Dreaming: Imagination in Action
(About) Four months ago, I had a series of synchronicities over a period of a couple of days that brought me to one word: Dreaming. I started to get a feel for something ‘I do,’ my gift, my way of showing up that I couldn’t not-do, it is so deeply embedded in my way of being in the world. Many different threads in study, life, and practice started coming together, all focused on this one word: Dreaming.
I began to try and articulate it to some people close to me, write out some of the insights, and as I did it became clear that I had some kind of proto-methodology, a way of working with people that might be something valuable, helpful.
So I set up an experiment to see if I could figure out just what I was on to.
TL;DR: I do seem to have something quite powerful on my hands. It’s an empowering orientation to life and practice, an individual (spiritual) practice, a coaching methodology, an interpersonal and relational practice, and a group awareness and organizational practice, all-in-one.
It’s flexible, multi-faceted, quick, effective, and powerful, and has become much more so as I’ve been experimenting with it.
It’s an Integral Practice: something which embraces any facet of life we wish to work with, something that brings together the most practical, moment-by-moment actions we take to do something in the ‘real world,’ as well as the greatest contexts and visions we can access. Dreaming is Imagination in Action. It’s also accessible to anyone who may already be interested in working consciously with their lives. There are no ‘prerequisites,’ other than having some access to a basically adult sense of self. (I think there are potentials beyond this as well, but was not offering this to any one else in this phase for obvious reasons.)
At the heart of Life is one ‘Activity.’ You are that activity, as am I, as is everything.
It’s a practice of Identity: Almost chiefly so. Dreaming brings us to the places where our Identities restrict our possibilities in the world, without vilifying, asking us to deny, or in any way alter those Identities. By focusing on how our Identities are constructed, are activities, we gain some measure of being able to act on them, rather than being defined, and confined, by them.
It’s a practice of World-Making, energized by the inquiry/ies: “What is Possible?” “What World Do You Want to Live In?” and “What Can We Make Together?”, among others.
The following is an account of some of the things I’ve learned over the past four months about Dreaming — I intend it as a bit of a record, a mile-marker of sorts. The ritual closing of a space of experiment. Or, as Dreaming is constantly iterative, at least a particularly explorative phase of experimentation.
I got the sense that if I wanted to really know what I had, and to begin to have a grasp on how to lead people through it, I’d have to do about 50 sessions. I decided early on to make these completely free, without even so much as the hint of a sales pitch or so. In hindsight what was probably most helpful about this is that I freed myself of the compulsion to need to ‘do’ something during the sessions, something which still occasionally got in the way and showed up in very subtle layers. I don’t think I’d have been able to see this dynamic that clearly if I’d tried to find paying clients at the get-go.
So 50 sessions. I then asked, how many people would I have to reach out to to get 50 actual sessions? How many people would I have to reach out to who would 1) read my invite, 2) be interested, 3) still be interested after receiving further information, 4) actually schedule a session, and 5) show up and participate? I guessed about 200, and so I put 200 Euro pennies in a little jar next to an empty jar, as well as 50 50 Euro-cent pieces in a little jar next to an empty jar, and began transferring the coins. One penny for every invite sent, one 50cent piece for every completed Dreaming session.
The number 200, though it was arbitrary, turned out to be just about right (a shade too many, actually, but better than the other direction.) It also freed me up from the fear of rejection. After all, what I was after was just 50 sessions, so I could get 150 rejections and still be alright. I didn’t get that many, of course, but I did get quite a few, as well as a large number of ‘rejections-by-default.’
What Dreaming is:
Dreaming says: at the heart of life, the universe, reality, there is really one ‘activity.’ You are that activity, as am I, as is… well — everything. I’m not interested in naming that activity, or even necessarily coming to some kind of final understanding of it.
What I am interested in doing, is playing with it. Inhabiting it. Embodying and emanating it. Taking it for a spin.
