The Rooster Crows – Awake

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The Rooster

Sigmund Freud once wrote, “Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious.”  The other day, a close friend confided that she had the most wonderful dream about a brilliantly plumed rooster. This was an extraordinary event considering that my friend’s last contact with chickens was as a child many years ago.   From what I understand, the rooster decided to live in her yard, which was problematic given strict city ordinances.  The main focus of her dream was problem-solving on how to keep the rooster.

I was curious.  What was the significance of a rooster?  Compared with other mythological birds such as the Gryphon, the Thunderbird and Phoenix, the rooster seems rather commonplace.  Quite the contrary. Over the centuries, the rooster has garnered a prodigious status in the magical lore arena.   A powerful masculine symbol, he embodies the brilliance of the sun, and exudes the excellent qualities of bravery, strength, prudence and honesty.  Of course, there may be a tendency to exhibit some arrogance and excessive flamboyance.  But with the frilled comb on his head, and vibrant plumage, it would be difficult not to “strut his stuff.”

In ancient times, the rooster, with his solar power and masculine energy, was the sacred sign to the gods, Apollo, Persephone and Zeus.  Later, people believed they could harness this same energy by eating the bird, a foreshadowing of one of our most popular soups –  chicken broth, which is thought to have an invigorating effect. In the Chinese Zodiac, those who are born under the sign of the rooster are enthusiastic and have a marvelous sense of humour.  Many Christian churches have chosen to include the rooster on their weather-vanes,  which can be seen as  a sign of spiritual enlightenment.

Roosters that appear in dreams are said to be reminding us to the passing of time.  With their spirited cock-a-doodle-doo, they prompt us to live boldly, to use our talents, to look within, to awake.

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

Carl Jung

Dreams Cost

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Dreams Cost

“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” 
― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Dreams usually have some form of price tag associated with them.  No matter how creative or frugal we are, it costs to travel, to go to university, to set up a small business, or raise a family.   These desires are worthy of the monetary outlay.

If the dream is merely to increase personal wealth, the price exacted to achieve this goal may be too high.

“The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.”

Khalil Gibran

 

Dreams are a reality …

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Dream Together

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.”
Lao Tzu

We were all born for greatness, even though only a few individuals will be recognized by name in history. That does not lessen our contribution, nor does it signify that our participation did not change the course of world events.  Our dreams are ever renewed when we act with compassion and optimism.  And when our voices merge with others, every thing is possible.  John Lennon once said, “A dream you dream alone is only a dream.  A dream you dream together is a reality.”

 “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.”

Robert F. Kennedy

Define Big Dreams

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Endure

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

What does “dream big dreams” really mean? The definition of “big” is: of considerable size, extent, or intensity.   While these three adjectives serve to provide a basic meaning, they can only be understood by way of comparison using a reference point or yardstick.  Context provides the subtle nuances that are lacking in the mere words – size, extent, intensity.

Humanity is small within the structure of the universe. The extent of our physical reach is limited by time and space. We live intense lives, but they are short compared to the duration of a star. William Butler Yeats once said, “In dreams begins responsibility.”  Perhaps “big dreams” are those that are universal, that endure beyond our timeline, foster a greater good and gives meaning to our existence.

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” 
 Albert Schweitzer

Dreams are never easy…

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Dreams

“Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

On the whole, we make an effort to live and work together in harmony.   Most of us avoid conflict, especially with those with whom we are closely associated.  We are conditioned to conduct ourselves within an established range of behaviours.   Even so, we are taught to “dream big.”  Sometimes these dreams may diverge with those in our well-meaning communities.

Dreams are never easy, yet they belong to us. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley once said, “My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed – my dearest pleasure when free.”

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.  Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

Carl Jung

 

Wake Up!

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Dreams

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”

Gloria Steinem

I have always considered dreams to be possibilities waiting, begging us to take them out for a spin drive.  There is always a leap of some kind involved because dreams take us from point A to point B, usually at an accelerated speed. For once we have taken the first tentative step it seems that we lose our footing only to be swept away into unknown territory, much like Alice in Wonderland.  This is the profound moment when imagination engages with reality.

Paul Valéry, French poet, essayist, and philosopher, once said, “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” Dreams become concrete when we act upon those ideas born in moments of creative imaginings.

One thing is certain; we will be in a different place.

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” 
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland