A few weeks ago, I had a very lucid dream about “the earth of a distant future.” I put “the earth of a distant future” in quotations marks, because that’s what came to me intuitively in the dream. (As an aside, there are many possible distant futures that could come to be; this dream was sampling one of them. In my pre-election dream, I believe I had seen a more definitive future because it was right before the election with very little time lapse between the intuitive hit in the dream and the actual outcome.) Anyway, in this particular distant future of earth that I dreamed, I was a child playing with other children running around on some grass. As a couple of the children and I tumbled to the ground together, laughing, I woke up within the dream which means I was aware within my dream that I was dreaming. Once this lucid dreaming kicked in, I knew something else, too. I knew that the other children and I all knew we were One. And when we tumbled onto the grass, we all knew and could feel our Oneness with each other and with the grass, too. The bliss and joy energy inside my body feeling this Oneness with the others and with the grass and All That Is was so real and vibrant, it totally woke me up from the dream into full consciousness. I stayed in bed wide-awake and alert, savoring the lingering bliss energy that felt like a warm, brilliant sunlamp burning bright inside my body.
One of my favorite tips from Martha Beck (Life Coach, par excellence), which she got from her martial arts instructor, is to “begin at the end.” It goes something like this: Imagine the ending of whatever you want to have happen in your life. Then imagine how that ending would make you feel if it came true. Now pretend that the ending you want to come true, has indeed come true, and feel that feeling that comes with that ending. Bring this feeling to mind as much as possible and you’ll see your circumstances begin to change to reflect that feeling. We often think the reverse is true: that by changing our circumstances our feelings will change. But in reality, changing our feelings, even if we have to imagine them at first, is what brings about the change in our circumstances we desire. Why this works from my own perspective is because Love, Joy, and Peace are who we are at our core. Our Truest Selves are eternal, infinite energies that vibrate in those feelings of Bliss. So feeling the energies of what we really want to feel helps to keep our vibrations in alignment with our Truest Selves, and thus actually helps bring circumstances into our lives that reflect this inner vibe. And even if your circumstances don’t change the way you want, it’s still a win-win because you’ve already been giving yourself the feelings that you thought the changed circumstances would bring you.
So, following this “begin at the end” principle, since this lucid dream, I have tried to re-create the feeling of that Bliss energy from the future. I’ll be honest: it’s been a challenge trying to foster the intensity of that much joy. Meditation has been able to get me within a smidgen of it, but that’s all. Words can’t describe it either, but I’ll try to offer some that at least point in the direction of that incredible feeling: Intoxicating. Heady. Pulsating. Effervescent. Ebullient. I sound like I’m describing an excellent champagne, which makes sense since spiritual masters throughout history have compared the Divine Love and Joy to wine. “Wine is the most fitting figure for love because both intoxicate. But while wine causes self-forgetfulness, love leads to Self-realization…The behavior of the drunkard and the lover are similar…but the one leads to subterranean darkness and denial; the other gives wings to the soul for its flight to freedom…The Wine that [the lover] drinks turns into Fire in which he continuously burns in blissful longing. And the Fire eventually becomes the Ocean of Infinite Consciousness in which [the lover] drowns." ~Meher Baba
Nevertheless, I keep re-remembering the dream, bringing it to mind again and again, even if I can’t quite reach that feeling of Bliss yet, for by practicing it and even pretending I have that feeling now, I create the space for that Bliss-filled future to begin to express itself now. The more all of us can practice feeling higher vibrations of Love, Joy, and Peace, we begin to embody a future that reflects these vibrations in the here and now. And who doesn’t want to help bring a vibrant future into being—a future when all children know their Oneness with All That Is and can play in green fields with each other in pure Delight?
That being said, I just finished reading a book that reminded me again that all phenomenal reality is but a Divine Dream—ultimately none of our circumstances: past, present, or future, are real with a capital R. Only Love, Joy, and Peace are Real. So, again, the more we can do the spiritual practice of focusing on these feelings within our dreamed up bodies, the more our dreamed up circumstances begin to reflect the Love, Joy and Peace that we are. Be the Love. Be the Joy. Be the Peace. AND feel the Love. Feel the Joy. Feel the Peace. Amen. Aho. Hallelujah. Namaste. And so it is!