"What if you slept? And what if, in your sleep, you went to heaven and there plucked a strange and beautiful flower? And what if when you awoke, you had the flower in your hand? Ah, what then?” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
I saw the movie Inception last week. I loved it because it so fantastically reminded me of the increasingly blurry lines between our current reality and dream reality. In the movie Leonardo Di Caprio plays the role of a ‘dream architect’ whose job it is to ‘insert’ an idea into a person’s subconscious, with the goal being the person is influenced to do something in his waking life that he otherwise wouldn’t have. The ‘dream architect’ can insert - or steal - ideas by creating and entering a shared dreamspace. The ‘dream’ feels so real, that all the people working on the job carry with them a small totem that will tell them whether they are in a dream reality or in their usual reality. For example Di Caprio has a spinning top that spins without toppling over if he is in a dreamworld.
While watching the movie, I thought of something my guides tell me all the time ‘reality is whatever you think it is.’ On its simplest level this means that your perception determines whether you think an experience is great or hard or transformative or abundant or lacking. We all have numerous layers of mental and emotional energy influencing our perception, and that’s why no two people are ever truly living in the same reality even if they are sharing an experience. On a more physically tangible level it means exactly what it says; reality is whatever you think it is. Your life today is exactly a snapshot of what you at one point thought, felt and believed. Your health, bank account, home, relationships and work are direct physical representations showing you really clearly the focus and flavour of your dominating thoughts, feelings and beliefs. The exciting thing is, we are all now waking up to the realisation that we are creating as we go! We are consciously creating as opposed to subconsciously creating.
What does this mean? It means that the state of your health or bank account today doesn’t have anything to do with how those things are going to look tomorrow – unless you want them to. They are simply a result of what you were predominantly focusing on whilst in your ‘dream architect’ chair in the days, months and years up until now. You are living your own personal movie. You are living, and creating, your own personal dream. The only reason we repeat scenes is because no-one taught us that we don’t have to! No-one taught us that we are the writers of our own script, we are the architects of our own dream, and we can design our reality in the way that we want.
We have been taught that our vibrational energy reality is our dream world, and our physical reality is our real world, when quite the opposite seems to be true. Our vibrational energy reality is more our real world, as that is where our true power to create lies. That is where our tools of thought, belief and feeling lie. That is where our sabotaging issues and old patterns lie. If we want to change anything in our life, we have to go into our vibrational energy fields because that’s where everything originates! Energy is the play-doh of the universe. You can mould it and tweak it and use it any way you like. It will show up in your life in exactly the way you think it will. Our physical reality is simply a result of our energetic play.
Our higher self predominantly exists in the higher vibrational energy fields, so for anyone reading thinking, well we can’t override our soul’s higher need to experience something we wouldn’t necessarily consciously choose for the purposes of growth, or we shouldn’t be trying to manifest something that isn’t in alignment with our authentic desire, I’m not suggesting that in connecting to our ‘dream architect’ we turn into ego control freaks. I don’t recommend putting our ego in charge of our dream architecture. Ideally, we want to step into our ‘dream architect’ role in alignment with our authentic and higher self. Remembering your ‘dream architect’ role is a gift to be used wisely. It is a positive and exciting sign that millions of people around the world are remembering this gift, because it is a sign I believe that collectively we are entering the maturity level required to consciously and responsibly use it.
Many people are now finding themselves awakening from the illusion that our physical world is the more ‘real’ world or the only world, and rubbing sleep from their eyes to see that there is another, greater world available to them. This can actually feel quite confusing, shocking and even disorientating at first. It reminds me of Jim Carrey’s character in The Truman Show, finding out that his whole life has been one big reality show, and after years of thinking life had to be one way, finding out that life is running on a whole other ballgame of rules now.
