My friend has expressed what can happen when people have no vision in this art called Economic Casualty, which he said he finished just before the riots occurred last year.
This related piece was previously posted at my I Need Not Want blog.
Friday, 10 July 2009
What the World Needs Now is More Dreamers
"If you can explain everything what's left to believe in?" Sacred Ground, Star Trek VoyagerIn a recent email discussion with a friend, she said her idea of love is to show up in person and helping people in need and providing money, food and shelter. She believes that it is only when people's bellies are full that they are ready to hear about the other part of the message of love. I told her that if people have that calling good luck to them but I don't buy it into that reality nor do I believe in humanitarian efforts. Why? Because I believe the more you focus on the externals of lack, the more you end up magnifying it. That's why no matter how many millions of bags of food you provide for the starving; no matter how many hospitals you build for the sick; no matter how many homes you build for the homeless; no matter how many schools you build; no matter how much money you throw at a situation; they will never be sufficient. I believe the solution to the world's problems does not lie with politicians and humanitarian effort but in the unseen i.e. that which cannot be experienced with the senses. And one way to bring this forth is by faith.
"The dreamers are the saviours of the world. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men, through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers. Humanity cannot forget its dreamers; it cannot let their ideals fade and die; it lives in them; it knows them as the realities which it shall one day see and know." As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen
I had a sleeping dream recently when I saw a wound on my left arm that started bleeding. I called out to my mother to get me a plaster to dress the wound. She said she was going to find one. I found a plaster on the arm of the chair I was sitting on, which I presumed my mother had left there. After I had dressed the wound, my mother turned up with a box of plasters.
"But you've already given me one," I showed her my arm. "See?"
"It can't have come from me because I've only just found these," she said. "How did you get that plaster?"
"It just appeared. I thought it was from you."
"That's amazing!" she said. Then I woke up.
I believe the wound on my arm symbolises human suffering of all kinds. I was being reminded that all solutions are available right now in the "unseen" and it's a matter of calling it forth and letting it reveal itself in any way it chooses.
My mother was admitted in hospital recently for an operation. As she does majority of the cooking, I knew I was going to miss her, big time. There was some food in the fridge to last me for a couple of days. After that I would need to buy some ingredients to cook. I figured I would just cook some pasta and vegetables which should keep me going for a few days. If I didn't feel like cooking I could always live on sandwiches and breakfast cereal.
The next day I looked at the almost empty fridge and the possibility of having to prepare a meal was looming. Damn! There was only one solution. I thought to myself, "This Fridge is full of food" and closed the fridge door knowing that my thoughts are real.
When I went to visit my mother later at the hospital, I shared my vision of a full fridge with her. She told me her daughter-in-law had brought her some sandwiches and fruits for her. Another friend had also brought her some fruits. So I ended up having some of her sandwiches and stored the rest in the hospital fridge. I was so stuffed that I didn't need to eat anything when I went home.
On my next visit, my mother told me her daughter-in-law had sent her some more food. As she'd been eating hospital food she said it was all getting too much for her and begged me to take some of the food, the remainder of the sandwiches, and fruits home. As I was stocking the fridge my earlier thought of a full fridge was coming true right before my eyes. Now that I had cooked food in the fridge, I no longer had any appetite, so I had a banana and peanut butter sandwich.
The next day I opened the fridge and looked at all the food but I wasn't in the mood. I had some banana and made myself some tuna sandwich. I figured the food would keep which my mother could have when she came out of hospital.
After living off sandwiches and breakfast cereal for a couple of days, I decided to cook a big pot of pasta and vegetables. When my mother returned home from hospital, she had a choice whether to have some pasta or the leftovers from my sister-in-law. She chose my sister-in-law's food. The next day my sister-in-law brought some more cooked food for my mother.
My mother said now she was recuperating she wanted to be eating lots of fruits and vegetables. The next day her friend brought two huge bags of fruits and vegetables and some fruit juice. There was so much that there was barely enough space in the fridge for all of them. To create space, I prepared my mother some fruit salad.
I pointed out to my mother how my vision of a full fridge had come true.
"Not only is the fridge full, it's overflowing with food," she said.
"Yes, it just shows all things already exist in the unseen it's a matter of calling it forth,” I said. "Doesn't the Bible refer to it as callings things that be not as though they were?" (Romans 4: 17)
"Yes it does. The Bible also says that everything that we see comes from the unseen." (Hebrews 11: 3)
"And when you call the unseen forth, it's important to have faith and let it happen," I said.
"It's amazing how the Bible prophecy is coming true right now."
There have been many times when my purse has been empty and I have not seen it as empty but full of money. I have ended up receiving money. There are times when I've reversed fatigue by just reminding myself that I am full of energy.
I believe the kind of love the world needs is more dreamers and visionaries i.e. people who can see with faith and bring the "unseen" into the "seen." I also believe that each of us has to be a dreamer and call forth our own unique ideal to be made manifest. If people don't call forth their ideal, someone else is going to and people will have to go with the flow. Take one example of recycling which is based on the belief in depleted resources. But the unseen, which is infinite, can never be depleted. It just shows that the idea of recycling is based on evidence of things seen than the unseen.
I find it interesting how before parliament passes an act, it has to go through various stages. What a waste of time! Who needs to lobby parliament when you can call it forth in thought? For instance, about a year ago while I was reading a newspaper I noticed a policy that was being proposed by the government which I took an instant dislike to and decided was never going to happen. Just last week I read that after spending lots of money on preliminary studies, the government has decided to ditch it. That's the power of vision.
Back to the dialogue I had with my friend, it's only natural for those who are 3D orientated to believe that love means nourishing the needy in a physical way. However, those who have faith in the unseen know that all solutions lie in the unseen that needs to be called forth.
I am dreaming the universe of my dreams. Care to join me?
* The Star Trek Voyager episode called Sacred Ground is now available on YouTube.
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