In Dreaming together, we try on a few simple and fundamental places of resting awareness, and see what comes up. The different ‘places’ bring us almost immediately to some of the basic boundary lines that we use to construct our sense of identity, what is real and what is not, etc. etc. Finding these lines and exploring these places has been immensely powerful for myself and those who participated in these original experiments.
Focusing on how our Identities are constructed, are activities, we gain some ability to act on them rather than being defined, and confined, by them.
From that initial intersubjective investigation, we can move in any of a number of ways. The participants simply lean in and listen for the direction of insight, greater openness, greater curiosity → or simply: the direction of deeper Dreaming.
But wait — what is Dreaming in the first place? Why am I being so round-about about it?
It’s difficult to describe, and partially that’s because it means several veryinterconnected, but helpfully differentiated things.
Why “Creativity?” Creativity is a word that neatly encompasses the two hands of Dreaming: the Visionary/Imaginary, and the Practical/Manifesting. To be a Creator is to be able both to see what is not yet present, and to bring it into being.
The Universe (or Life, or what have you) is Creativity, in both the unmanifest potentiality (the Godhead, the pregnant void) and in Creation, the manifest world.
This experience — open, joyful, excited, creative — this experience of Dreaming, it’s not just for some peak-experience, practice setting, weekend workshop: it’s your heritage and birthright as a human being. Life can be like this.
You are this as well, you are no different than this. You have some kind of a sense of the free being that you are, that is your birthright. From the perspective of the personality, it may seem like the difficulties in life, the things you tie yourself in knots around, are blocks to the flow of creativity in your life. From the perspective of Dreaming, however, even these ‘blocks’ arean expression of unlimited Creativity in this world and in your life. This also allows us to give some respect to our difficulties. They are an expression of intelligence and Creativity, not some random personal curse.
I do not think we’ve seen or are really prepared for being able to express this depth of Creativity, especially as we move into a Collective ability to anchor experience and awareness in Dreaming.
My own learning:
Besides what I learned about Dreaming itself, as a bit of a report-card I thought I’d also include two ways in which the sessions I was giving have ‘gone off the rails.’ As flexible as Dreaming is, ‘going off the rails’ is not disastrous; but there were sessions that were more and less powerful experiences.
First, I have a tendency to be a bit chatty, to engage on an intellectual level, rather than an experiential one. The need to set context and introduce perspectives and orientations on what we were doing when there may have been none previously exacerbated this.
Adjustment 1: I decided to do a series of context-setting videos for people both to get a sense of what Dreaming is all about when they first hear about it, and to send to someone before a session, so we’re not spending too much time on the things that I find myself saying in a majority of sessions to help set context.
Adjustment 2: I’ve started catching myself if I’m trying to ‘explain’ something, and return to the direct experience. This is a balance, as sometimes the explanation is extremely helpful, but I think with context-setting videos the need to do this when it’s been getting in the way should be reduced.
Second, I had difficulty at times with my ‘Approval’ seeking social self. (According to line of thought, everyone is either basically seeking ‘approval’ or seeking ‘power’ as a persona in every move they make in the world.) This would pop up particularly with intelligent women with some access already to their own awareness.
Adjustment: Without getting into the whys in my own Dreaming for this happening, I did start to notice this after the second time it happened, around session 10. I have become aware of this again after this session, but have been able to let it go as it arises. If needed, I can also divulge that this is present in my Dreaming, since if it’s there it will be creating a dynamic in our session.
And, as I’ve seen this be powerful now over and over again, as I’ve received glowing feedback and stories of genuine change and opening from people I’ve worked with, I’ve had less of a need to ‘prove’ to myself or the other that the method is powerful — ‘prove’ and ‘approval’ being closely etymologically linked by the sense of testing something’s worth. And so, this has naturally begun to ebb as I’ve done more and more sessions. (Another reason for doing 50 before entering a stage of reflection.)
And Finally, I’ve gotten some feedback that the sessions themselves were almost always surprisingly powerful and insightful, but that support for after the sessions on integrating these insights into daily life was thin. This is partially to be expected — after all, there’s only so much integration you can do in two hours. It’s not really the purpose of an introductory call to fully integrate an insight into your life. This was also not exactly my focus during this time.