Even those of us who have felt pretty awake for a long time can find it hard to let go of the mind’s grip on the old reality, on the ego’s insistence that ‘Some things just have to be hard’ or ‘It takes money to live and I can’t make money doing what I love’. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you will always be right.” Watch your thoughts now more than ever. Do you ever think ‘that’s just the way it has to be’ or is there anything you think would be impossible to achieve? Do you have a dream or goal that you keep repressing because you just can’t imagine how it could happen? What if you started imagining it happening? What if you decided to play with this idea of being your own ‘dream architect’? What would your dream look like? What would you dream into being? If you could create your dreamscape, your world, with no limits, what would it look like?
“There is no use trying, said Alice; one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
- Lewis Carroll
Our biggest obstacle is our own mind’s lack of belief in the reality and validity of the ‘dream’ world and our ego’s lack of belief in anything that it can’t see, hear, touch, taste or smell with its five senses. The ‘dream world’ exists on a higher vibration, and so of course the mind can’t logically understand it nor can the ego perceive it! It’s like someone with access to only 5 public television stations refusing rigidly to accept that there are literally thousands of other shows available out there to the many people hooked up to satellite!
Sometimes it isn’t our refusal to believe that stops us from fully opening to our dream reality, it’s a lack of a frame of reference – we simply have never had this great new experience before. I’ve been seeing a lot of clients lately who’ve made the quantum leap from being in unhappy marriages to meeting their soulmate, from existing in unfulfilling jobs to suddenly find themselves retrenched and free to finally do what they’ve always wanted to do. Others are receiving unexpected travel invitations or financial gifts. It’s as if someone is tearing down the veils and gleefully shouting “Welcome to Fairy-tale Land where all your dreams come true! Come in, come in, there’s so much to see and even more to do!” What do most of us do when this happens? We nervously hang out by the curtain, only daring to take a little peek at this mysterious up-until-now elusive Fairy-tale Land. I mean, meeting soulmates and doing what you love for a living only happens in fairytales, and fairytales aren’t real are they? Well guess what? They are meant to be real!
Our fairytale life was always meant to be our real life. Many of us are awakening to that life now, but we have struggled for so long in the old dream, that we came to believe the old dream was our reality and are finding it hard to let go! On top of that, others try to convince you that you are dreaming for believing in Fairytale Land and ask you to wake up and get real and get back into the real world, which is actually the old dream world that you came here to wake up from!!!
I’m passionate about using our awakening not just for our personal lives, but seeing our personal awakening as an integral part of a bigger picture: the awakening of a new, more empowered humanity and Earth. So, I don’t want to insensitively insinuate that in our new world there are no problems and everything is perfect and that somehow we have no more people living in poverty or poor health or that we have no responsibility to those still living that reality. (Although I’m pretty sure that in time our future will look more and more balanced and wonderful for more and more people). Rather, our newly constructed world is a place and space from which we can use our consciousness more, well, consciously! We can use it to move through our problems, be they personal or international, in a more harmonious way. We can use it to help our brothers and sisters in a more practical, useful way. We can use it to interact with our Earth in a more considerate way. Again, there is a big difference between being a dream architect from your ego self, or a dream architect from your authentic and higher self.
So step into your Dream Architect self and start constructing! Your tools are your thoughts, beliefs and feelings. Your power cord is your connection to Source Energy which very handily also provides you with a trusty GPS that appears as your intuition and synchronicity. Your tools, power cord and GPS will naturally lead you to the actions and opportunities that will help your dreamscape materialise in the physical. Construct with the attitude that nothing is impossible and everything is possible. It happens in your dreams all the time ‘I was sitting on a horse and it turned into a car and then suddenly I was in Paris’. So, if it can happen in your dreams, it can happen in your physical life, because on some level of consciousness it happened!!
When our mind and ego thinks we’re just playing or imagining or dreaming, the defences go down. So, get out your journal and have a play with this: “If life was a dream ........” Include information about every area of your life, and even extend it to information about how you see your ideal greater world. Particularly include things that make you feel happy, because it’s the ‘feeling happy’ tool that is one of the most powerful in your construction kit. Have fun!!