Awaken the Dreamer is a course created by Pachamama Alliance and I just finished it. I want to recommend that you visit this site at your convenience because so many of us ask “what can one person do in a time of such global despair?” It may be coincidence or it may be my subconscious self knocking at the door of my life, but I recently had a huge shift about myself and I want to share it with you. We are living in a time that demands shifts of consciousness. They come regularly and yet, it is only when we are ready to heed the message at the core of any potential shift that we can awaken to a new vision for ourselves. This happens to all of us in one way or another. Your story is very likely similar to mine.
I’m a dreamer. And by that I mean I dream frequently and I usually remember at least bits and pieces of the dream if not the whole dream when I first awaken. The best dreams have an emotional component for me to grasp.
As I’ve shared I began to take the Awaken the Dreamer course on line, and it is designed in modules so that you can move through it on your own schedule. It wasn’t very long into the course that I had my first dream.
I dreamt that I was successful. I woke up feeling so good about life and myself. I didn’t have to worry about anything in my dream life. Everything was falling into place. I don’t remember what I did in the dreamscape, but I did it well. Well enough in fact, that I had no worries at all in my life at any level of the experience. I was filled with gratitude and happiness as I smiled myself awake.
What stayed with me as I awoke more fully was the feeling one gets when you are a successful person, or have a success of some kind because you have stood up with others to say, “this must change for the better.” The curious thing about this dream was that there was no suffering to meet deadlines in the “work” I was doing. It seemed to come naturally and it seemed to me that I had never been happier in my life. In my real life every project I ever undertook or had a part in caused me to suffer and run myself into the ground until I would be exhausted. Deadlines were never my friend.
I can guess that my dream was about some type of service to others because that is my nature. Because I am a giver to others I have usually given less to myself. Not always, but usually. In 2001 I became part of a small town event about unity in our community, and this project ran each year with a theme of citizens getting along together. I sat on the Board, and did a presentation one year, and then study circles each year thereafter.
It was hard work training some of my friends to be facilitators so that we could expand our study-group into another event to give citizens a voice in what we wanted to see happen in our small town. For instance I had to write the how-to manuals before we could even begin. Modeled after The New Yorker Magazine efforts, (*) “The Talk of the Town”, a miscellany of brief pieces—frequently humorous, whimsical or eccentric vignettes of life in New York—written in a breezily light style, or feuilleton, although in recent years the section often begins with a serious commentary, our small group would tackle the issues of the day in our community, county and the state.
After the event I would take the notes and write to legislators to inform them of the consensus of opinions. Truthfully, I enjoyed the results but did not have any joy in the actual process because I took so much responsibility on myself. I was new to civic action. And even though my heart was in the right place, I am sure I made many mistakes. Slowly I changed course.
In 2010 I began a book, a nonfiction book about sacred science and how it can change the spiritual outcome we are headed toward; a cataclysmic battle over God and theology. I drove myself into the ground, researching science and reading books by others who were writing in the same vein as myself while I continued to care for my husband, who had entered mid-life crisis, and I can’t count the number of times I rewrote chapters and sometimes, whole segments of the book project.
Simultaneously, I was writing Sunday Services online, at my website church God-In-Action.org (God in action is you living your life!); and I had a radio show with the same title as my book, “The Multiple You Universe: sacred science for the 21st century”.
Having shared all of this information, you can see why I didn’t associate joy and success with my projects, and contributions to projects of others. What I was doing was working without pay, sometimes without gratitude, and additionally, I was my harshest critic, something I inherited from my Dad. Who doesn’t have a parent’s voice in their head from time to time? I had still not learned a very important lesson.
Twice during this course I had dreams that emphasized happiness and success in my lifetime. Something within me was learning a lesson about service: the do’s and dont’s. I was so grateful to have this inner shift and feel that somehow I was making others happy, as they were able to make me happy when I let them.
So now we get to the end of my personal share and my message to you all by using a sentence from the Pachamama Alliance: ‘The collective will to change history’ is the driver and we can benefit by taking time to think through what part we want to play, and find others who have stood up to put a plan in motion which is aligned with our personal heart’s desire, or help begin a whole new project whose heart is aligned with the passions of those participating.
Sunday, April 1st, is Easter. Tonight, March 31st is the second full moon in March, called the Blue moon. It is a Libra moon. Those of you who know your astrology, and that isn’t me, know that the symbol for Libra is the scales – either for weights and measures or in our case and for the purpose of this article, choosing what you will put your energy into, and seeking to find happiness from that choice. Dream big or small…be happy. Join others or stand up alone and invite others to join you…and be happy.
Become informed. What interests you? What injustice do you want to see changed? Who do you want to be when the job is finished? I hope the answer to that is a happy-you.
Another of the points made in the course was an anecdote about Desmond Tutu a (**) South African Anglican cleric and theologian known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He was the Bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then the Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996, in both cases being the first black man to hold the position. Theologically, he sought to fuse ideas from black theology with African theology; politically, he identifies as a socialist.
My point is that every time Archbisop TuTu was interviewed he would make this point: “When apartheid has ended…” and then he would continue to answer the interviewer. Mostly, the interviewers would think, “maybe after you are gone” as you will see if you do take this course. You see, they did not have the same vision. For Desmond, apartheid had a shelf life, and the suffering of black Africans only allowed the white government to think they were winning. After all, those who are tread upon are not usually strong enough or independent enough to stand up to the abusers because they are afraid they will die. Unless…
Yes. Everything has a shelf life. Desmond was right to keep his dream in the present tense, and this is something we can all learn this Easter.
If we continue to fight over God, and theology, we will most definitely feed the hatreds and bring about more violence. We have seen this hatred with DASH over the past ten years. If white Americans don’t release their emotional and intellectual belief that they are better than Americans who are people of color, we will have more violence, not less. Where is our compassion for The Dreamers living in our country? When we become one with each other there will be no need for violence, or oppositional behavior.
Say to yourself, “When humanity learns to love simply because we are all worthy of love, we will finally be one people around the world. We will be happy at last.
And in my dream Democracy, which is currently broken, will have become a compassionate government for the whole of its people. Happiness will be the religion of the day. Gratitude for a good harvest will make it easier to share with those who do not have as much. We will be a culture that honors and respects the land, water, air and earth. In my dream, we get it right this time.
Visit PachamamaAlliance.org if you are guided to awaken the dreamer within yourself.
In love and the passion we need to journey toward healing ourselves, I bless you with happiness for Easter this year.
Rev. Cassandra Martin, One Heart Ministry
(*)Wikipedia, The New Yorker
(**)Wikipedia, Archbishop Desmond TuTu