Adjustment: I have already been sending people practices and suggestions for working with the material of the sessions afterwards. Like the first adjustment, though, I’ve decided to put a series of videos together to help with the most common practices I ask people to continue with in addition to sending them focused, bespoke practices to work with.
The Qualities of Dreaming
Dreaming is an experience (though not exclusively, see “Dreaming and View”), and that experience has several qualities that I’ve discerned in my own experience and in working with others. They all reflect on a ‘whole’ experience, as different instruments play together in one symphony.
This metaphor can extend easily: there are ‘groups’ of experiences that are closely allied, like rhythm and woodwinds. Where the metaphor breaks down is that the grouping that I’m doing here is far looser than in an orchestra.
And each person, essentially, is his or her own symphony. These are the qualities that I’ve discerned so far, it is not a final list, and you may experience and name these qualities in a different way. This is also very preliminary in itself.
But with that said, here are the qualities of Dreaming:
The Expansive Qualities: Openness; Expansiveness; Freedom.
Openness: Wide-open space, the ability to be present with what arises, a sense of having room to take in what life is giving in this moment.
Expansiveness: You could fill out all time and space, because you do.
Freedom: At the heart of Dreaming lies the realization and experience: you are unlimited Creativity. You are already freely creating your life, and always have been.
The Energetic Qualities: Excitement; Aliveness; Electricity; Wonder/Magic; Joyfulness.
Excitement: What’s there not to be excited about?
Aliveness: Can you feel Life, at this very moment? Can you feel your participation as Life, right now? Can you sense this not only in your body, or your energetic field and self, but in everything?
Electricity: High Voltage, running through you.
Wonder/Magic: In awe of the mysteries of Life, witnessing and dancing in an enchanted world.
Joyfulness: Natural, flowing, radiating joyfulness.
The Grounded Qualities: OKness; Groundedness; Home; Serenity; Peacefulness; Pleasure
OKness: Everything, everything, everything is OK.
Groundedness: All that fantastic energy: when you feel grounded in your body, experience, and awareness, instead of it pulling you up and out, it flows through you.
Home: Not ‘Thanksgiving Dinner Awkward Political Conversation’ home, or “my issues with my mother’s protectiveness” home, but HOME. Where you belong, in life, in yourself. Home.
Serenity: Equanimity. Unshakability. Calm and peaceful; even as the storm rages around you. You are the eye.
Peacefulness: Yes, even chaos is peaceful. Even coursing electricity.
Pleasure: What a wonderful experience to explore the textures of our lives! How pure the expression of pleasure in simply feeling our hands run across the grain of our desks, to feel the slight pressures our expanding musculature creates to fill us with breath.
Simplicity: all our myriad complexifications met at the root and source of this moment, this life.
The Relational Qualities: Curious; Grateful; Will; Celebration; Playfulness; Being-In-Love; Possibility; Turn-On/Attraction/Passion
Curious: And just what is happening now/next!
Grateful: Touched, appreciative. Present.
Will: The quality, not of desire, but of the fullness of our power as creative beings moving inexorably towards completion.
Celebration: Life as the grandest party possible, the playground of Krishna.
Playfulness: Leeched of the life-and-death seriousness that we carry with us in what is essentially unimportant, we can play with life again.
Being-in-Love: A quality of love-of and love-with. In love with our own life and fate, in love with our conversational parter, in love especially with what we find most difficult, what we wrestle with in creating.
Possibility & Potency: Possibility, not mathematically, where a roll of the die might land on ‘6,’ but the open possibility of applied life and energy. Potency: the ownership of Power, applied towards the possible.
Turn-on/Attraction/Passion: Sexual and sensual, but not ‘sexualized,’ our whole lives lived as foreplay — orgasm especially.
The ‘Whole Experience’ Qualities: Surrealness/Realness/Ordinaryness; Freshness; Lucidity; Nourishment; Wholeness; Remarkable.
