I have mentioned in various entries that we should pay attention to all our dreams (see “Resist the Urge to Judge”) as they all have important things to teach us, and sometimes it is the very things that seem trivial or that we would prefer to ignore that contain the most valuable lessons. As we learn to respect and listen to everything our dreaming mind has to say to us, like a shy wild animal that we seek to befriend, gradually our dreams will come out into the open, revealing themselves to us and sharing their secrets. All dreams can be helpful. All dreams are valuable.
But that does not mean all dreams are the same. As we learn to work with our dreams, to pay attention to the small, the shadowy, the vague and elusive, we enter into a realm of our minds that is far from small or vague. We enter our subconscious. And our subconscious is vast, expansive and awe inpsiring. When we enter our subconscious we can commune with our deeper self, our higher self and sometimes something even more.
Sometimes amongst the dreams of driving the car, running away, of friends, family, animals and other strange scraps and obscure fragments of dreams, we are lucky enough to have a big dream. We know a big dream when we have one. Big dreams stand out from other dreams as the sunlight stands out from a candle. Big dreams exult us. Big dreams inspire us. Big dreams fill us with awe, wonder and reverence.
Big dreams often defy our attempts to describe them, as mere words seem so inadequate to capture a sensation that seems to transfuse our very being. These dreams may create a sense of us travelling through space, of flying to heaven, but even more than that, we may feel a sort of expansion, as though we become one with the universe, as if our body dissolves or the boundary between what we think is of as “self” versus what is “other” kind of fades away. Big dreams seem to connect us with something far greater than ourself. This dream may not have a story, characters or even a sense of place. It could be that even describing the feelings that you have in this context does not do justice to the sensations you experience in a big dream.
But as amazing and as exhilarating as they are, big dreams are not for the chasing. Even the most inexperienced dream worker can have a big dream. They are not the preserve of any dream elite, they do not come because we practice, or because we apply discipline or method. Big dreams can come to anyone, anywhere. They are a gift to all humanity. Big dreams allow us all to be visionaries or poets. They may come when we seek, or are in need. Or they may simply come for reasons we will never entirely consciously understand.
We may have only one big dream in our life, or we may be lucky enough to have several. But when you do, you can be sure you will remember it. Big dreams stay with us forever. It is no understatement to say that big dreams may even change our life permanently. And for that we should be eternally grateful.