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The Art of Dreaming

We had our Panya LTV (long-term volunteer) Dreaming Circle the other day and I’m very pleased with the results. I had never before really practiced it outside of the highly motivated EDE group. I knew this would be more of a challenge. Before the Dreaming Circle about the project, everyone took a couple of minutes to talk about their personal dream as a possibility to reconnect to it. I found this to be a very interesting practice which teaches us a lot about people.

In aboriginal culture people believe that their dreams are their projection into the future; we’re constantly calling our future into being through our dreams. People nowadays have lost this connection, have forgotten the art of dreaming because they’ve been told off; being a dreamer is regarded as being unproductive, we’ve unlearned how to follow them. Knowing our innermost dreams and visions and sharing them with others is the first step towards this reconciliation with the future.

You can hear when people talk about their dreams how they haven’t really thought about them at all. Some people stay in the past, talking about their experiences and mention the future very little. Others express a lot of hope and uncertainty through saying phrases like ‘I hope in the future I’ll be…‘ or ‘maybe I’ll have…‘. most of us don’t know where we’re going… we are not clear about what we want. What we did want as a child was often laughed at and rejected and we did’t allow ourselves to dream. When the body of the child grows up we don’t leave it any room to be.

Wenn das Kind wird erwachsen wohin wird es gehn,

Ist das Kind dann verloren oder kann man’s nicht sehn,

Hat es sich vielleicht versteckt, hinter einer Haut,

Die die Wahrheit der Dinge im tiefsten beraubt.

Wenn das Kind wird dich rufen wirst du es hörn,

Oder wirst du so tun als würds dich nicht störn,

Und es einfach verdrängen bis es nicht mehr geht,

Weil das Kind dann vergangen und es nicht mehr lebt

Not only spiritual mystics but also science is showing us the power of dreaming and visualisation. ‘Brain studies have shown that imagining something in vivid detail can fire the same brain cells that are actually involved in that activity. In other words, the new brain circuitry appears to go through its paces, strengthening connections, even as a person merely repeats the sequence in the mind.’ (Goleman) Through this visualisation or mental invitation we call our vision, our dream into being within ourselves, we open up our being for its manifestation. The more we have clarity in what we want to see or become, the more we trust ourselves, the higher the possibility that we create it.

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Dragon Dreaming pt. two: the Dreaming Circle

You let your project go through its Easter – let it die for yourself and be reborn for the group – when you entre the Dreaming Circle: the Dragon Dreaming instrument to share and extend your vision during the dreaming phase (see an earlier post Dragong Dreaming pt. one).

It is the dreamer, the one who comes up with the project idea or vision who calls in a Dreaming Circle. He/She takes the talking stick and tells his/her dream. It is helpful to be grounded and clear in this moment in order to impress the listeners. From here, the talking stick moves around and everybody is invited to speak and express what the project should include for them to involve in it. A scribe writes doen the main points and ideas. To keep a postive energy flow in the circle and let the group take momentum and be creative, there are a few rules to be followed by the participants of a Dreaming Circle:

– The initiator keeps his/her description of the dream short and inspiring and is open for it to change and for other people to take ownership in the dream or the project idea (after all, that’s what it is all about);

– all participants talk only when holding the talking stick;

– sentences are short, expressing what they want, not what they don’t want; they are affirmative, supporting rather than diverting while allowing the original dream to guide them;

– participants don’t discuss with other participants about their contributions.

The people in the Dreaming Circle give ideas for any form of contribution and are willing to take at least a part of the responsibility for their ideas/contributions/dreams. At the end, a group (ideally consisting of 7 to ten people) creates a living document of the new dream/project and can start gathering information for moving into the planning phase.

A prayer to start with…

It took me a while to get into social networking and I m not really sure whether I ll manage well to keep an updated blog, but I thought it s worth a try.

After finishing my studies in environmental planning in Berlin I have now started a Permaculture Diploma in the UK. This blog shall give me the opportunity to share experiences, ideas and visions that I encounter on my journey through the jungles of life and serve as an online documentation tool for the designs I ll be working on and the travels that I m gonna undertake with my beloved partner Sweetcorn, who is studying Permaculture as well.

Following are a few ideas or core values that are dear to me. Knowing that I am an integral part of this cosmic dance of creation and destruction that materialises itself around us in every moment, I will contribute to

  • a world that makes past experiences a valuable asset in the realisation of a  more complete existence in the future;
  • a civilisation that values the earth as a living being and cares for the people and all other creatures;
  • a way of life and a consciousness that works in harmony with nature rather than against it;
  • a positive vision of healthy communities built on local resilience, reciprocity and diversity.

I believe in the inner goodness of human beings and in the idea that the work we do does not have to be or to become a burden on our shoulders – that every human has the right to live up to his/her full potential and walk this earth in love. Following is a prayer from the book Sadhana – The Classic of Indian Spirituality written by Rabindranath Tagore:

“O giver of thyself! at the vision of thee as joy, let our souls flame up to thee as the fire, flow on to thee as the river, permeate thy being as the fragrance of the flower. Give us strength to love, to love fully, our life in its joys and sorrows, in its gains and losses, in its rise and fall. Let us have strength enough fully to see and hear thy universe, and to work with full vigor therein. Let us fully live the life thou hast given us, let us bravely take and bravely give. This is our prayer to thee. Let us once for all dislodge from our minds the feeble fancy that would make out thy joy to be a thing apart from action, thin, formless, and unsustained. Wherever the peasant tills the hard earth, there does thy joy gush out in the green of the corn, wherever man displaces the entangled forest, smooths the stony ground, and clears for himself a homestead, there does thy joy enfold it in orderliness and peace.

O worker of the universe! We would pray to thee to let the irresistible current of thy universal energy come like the impetuous south wind of spring, let it come rushing over the vast field of the life of man, let it bring the scent of many flowers, the murmurings of many woodlands, let it make sweet and vocal the lifelessness of our dried-up soul-life. Let our newly awakened powers cry out for unlimited fulfillment in leaf and flower and fruit.”