Dreams come in many forms and deal with many issues. One class of dreams can be called “Creation” dreams because they focus on the elusive act of creation itself. They allow us to observe and explore the connection between our thoughts and emotions in the creation of our experience. I choose the word, elusive, because it’s necessary for us to lose ourselves in our creations in order to experience them, especially waking experiences. When we stop paying attention to our surroundings in physical form, bad things happen. Think about driving a race car or chopping vegetables with a sharp knife. In physical reality we can’t let our attention stray too far before there are serious consequences.
In dreams, however, there’s room to play. Lose track of one experience and the next minute, we’re dreaming about something else. Get killed in a knife fight? No problem! Like actors in a movie, we get up and move on to the next gig. To maintain our experience, we must get lost in it. As a result of our necessary focus on waking reality, we often fail to recognize or appreciate the role our thoughts play in creating each new experience.
Through religion we tell ourselves we’re the creation of God or a Supreme Being. Through science, we tell ourselves, we’re the result of a great cosmic accident. Given the complexity of All That Is and the freedom of choice we’re able to exercise this seems insufficient. If we’re “God’s Children” shouldn’t we have some of God’s abilities, or at least consider ourselves as gods becoming? Isn’t every thought, feeling, action and reaction we entertain or express, an act of creation? Isn’t creation the process of making the unknown, known, the invisible, visible, creating order out of chaos and making sense out of nonsense?
Genesis – A Lucid Creation Dream
This dream is unique. It illustrates the power of thought and imagination when it operates unimpeded by limiting and conflicting beliefs. Athletes refer to these amazing moments as being “in the zone.”
I awoke in utter darkness, standing on dry, lifeless ground. My body was naked and human. Curious, I slowly inched forward, step by step, using my hands and feet to explore the space around me. When the toes of my right foot touched water, it felt warm and inviting. When the water was deep enough, I leaned forward and began to swim, cautiously feeling my way along with every movement. Like the soil, the water felt dead. Almost unconsciously, I wondered: where are the fish? Suddenly baby fish began nibbling curiously at my skin. Where is the light, I wondered, and dawn broke over the horizon.
As darkness turned to light, I wondered: where are the dangerous water creatures? In response, deadly looking snakes appeared, some swimming on the surface and some below. In addition, large, toothy fish flashed by as well, slowly circling closer and closer. Sensing myself in imminent danger, my next thoughts were quick and clear. I wish you no harm and I want no harm. Be at peace. And they were! In effect, my thoughts acted like the fingers of a hand turning down the volume of a too-loud radio.
Nearing the opposite shore, I wondered: where are the plants? As my thought came to completion, trees and flowering plants appeared everywhere as if they were there all along! Standing up to walk ashore, I wondered if there where any dangerous animals nearby and before this thought was complete, a ferocious, drooling Komodo Dragon appeared on top of a grassy knoll, less than thirty feet away. Worried I had turned the “danger knob” up too high once more, I quickly thought: well, why can’t this Komodo Dragon be different, why can’t it be friendly? As if my first impression had been mistaken, the dragon now appeared playful, even wagging or, to be more accurate, awkwardly swinging its long, heavy tail back and forth like a playful puppy. No longer drooling as if I was its meal, it ran to me and gamboled happily at my feet as I bent down to play with it.
(To learn more about Komodo Dragons visit: http://www.arkive.org/komodo-dragon/varanus-komodoensis/images.html)
In the dream, The Ball of Light, I had a similar experience with conscious creativity. As if I was an over-soul, I created other people in other times and places to observe how different beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations played out in their lives. By ignoring our dreams and imaginative experiences, how much self-understanding remains hidden? I remember years ago questioning myself about making the effort to remember my dreams. I thought, my God, think about all the extra work, all the sleep I’ll lose. Will it be worth it? I know it is now but I didn’t know it until I set aside time to actually do it. How important is it for you to understand the nature of your own inner self and being? Is it worth some extra effort?
Every thought we think is creative and interacts with other thoughts. When one idea is modified by others it becomes difficult to pinpoint individual thoughts as the primary source of a particular experience. When we think about the sheer number of thoughts we process every minute, say yes, no or maybe to, it’s no wonder we fail to see the connection between what we think and what we experience. With practice, however, it can be done.
To further expand our awareness, is this a good time to start asking questions like: What are we? How are we? Who are we? What is reality? What is the purpose of life? What are thoughts? Where do they come from and where do they go? What are emotions? Where do they come from and where do they go? Where does each moment come from and where does it go?
What do we see when we look at the nighttime sky? We see countless stars. Some are brighter than others while some are dim and hard to see. We also know, or take it on faith, that there are countless stars and galaxies we cannot see with the naked eye. Why is it so hard to believe that much of who and what we are, what we think and feel, lies hidden behind our definition of the waking self and waking reality? Why is it so hard to believe that much of who and what we are, what we think and feel, is connected to larger selves of which we’re both a part of, and apart from, portions of ourselves so subtle and nebulous they cannot be perceived with our outer, biological senses or contained within the limited concept of “material” reality? Like the unseen galaxies and stars of the universe, there is much more to who and what we are than we currently accept in our limited, earthbound understanding.
