You have to raise your vision. If you don’t have a dream, you don’t know here you’re going.*
We enter solitude, in which also we lose loneliness … True solitude is found in the wild places, where one is without human obligation. One’s inner voices become audible. One feels the attraction of one’s most intimate sources. In consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives. The more coherent one becomes within oneself as a creature, the more fully one enters into the communion of all creatures.
What is your dream?
It may be hidden beneath the noise and busyness of life and yet there it is, perhaps only audible as a whisper, yet untamed and unrelentless, still calling to you from your wild places:
We connect to an inner place of wonder, and thus we are open to recognising the spirit of wonder in the world around us.^
A dream is distant horizon we are moving towards, a big picture you want to create. Once articulated, you’re able to work on the details every day that will allow it to become reality.
Perhaps this is how you started out in your working life, but you have had your head down for so long, working on all those details, you don’t even know if they’re the right ones any longer. When you lift your eyes to the horizon you don’t recognise the dream any longer and you tell yourself to get real and focus on the things that matter.
I believe your dream is still there, perhaps even greater than ever, and when you go to the wild places you will find it again … or perhaps for the first time.
This is the thin silence. It’s why I’m a dreamwhisperer.
Thin silence is not the past and not yet the future. It is both input and output. It is a holy place. Repentance here becomes an alignment to a future hope.
There are still wild places in our world that we can venture to, but the first wild place then is an undistracted place of solitude. Whilst we might not all be able to trek into Nature, we can each find a place of quietness to enter into the thin silence for at least a few moments each day. One of the most risky things we can then do is to write down our dream.
I have a dream to …
(*Shazia Saleem, quoted in Martin Amor and Alex Pellew’s The Idea in You.)
(**Wendell Berry from Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: Wendell Berry on Solitude and Why Pride and Despair are the Two Great Enemies of Creative Work.)
(^From Kelvy Bird’s Generative Scribing.)