Living in Response to Dreaming
A snapshot from last week’s live Museum Show
Last week Musea Intentional Creativity Museum had the great pleasure of hosting the Dream a nü Dream Museum Show with Laüra Hollick and photographer Kevin Thom – partners in creativity and life who make magnificent, intentional photographic artifacts of Laura artistically and colorfully intertwined with the natural world. Laüra and Kevin showed up for a live interview, which was hosted by Curator Shiloh Sophia and Jonathan McCloud, focused on the process of creative discovery, how Laüra comes up with the ideas and inspirations for her ‘scenes’, and the dedicated and often challenging process of putting their creative sets together, working as a couple, and the powerful devotion it takes to bring these dreams into reality.
So many of our Musea Members showed up to this experience, offering their supportive comments, reflections, smiles, and nods of appreciation and witness. There was something so special about this experience – the way that Laüra and Kevin’s intentional curation of their exhibit truly was an invitation for all who were present to Dream a nu Dream… It is enticing. It is full of possibility. It is a generous canvas for the imagination!
As a community we have been exploring the topic of IDENTITY in relationship to our overarching theme of We Are All Related. When considering your Identity, there are facets that may arise in your awareness. Your Identity may be constituted by many things, some that feel more predominant or more defining than others. Perhaps you Identify as an Artist, a Mother, or a Healer as your overarching identity (that which you are most passionate about, and committed to). And then there are the subtler hues of your identity, like sex, gender, culture, vocation, etc. Looking at the reflections from many in our community, it seems that our Identity is a combination of that which we inherently are and that which we consciously choose to do which ends up shaping who we are! So there is a tie in here with dreaming, can you guess what it is?
In order to shape our IDENTITY consciously, we often need to have a dream about ourselves and our world that we can tend to. A dream that calls us forward to show up every day in dream-making action. It really is how we become – we tune into the dream of who we want to be and how we will go about being it, often from a young age – and then we devote our lives to curating this dream. We live in response to dreaming.
When you consider Laüra Hollick and Kevin Thom’s incredible photographs, the way Laüra dreamed herself into being in these beautiful contexts, and then went about the daily work of putting all of the intricate pieces together that would ‘complete the picture’ (sometimes months of work!), it really comes into focus. Dreams catalyze devoted creative action, and devoted creative action shapes our Identity in service to the dream. And when we are dreaming together – for the healing of our earth, ending poverty, expanding the reach of love, world peace, safety for all children and women – we are attending to a dream together, one that becomes more of a reality with our shared devotional action. That is the power of individual identity and group identity woven together and held in place by dreams!
As we move into our final week of our exploration of IDENTITY, we invite you to revisit your watercolor journals once again, to paint and write out your ‘harvests’ of insight from this months relationship exploration. Perhaps on this page, allow yourself to tap in to your wildest dreams for your life and how this ties in to your current Identity. What new dreams can you allow yourself to dream and become into this year?
We also invite you to read this beautiful museum show review of Dream a nü Dream, by Curator, Shiloh Sophia, who shares her personal reflections on the way this show impacted her, inviting further inquiry of course, as well as soak in the words of her poem below.
“Divine Wisdom” painting by Shiloh Sophia
Dreams Are Evidence
Dreams are evidence of the rich inner life of your identity
a place where all different levels of awareness dance and create freely,
as if, when our eyes close, the depth of our imagination
finally gets to play and show us all the colors,
textures, possibilities and dimensions we aren’t seeing with our eyes open
You know things you could not know, have experiences you have not had,
and perhaps even feel things you have never felt before
Our dreams are indicators
that there is so much more available to us
in how we think, feel, see, intuit and create the future
Dreams provide information and insight
into the hidden workings of the psyche
as well as grant us access to more of the collective mind
in our dreams, many of us experience ecstasy,
feelings of flight, and even orgasmic sensations
Dreams may also read your field of stories and memories,
using past experience as a palette of colors to build a new story
May you honor and pay attention to your dreams, using them to create
a Legendary life guided by the heart of your own Muse!
With stardust on my brush and full moonlight in my hair,
~ Shiloh Sophia
Thank you to our dear members for journeying with us through Identity. We hope you are able to create time this week to work with your chosen creative projects, and visit your journals to see what dreams wish to reveal themselves!
~ Musea Collective