How Can We Change?
John Perkins, American environmentalist and shamanic scholar, tells the story of a conversation with a native shaman while he visited the Amazon. One day by a river he was speaking with the shaman he addressed as Don Alberto about the sad condition of the world and the difficulty of change.
“The world is as you dream it,” he said at last.
He walked to the edge of the water. “Your people dreamed of huge factories, tall buildings, as many cars as there are raindrops in this river. Now you begin to see that your dream is a nightmare.”
He bent to pick up a stone. “The problem is your country is like this pebble.” He threw it far out into the river. “Everything you do ripples across the Mother.”
I went to stand next to him. “I’ve seen the line where the destruction ends and the jungle begins.” I thought about my own selfish life, the negative dreams I had given my energy to. “It’s a terrible thing. We have forced our greed into your world.”
This brought an unexpected chuckle. “Yes,” he said. He peered deep into my eyes. “But you want it to be be different. Now you must learn to change. Perhaps that’s why you’ve come, to learn from us.”
“How can I change, Don Alberto? How can my people change this terrible situation we’ve created?”
His eyes held mine once again. “That’s simple,” he replied. “All you have to do is change the dream.”
Do you have a dream? Maybe you want to finish college, restore an antique car, travel to another country or retire early. Often we get so caught up in our “dream” that we forget to look at the vision God has for us. God has a dream for each of us for which he has given us our gifts and talents to change the world and to grow the kingdom. It’s up to each of us to recognize the dream God has given us. When we do, we will see that dreams really do come true!