What do we know that we don’t know we know?
What can we do that we don’t know we can do?
Where do we begin and where do we end?
What are we trying to teach ourselves?
What do we want to learn?
Poison Oak in Waking Reality
Here’s an example of how creativity works in waking reality. You’ve undoubtedly had similar experiences in your life.
As a young kid living in Maine, I may have had poison ivy once. Until this incident, which took place in my late 30’s, I had never had poison oak. My daughter, Crystal, to this day, has never had poison ivy or poison oak. When she was two or three, we were so shocked to turn around and see her standing in the middle of a thick patch of poison ivy on an island in Casco Bay, near Portland, Maine, we took a picture of it. She didn’t get poison ivy then nor has she ever had poison ivy or poison oak since. But, for my wife and son, Sandra and Evan, it’s a different story. At this point in our lives, they were both contracting poison oak at least once a year.
As Sandra, Evan, Mork, our dog, and I hiked along Santa Rosa Creek near our home one fine Spring day, I noticed Evan and Sandra anxiously eyeballing the poison oak growing alongside the path. Observing their great concern, what did I do? I began to wonder what it must be like for them to get poison oak at least once a year. As I imagined what it must be like for them, another part of my mind was telling me that it was a big mistake for me to do that. Wouldn’t you know, the next day, Sandra and I both found poison oak rash on our forearms. Knowing that I brought it on myself, I spent the next three years mentally re-immunizing myself.
How we create our reality is a topic of frequent discussion in our house so Sandra and Evan both knew that I was busy immunizing myself against future episodes of infection from poison oak and joined me in affirming their own immunity to poison oak too. It seems to have worked because none of us have had it since. Of course, I must admit, there’s always the chance we may have gotten better at avoiding it. Whatever works and makes us happy, right? 🙂
Pete – https://realtalkworld.com
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having (creating) a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
“How you define yourself and the world around you, forms your intent, which, in turn, forms your reality.” – Seth
We create our own reality from what we choose to believe about ourselves, and the world around us, whether by intention or inattention.
If we don’t consciously choose our beliefs, we unconsciously absorb them from our surroundings.
If beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations create our reality, can we afford not to question them?
The more we love, understand and appreciate ourselves, the better we treat ourselves, and the world.
The secrets of the universe lie hidden in the shadows of your experience. Look for them!
Change yourself and the world for the better with your favorite memes on T-Shirts!
Affirm what you believe!
A question about the poison oak incident. Why did it only take one thought about what it would be like to have a poison oak attack to bring it into physical reality but to go back to being immune to it took 3 years of positive thoughts? This is what I just do not understand. Why before we come to the realization of just what our thoughts can create we are unconsciously creating our world around us by default. Then when we learn to consciously create it becomes so hard and labor intensive and can take ages for us to recreate the good things we wish to experience. I guess I just find this confusing.
What possible answers come to your mind when you ask yourself these questions, Kim? By asking them, you must have some suspicions about the answers. Share them!
When I ask myself these questions, the first thought that pops into mind is that ideas at the subjective level of Consciousness have less energy than ideas at the objective level of Consciousness. They’re like shadow beings instead of solid beings. Once we say “yes” to an idea and it manifests itself in biological terms, it becomes part of our official history. It’s like dreams. We experience many different dreams during sleep but unless we make the effort to remember them, they come and go without us remembering anything more than occasional fragments, if that.
To remember dreams requires intention and determination. The amount of energy produced in a dream is another factor. Scary dreams, like life-threatening events, contain so much energy they’re easy to remember compared to ordinary dreams and waking experiences. It’s much easier to remember almost being killed in a highway accident than it is to remember what you had for lunch last Tuesday. Don’t you agree?
To erase the memory of a highly charged experience in waking reality is difficult for several reasons. First, it has become part of your official history and second, it can become associated with other ideas. Take poison oak, for example, once you get it, it may attract other ideas like susceptibility. Instead of “I’ve never had poison oak, therefore, I must be immune to it”, you say now, “Oh, my God, I caught poison oak this year and everyone I know who gets it, keeps getting it.”
It seems to me that our outer selves are just now reaching a level of awareness that allows us to consciously understand how ideas serve as the building blocks of reality. Until now, the larger Consciousness of which we’re a part has handled these matters for us through spontaneity and intuition, inner knowing. By acknowledging our relationship to inner reality, we empower ourselves to be more of who and what we can be. We’re God’s children learning to be gods in our own right.
We do the best we can with what we know. As we understand more, we do better! As we think, we create. To change what we create, we must change what we think. With greater understanding and more experience, the process will become easier.