Surrealness/Realness/Ordinaryness: How could these three be put together? What feels like ‘surreality’ to some, comes across as simply being ‘real’ to others. What feels different is the sense of the completely ordinary.
Freshness: Each moment, each breath new. An entire lifetime, an entire universe. Now, and now, and now again.
Lucidity: Self-reflexively aware, sharp in senses, you know that you are Dreaming, right now.
Nourishment: Allowing the clouds to move on, and the sun to shine directly on your leaves.
Wholeness: Only this everywhere; no parts without partaking (taking part).
Remarkable: Something is here. Something we are not accustomed to, and yet that feels familiar. Perhaps impossible to name explicitly, the experience is nonetheless remarkable, uncanny.
Presence: The quality of being-here.
The Christmas Morning Experience: A client recently gave a beautiful example of how beginning to access Dreaming regularly in experience can bring these different tenors of life back into awareness — she said it felt like she was having a “Christmas Morning Experience” continuously; an experience that combined a sense of excitement and anticipation with curiosity, aliveness, celebration, joyfulness and possibility. The moment when you wake up, before you’ve opened your presents or even seen them wrapped under the tree, when everything is possible and the moment, the moment you’ve finally been waiting for is here. Except, of course, the moment itself, life itself is the gift. That anticipation doesn’t have to deflate with the unwrapping, the collapsing of possibility. In a sense, it’s an invitation to anticipate what is already present.
At the Core, you could use any number of phrases to quickly capture the essence of the state: open, grounded curiosity. Serene, spacious play. Relaxed, focused Creativity.
The Marriage of Opposites: The experience of Dreaming often brings about apparently contradictory feelings — how can a coursing electricity be experienced as peaceful? I’ve had (several) people say something to the effect of “I feel… I don’t know how to say it… I feel both light and heavy at the same time.” Dreaming is an experience that unveils the myriad boundaries that we draw our experience with, and it shouldn’t be surprising then that we gain access to experiences that are difficult to categorize dualistically.
This experience — open, joyful, excited, creative — this experience of Dreaming, it’s not just for some peak-experience, practice setting, weekend workshop: it’s your heritage and birthright as a human being. Life can be like this.
Our Identification — our social self, our ego — is largely a way of shutting this down— our social self, our ego. In a Dreaming Session we work towards unveiling these activities of self- and social-self construction to reveal the Dreaming underneath.
Dreaming is your birthright as a human being.
For you Medium-readers, all of the articles published here are cross-posted to the Be Dreaming publication on Medium.
What I call a “Root-Pattern” is the fundamental way that we condition our Manifest Reality: the world as it is and We as the world. It is the fractal ‘shape’ that conditions how you orient awareness, and how you metabolize energy.
From the perspective of the personality, your Root-Pattern appears to be the ways in which you limit your Creative Freedom, ways in which you condition reality that you would not consciously ‘choose.’ When we get results we dislike, when we live in a world that we are not in alignment with, we are seeing the effects of our Root-Pattern. These might be experienced as ‘knots’ in the free flow of our Creative Being.
From the perspective of our Dreaming, however, even these knots and our Root-Pattern are the activities of our Creative Being. We may not consciously choose to show up as we do, and yet we are nevertheless Creating our Life through our Root-Pattern.
Root-Patterns are intelligent: there’s a good reason why you have the shape that you do, whether you think of these reasons as being rational, or as being elements of our Human Dreaming, or as simply being ways that you learned to show up in life to get your needs met. In owning the intelligence of these Patterns, we begin to regain some of the Creativity we feel are locked within them. Trying to remove them or change them only reinforces what we find difficult about them — and this urge to better, to fix, to change or improve ourselves is something that may itself be embedded deep in the Root-Pattern of your Dreaming.
Your Root-Pattern is also not separable from the Root-Patterns of your environment, especially your social environment. They may seem entirely opposed, but like ‘tab A’ and ‘slot B,’ they reflect each other seamlessly. Thus, while we work on our own Root-Patterns, and on making them more and more transparent and liberated, we are working on the Root-Patterns of our social circles, of our society and culture, and of Humanity and the Earth itself.
