Dreaming our world into Reality – Writing for Publishing

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“We can only begin to dream once we have truly awakened from our sleep.” – The Dreamer’s Lotus

 

My first novel is awakening – In less than two months, The Dreamer’s Lotus will be in physical form.

To say it’s an exciting feeling would be a huge understatement. 

Writers are often asked, how did you come up with your idea? Everyone has their own inspiration, be it travel, nature, society – but for me, the concept for this book came through a dream. Five years ago I woke up with a single phrase lingering on my mind like a smoky blue electricity – “At the top of the hill stood a tall tree where the boy with grandfather eyes would go and overlook the village.” I scrambled for paper, and in the dim darkness I scratched out the words, that gratefully, I was able to understand the next morning.

There is so much I want to talk about and share – but for now, I’ll focus on dreams, for after all, they are a key theme in The Dreamer’s Lotus. Mainly, I want to discuss:

 

How can we use dreams to improve our writing and what we are hoping to manifest.

Remembering our dreams is obviously the must crucial component. Our conscious mind is a powerful ally, and when united with the unconscious, amazing things can happen. My most effective way of remembering my dreams (and yeah, it’s gonna seem ridiculously simple) is saying to myself, moments before I feel myself falling asleep, “I am going to remember my dreams.” I repeat that half a dozen times, and more often than not, I wake up with a fairly good recall of my nighttime adventures. The more I repeat this exercise, the more trained my brain becomes for remembering my dreams. There are of course a multitude of tricks that people use, which I encourage people to share below. For me, the simpler it is, the better it seems to work.

We usually have three sets of dreams which correspond to our REM sleep. Sometimes we wake up immediately after a dream and then fall back asleep, which leads into part two.

The second component for most people is the hardest part – a dream journal. We dream every night, but by morning, and within the first fifteen minutes of being awake, we’ve forgotten 90% of our dreams. The dream journal helps mitigate that loss. I’ll admit, the last thing I usually want to do at 3:00 A.M. is start writing. But the easier I make it for myself, the more often it gets accomplished, and the more dreams I remember. I keep my journal and pen within arms reach, and have the pen placed between two fresh sheets of paper. Most of the time I don’t even open my eyes – I just write down as many words as I can to spark my memory in the morning – the more descriptive the better.

And finally, and I think this may be the most important part, is paying attention to our waking world in the present moment. The more conscious we are of our day-to-day surroundings, the more conscious we become of the dream. When we sit down to write, identify the corresponding details that our focus has landed upon in the two worlds. This can help to pull out the ideas and themes that have been trying to percolate through our awareness.

Not all of our dreams are going to become best selling books, but the process of writing them down, of alchemizing the ethereal into the tangible, we become more adept at our craft, and ultimately, more in tune with our own creations.

 

Fukushima and my health

Day 14.

I’ve been undergoing a cleanse for the last 12 days. Sugars, starches, gluten, dairy, alcohol – GONE. Let’s just say, it’s been, um, interesting.

Since day one I decided I would do an anti-candida diet. Why? Good question. Maybe because my wife did one a few years ago and I thought I could piggy-back off her experience. All I knew was that the awareness around my diet and nutrition was dissipating into the cupboards of chocolate and booze. Truth be told, I’m not that unhealthy. I exercise regularly, drink about 1-2 beers a night, have 2-4 slices of bread a day, and usually top out my evening with some good old SUGAR, sweet beautiful sugar.

So what does this have to do with Fukushima? Well surprisingly, I’ve noticed quite a few parallels since I began my cleanse. Here are just a few:

1) Fukushima happened years ago, yet is still affecting the health of the planet in ways we do not yet understand.

2) Everyone’s got an opinion.

3) It is nearly impossible to get reliable information.

