The abundance that may come into our lives, and the seeming miracles and unforeseen solutions, have their source in the inner world of the unconscious.
About five years ago I had a dream that explored the reality of miracles. A family had made a deal with the mafia, and because of this they had to convert a certain ramshackle warehouse space into a restaurant by Christmas morning.
The place was still a complete mess; the appointed time was fast approaching, and they’d already received threats.
As they were walking home on a snowy Christmas eve the mother says, without much hope, “We have to be open for business in the morning.”
When they got to the warehouse, Santa Claus landed on the roof in his sleigh, and I realized (as the silent onlooker in the dream drama) that he and his elves had arrived to convert the space overnight.
Support from the Inner World
I was reminded at once of the “thousand unseen helping hands” that mythologist Joseph Campbell talked about; the supernatural aid that shows up so often in the old myths and fairy tales.
The world that we know arises (or manifests) from the same place. I use the present tense because its creation is not finished: it is happening in this moment. This contradicts most of the popular religious and scientific stories regarding our origins.
Most of us have been touched by the miracles of this source at least a few times in our lives, but such incidents often go unrecognized because we learn not to be aware of them. We’re taught to believe in a mechanical universe – one without inner meaning or significance – and when we accept that view of reality we start disbelieving in miracles.
The two ideas cannot coexist. Every night our dreams appeal to us, trying to remind us of the magic and wonder that is the real source of our being. They try to get us to trust that inner unconscious source.
This takes some doing, as it goes against the grain of virtually all of the other assumptions about reality that we’re confronted with from a very young age. This is part of what makes inner work an ongoing process: So many old and limiting beliefs have to be dissolved in order to create space in our minds for new revelations and insights.
Ultimately, the inner world, accessible through our dreams, intuitions and even our waking fantasies, can show us how to seed our hopes and desires upon our inner landscape so that these things can come to fruition in our outer lives. We can be in communication with the inner source of abundance.
It is a part of us and we are a part of it.
In the novel Trust in the Unseen, narrator Brandon Chane at one point reveals how he and his bandmates were inspired with that particular title (which they bequeathed upon their second record):
Well, all the shared enthusiasm that’d been stirred up at the rehearsal spilled over into new conversations, which eventually resulted in a final title change for our mini-album. Tommy initiated the process, speculating about all the coincidences in our lives that are really too uncanny to even be called coincidences.
Then I voiced an idea that Saul had put forth to me, one that I’d now struggled for a couple of years to try and accept: Our experiences don’t actually come to us from the world at all but are really woven from within us. Consciousness comes first, in all things. The world as it is perceived is essentially a mirror for the inner state of the perceiver.