Many shamanic cultures believe that reality exists as a result of the Big Dream of the Cosmos. The Cosmos have dreamt you and I into existence. All of creation is like a spider web of life that connects everything (all our relations…our ancestors, our descendants, the standing nation, the plant nation, the two leggeds, the winged ones, and all the creatures in between). YOU are a dream, and you are dreaming your…and our reality into existence. WE are collectively dreaming OUR reality into existence.
So, what are you dreaming? Let’s change our dream to change our reality. One of the many responsibilities of being a spiritual and mature adult is to pay attention to what our dreams (conscious and unconscious) are creating. Let’s dream a new reality and co-create it through consistent action. This is sacred activism. When we align with the flow of life and the Big Dream, what can unfold?
On the heels of the 2017 Life Design Planner launch, there is a strong need in our global community for light bringers. We can use this smaller-scale planner to commit to the spiritual adult responsibility of sacred activism in 2017. The unfolding of the U.S. election, the person chosen for Secretary of State (CEO of Exxon Mobil), Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline, among many other challenges in our current 3-D reality have shown us the dark shadow that lives in our society. How did we dream this nightmare?
My theory is that part of the dream that we have been dreaming is that some parts of ourselves and our society are not acceptable so we need to hide them.
The shadow is a Jungian concept: shadow is a part of us that we don’t accept. It’s something that isn’t accepted by our society (greediness; anger; judgement), so we stuff those parts of ourselves in a closet for years and years, pretending they don’t exist. Not surprisingly, the shadow becomes more mangled because it is unloved. We can love all parts of ourselves. What happens when we simply notice our inner shadow is there and ackowledge it?
One example is the example of racism. In our society, it is not really ok to say “I am racist.” You will be scolded and shamed for being racist. Of course racism is a reality in our society and has been for a very, very long time. But we haven’t talked about it in quite a while. Some people reading this post will be triggered that I am even talking about it.
TV shows have a token black person and advertisements feature racially ambiguous people in order to be inclusive, and it seems like it’s all good.
In the past few years, the shadow of racism has come out of the closet and the shadow is right in front of our faces. Black people are targeted and murdered by police, many would say incarceration of black men is an epidemic, and black children have disproportionately less opportunity in education than other races.
It is time to embrace the shadow. Especially when we are caught in a strong “us versus them” narrative in the U.S. at the moment, the contrast of dark and light is grossly apparent.
Many have felt like outcasts because they are shamed, called stupid or ignorant when they admit that they are racist or that they like guns. Some people finally feel they have been given permission to say the hateful things that have been stuffed in the closet for years—because the president says hateful things.
Let’s examine how we can relate to these views. What part of yourself is greedy? What part of yourself is racist? What part of yourself wants to take advantage of others? Dive into the depths of the shadow. Help others explore their shadow with deep listening skills and curiosity.
We carry the medicine for these times. We are the light bringers, the dreamers, the love warriors. It is our responsibility to use our voices and be active participants in our communities, and to DREAM A NEW DREAM. This worksheet will help guide you on your sacred path. Even better, gather your brothers and sisters together to fill our these worksheets together so that you can dream the same dream.
Remember your power and remember that you’re not alone. Your brothers and sisters are alongside you dreaming the same dream for how wonderful the world can be.
As Trevor Hall says, “Darkness has its teachings. Love is never leaving.” Be the light and be the love. I love you
If you want to be in on our sacred activism group call in early Jan 2016, shoot me an email that says “DREAM THE BIG DREAM” by January 2 and I’ll send you the info.
Download the Sacred Activism Worksheet