Thursday, 28 January 2010
Why our dreams matter
I was talking to a colleague at lunch yesterday and he made a really good point: he said that Star Wars gave an entire generation of young men a framework in which to understand the concept of energy and of the power of the mind, through the 'force'.
He used to be a conventional business man, with little interest in energy and the power of the mind. It just didn't impact on his daily life. He was interested in business. However, towards the beginning of the millenium he began to hear some distant rumblings, people talking about Reiki, energy and, more laterally, the Law of Attraction... And the reason it began to make sense for him was because he could see how it slotted into the Star Wars philosophy - he had a framework in which he could understand that the mind has greater power, knowing and ability than had previously been assumed.
What struck me was importance of George Lucas following his dream, both in terms of making the film and in terms of the film's story. However far-fetched it may have been at the time, his dream helped millions begin to understand the world in a more subtle, metaphysical way.
Equally, the same is true for Harry Potter, which inspires children - young and old alike! - to believe that, within them, is a more powerful aspect of themselves. What better parallel for a Higher Self, a Wise Soul, a Divine Spark, could there be?
What would have happened if Lucas had said, 'No, it's too big an idea?', if Rowlings had said, 'I should get a 'proper' job?' How much power would society be without their unique contributions?
Our dreams are never wasted. However large or small they appear to us, our dreams are the signposts to our purpose and to our legacy. They show us where our unique talents lie hidden.
Our dreams are gifts to the world as much as they are gifts to ourselves.