Seeing the new Star Trek film coming out, celebrating 50 years of Star Trek reminded me of those cyber space and sci-fi films of the 1960s – 1970s, used to watch as a kid. Have to say I preferred their ingeniousness to some of the smash and battle of many of the other films that have emerged since. They were all totally obsessed with gismos and technology and this was all just as our current digital age was frankly being born. Growing up through the 1970’s and 80’s really we saw the birth of the digital age, where we moved from an age of mechanics and electronics into digital technology. Computers became common place and now we don’t just grab our keys and wallet before leaving the house, it is also the mobile phone. It too is now a key part of our functioning in the outside world, or feeling safe.
Looking back at these old films where technology and gismos were the dream of tomorrow, it’s clear that in many ways we are now living that tomorrow, to a lesser or greater extent. The interesting part is that in many ways this wasn’t the desire or the dream of many, yet it has now shaped many of our lives and how we live in our society on a daily basis. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing can be frankly debated for a very long time and that’s not really what this short article is about. Like most things in life and certainly true of any tool or power, it just is, it’s what one does with it that matters.
One thing it does demonstrate beautifully, is that everything we have starts with an idea, an intent, a point of inception. Somethings then work and somethings don’t; as the techno graveyard of failed gismos are testament to. Asking these questions opens up another angle, which is how much do we actually end up living a life that is actually founded on or shaped by someone else’s dream? There are many people out there that don’t like or are fearful of technology, or have sensitivity to the electromagnetic smog. We still don’t really know what the effect of all of this “stuff” actually has on us or the planet, yet we continue to jump to the shout of “PROGRESS” as we seem to progress further and further away from a people served society to self-serving techno machine society. Is this really where we want to progress to? Is this what you want? Who dreamed up this type of society anyway? It’s certainly convenient that many tasks and jobs are done by machines, as we constantly get told humans are open to making mistakes. Well computers and technology are open to malfunctions, anomalies, hacking, etc, too. Yet in modern society we are seemingly dragged further and further down the path of barcoding, swipe, pat, touch screen, auto phone through and on-line registration for issue resolution. It’s like a techno bubble is being built between the customer or service user and the business or service provider. Whether this is your dream of an ideal society or not – you’re in it (if you live in the industrialised part of the world).
Our lives are dreamed into being, right from when we are small, we have our dreams, or our parents have dreams for us, or our communities have dreams about who we are or the roles we should take up. In all of this as an individual it’s quite a job to work out for oneself what it is that you’re actually here to do and then how to go about it. At this point, this is where your own dream comes into play.
Question is how much though is that dream already shaped by your own experiences and aspirations that have been fed to you since you were tiny? Answer; Probably quite a bit. Is there any surprise then when people get disillusioned or frustrated or dulled by what they actually find themselves doing? Perhaps part of this is not because of the individuals failings or the faults of society or that they weren’t given a break; perhaps it’s simply because they are not really living their own dream but one that’s been carefully crafted and shaped for them that they can conveniently fit into. Or not, as some find.
This is where meditation and plant consciousness and dream work is so beautiful, because it can enable an individual to peel back these layers and rediscover their own authentic self so that they can find where they fit, what their true passion is, what is their divine link and place in this lifetime. To quote Mandy Hale;
“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong”.
Alongside continuing with journeying, meditation, and Reiki including Reiki drumming; this year I was introduced to Mugwort which is an ancient medicinal plant known for it’s cleansing, midwifery, protective and dream qualities. It is a beautiful wild plant which is grounding, protective, clearing, re-aligning, aiding digestion, great for all sorts of “female” issue problems including PMS (NOT to be used during pregnancy; known use for birth inducing), as well helping sleep and dream states. It also has a great quality, when invited, to help one see through falseness and illusion to reinstate honest and loving relationships with oneself and others.
So as we progress forwards with this digital age, perhaps it is worth stopping and turning
to the oldest and wisest of our teachers here on Earth – Nature herself, to seek out as an individual what our genuine dream and loving truth is. Often we have to go deeper to find our own truth, and that requires us going deeper than what is on offer on the surface or what we have been told. After all it would be a shame to be dragged into living a dream that wasn’t your own and was thereby just someone else’s illusion.