“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist
I first came across this quote more than 20 years ago when I was researching Oscar Wilde after reading The Picture of Dorian Gray, a philosophical novel about self responsibility and concept of sin. I saw it again the morning I was pondering the creation meditation I was to lead during the Super Blue Moon on 31st July. This type of synchronicity no longer surprises me, although the quote was literally imposed on me, funnily, in my cup as I sipped my morning coffee.
It started me thinking about the role of the visionary versus the executor in today’s societies. We are always told to take action, to focus, to strive, to improve, to progress. And our dreams are often criticised and persecuted as unrealistic, impractical, the building of castles in the air. Yet we forget that without the vision and direction in place, all the effort and action might be for naught.
Being practical and focused on reaching a goal is strongly bantered around. However, the sad fact is that without a dream, many are finding that when they did reach a goal, all they encounter are illusions and disappointment. In the course of my work, I come across many who thought that their career and financial stability were their goal. As they finally reached the milestone they had set for themselves, they realised they have left behind them a trail of breached trust, broken bridges, physical damage to their health, and disappointment all around. Worse, the castle they had worked so hard finally presented itself as nothing like what they imagined. It reminded me of a friend who had bought a fairytale castle in Europe and then realised that there was no central heating, no modern plumbing and a seemingly endless drain on finances to upkeep.
So much lost hope and damage, all because we got the order wrong.
We dream, not with our mind, but with our hearts. We take action through formulating a plan with our minds. Yet at each turn when a decision needs to be taken, do we use our hearts or our minds? Osho reminds us that our heart is the master, the mind the servant. Chaos ensue when the mind takes charge, rendering the heart incapacitated.
This is what is happening today, as our education increasing emphasizes on mind and not heart. And that is at the root of many of the things that are going wrong with our world today.
So begin by dreaming. Be creative and courageous in exploring and visualising what you would like to see happening in your life, now and in the future. Go deeper within and figure out what you truly desire and then explore to test it out. Ask yourself what your Soul Purpose is, and align your desires with that higher vision. Once you have your dream, put your mind to work to plan the steps necessary to reach your vision. Next, begin by putting the steps into action. Through leading with your heart, and achieving with your mind, you can reach your goals without compromising your integrity nor happiness.
I leave you with a quote by transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau: “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – quote from the book Walden