Her Morning Elegance… and Dreaming about Dreams

This video by Oren Lavie has been watched almost ten million times, so I imagine many of my readers will already be familiar with it. But I just discovered it this morning, and it seemed worthy of passing on.

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I am reminded of the passage from the prophet Joel that we used to quote to each other all the time back when I was immersed in charismatic spirituality:

Then afterward I will pour out my spirit upon all mankind. Your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions; Even upon the servants and the handmaids, in those days, I will pour out my spirit. And I will work wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood, fire, and columns of smoke; The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, At the coming of the Day of the LORD, the great and terrible day.

Okay, so the video is about a young woman sleepwalking, not an old man dreaming dreams. But I’ve never been afraid to reach for a connection. Here’s the question: what dreams are you dreaming? If you hang out at this blog, I suppose that means you are interested in the spiritual life, in some form or fashion. Where are your dreams taking you, spiritually? How does your spiritual practice show up in, or influence, your dreams?

And not just the dreams of sleep, either. When “the young men see visions,” I believe we should assign the most mundane and down-to-earth interpretation to this verse: through the splendor of inspiration, our imagination, our daydreams, and our capacity for wonder and hope and new ideas are all set on fire. As Peter Gabriel sang in his song “Mercy Street” inspired by Anne Sexton: “All of the buildings, all of those cars, were once just a dream in somebody’s head.” So if we take Joel at his word, there’s a level on which the spiritual life is about opening our hearts and souls and minds to the Spirit who will lead us to dream new dreams and envision new possibilities — but then it’s up to us to shake the dreams and visions loose from our heads and to make them real. Hopefully we’re talking about something other than just more buildings and more cars. I dream about people, hundreds of people, thousands, millions, finding joy and meaning and love and connection through silence and rest and community. I dream about us feeding each other and caring for one another and sharing our resources. I dream about songs of prayer and joy and laughter and delight ringing through heaven and earth. I dream about a world where the latest gadgets or the evening stock reports aren’t nearly as interesting as the latest efforts to create green, sustainable technology or the newest initiative to clean our air and our water and to find new ways of relating the human family to the rest of the earth.

What are your dreams? And how do you see those dreams flowing from the safe harbor within you to the world where they can be given to others?

Happy new year, everyone. May 2010 be a year of wonderful dreams come true.

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • Cindy

    I also just found that yesterday! And my reaction was much the same as yours – what are we dreaming?

    I have made a practice of writing down my dreams for many years. In fact, I have books of them. Many I have then gone on to work with, in a Jungian style, and delve more deeply into the images and messages.

    My belief is (inarticulately) that dreams are where the human and the divine intersect. I won’t go so far as to say that they are “God speaking to me” except that inasmuch as God speaks to me through birdsong and insight.

    I find that dreams are multi-faceted and layered and bring me into harmony with my values with a succinct and firm admonition that is never brutal. Even if the images are ones I would rather avoid. My soul, my psyche, knows what I can handle even when my ego has a great big opinion to the contrary.

    I dream of family. Of birth. Of death. I dream of friendship and relationship. I dream of stillness and rest. I dream of being more fully me, and I dream of being able to see the world as more fully itself – peeling off the layers of my expectation and fear.

    I dream of love. I think at the core that is what is happening in my dreams.

  • http://viereckschanze.blogspot.com trev

    Like Cindy, I also have written down my dreams in a journal for many years, and have been exploring them in some depth in the company of other dreamers with whom I meet regularly.

    And like Cindy, my approach to my dreams is basically Jungian. I fully accept his ideas of archetypes and synchronicity, and have incorporated those ideas into my own books. Indeed, dreams are always the thing I am writing about….

    My dreams are a powerful and intimate part of my spiritual journey. They occur sequentially, 2 or 5 or—once–even 15 of them over a short period of time, each one building on the others, taking up where the previous one left off. They tell stories of exploration, discovery and revelation. They show me my connection to the Universe.

    I think this is a marvelous video. Thanks for posting it!

  • Cindy

    We find each other – our fellow family members – in the oddest and most wonderful places!

    Hello trev! Nice to meet you! :)

    I have worked extensively with Marion Woodman, and if you haven’t read her books you’re in for a treat! You may also enjoy listening to her audio interviews: “Dreams: Language of the Soul” and “Sitting by the Well” – I think they are both available from Sounds True.

  • http://acatholicwomansplace.blogspot.com claire bangasser

    Thank you for this post. Beautiful, light and inspiring. What a joy to read it today.

  • http://viereckschanze.blogspot.com trev

    Hello Cindy. :)

    I’d heard of Woodman before, but not read any of her works. It looks to me like she is into the same investigations I am…. Very cool. I’m definitely going to read her.


  • Jo

    I am touching on a dream. Not really a dream but a dimension I felt existed and but never fully understood. Through a piece of historical fiction, I came across the anchoress, Julian of Norwich. Through her writings and those of the desert fathers and mothers, it has opened the world of mysticism to me.

    Through study, meditation, and contemplation I am finding the peace of aloneness. The joy of simplicity. The contentment in less. I am slowly understanding those crazy people who would give up everything to live solely for Him.
    Humility is the path He is leading me down. A dream never desired, but a dream coming true.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlmccolman/ Carl McColman

    Jo, what’s the name of the work of fiction in which you encountered Lady Julian?

  • Jo

    Carl, I can’t even remember. The work, itself, was not really memorable.

    It was about the mistress of a man of royalty that lived in that period. At a time of great distress, the woman came across Julian in her small room anchored to the abbey and came to speak with her daily. It changed, not only the course, but, also the meaning of her life.

    I guess in a way, it also changed mine. If I can find it, I will get you the name.