Dreaming to Reconnect Us

Our capacity to dream can connect us and reconnect us to this world, to others, to ourselves. How? First let’s think about how we might disconnect.

When people are affected by trauma, their nervous systems are put on high alert and they have difficulty being in the present or dreaming about good future things and making goals for the future.

Right now, we are all living through a traumatic time, whether we want to admit it or not. Our world has been hit really hard with the Coronavirus and the pandemic has left us either inside away from people or out in the world doing the best we can to stay safe or being reckless and endangering ourselves and others. The way the virus has affected our world is traumatic.

Even if we haven’t gotten the virus and haven’t known someone who has been hit hard by it, we know there are thousands of people in the world who are dying or have died and millions who have gotten the virus or been affected by its effects on our world. Even just knowing that is traumatic and stressful. It can cause anxiety and sadness. It can make us feel lonely or like we want to give up. There are so many feelings that go with this whole situation.

BUT this is why we must continue to dream. We must continue to dream of what we wish for in our lives. For when the pandemic is over. For what we wish for friends. For things we want to do. Places we want to go. Things we want to eat. People we want to hang out with. Dream.

We may or may not do the things we dream of, but having the dreams is super- important. Dreaming gives us something to look forward to, dreaming gives us hope, dreaming gives us something to share with others, dreaming can make us feel connected to the world, dreaming can make us feel connected to each other.

How can our capacity to dream connect us? To the world? To others? To ourselves?

Can we dream of a better world? Can we dream of who or what we would like to have in our lives after COVID? Or who or what we would not like to have in our lives? Can we dream of what the world can look like for us and those we love? Can we dream of what the world looks like in the future? Can we dream of what changes we want to make in our lives? Can we dream of what beautiful creative things we want to make?

Let’s write about our dreams.

Write down what you dream about now? What dreams do you have? Not at night while sleeping, but awake, what do you dream?

What dreams do you have for your future? For the future of our planet? Our world? For your children? For your community? What dreams do you have for your pleasure and fun? What dreams do you have for equity and/or justice? What plans do you have for your creativity? What dreams do you have for your activity level? What dreams do you have for relaxation? What do you dream of?

As always, begin wherever you want or with whatever you want, but if you aren’t sure how to begin, you may begin with the following:

  1. I dream…
  2. I connect with dreaming…
  3. I dream of _________________ to connect with _____________________

Either dream a bit and write or just begin writing about your dreams- you may be surprised at the dreaming you do or want to do as you write.

Enjoy writing— and dream!

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Published by lizawolfffrancis

Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College who is proud to have served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared in Steam Ticket, eMerge, Minute Magazine, Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Poetic Routes, Poetry Pacific, Edge, and on various blogs. She has a chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border. She loves breakfast food, popcorn and dark chocolate.

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