“The problem is not that people have nothing genuine or meaningful to give. The problem involves the pain of opening the arteries of imagination and veins of genuine love that became closed and fettered early on. What tries to live through people is so big that it becomes heart-breaking for them. To become equal to the dream sewn within us, our heart must break open and usually must break more than once. That’s why they say that the only heart worth having is a broken heart. For only in breaking can it open fully and reveal what is hidden within.”
— Michael Meade, “Fate and Destiny”
We were never really born, we will never really die. It has nothing to do with the imaginary idea of a personal self, other selves, many selves everywhere: Self is only an idea, a mortal idea. That which passes into everything is one thing. It’s a dream already ended….
The world you see is just a movie in your mind. Rocks don’t see it. Bless and sit down. Forgive and forget. Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now. That’s the story. That’s the message. Nobody understands it, nobody listens, they’re all running around like chickens with heads cut off. I will try to teach it but it will be in vain, s’why I’ll end up in a shack praying and being cool and singing by my woodstove making pancakes.
— Jack Kerouac
Whatever the dream sewn within us might be, our conditioning usually overrides it. We can’t believe, we don’t want to believe we are large in a way our egos can’t imagine. If the ego imagines any grandeur it will be in ego terms, which are by definition small and self serving. Greatness in soul terms is something else entirely. At that level we know we are an essential part of an impossible-to-comprehend spiritual paradigm with love and playful creativity at its core.
We dream at many levels. Our culture dreams of control, of power and domination, of money and pleasure. Soul dreams along different lines. It dreams and dances and creates. It loves beauty and play. It delights and laughs and sees connections in all beings. It experiences joy, release and generosity. It encourages others to thrive. It’s not always “soulful,” though it is often reflective and quiet and in-the-moment. It looks and…