A star at dawn, a drop of dew, an echo, a rainbow and a dream.
These are the objects of life, the gifts of creation. Each is held inside something larger. One star beautifully set within the vast expanse of dawn, one drop in a fresh field damp with the morning’s rise, an echo sounding off the sides of many hills, a rainbow rolled out across the sky – all of these describe a small part of something so much larger. Yet without these objects of detail the larger picture could not be.
Sometimes when we focus on the small things we forget to look at the big picture. Other times we are so consumed by the big picture we forget to focus on the details. It is a balance of sort but either way these “gifts” reflect one another. Each are truly unique, all the while saying something important about the other.
So what about dreams? Small part of something so much larger?
The size of dreams are different. Yes, dreams are a part of something bigger, a reflection of a complex and beautiful creation, the dreamer. And yet within a dream all the details of one’s imagination are freely expressed with little-to-no inhibition. Dreams allow us to face deep emotions. They help process relationships that may require honest insight without fear. They can give us the vision to reach for our passion and the courage to face our fears. Without dreams we become lost and confused.
Dreams are crucial for people to survive during the most challenging of times. They are gifts that bring hope and courage.
A star, a drop, an echo, a rainbow and a dream… each held inside something larger. Each ready to give a simple focus when the world feels overwhelming. Grateful for their presence – may each carry our hearts to a place of strength and grace.
Quote: The Buddha
Photo: Adina Voicu
Beauty is the harvest of presence.
Quote- David Whyte
So come to the pond,
Or the river of your imagination,
Or the harbor of your longing,
And put your lips to the world,
And live your life.
Quote: Mary Oliver
Photo: Contemplative Monk
I will be waiting here….
For your silence to break,
For your soul to shake,
For your love to wake!
We have been in the season of Visiting Angels and Daring Dreams. Lives were touched and directions reconsidered – this is what happens when the air is filled with angels work and a showering of God’s love.
Joseph slept only to hear the voice of an angel saying, take Mary as your wife as you have planned She has said yes to carrying the sacred child, the son of God. She will need the strength of your shoulder and the comfort of your love.
So they traveled to a place they had never been before- together. There the baby was born. Maybe Joseph stood in awe as the miracle of sacred birth unfolded before him and maybe he tried to find his place as the stable filled with shepherds and wise men from another country far away.
It was through an angel’s visit in a dream that his will was strengthed to begin this uncharted journey.
And once again he lay to sleep in a stable, rough and bare, only to be roused by another dream, an angel’s visit. Awaken, pack quickly. King Herod has entered this day in a rage.
He Qi – The Magi
The wise men rose from their sleep having been warned in a dream that Herod could not be trusted. They left by a different path. And then the unthinkable occurred. Hundreds of young children were killed by Herod’s command. Herod – a King in Jerusalem angered by the news of a newborn child who had come to bring peace and serve justice.
Joseph’s life was changed forever. These angel-filled dreams guided him as he began to follow a path unlike any he could have imagined.
We are now in our own season of Visiting Angels and Daring Dreams. We must stay alert – for the path ahead will certainly be filled with experiences unfamiliar. May we listen closely remembering that angels often appear in unexpected ways. May we pay attention to our dreams for through them our ‘souls may shake’ and ‘love awake’.
First Image : Jude Allen