This is part of a larger series on Dreaming in the Publication Be Dreaming. Check out What is Dreaming? here for more, or get in touch if you’re interested in a complementary introductory Dreaming Session.
I use the term ‘Knot’ to mean a place where our life doesn’t flow in the ways that we want it to.
On one side of the Knot are our Desires. Part of the work of Dreaming is to uncover in deeper and deeper layers what is true for us, what it is that we Desire. At the heart, we find transpersonal desires: the desire to show up in the world as Love, to Be of service to Life, that all beings may be happy, etc. But even having clarity on our personal needs and desires is helpful: I need an income, I want a life partner that respects me.
On the other side of the Knot lies what we believe to be possible — both about the world (what is real in terms of what we assume about Life in general), and what actions we believe we can take.
Somewhere between what we Desire and what we Believe to be possible, things have gotten screwed up. That ’screwing up’ I call a ‘knot,’ and as we Dream together, we spend time traversing the many complex strands that have gotten all tangled up — but always with an eye on the fact that really, this is one thread, and at any moment that singularity — the simple connection between what we really, truly want to see and be in the world, and what we know is possible — pops into place.
Somewhere between what we Desire and what we Believe to be possible, things have gotten screwed up.We have many mini-knots, each one reflecting what I call a “Root-Pattern.”Your Root Pattern is the way in which you metabolize energy to create the world around you, whose Active nature you’ve lost touch with. From the perspective of our personality, our Root-Pattern seems to condition us in ways that limit our creative freedom. From the perspective of Dreaming, it’s merely one particular way in which we condition our reality around us — that is, it’s an expression of that Creativity, not a limitation of it. As we relax Identity into the Activity of the moment to moment, we are re-identifying with the underlying activity that all manifestation is. This is a very different kind of identity.
Practically, this could look many ways. In a session, we enter into Dreaming in a combination of depth and potential: that is, we want to be in as deep a state as possible, while still not spending a whole two hours on bringing a state of Dreaming about. The View is more important than the state. From here, insight may simply arise, and we’ll then pay attention on ways of practically moving that insight into reality. We may work with bodily fields, ways in which different parts of our body hold different energies more easily, which feel ‘stuck’ and which separate our bodies. We may work on Voice dialogue, reclaiming your ability to speak as eddies in life you feel cut off from. We may strengthen your ability to see directly from a place underneath your identity; we may do any of a number of things.
But all is in service of the awakening of your Unconditionally Creative Being.
For more on Dreaming, start here, or get in touch.
In using the word ‘Dreaming,’ I wish to reclaim an activity of unimaginable power from our modern day use of the term, something dismissive, like “day-dreaming.”
Dreaming includes the visionary, but anchors it in what is present here. The Visionary is not anywhere ‘else.’ Dreaming, as I practice it and use the word, is the marriage of the Practical and the Visionary. It is the very real moment-to-moment steps needed to patch up a roof. To mow the lawn. Our Dreaming shows up as the world around us, every environment and every object we live in and which through us lives. Far from simply being “day-dreaming,” Dreaming is the activity of every little action in the life we are.
Dreaming includes the visionary, but anchors it in what is present here.We tend to bias one of two directions, I’ve found. Obviously this is more complex than that — each of us displays a particular way these impulses have intertwined in and as our lives, and when we try to accomplish something with other people, things get exponentially more messy. But for illustration’s sake:
We either become more comfortable with the Practical, or we become more comfortable with the Visionary.
We spend more energy and attention either in “Day-dreaming”, in picturing possible futures, or in the practical, in handling what needs doing. While these modes seem quite different, they arise out of the same move: separating the possible from the present.
Why are they so difficult to bring together?
