If I had to define one of the most important forces in my life, I would say it is the power of dreaming. This idea is used so much that sometimes it feels like it has lost its power. But not for me, not for the team I work with, not for the 500 families we work with. We have experienced the power of dreaming in people who have never dared to dream before.
There are many definitions of the word DREAM. The one I feel describes more what I feel is that A DREAM IS THE CREATION OF THE IMAGINATION!
But I feel we sometimes leave dreams there – in the realm of the imagination.
The power of dreaming is unlocked when we put them into action. I have learned that to imagine something is the key to making it unfold but then it requires the intent and the commitment to make those things happen. An amazing example of this can found in the work of Masaru Emoto – a Japanese philosopher who proved how the power of intention and the power of the mind is able to transform water crystals into different shapes. Emoto’s work showed how the crystalline structure of water can change based on the emotional qualities to which it is exposed.
What I believe now is that WHEN YOUR DREAMS BECOME YOUR INTENTION, that is the first step in transforming your reality . . . the second step is to work on making it happen. . . relentlessly!
I can see this when I trace the dots of the last 25 years of my life. I was born in Guatemala the year the 36 internal conflict started! I grew up in a country torn by war, by death and more recently, by poverty. I felt so much despair . . . I wanted to run away from me, from my country, from a world that allowed this.
However, at 22, I had a dream . . . I had a vision . . .
This is what I wrote in 1984–
I dream of a world in which
The sound of the wind against the trees
The songs of birds from their nests
The jump of a lizard from one twig to another
The footsteps of a deer in the ground
The sound of the spring in the home and
Peace between brothers and sisters . . .
Be everyday events!
I did not know what this meant when I wrote this down, as I was finishing my biology thesis. However, as I look back in my life, I know this dream has been guiding my path!
As I sit in the Wakami Village Center in Patulul, a small village in Guatemala, that we have built with people from different parts of the World together with the local communities, the dream and the reality are the same. When we first dared to dream here, there was nothing. It was an ugly piece of land with a dirty stream and trash littering the landscape. Now there is the Center, three buildings that are being used for training the women, educating the children and monitoring the health and nutrition of women and their babies.
When I sit beside this Center where there once was nothing, now, there is the beauty of the buildings and harmony between the people and the land, the stream is being cared for and cleaned, birds are thriving between the banana trees and the papaya trees, lizards . . . more than one. I love hearing the kids from the village laughing . . . they are anxiously waiting to go into the new technology room that opens up a new world for them . . . you see women wearing different textiles, meaning they come from different villages . . . they are sharing dreams that have become a reality and their new dreams with people from the US that have come to learn about this world we are building . . . I am thrilled . . . people are connected . . . no walls, no barriers, just people connected to people!
For me, a small part of this Earth has the same energy as the energy in my dream. . .
I look out into the World and there is chaos out there, everywhere . . . we are hopeful though, I am hopeful. . . we know that to transform it we just have to keep dreaming . . . together with others!
Yes, with others, because – individual dreams are strong and collective dreams are unstoppable!
What is your dream? Are you part of a collective dream? Is it unfolding?
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