For those of you with the time, interest, and enthusiasm, here are some links to either open your world a bit wider or lock you in the vault of despair. Some of these you may know right away. The more rational ones, I’ve noticed, seem to slip to the bottom of the pile.

http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/01/36-signs-media-lying-fukushima-radiation-affecting-west-coast/

http://deepseanews.com/2013/11/true-facts-about-ocean-radiation-and-the-fukushima-disaster/

http://fukushima-diary.com/

http://enenews.com/

http://www.theinertia.com/environment/fukushima-maybe-it-isnt-the-end-of-the-world/

Back to the candida cleanse – OK. So if I’m going to do this thing I just as well start informing myself. I’ve found books written by medical professionals, spent hours online studying countless websites, and spoken with numerous friends and acquaintances. The result? I still have no idea what I can and cannot eat.

Carrot juice is acceptable first thing in the morning – the fact that carrot juice tastes good should be warning enough.

Mushrooms are medicinal – mushrooms will kill you and your friends in your sleep.

Caffeine is ok – caffeine is a crutch, you are weak, WEAK!

A piece of fruit a day is perfectly fine – fruit is the red-headed step child of candida.

(For those of you with great advice about my diet, no matter how altruistic your intentions are, please respect that I…DON’T…CARE!)

The point of all this is, most of what we learn and rely on comes from sources outside of ourselves. If I am going to figure out what my body needs, I better start listening to it and stop relying on the internet to make my decisions for me.

Fukushima is a bit trickier. No doubt about it, this is a global catastrophe. Every news station, every mayor, every president in every country should be working on solving this problem. So why in the hell can’t the general public get accurate information? For now, that’s a rabbit hole I’m not prepared to go down today. Regardless, no matter how bad the situation is, there are still a few things we can do:

1) Gather as much information as we can from as many different sources as possible.

2) Analyze the information objectively.

3) Stay out of fear.

4) Make rational decisions based on the information we have gathered.

How many people do you know who are ready to move to South America or seal off the cracks in their homes with duct tape? Or better yet, how many people out there are clueless that this is even going on??

Though most of us do not have the time or the means to dedicate our lives to find out the answers, the least we can do is exercise the powers we do have. We have the power to:

1) Use the internet as a tool to spread awareness (without fear) for the purpose of bringing more people into alignment with possible solutions.

2) We can contact our local and state representatives and demand a transparent investigation. How is this situation affecting my local food and water sources?

3) Buy a Geiger counter and create your own outlet of information

4) It’s also not a bad idea to take preventative measures for your own health – seaweed/iodine, buckwheat, bentonite clay, zeolite supplements. Also, a break in Pacific seafood might be wise, though that is debatable.

I hope this perspective is helpful for people. I’m learning that our outer world is a reflection of what’s going on inside. If we want to see change we can agree with, we have to be willing to sacrifice the things that no longer serve us. We always have the potential to create heaven right here at home. But one thing is for certain – no one is going to do it for us.

Diet for World Peace

The world we inherit will reflect the people who dwell upon it.

Potential

 

I have always been a relatively optimistic person. When a challenge presents itself, I am able to see the hurdle for what it is and create appropriate solutions. In today’s world, however, there seem to be more hurdles than I can come to terms with. It is an incredible gift to be alive and living on this planet at this point in history. Never before have we seen the complexities of Gaia like we do now; the internet has shattered all excuses of ignorance – we are all in this shit together.

 

I am often overwhelmed by the problems we face. At times it seems like people don’t care. Facebook reveals that more individuals are concerned with Duck Dynasty than Fukushima. There is no doubt that a well orchestrated agenda is underway to keep us distracted from what is really important. But who is to blame? Governments and corporations are easy scapegoats. Yes, money rules, and those with the most of it make decisions that impact us all. If we are to truly awaken into awareness, then we cannot deny our role in this collective drama.

 

A couple years ago, my partner and I went to Africa to film a documentary called The Sustainability of Self. What is sustainability? Is it aid? Solar panels? Permaculture? All those things are great, but ultimately, it comes back to individual responsibility. How can I berate a system that plunders our planet’s resources when I still drive a car every day? How can I help indigenous tribes in the Amazon if I don’t even know my neighbor’s name? Sustainability is not about water harvesting or car pooling. It is a mindset. It is a philosophy that we live our lives by. The only way we can escape being a victim of this all consuming machine is to take back our own individual power.