I am coming to see this separation as a way of dealing with a fundamental sense of human pain. We experience pain as a sense of ‘this is not what I want.’ Pain is, of course, a signal, something that calls us to awareness. Our minds and selves arise as ways of helping us avoid pain. But as our identities get more and more intricate in this, we also lose connection with the reality of our feeling-sense. We lose touch with what we feel — whether painful or not.
In fully rooting both in our capacity to Vision and our capacity to Act, we are Dreaming, and we are Powerful.Visionaries deal with/ avoid this pain by putting attention and energy on future possibility. To face what is present, the Visionary has to face the pain of reality not being what they want — something exacerbated by the flight from pain which has shored up their identity. That is, the more they’ve headed towards and identified with vision, the more painful the present will seem if they actually are able to stop and take it in. The gift of the Visionary, when they are able to be open and equanimous with disappointment, and then embrace the constant change of even their own deepest vision, is the sense of a ‘True-North’ with which they can guide their activities.
Practicals deal with the pain of ‘this is not what I want’ by putting their shoulder to the wheel. Unlike the Visionary, whose sight is focused off and in the distance, the Practical is hardly even aware of what he’s seeing — he’s focused on the effort, the brunt work, and his eyes are in the mud. Faced with the pain of ‘this is not what I want,’ the Practical has decided on some level to ignore the deeper callings of what is possible, and cow himself to the way things are. To face what is possible, the Practical has to face the same pain as the Visionary on the flip side — here it can be a sense of resentment, or of having cut oneself off from one’s own potential, and is exacerbated by the work that has been done. ‘If I didn’t have to do any of this, what’s the point?’ The gift of the Practical is that something tangible gets done.
A short exaggerated illustration: in a mill, without animal labor, the Practical would set to grinding. They would grind, and grind, and grind, and just keep grinding until the work was done. The Visionary would grind for 5 minutes, get bored, or tired, then ask, ‘isn’t there a better way of doing this?’ They would sketch up and test different designs for more efficient mills, think of better ways of doing it, start studying mechanical engineering, visit other mills to see if they did anything any better, perhaps in their pursuit getway off the track and forget entirely about mills.
These are of course sketches, and suggestions, but I have found them helpful in surfacing the knots that we have between truly open possibility and what is present and real — where Creativity lives.
Creativity lives where we are doing the work in our lives as a committed, daily, and fine-tuned experimentation with the work at hand, and connected to a source of Open Curiosity, not afraid of improving, playing, or asking the big questions (what are we after here? Why are we doing this??)
In fully rooting both in our capacity to Vision and our capacity to Act, in allowing our Visions to iterate along with what is Actual, and Acting in alignment with the constantly-receding and re-iterating horizon, we are Dreaming, and we are Powerful.
This is a part of a series on Dreaming. Read the previous article, Dreaming and View, or continue on to Working with Knots.
‘View’ is a term I’ve learned from the Tibetan Vajrayana lineages of Buddhism. In these traditions, after practices that deconstruct many of the different scaffolds that create our identities (Self, Time, Thought, Emotion, etc.), meditators take up a View, and ‘hold the View.’ That becomes the practice. The idea is not to bring about an experience, but to orient to all and any experience from the View. As we do so more and more, View does bring up experiences that confirm View, and we can relax further and further with a deep and embodied Trust into the View.
The View of Dreaming is not the View of Buddhism, but the practice orientation is similar. In Dreaming, we recognize that 1) Being is Unconditionally Creative, and 2) all that happens in Manifest Reality is an outpouring of this Creative Reality.
When we take this View, a few main things happen:
1) We find and surface ‘blocks’ in our body, in our emotions, in our thinking and in our underlying assumptions and orientations to the world where we feel, in one way or another, trapped. This allows us to examine these from a place of freedom, and understanding that whatever they are or were, they have in some way served us.
2) Related to this, it allows us to Align with the Activity of Dreaming, the Whole Creative process that we could never ourselves take credit for. Nevertheless, I can float down a riverbed, or I can try to row my boat off shore. One of these is going to be effective, one is not. When we align with the totality of the Creative Process, we can start to untangle the ‘knots’ in our Dreaming, as well as start to see our Dreaming as being not only inside of us, but the Activity of the entire world that we are, moment to moment.
