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What If

We started by treating the earth
As we would a respected friend
And we asked before we took
And said thank you when we received
What if
Each time we filled our gas tank
We felt grateful for what we were consuming
And each time we ate a meal
We thanked the plants, animals, and people who gave their time,
their work, their lives so we could eat
What if
We considered the miracle of water
And thanked its source

 And what if
We truly appreciated trees
For giving us shelter and shade
And wood, and clean air
What if we became conscious
Awake
To the world
To the gifts
What if we started with this
And what if something shifted
And something healed.
Postcard of Chief Seattle, sold by Ye Olde Cur...

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“Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.”

– Chief Seattle

I ran across this quote today when sorting through piles of papers in my “Dreams” files. Next to the quote, which I jotted down over a year ago, I’d written – “share with 350 Dreamers.”

What better time to remember this sentiment than today, just days before our upcoming group dream.

We’ll be dreaming together for our monthly New Moon Dream for global healing on the night of Thursday, October 7. It’s easy to participate. You can read the instructions right here on this site!

Chief Seattle’s quote is said to have been part of a famous speech he allegedly delivered in the 19th Century about ecology and responsibility and respect for the land.

Here we are in the 21st Century, badly in need of wisdom and guidance about how best to balance our material desires and the survival of the environment that supports and sustains our very lives. This quote is just a beginning.

In my pile of papers I also came across another quote form a contemporary visionary who is promoting the message of dreams and healing at all levels:

“In my brighter vision of what is to come, our society will be guided by dream helpers who are dreaming with and for the Earth itself. Their constant work is to help those around them use dreams for guidance and healing …”

Robert Moss

We – the nearly 500 dreamers who make up the global network we call “350 Dreamers” — are those dream helpers. We are developing our power of dreaming – whether we are just learning to remember our dreams or whether we are developing our abilities to lucidly wake in the dream and move into deep states of consciousness to access profound healing wisdom and power.

Let’s see what wisdom and guidance we can access from our dreams and add to that of Chief Seattle and Robert Moss!

Every dream and every dreamer’s intention is valuable and valued in this project – which I hope will be joyful, creative, community-building and consciousness-expanding for all involved.

I look forward to dreaming with you on the New Moon!

350 Dreamers is a group of people committed to global healing through global dreaming.

Inspired by 350.org’s initiative to raise consciousness about the urgent need for action in order to reverse the effects of global warming, 350 Dreamers is an opportunity for dreamers and visionaries to intensify our energy by dreaming together toward the same goal.

Our goal is to put our minds’ together on Oct. 23-24 2009 as part of 350.org’s global day of earth-loving actions — and dream together to heal the planet. 

Visit us on Facebook, too, and join our ranks! Everything starts with a dream, after all.

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