Sexy ideas – Make your dreams a reality
14 April 2016 - Impact Hub

Sexy ideas – Make your dreams a reality

Every Thursday lunchtime at Hub Islington we get together over sexy salad. We rustle, chop and nourish ourselves with leafy goodness for a community gathering. And use the stream of vitamins to get our brains into top form and supercharge our workday.
Today over lunch we explored a process called Dragon Dreaming which was inspired by aboriginal culture and developed by John Croft and his late wife Vivienne Elanta. Integrating Personal Growth, Community Building and Service to the earth.
How often do you take the time to dream wholeheartedly?

The Dream Circle

Over salad today, we did a quick & dirty round of dreaming by answering the following questions:

  1. What would your dream afternoon look like?
  2. What would you need to make it possible?
  3. What can we offer you to make it happen?

Dragon dreaming is a great tool for opening up and sharing dreams and aspirations but also taking responsibility for our own and other people’s dreams.
Some of us dreamed of a perfect afternoon with an abundance of new clients, walking in a leafy forest or taking ourselves to the mountains near Malaga.
How can we take our dreams more seriously and move towards making them a reality? If it’s not realistic then perhaps we can do something that provokes a similar feeling. So we made offers and suggestions, including giving each other the day off, mixing up a beach cocktail, connecting each other up to relevant contacts or giving someone a massage, in order to collectively realise our individual dreams…

Rules of Dragon Dreaming:

  • No compromise. Need to hear each and everyone’s dreams captured on paper. Compromising at the beginning will limit our imagination.
  • Get your project safely out of control. Our dreams can only become true if we don’t hold onto them too tightly. An unfolding system. Hold an intention without planning too much and re-connect to our dream regularly to stay on track.
  • Deep listening. Using a silence bell anyone can ring it to start or have a few minutes of silence to reconnect to the original dream. Taking responsibility for our own and collective well-being. My concentration affects the concentration of the group.
  • Maximise your ‘aha’ moments. They often sound very simple when said out loud but they are very complex in nature. Share your ‘aha’ moments (e.g on a dedicated flip chart), they are infectious!

4 stages of Dragon Dreaming

1. Dreaming – Most of our dreams get blocked in the dreaming stage, and this usually happens because we don’t share our dreams. A good project has a dream at heart.
2. Planning – Build a plan that stays true to your dream. But: Be aware that planning is when energy decreases – make it as playful as possible! “If it’s not playful its not sustainable”.
3. Doing – Where most of the work takes place.
4. Celebrating – Built upon gratitude and thankfulness, acknowledgement and recognition. Celebration connects the doing of a project back to the original dreaming. 25% of any project needs to be celebration! And it needs to be fully integrated throughout the process.


Each phase should take about a quarter of your energy (e.g spending all of the time and efforts on dreaming and no planning or doing).

Dragon dreaming can also be a personal development tool, encouraging people to explore different parts of themselves. Different personality times within a team may also identify with some stages more than others. The model allows for collective intelligence and collaboration to work through conflict.