Have you ever been accused of being a dreamer? I have, and my usual response is “Of course!”
I figure I’m in good company…Ford, Edison, Jobs, Disney. Admittedly my dreams aren’t/weren’t as big as theirs, but I made a few come true. Without listing them, I’ll just say I have a few more left and am working towards making them a reality. And I’m still dreaming. So I’ve come to take the “dreamer” accusation as a compliment. I suppose it is said to me because the non-dreamer sees the glass as half-empty. Okay, once in a while I see things that way too. Interesting place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.
After all, the world needs dreamers. In the first Star Trek series the communicators they used were unreal…now similar devices are being used in all kinds of positive ways, from staying in touch with friends, to …well the possibilities are literally endless. Who’da thunk? Someone dreamed of decoding our genetic structure. Now you can not only have your own personal DNA put on a flash drive!…but can have it converted to musical notes and have your own DNA song! Wish I’da thunk of that!
Others dreamed of lovers and friends, and wrote music, literature, created paintings, sculpture and other forms of art. I used to dream of living where ideas and art flourish That eventually became Austin, an unique metropolis where other dreamers sow the seeds of ideas and dreams on fertile ground, rocky though it is.
One of the dreamers is Robert McGarey. He dreamed of a place of “playfulness and honesty, where self-examination, the yearning for deep connections, the desire to communicate lovingly and well, with an emphasis on health and hope, love and creativity” would grow. Around twenty-five years ago he founded the Human Potential Center, and has been nurturing it ever since. It has grown, and continues to do so.
Go to the website http://www.humanpotentialcenter.org. Take a peek. Click around … you’ll find something for just about everyone; classes on self-growth ranging from self-esteem to loving assertiveness and more, counseling for individuals and couples, workshops on a variety of subjects, on-campus space to conduct your own classes, events, et cetera, a library of books on subjects related to Human potential, Humanisitic Psychology, and related subjects. Upcoming is an introduction to Human Potential; where it came from, how it grew, where it is going, and how to be a part of what’s coming locally and beyond.
What the Human Potential Center is not about is the latest developments in the field of psychiatry, the administration of medications, and state or federally mandated counseling. Everyone who comes to the Center does so because they want to, not because they have to.
It is a part of the growing movement toward positive psychology, stressing personal growth through affirmations, meditation, classes, seminars…but I repeat myself. Click around on the website…better yet give them a call and let them know you’d like to drop by. I’m sure they can find ways to accommodate your interests.
For those of you who fear that anything with the word “psych” may have a negative connotation with regard to employment, possible media exposure, or legal problems, I’m here to tell you that the Human Potential Center is not now, nor ever will be or become an extension of the long arms of the gummint. The fact that it is a non-profit organization should tell you something about its intentions.
In my opinion those not involved in realizing and helping others realize their human potential are those who need it most. Just read, listen to or watch the news. There is much to be done, and you can make a positive change in the world and yourself. The Human Potential Center is not only one of the ways, but a portal to the discovery of many others. Dream on…then come on by and share them.