New Thought Editorials > You Got to Have a Dream


Winter 1999

You Got to Have a Dream

Happy talk, keep talking happy talk,

Talk about things you like to do.

You got to have a dream;

If you don’t have a dream,

How you gonna have a dream come true?

Perhaps you remember this song from the musical, "South Pacific." It is sung by Bloody Mary, the newspaper-peddling, matchmaking native woman who is an astute judge of character and adept at meeting the various needs of lonely American servicemen stationed in the South Pacific during World War II.

As bestselling author Stephen Covey, along with many others, has pointed out, all things are created twice: first in mind, and then in manifestation. First you have the dream, the mental creation; and only then, when you do your dream by creating a blueprint and following through on it, do you get the reality. It’s the follow-through that counts, the power of your aligned intention, that puts a foundation under your castle-in-the-air and turns it from an idle wish into a burning desire and then into a triumphant fulfillment. But it all starts with that seemingly crazy, impossible dream, impossible for you alone, that is, for "with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26)

It’s possible to have a world in which we all work interdependently to help each other realize our dreams in this abundant universe. It’s possible to see our differences as valuable resources to be synergized into an outcome greater than any of us could have come up with on our own. We in New Thought have this vision of a spiritually evolving world, and we have the know-how to make it happen, courtesy of our founders, who somehow learned how to raise and direct consciousness. Banding together under the INTA umbrella, synergizing our viewpoints and visions, we can lead the world into a spiritual transformation. But we need to pull together. Separate, limited individual efforts are liable to be overlooked in the tide of New Agers seeking hither and thither for a path that we already know is there. We can and should continue to develop ourselves and our organizations to the utmost, and then we need to form a collective footprint large enough for the rest of the world to see and recognize.

And so I have a big, wild, crazy dream. I am picturing the day when every New Thought organization has a sign outside its door with its name in big, bright letters, and under that, in smaller lettering, the words "A New Thought Organization." Then comes the even bigger, wilder, and crazier part: Under that, also in small scale, is the INTA logo and the words, "Member, International New Thought Alliance."

New Thought always has been and always will continue to be a do-it-yourself, non-doctrinaire practical spirituality. In a giant, variegated mosaic, the various pieces come together to create the whole, each still strong in its own right. And in my wonderful, crazy dream, New Thought becomes a household word all over the world.