Rather than seeing ourselves as the source of the dreams that we create, we constantly look outside to others to fulfil our dreams. Our dreams end up in the ownership of groups who have little or no interest in our individual dreams and as we defer our futures to them, we begin to lose interest in our own dreams. The market to fulfil our dreams is huge and by dictating the type of dreams we should have, corporations can accumulate a great deal of income from us.
Although our sleeping dreams often focus on getting rid of baggage and freeing ourselves from encumbrances, many of our waking dreams are centred on material wealth. We often measure our success by the apparent value of the objects that we accumulate, as valuable objects are often seen as a tangible reflection of our own value. And the objects that we desire most are the ones that apparently have most meaning for us and our culture, the totems that make us feel most valued and most needed.
We focus on these objects of desire and imbue them with an almost magical presence and properties. Often it seems as if these magical objects have taken on a life of their own and become possessed by an exquisite animism. However, the object itself is not magic. It is only reflecting our own innate magic as we shine our dreams on to it. The object does not actually contain anything meaningful or magical; it reflects it. It is the magic that it inspires in us that makes it so apparently valuable.
Because of what it reflects, the object itself can seem to be an attractor. But what makes it so attractive are the meaningful spaces being created around it. The most attractive and desirable objects are those that create a social space around that increase the potential for connection and opportunity. These are what anthropologists call Social Objects; objects that help create spaces where we can tell our stories and become more aware of our dreams.
A string of shark’s teeth. A bottle of wine. An iPhone. These are all objects that create spaces by reflecting our dreaming awareness, and although we imbue them with great value, even the most wonderful social objects are inanimate. What brings them into life are our dreams and our ability to see reflected meaning that allows us to truly own and celebrate our own dreams. Owning the dream means that we embody them ourselves rather than transferring them into the control of others. And there is nothing quite as valuable as a dream that we truly own ourselves.