 

For the next two months, I will be working on improving the only person I can…a physical cleanse is underway. The concept of addiction is fascinating to me. Who is really in control – us or our habits? If I am to be fully in my power then I cannot be ruled over by that which does not serve me. That means no sugar, no alcohol, no processed foods, along with a whole host of fun things now denied…let’s just say I’ve been putting this cleanse off for over a year. My body, like this planet, is a sacred thing, and I do not deserve what I do not honor. Real change comes from within and if I am going to see the planet I wish to live on, I better start acting like it.

New Reality Consumption

It is no mystery that what we place in our body has a great and profound relationship with our external world.  Just like all living beings, our physical bodies require air, food, and water; it is the quality of these staples that determine our state of health and vitality, as well of course, as our mental state of well-being.

Over time, our thoughts and feelings become affected by the toxins that we indirectly and regularly consume. As our collective consciousness expands, we are beginning to understand that the planet’s state of well-being is in direct relationship with our own. Many of us are retreating back into nature to renew what is inherently ours: a profound connection between the macro and the micro/ a communication between Man and his Cells – a communion between Human and Gaia.

Yesterday was my final day of a week-long raw foods diet. This diet was culminated with a vision quest with the aid of San Pedro Cactus deep in the forests of Washington state. San Pedro grows predominantly in the Andes mountains of South America and just like its North American cousin peyote, it is rich with mescaline and other healing properties. It has been used by shaman for thousands of years. Recently, western doctors, under the guidance of shamanic discipline and technique, have used san pedro to remedy diseases ranging from arthritis to cancer.

On a mental level, san pedro helps us to formulate a more sophisticated perception of reality. Like many true hallucinogens (magic mushrooms, ayahuasca, ibogaine) it guides the user into deeper states of consciousness. As one shaman describes: “San Pedro heals by fundamentally changing our perception of reality – our belief in what is real and possible for us – so we understand our true power and the healing abilities we have. “It shows us reality as it actually is, not how we think it is.”

“It changes what we think of as real so we see the power we humans have: we can manifest whatever we choose – if we believe we can.”

http://finalizations.com/san-pedro-the-miracle-healer.html

There is much taking place of which we are not aware.

Altered states of consciousness (taking san pedro, jumping out of an airplane, meditation, traveling) expand our filters of reality; altered states allow us to take in more information about the world at once. Most of us live under the law of expectation – we go into our day expecting to go to work, expecting to see people in the city, expecting things to happen as they’ve always happened.

Other people however are on their own “expectational adventures” and they use their own reality filters. Their reality is dependent on their beliefs about their own day-to-day life. All of our expectations come from a deeply imbedded idea of who we think we are and how we think we fit in with the rest of the world.

Collective expectations are what we are now currently agreed upon. We agree that our particular culture speaks this particular language, that money is of this value, and that gravity does what gravity is supposed to do. We expect certain things to exist. We expect certain things do not exist.

When we enter into an altered state of consciousness, we begin seeing more than we expect to see.

Multiple realities are happening all around us and they are all taking place at once. Every reality has its own certain truth and validity for the particular person who is experiencing it and believes it to be true. With that in mind, the collective reality isn’t necessarily true or necessarily good, but that still doesn’t not make it a reality for many people.

Becoming conscious is witnessing what we don’t expect to see. It is empowering one’s self to choose to be the creator rather than the created…not the garden but the gardener. Imagine your mind as a garden and imagine everything else as a potential seed that is constantly bombarding your mind. Everything you focus your attention on becomes planted in your garden and begins to grow. It is the gardener’s job to cultivate the seeds which enter his garden, it is his job to pull the weeds and that which does not serve him. We have the power to manage our gardens as diligently as we choose. The more carefully we process the external world, the more creative we can become with our filters. We can choose any reality we desire, but that desire must be made conscious, and then, it must be put into action.

I came away from this san pedro experience feeling fresh and revitalized. Synchronicities have already begun to stack up. The future looks hopeful.

I challenge the individual to maintain and cultivate how we choose to see the world. Place yourself out of your expectations, breath consciously and with intent. The more I do this, the more I find that certain things really start to stand out. Individuals make eye contact and a conversation leads to synchronicity. Reality expands on many levels…