to treat the animals, plants and waters of the earth.
We absorb beliefs from the social culture surrounding us - the media, our families, government, religions, schools. When we adopt others' beliefs and social mandates as our truths, these become the foundations for our inner world. And our lives are built upon what we carry around inside. Collectively, generation after generation, we've constructed a world filled with wars, fear, discontent, toxic wastes and disease.
Dream Your Dreams
Change begins on the inside as we untangle from old mindsets. New dreams are the key to creating a new world and for making sought-after changes in our personal lives. If we stretch our minds and hearts to think beyond the box of assumptions and shoulds and supposed-to's, we open up a universe of new potentials. What do you really want?
Claiming your dreams is a passionate, creative quest. If you want more love or abundance in your life, if you want peace on the earth, the dream-quest involves feeling what that feels like, imagining what that looks like, envisioning everyday life with the abundance or love or peace that you seek. Dreaming your dream is the seed which holds the blueprint for building a new way of life. It's all there inside the dream.
Nourish Your Dreams
Dreams, like all seeds, need nourishment to grow. Let acceptance and love rain down upon your dreams. Feed them with curiosity and respect. Cultivate your dreams with wild fertile space to grow. Give them some light - keep thinking about them, talk about them, feel the feelings, awaken the details, get the pictures crystal clear. Your dreams will take root inside you and ripple out beyond you. Your inner landscape shapes the world.
Share Your Dreams
One of my passions is to offer gatherings for Visioning Ceremony, often held during new moon. There is a palpable shifting when people focus their attention inwardly, listening to the callings of their heart, searching for and giving voice to their visions and dreams. But we don't have to wait for ceremonial gatherings to explore our dreams. We can talk about new possibilities and potentials anywhere anytime in the everyday moments of our everyday lives - in our homes, at the workplace, in the grocery store line.
Share your dreams. The awakening of new potentials and the building of energy in the direction of change will expand exponentially. We can learn from one another, consider things we haven't thought of before. With our sharing, we inspire each other to dream more freely and openly, with joy, creativity and clear intent.
As we dream up and dream in a new reality for ourselves and the world, we weave a tapestry of purposeful change. Each dream is distinct yet connected with all the others. Each is essential to the whole.
Dream a New Dream
The very moment we give voice to what it is we really want, our dreams take their first breath of life.
So what are your dreams?...for your life?...for all life?...for our planet?
Stories by JoAnne Dodgson
About JoAnne Dodgson
JoAnne Dodgson, Ed.D, is a healer, teacher, medicine storyteller and weaver of webs of balance in ancient Peruvian medicine ways Ka Ta See, ‘living in balance from the heart.’ She has a doctorate in counseling psychology and over twenty years experience offering transformational counseling, ceremonial gatherings, holistic healing, workshops and community outreach. She teaches at Southwestern College in Santa Fe. JoAnne lives in the enchanted desert mesas of New Mexico.
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