Last night I was staring into the midnight sky, and saw the crescent moon tumbling. Tumbling and turning and swooping through blackness. A magnificent sight! A cloud of sparkling moon dust followed in its silvery slivered wake. I turned to my aunt, who was sitting beside me … “What the …” I sputtered, incredulous. “How do you explain that!?”

Of course there is but one explanation: It was a dream! Had I become aware of that fact in the moment it would have been a lucid dream, but instead I woke and sat up in bed reveling in the surprising image — then chiding myself for not taking the opportunity to wake up within the dream.

Every day we see so much that is beyond comprehension – the unexpected air-brush green of a summer plant in its last weeks of glory … or news reports of seemingly preventable disasters. Like the news today of another oil rig disaster, again off the Louisiana coast.

What can we do? Wake up within the dream we see with our eyes open – as well as the dreams we experience asleep, eyes closed. Bring consciousness to our nighttime dreams and use the healing energy of our deepest, wisest selves to restore our world to its natural state of beauty and wonder.

This is, in part, a plug to dream with our world-wide network of creative dreamers  who count themselves among “350 Dreamers.” On the night of the New Moon each month (Wednesday night, Sept. 8 in this case) we dedicate our night visions to global healing.

But mostly this is a plug for waking up. Wake up to the worlds you encounter – awake and asleep. Bring all of your consciousness to every experience … explore, question, marvel, delight!