It was one of those rare teaching dreams. I was the captain of a ship returning to the harbor. There were cheering crowds waiting there, giving us a heroes’ welcome. They must have already known what we came back with.
It was not an ordinary ship sailing on water; we were explorers navigating in a different horizon of time, returning from the future. What guided our exploration was our individual and collective inner navigation. That’s what steered our ship into the unknown era calling us, which we grew to appreciate as the era of “wisdom society.”
Initially, there was no map to it other than the maze-like patterns of branching trees of new possibilities triggered by every turn we took, every choice we made. It was like UK artist Andy Campbell’s “Lightning Branches” that I discovered in Dave Pollard’s blog. See below.
To advance with confidence in the right direction emerging, we needed to turn navigation into a community art.
Thanks to the multiple, ego-less perspectives weaving themselves effortlessly into our decisions, it was like navigating from a space without blindspots. The diversity of contexts we represented, which was one of my criteria when I recruited the crew, was paying off. Major turns were preceded by scouting teams venturing in all relevant contexts and coming back with non-linear knowledge bounty. Decisions were very simple and graceful; they consisted of the joyful, collective validation of the revelations and epiphanies we received about the way forward.
As the captain of the ship, my job was not to tell the crew what to do but to practice diligently and teach the Yoga of Shared-Attention. Of course, that was the job of everybody else, too. In the world of this dream, what made one a captain of the expedition was his or her higher than average passion for and sustained attention to that task. It was not a permanent job, and we delighted in learning something new from every new captain.
Our visit in the era of wisdom society was exhilarating yet I can’t recall specific details. The only other thing I remember is that facing the almost impossible challenge of how to share this news when we’ll return to our harbor of departure, we started embodying it.
When I woke up in the morning, the dream’s meaning seemed clear but it raised a larger question on the nature of the ship ‘s journey, and the individual and collective inner practices of navigating without blindspots, without egoic distortions. The afternoon, a skype chat with my friend Olen brought an unexpected segue to it. Talking about his experience of our recent team retreat, he mentioned an expanded self-sense that included the field carrying the imprint of each of us. It rang resonant with what happened in the dream, too. Can it be a key to discover/invent the future?