“To Dream the Impossible Dream..”
Card messages in the Illuminated position
(Optimistic, Visionary, Strategist, Prophet, Good-willed, tireless)
- Ideals are the expression of our highest desires. Yet, there is a tendency to fixate on outcomes and rather than the details of how to accomplish them. Coalescence of all that you have learned will reveal a solution inclusive of all those factors. Incorporate many perspectives and you will achieve your goal.
- “It should be” that what is as yet unattained can only come into existence when enough people hold the same vision. Share your ideals with someone and then listen to theirs. Invite others to brainstorm and collaboratively you will coalesce a better, clearer, more grounded version of what you all want.
- Translate your dream into a workable model and plan, and you will manifest that reality.
Quotes illustrating the quality of the Overleaf in this pole
- “I am an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way.” Carl Sandburg
- “The idealist is incorrigible: if he is thrown out of his heaven he makes an ideal of his hell.” Friedrich Nietzsche
Card messages in the Shadow position.
(abstraction, rationalizing, denial, foolish, disappointed, disillusionment)
- It is naive to think ideals have one possible expression (i.e. the way you see it!) Ideals are meant to guide, not to imprison. Ideals not realized or lived create suffering. Are you trapped by an ideal? Do you believe that yours is the only solution? Flesh out your ideals and let them become fruitful actions, otherwise they are dreams than die on the vine.
- Life seems difficult and inaccessible at the moment because it does not match your pictures of reality.
Quotes illustrating the Overleaf in this pole
- “Each of us wages a private battle each day between the grand fantasies we have for ourselves and what actually happens.” Anonymous
- “Though dreams can be deceiving, like faces are to hearts, they serve for sweet relieving, when fantasy and reality lie too far apart.” Unknown
- “An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.” H. L. Mencken
Relevance within the Michael Teaching
“It should be” refers to the motive of the a persons who want to bring into form their pictures of how reality would best work,. . . according to them!
Reason or cause is also important to the Idealist as it is with the Skeptic. The difference lies in how one goes about getting to this assessment. The Idealist may tend to be deductive in their thinking, looking for the “deep truth” at the bottom of the heap. Whereas a true Skeptic will be inductive, gathering and weighing all the factors and bringing forth a more detailed proof to support or reject an idea. An Idealist does not require proof, but a sense of inner knowing. Essence will choose Idealist as a mechanism for elaborating a picture of reality.
In the positive pole of Coalescence, the Idealists takes a cue from it’s complement and learns to augment its dreams of reality choosing to include things in its vision that actually exist rather than how they envision them. In this way, the dream may become more of a workable blueprint for a life or for a task they have chosen to carry out. Also, since ideals tend to be the core beliefs around which factions are formed, the positive pole can be seen in action when two or more opinions have been aggregated to achieve a larger preeminent principle rather than fight for a specific position. At their best, the Idealist is able to harvest the common seeds of a concepts and mold it into a force.
In the negative pole, Abstraction, reality gets substituted with fantasy and the inner word is superimposed upon the outer word. It is simpler to remain Naïve’ or willfully ignorant because including other points of view might upset the fragile inner reality one clings to. Enthusiastic and with an optimistic desire to prove themselves right and their ideas good, the Idealist is capable of mood swings. Once called “manic depression” now “bi-polar disorder” the Idealist Attitude is at the core of these swings. It is not to say that only Idealists suffer this ailment, but that the extreme views of reality can make their hold on it or more specifically their ability to work in it often tenuous at best. At their worst, negative pole Idealists use aphorisms, quotes, and glib slogans as a way of pretending a hold on reality as to promote their tenets. A substitute for using the Intellect, by adopting ideas that act in blockade of the process of thought. Such a mechanism wants to make everything “positive” because any negative is ugly, harsh, and threatening.
The Idealist are forward thinking people and in the may have a difficult time accepting present circumstances. They will tend to like to look right at you. Idealist likes to manipulate situations to get things “how they should be”. Thus, in the negative pole, the Idealist may show a rigidity and unwavering tendency to not change their mind. It can look like a form of stubbornness, but they will embrace change as long as it seems in alignment with their sanctioned direction. When a person fails to expand their understanding of an issue then it becomes stagnant, and the one asserting it has to compensate by bridging what may appear as fantastic and even nonsensical elements to fill the gaps. This creates foggy, disconnected, and rationalized thinking, distortions and a tenuous hold upon what is real. And since this takes a great deal of psychological energy, one Shadow formulation of this is a person who cannot function outside the bounds of their own imagination.
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Idealism is the core factor in motivating change and its direction. Competing ideals can form themselves into doctrine and dogma more so than any other mind set. Some of the greatest atrocities have been carried out in the name of ideals. Like the word’s prefix, idea, idealism may evoke a grand vision of the speakers possible future but it may have no tenants related to the present or to current circumstance. Politicians can be visionary or manipulative with their selective use of ideas, some of which may be factually true, but construct a world view which tries to exterminate opposing ideas. In this case, the visionary becomes the extremist. The former Soviet Union and the Cultural Revolution in China are sobering examples of Idealism that had turned away from dealing with real problems and in its place imposed a set of superficial iconic statements meant to keep people from confronting the ugliness of the totalitarian regimes that dominated them.
By contrast, the liberating ideals of the Constitution of the United States, offer a platform for anyone to look into their government and potentially have a useful debate where common ground may be coalesced and real progress set into motion. This happened in the New Deal stemming the Great Depression, the unity shown by the nation in fighting oppression in WWII, and in the Race to the Moon. But since that time, a divergence of peoples, classes, and power have resulted from the dictates of polarized ideals growing ever more far apart. As the nation becomes more divided around religious, economic, and secular factions, the absolutist face of Idealism, rears its ugly head and roars: “we know THE TRUTH.” Then, the ideals are not aspirations but mandates placed upon others. In the most cynical expression of an ideal is this: “we must do everything in our power to get these people in line.” Oppression is then justified from that point forward.
In times of great social disruption, Idealist, we can also call them visionaries, are the beacons around which emergence into a freer, shared responsibly, and more inclusive, emotional and intellectual climate can flourish. However, it is at these same moments when extreme doctrines arise proclaiming the superiority of one way of doing things, rather than showing the efficacy of how that propositions are to be implemented.
Your Attitude might be Idealist if…
- I know things would be better if they just would believe this way.
- When things don’t go as I thought they should, I am often very disappointed.
- My way is so beautiful and means the world to me.
- I have a dream about how the world should be and I should be able to rise to that challenge.
- People think I live in fantasy land.
- I don’t like things that are ugly or harsh. That’s not the way it should be.