This is what makes the most sense to me. What you must do for yourself is figure out is what makes the most sense to you. Ask yourself these questions and see what you come up with. Surprise yourself! What do we know that we don’t know we know? What can we do that we don’t know we can do? Where do we begin, and where do we end? Thank you for posting!
I have noticed…when I make my mind up about things and know exactly what I believe about it and let it go it’s effortless and the desired results just happen. This seems to only happen with the more insignificant things in my world. Things that aren’t big issues in my life. Then with the bigger issues I seem to be more emotionally connected to the process and it does not go nearly as effortlessly. I can’t seem to disconnect and just trust it will work out as I have desired it would. So this inevitably pulls me out of my positive vibration. This is where I always seem to find myself…in a struggle to keep my vibration happy. I do believe that if I can keep my vibration high and happy all will be well. This has proven to be super frustrating for me. I feel like it is the answer I have been searching for for God only knows how long….and as simple as it sounds I can’t seem to work it out. I am worried I will waste more lifetimes trying to work it out. It feels like I am in limbo. Not a place I enjoy. Thanks Pete…I appreciate your reply. This website is so helpful.
Have you heard of Jeff Foster, Kim? He has a unique take on life that I find really interesting. His website address is: http://www.lifewithoutacentre.com/. To quote him on his homepage: “Stop waiting for happiness. It’s Now. Discover the natural happiness that you are, the in-built contentment that doesn’t depend on the content of your life, the profound calm in the midst of the storm”
Have you ever quit an addiction like smoking? If you have, then you know we always have three choices, yes, no and maybe. In computer science they’re called logic gates. To quit smoking, I had to say “no”, period. I had to run the needle up the scale all the way to “absolutely not!” It was tough but until I did that, I would find or unconsciously create a reason to smoke. There were so many reasons to smoke it wasn’t hard for me to find one.
Part of the process included finding reasons to stop smoking. The nicotine stain on my fingers, the dark phlegm I would cough up from my lungs in the morning, the burning cigarette dropped between my legs while driving and the embarrassment of people smelling smoke on my clothes or the smell of smoke on my breathe. All of these drawbacks served as reasons for me to quit smoking.
As you can see, it’s no small feat for anyone to stop smoking or changing any kind of behavior when they think there are benefits to continuing. It doesn’t help matters either when corporate advertising, family and friends continue to promote the benefits of a habit or behavior pattern. It’s challenging enough to deal with our own thoughts, let alone the beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations of others.
As Jeff points out in his studies, it doesn’t help to get upset with ourselves. It only makes change harder so why not rise above the bullshit, so to speak, and accept everything as good, to free ourselves to choose what we like and leave the rest? External value judgments like right and wrong, good and bad, reinforced by the promise of reward and the threat of punishment, have played a strong role in limiting our abilities in the past, and no doubt, they still do now. They’re based on distrust of ourselves. Science tells us that we’re the result of a cosmic accident and that we’re controlled by our genes, hormones and brain. In the case of religion, we’re told we’re flawed products of creation because Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden. Both worldviews limit our thinking and create conflict between worldly values and inner ideals. When we think of ourselves as blank slates, we tend not to think for ourselves and schools become places we go to fill up on knowledge, not originate it.
We live in a vast and complex psychological structure of ideas. By accepting ideas like, we “create reality according the nature of our beliefs,” that all life is sacred and that evil does not exist in reality, we give ourselves room to love and grow. I don’t know about you but I find ideas like this encouraging. I think we’re all doing the best we can with what we know, and as we understand more, we’ll do better. Just this one idea makes it easier for me to forgive myself and others. Life’s a journey and I’m enjoying it more and more. I hope you are too!
Bless us all with love and understanding
Kim, I just ran across this quote from Seth posted on Facebook by Lynda Madden Dahl:
Hi Seth friends, why do our conscious goals not manifest at times, given they fit within our personal significance? This comment of Seth’s may be the answer:
“When the intellect is used properly, it thinks of a goal and automatically sets the body in motion toward it, and automatically arouses the other levels of communication unknown to it, so that all forces work together toward the achievement…
“When properly used, the intellect imagines the target and imaginatively then attains it. If it were a physical target, the person would stand, bow and arrow in hand, thinking only of hitting the bull’s eye, mentally concentrating upon it…
“When the intellect is improperly used, however, it is as if the intellect feels required to somehow know or personally direct all of those inner processes. When the erroneous belief systems and negativity connected with so-called rational reason apply, then it is as if our person sees the target, but instead of directing his attention to it he concentrates upon all of the different ways that his arrow could go wrong…
“He has switched his attention from the target, of course, completely. He has projected upon the present event the picture of his fears, rather than the picture of his original intent.”
The Magical Approach, Session Five
When I wanted to quit smoking, a reassuring thought crossed my mind; I’ll find something better to do with the time I give up to smoking! It was a very positive and hopeful thought.