“Life, what is it but a dream?”
Imagination, Creativity, Vision, Inspiration
The whole of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and through the looking glass (including the dreaming Red King) exists inside the dreams of Alice, which came from the dream-world of Lewis Carroll. This oracle, as well, is the result of a dream intended for the collective consciousness. (See the origin story).
Dreams live inside the creative realms of the imagination, and it is from here that we receive the inspirations for all that we manifest. And whether we are actively participating or fully aware of it, what we dream of (at night and during our waking wanderings) influences what we create in our lives.
Despite this, we seldom give ourselves time to explore what exactly is in our own Wonderland (the world of imagination that is). It is provoking to think what we, as a collective, might manifest if we allowed ourselves more time getting to know and developing our dreams. There isn’t anything that exists in the human-made world that didn’t first exist as a dream, a thought, an inspiration. So, it makes sense, then, that spending some time really developing our dream landscape might yield more inspiration and more powerful manifestation (see the manifestation loop from the Alice card).
The Dream has materialized in your query to inspire you to take some time getting clear on what it is, exactly, you want to manifest for yourself. The following meditation (and the Alice meditation) may be helpful in this quest.
Meditation: Bring something to write with as you settle into this meditation. Take some time to get comfortable in a place you won’t be disturbed. As you settle your focus onto your query, ask for inspiration from your deepest wisdom to guide you on your journey. Now, just allow your mind to wander. With each thought or image that arises, take a moment to be with it. What are the details? Does it make sense in regards to your query? If not, accept that it may have meaning that will arise later. Write down each thought or image that comes after you have had some time to really sit with each one and get the fullest picture possible. Keep going until you feel complete, and then just take a moment to let your mind become as blank as possible. Take a moment to connect with what you’d like to feel when your dream has become real. What does your body, your mind, your heart feel like when the dream has moved into the tangible world? Get as clear of an experience as you can. After your meditation is complete, look at your list of images, and assume that ALL of them are relevant to what you are creating, and play with them: map them out by how they feel connected or disconnected, draw them all together, do some free-writing on what each image means to you. Take all the time that is needed to work with the images until a bigger picture emerges. Collage can be a great way to bring the meditative visions into concrete images, or a diorama. Continue this process until you have manifested your dream.
Illustration by Taylor Smith - high school artist