Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Otherly-Proclaimed Expert

I'm waiting for someone to turn to me and say, "And who decided you were an expert in this dreaming stuff?"

Too many people who claim to be experts in fields do so with their own voice, something that I have never done. I am an expert in dreaming because my audience has decided I am. People come to me with questions, concerns, and appreciation of my ability to explain unfamiliar concepts.

I never said I was an expert in terms of dreaming, lucid dreaming, dreamsigns, totems, or the few portions of Inception that have a basis on reality. People found me and told me:

  • Thank you for sharing this. I've been trying to explain this to other people, but you did it so much better. I'm going to refer people to you instead of trying to explain it every time.
  • Wow, this is amazing! You've shown me things about lucid dreaming that no one else has been able to explain me before.
  • You're quite an expert in this field.
Those are all comments (but not all of the comments) I've received in various places around the web and in person when sharing my learnings and understandings about dreaming.

All I did was offer to help, share what I know, and listen quietly when someone else stands up to share their perspective. But when people just sit there appreciatively and encourage me to keep going... well, would you let the opportunity pass you by?