It was not uncommon for me in my early years to hear such comments from my father as “son… get your head out of the clouds and come back to reality.” I was a dreamer. Don’t really know that it ever changed. Ok… so I don’t have my head in the clouds but I do still dream. I don’t walk around daydreaming. I save my dreaming for when I have time to relax and just let my mind wander.
It really is a good thing (to dream). Some call it dreaming. Some call it having a vision. Not one of those instances where you see things that aren’t there like a mirage. Its seeing thins as they could be. As you want them to be. As you “envision” them to be.
So much has been written lately about how to “think” your way to riches or the love life you want or whatever. In many ways it is true. In some ways it is not. There is the movie “The Secret” and others like it. Books are written every day by some guru telling others how to find nirvana which is just another way of saying the same thing. It seems to me that this is really nothing more than a search for one’s inner self. A search for a true happiness that a person finds void in their own lives. So much is coming to mind right now I can’t write it all. So I’ll pause…
OK… I’m back… It was really too much to write here.
What is reality?
Is it what we see? Can you touch reality? Is it some thing? I say we do not really know. There are those that would argue that reality only exists if you can feel, touch, hear, see, or otherwise interact on a physical level to what is in question. But is that really so? Is a dream real? Can you feel, touch, hear, see or otherwise interact in a dream?
When was the last time you had a dream? Do you remember your dreams or do they just wake you in the night (or whenever you sleep)? If you are “awakened” out OF a dream, was it real at the time? How did it effect you? Did your heart race? Were you afraid or even experiencing some form of pleasure? Did you “feel” as though the things IN the dream were real?
I recently got a serious cold. As a result I had to take some medications. As a result of that I wound up not sleeping as well at night sometimes. As a result of that I found myself up at 3:00 AM one morning (got up at 3:00) and watched a favorite movie of mine. One that deals directly with this subject we are confronting right now. The movie? “A Beautiful Mind” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Beautiful_Mind_%28film%29) Starring Russell Crowe.
The story is based on…. well… you can read the previous link to see all about it. Really, what I am trying to get to here is that the character (John Nash) has a problem. That problem is psychological in nature and he sees things and people that to him are very real but to others they are not there. The point I am trying to make is that reality in his mind may not be the same as that of others around him but it is very real none the less.
Our mind plays tricks on us regularly. There are things that are biological in nature that effect what we see or don’t see. Yet we rely on our senses to determine what we accept as being real or not real. We use our senses, or what we perceive as our senses, to determine what our reality is. There has been record of people feeling things that are not there. Phantom Limb Syndrome, burning skin sensations, and others even to the point that the skin or area connected to the supposed sensation becomes effected physically. The mind believes that it is burning or otherwise hurting and so the body responds accordingly.
I can often refer to the bible simply because I was raised around it and learned a good bit of it. One of the statements in the bible is: “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7 KJV) This message is played over and over again in the self help books trying to convince you of how to gain access to untold wealth or happiness. The truth is… it has always been that way. Another movie I recently watched was “Iron Lady” portraying the life of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. In this movie she makes a statement of what she had been taught by her father. “Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits for they become your character. Watch your character for it becomes your destiny. What we think we become.” This says so much!
By the way… Iron Lady moved a bit slow for me. I did gain from watching it but to be honest I did not watch the whole movie.
Great ideas come to people. Not from reality but from “unreality.” Creations, innovations, concepts, ideas… all come from somewhere other than what is currently perceived as being real. It is an “idea” that creates it. It comes from within someone somewhere. They may think of it while dreaming or not dreaming. While just sitting still (which I think is awesome)(Be still and know…) many ideas can come to creative people. Creative people are those that have learned to think beyond the limits of “reality” to see things that can or could be.
So… Your reality… My reality… Your dreams or my dreams… It doesn’t really matter. Just take time to dream a bit. Find what you really want and dream about it. Let your thoughts become you. Let you… become your thoughts. Where there is no vision (dream – thought – belief in…) the people parish (Proverbs 29:18 KJV).
I love these commercials about Satellite TV… “Don’t be found in a road side ditch…” or “don’t go to your own funeral.” In this case… don’t waste away your life by not finding or living your dreams. They become your reality. After all, to some extent, you choose your reality. What you think… you become. (Not always, but much of the time.)
By the way folks… I love to see comments. Please feel free to speak your mind.
For those that are interested or know anything about me… I did not get the position I applied for. Did I derserve it? Yes. Did I have the qualifications? I and others thought so. Did I now believe enough? That was not the problem. I was actually shocked that I did not get the position. I say all of this so that you will understand that just because you honestly believe doesn’t always make it so.