3) And in the experiences of 1 + 2, that is, of relaxing knots of being, and recognizing the Universal Creativity, we begin to Trust the View that everything is an expression of Creativity, and to relax into it further and further, allowing us a kind of Activity on an order much deeper than simple control. Again, you can’t control the wind, but you can learn how to sail with it.
A bit more on experience:
Experience doesn’t have the power to take you out of or bring you into View. But neither is View a simple mantra, you just telling yourself that life as it is is Creative. It’s a whole-being orientation. If you’re telling yourself that some shitty experience you’re having is really just the manifestation of Universal Creativity, but on every level of your being you’re trying to get rid of the experience, you’re dreaming about relief and you’re really just biding time — you’re not aware of your Dreaming.
In Buddhism, this is called Ignorance: not recognizing that all events are interconnected, and ignorance causes craving, or greed — the attempt to cause some sort of experience to happen, or to become something in the future — and aversion, or hatred — the attempt to not-experience what we’re already experiencing.
‘I don’t like this experience’ is fine — that may be true. But “I don’t want this experience” is self-defeating. You’re already having it!
Experiences, however, don’t have the power to take you out of View. You give events and experience that power — it’s not in the thing, or the experience, itself.
You can read a bit more about the practice of Dreaming here: What is Dreaming?
Or continue in this series on Dreaming with Dreaming is Practical.
Everything in your life is a reflection of your Dreaming.
Events, objects, patterns, people, desires, possibilities, emotions, thoughts, feelings and sensations, pain and frustration, laughter and tears. The systems you interact and participate with. The difficulties in your life and the crises on the planet.
You, including your deepest sense of self and the superficial, the inside and the outside, are an Unconditionally Creative Being — a unique reflection, a unique node, a unique mode or unique vibration — of Unconditionally Creative Being.
Everything in your life is the reflection of this Creative Activity.
‘Dreaming’ means the entirety of this activity, as well as your unique expression of it. Your Dreaming is where Unconditioned, Creative Reality intersects with Manifest Reality, the world that we experience. At this intersection, we all have a certain Root-Pattern: a way in which we condition Reality, and out of which our lives appear. From the view of the personal, this Root-Pattern appears to be the ways in which you are not free to express Creativity. From the View of Dreaming, even the places we feel most stuck and most trapped in our worldly lives are an expression of the freedom of your Creative being.
As we Dream, as we engage purposefully with our Dreaming, the Root-Pattern becomes more and more transparent. Dreaming is the ownership of your participatory engagement as the world, and the degree of ownership of your participatory engagement as the world.
When we Dream intentionally together, we enter the View of Life as Being Unconditionally Creative. Everything is included, everything is relevant. We relax our identity/ies into the Activity of Creativity, of moment-to-moment newness, as the world of our experience arises and passes away.
We assume the View of already being open, vibrant Creativity, and welcome experience as this View.
In this space of open possibility, we are not turned away from Life as it appears moment-to-moment — we are rather orienting to life as it is and appears anchored in open possibility.
At its heart, Dreaming opens to this creative and collaborative group-space, energized by the question: "What is possible for us to do together with this Life?"
And of course, there is an experience that I call “Dreaming.” A state, personal & interpersonal, that has several different qualities. Chief is a sense of Openness, and Curiosity, with a feeling of Lucidity and Power. Gratitude, Wonder, Excitement and Play. Wholeness, Aliveness, Celebration, Freedom and Expansiveness. Pleasure, Nourishment, Peace and a feeling of Being Home. Attraction, Magnetism, and Passion. I name the experience last not because it’s unimportant — really, it’s central, but to confuse the state experience of Dreaming can make us chase the experience, rather than taking the View: all of this, even if it doesn’t feel good, is Dreaming, the manifestation of Unconditional Creativity.
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This is part of a larger hyper-article on Dreaming. Read on with Dreaming and View.