Will You Dream in the Darkness?


I awoke this morning as if from a bad dream. Trump is president. Everything in me wants to hide from the reality that confronts us in this moment. But denial is not an option. Last night, we joined with hundreds at an Inauguration Day Interfaith Celebration in San Rafael, attended by our visionary congressman, Jared Huffman. We sang the old protest songs of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. Faith leaders from Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist and Christian traditions soothed us and stirred us.

Today, with my husband and thousands of others, I'll march in the Women's March in San Francisco. We'll join hands, link arms, protest. But we'll also begin to dream.  For as the poet Rilke said: You must give birth to your images. They are the future waiting to be born.

Dreaming happens in the dark hours, and this is a dark hour in human history. The illusion of separation, the distorted dream of the modern mind, is the core organizing principle of our new president who seeks to divide and therefore conquer us. Movements based on separation are moving across Europe and the world. Fracking fractures the Earth, and notions of separation keep us from each other.

It's heartbreaking, howl-making stuff. But if darkness is our dreaming place, then this is our womb-dark hour into which we can birth something new.

In The Way of the Shaman, Michael Harner writes, "The shaman is an accomplished see-er who works typically in the dark, or at least with the eyes covered, in order to see clearly."

What dreams are we going to seed in the darkness?  What visions are waiting to be born?

It's not enough to oppose what is happening. We need to dream the world anew.

And that begins with your own dreams.

What keeps you up at night? What do you care about?

What is one thing you can do right now?

What is it that you long for?

What is most beautiful to you?

If you were president, what is the first action you would take?

What is the world you want your children to be born into?

Start a dream circle. Share your dreams. Vocalize your passions. Take your passion and turn it into action.

Please share your dreams for the earth here.

There is nothing we can't accomplish, if we dream it together.