A dream is a vision in your head. It is airy, spacious, ethereal, and has the essence of something that can float right on by if you let it. Imagination (or ImagineNation as I like to think of it, borrowing a lovely idea from Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street) is where dreams are sparked. It is the place of dream conception.
Now think for a minute of ImagineNation as a real place and Reality as another real place. Your dream, in order to be birthed, has to travel from ImagineNation to The Real World. Think of it like Superman being born on the planet Krypton and making the trip to Earth via rocket.
In order for the dream to survive the trip it has to be intentionally placed inside some sort of traveling device, a space capsule if you will that will not set afire when entering Earth's atmosphere. Let's think of it in terms of elements: your dream (Fire) has to be able to travel that daunting path from ImagineNation (Air) to Reality (Earth) and the Capsule (Water) is what moves it, protects it, nurtures and comforts it along its journey.
There are a number of variables that can alter the dream's course along the journey. I want us to be aware of as many of those as possible, so that we aren't surprised by them when they occur. I also want to be clear how momentous an occasion it is to decide to send one of your dreams on just such a journey. Let's be clear that there is a reason this feels daunting and risky and vulnerable. How do you think Superman's Scientist Father felt? But as in the Superman story, Krypton was being destroyed. What choice did he have?
We can relate this to the feeling of not wanting our life to continue on the way it has been. We want real, lasting, sustainable change. We can envision it. We feel the pressure mounting. We must be the one to take action on behalf of our dream in order to keep it alive. What choice do we have?
In the quote I shared above, you can get a real sense of how harrowing a task it can be for an artist to draw that first line on the paper. It is the first attempt at fixing air into earth or spirit into flesh. It is not for the faint of heart and always morphs as you go. You want to get it "just right," but often the "just right" takes on a mind of its own. There is so much chaotic turbulence to travel through before a dream can be birthed. Here is my favorite secret: You have a capsule. You have a traveling device! You have a rocket, a bubble, a tardis. Whatever you want to call it, you have a safe-ish place to put the dream that will care for it and see it through to the inevitable end of its course. This is what I created Tomorrow's Dreams Today to be. A dream capsule. So at the very least, like Superman's Scientist Father, you know you did all you could for the little guy.
I think of it like the old drive-thru banking machines. You drive up to the box (Messy Canvas website) and you take a risk and insert your $30. Out drops a plastic capsule. You pull out the capsule and open it up. You decide on which valuable dream takes precedence and you drop it in. You close it up, push a button and it gets sucked up leaving you in a dust of hopes and wishes and beliefs and doubts and skepticism and possibilities.
I am here. I am here. I am here. I am here sending out my own capsules and drawing my own lines and hitting turbulence with rapid gathering speed and sharing my learnings as I go. I am here, knowing I can't promise the outcome, but I can promise you your own capsule to experiment with again and again and again.
I think we get better with experience. I think this is hands on learning at its finest. I think you should know that anytime a capsule goes MIA, you are welcome to drive back up to the Dream Clinic and get a new one. I try to be readily available to you, but whether I'm here or not, the window is always open. I think the collective field notes just keeping growing and the individual logs we share benefit us all and furrow our brow and squint our eyes over failed missions and whoop and holler and throw parades for any and all successful landings in the cornfields of The Real World. I think all dreamers are artists, because it requires imagination first and second the werk, werk, werk, of making labor and delivery a reality.
As you go through this course, you'll gain knowledge about things that can protect that capsule while it's in flight. But far better than a gold star for memorizing any knowledge I can put into words, is your own daring act of sending a capsule out. I have mad respect for those few of you who will actually throw your adventure goggles down over your eyes, going after some practical experience, getting your hands dirty for your dreams. Don't be embarrassed when you need to go on rescue missions. I do it all the time.
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