The adventure through the potential of life is a journey through consciousness and aliveness. Depending on the dictionary, different meanings are attached to the word adventure. Risky, unusual, potentially dangerous, hazardous action of uncertain outcome, …, and I was pleased to see “often of a romantic nature” in the descriptions as well. But what I didn’t see as much as I would have imagined in the attributes are exploration and discovery. In my experience, these are high on the list when the adventure takes place in the unknown or unconsciousness.
Aim and direction into the unknown.
If we don’t know where we’re going and don’t really know what we’re looking for, how the hell are we going to start? And here arises the first practical function of defining a dream. The dream provides us with an aim and a direction to start out with. More than the description, our ability to feel the dream will matter further down the road.
Without aim, we fall victim to our own unconsciousness. Human psychology leaves no more doubts that our unconsciousness is negatively biased. The reason for that is to be found in the deeper layers of human nature’s fundamental principles.
Expanding consciousness and changing our reality.
A second function has to do with the primordial goal of our journey. The expansion of consciousness. How do we become aware of our unconscious value hierarchy, knowing it defines how we see and experience reality.
Creating a dream automatically includes a value structure. We obviously want our dream to reflect all of the values we long for. It is this consciously defined value hierarchy that will trigger our unconscious one. With each discovery, we obtain a new conscious choice, and each conscious choice alters our experience of reality. How these triggers present themselves is one of the topics of the next chapter, “the mirror of life. ”
Consciously directing our attention.
A third function is that the dream consciously guides and directs our attention. We are now able to see all of the opportunities related to our dream. It is not that these opportunities weren’t there before; they’ve always been there. But now, we direct our attention consciously and are able to see them.
On a psychological level, having something to aim at is what we need to stimulate our well-being. Our brain is wired to release dopamine, a feel-good neurotransmitter, to reward us when we sense that we are moving closer to a desired outcome or goal. It are the small incremental steps towards our dream that will nurture us and make us feel good.
It is about the journey, not the destination.
Unfortunately, all social media is designed to provide these dopamine rewards and keep the illusion alive that we’re doing fine.
As the dream becomes clearer and clearer along the way, the meaning it allows us to manifest is boundless. It is meaning that nurtures our beingness and gets us through the rougher parts of the water. A dream allows us to make our journey as meaningful as we want it to be, there’s no end to it.
One last function I would like to mention here is that the dream serves as bait. The dream we project on the outside serves as bait to catch something we already hold inside, but cannot see nor feel yet. In a way, pursuing a dream is one giant mind fuck and, at the same time, has the potential to set the stage for the most intimate love affair.