How To Create a 12-Powers Dreamscape

What is Dreamscaping?

This tool comes from the idea of landscaping. I have a friend who has his own landscaping business, and he shared with me the process he goes through when designing someone’s yard. It’s quite an involved process, which I won’t go into with detail here. The one step I want to emphasize is the Landscape Blueprint. This professional draws on paper a blueprint of the customer’s yard, and then literally plants the shrubbery and foliage on paper. When he is done, you can look at his beautiful, colorized, detailed drawing and see immediately how the finished product will look. Even if it is a process that will take years to finalize, you carry that finished product in your mind, and you realize that every step is leading you to that final result.

This led me to the idea of creating a Dreamscape. With a dreamscape, as with a landscape blueprint, you take an inner idea and manifest it into an outer reality. I affectionately call this strategy Cut and Paste 101. You are literally cutting out actual pictures, words, and images and pasting them onto tag board, creating a visual picture of your goals and desires. Keep your Dreamscape where you can see it daily, and imprint your goals in your mind and consciousness.

(excerpt from Living at the Speed of Life: Staying in Control in a World Gone Bonkers!, Cher Holton)

What is Twelve Powers Dreamscaping?

 This concept is a “Fig Newton” of my imagination! It takes the idea of Dreamscaping to a more elevated level, by focusing on the essence of a specific “Power” you want to strengthen in your experience. After focusing on the power through some meditation time, you create a Dreamscape that reflects images, color, and words reflecting that specific power. You are not looking for pictures of “things” you want to achieve; rather, you are discovering images that capture the essence of the Power in action!

 A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more. (Rosabeth Moss Kantor)

Preparing for Your Twelve Powers Dreamscape (adapted from activity by  Julia Cameron, Artist’s Way, p. 147)

  • Take a few moments to allow yourself to relax, becoming aware of your breathing. As you feel yourself going deeper into relaxation, ask your Inner Guidance to direct you to a knowing of which of the Twelve Powers would be most advantageous for you to strengthen and develop at this time. Go with your very first impression. Do not try to second guess it, or rationalize yourself into choosing a different Power. Just go with the flow of your first thought, and begin to focus on it. Imagine in your mind’s eye the color of this Power. See that color fill your consciousness. Imagine yourself becoming that color. If you were that color, and that Power, what would you be.
  • When you are ready, open your eyes and write a few quick sentences describing yourself as that color, that Power. Just let the words flow from your inner Consciousness onto the paper. An example: “I am Purple! I am Dominion! I am rich and royal – deeply loyal and honest in everything I do and with everyone I meet. My purple is deep and intense – passionate and energetic! I am Purple – highly connected to the secrets of the Universal Principles, one with God, one AS God! I am Purple, and have Dominion over my world!”
  •  Reflect on what you have written. Thank your inner guidance. Take a few deep breaths. Now you are ready to begin searching for images that reflect the essence of your Power, and creating your Twelve Powers Dreamscape.
    • Go through magazines to find pictures, words, colors that speak to you in relation to your meditation.
    • Paste them on card stock, to create a Dreamscape that connects with your inner Being.
      • A tip: If you want to keep your Dreamscape somewhere you don’t necessarily want others to see it, create it on a colored file folder. That way, you can keep it open in front of you, but if you want, you can easily fold it up and slide it into a drawer. No one is the wiser!
    • Bless your Dreamscape.
  • Once you have completed it, post it where you will see it often through the day, inspiring you to reach for the highest, most elevated level of the expression of that Power!

Art is a technique of communication. The image is the most complete technique of all communication. (Claus Oldenburg)

About the Author: Rev. Dr. Cher Holton is co-minister with her husband, Rev. Dr. Bil Holton, of Unity Spiritual Life Center in Durham. NC. As a Certified Speaking Professional and Certified Management Consultant, Cher brings a wealth of experience to her spiritual work. She is a prolific author, a keynote speaker, and a much-sought-after trainer of trainers and speakers!
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