The solution to stress, anxiety and heartbreak is being conscious
It was hard to watch the news this week, to read about everything going on in the world. It was hard to stay connected, listening, and loving. It was hard to have a tender heart and an alive intelligence. Maybe it’s been like that for awhile for you. Maybe you, like me, have offered up money, time, energy, your voice… you’ve signed petitions, you’ve marched in marches… and it feels like all your activity is going nowhere. Occasionally you want to admit that no matter what you do, it all feels impotent. This can leave you feeling powerless and somewhat devastated.
But we can remember that we have a deeper, real power at our disposal. This power comes not from our actions, but from our awareness – the awareness of our dreaming.
Consider the dreams we have every night. We get emotionally hooked by the storyline of our dreams when we’re asleep and unaware that we’re dreaming. But if you happen to realize while dreaming that you are in fact in the middle of a dream, everything changes in an instant. Becoming conscious that you are dreaming means you are no longer at the mercy of your unconscious mind. The fear, anxiety, and the frustration no longer own the narrative. With such lucid dreaming, it is sometimes possible to then influence the direction of the dream’s storyline, but the true power is to simply recognize that you’re dreaming. If this little miracle happens to you, your dreams become conscious – connected to your heart, instead of your unconscious mind – and will often suddenly turn playful or insightful.