In modern societies, the ego has separated us from the world of dreams, thus separating us from an important part of our own reality. It is not so everywhere. In South American communities, that have preserved traditional ways of living, dreams are a large part of everyday life. When children begin to speak, they already work with their dreams and that becomes a way of life. People sit in a circle and honour, by relating, their adventures of the night. Whatever the message, it indicates what one should do during the day. If the dream says to leave one’s work, then let us leave it! But if Westerners acted this way, people around them would think that they were insane to take so seriously “a simple dream”. Yet, we must live with the wisdom of our dreams.
To foolishly limit our actions to a set of closed parameters prevents the magical and creative world within from touching our lives. Maybe by leaving the work where you feel stifled and bored you have a chance to discover a latent talent or a hidden potential never before considered. If the dream says to fly, let us fly!
When we understand the natural laws of a sacred dream we can fly. Our potential is unlimited. The question “Can you fly like an eagle?” addressed by the anthropologist to the shaman is for him out of place, because in non-ordinary reality of course he can fly! Everybody can remember when they were a little child they wanted to jump out of the window or off the balcony and fly. Yet, when we tried we hurt ourselves. But we continued to believe in our dreams because we had more faith in them than in ourselves.
In the inside world, there is a feeling of unity and magic telling us that everything is possible. Still aware of and very centered on their force of life, children know this better than adults. They continue to believe in the magic of the world they live in and in the creative life force that drives them in their actions.
Let us take our dreams seriously. If we dream we are flying, let us create a ritual that honours flying. Let us dress like a condor, let us go to the mountains and symbolically let us learn how to fly. But if we think that it is impossible, we will not jump because of the fear of falling. To understand our dreams, it is necessary to put aside our ego and our conditioning and to approach the reality of the dream. People who have the courage to jump and to fly really do it in a non-physical dimension.
Let us not flee away! Let us enter the dream to grasp its unique language. The more we work with dreams, the more we understand their complexity, the more they inform us at various levels of our awareness of their magic and the more they help us to become conscious of the knowledge and wisdom residing within all of us. Let us have courage!