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Churchill’s art of vision transfer

posted by Robert Moss

It’s June 1940. England stands alone against the Nazi horde that has overrunWestern Europe, and Hitler looks invincible. Churchill, Prime Minister for just one month, speaks to the people and warns them of the stakes. If the British people fail to resist Hitler, the world will be plunged “into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science.”

But defeatism is everywhere. It has rotted the British establishment, and keepsAmericaon the sidelines. How can Churchill transfer the vision of possible victory against terrible odds? He delivers his most famous sentence:

Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties and so bear ourselves that, if theBritish Empireand its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.’

These words seized the imagination of a people. They transferred moral courage and confidence. Let’s notice two distinctive elements in Churchill’s vision transfer that helped it to take root in the minds of many.

The first is the time shift. He carries his listeners with him into the far future, beyond current dangers into a time where everything has long been resolved. He persuades his audience that victory over Hitler is not only inevitable, but was won long ago – so brilliantly that anything that has followed looks like an anti-climax.

Then there is the shift to the witness perspective. He stirs us to do our duty now (‘brace ourselves to our duties”). But at the same time he lifts us, with his words, to a place above, a place of eagles. We look down on our current struggles from a higher level. The bigger self looks down on the smaller self, and says with admiration, “This was their finest hour.”

Churchill brings his audience inside his tremendous imagination, where the war is already won.

We can learn from Churchill how to transfer a vision to someone in need of a vision.  Let’s review the two key elements.

First, we take ourselves – and then others – through the power of imagination to a future in which an issue or conflict has already been successfully resolved. We build a happy future we can believe in, and that imagined future gives us traction to get beyond current difficulties.

Second, we inspire those for whom we are spreading a vision to rise above the current worries, and look at everything from a bigger perspective. We invite them to inhabit the Big Story, not the old history and the thousand reasons why success is impossible.

We give them a bigger dream, and invite them to live that dream, and bring the world with them.

Adapted from The Three “Only” Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence and Imagination by Robert Moss. Published by New World Library.



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Patty

    This is a powerful piece for me.
    Gratitude to you Robert as teacher!
    I am standing looking with a clarity down my Dreamers path, with a 360 degree growth pattern because of your skills and art and tough hearted teaching ways.

    Merry Christmas and glorious adventures into the New Year!

  • http://www.zianet.com/azima Azima

    Hi, Robert,

    Synchronicity as usual! I spend the pre-dawn hours wondering – how can we mobilize the dream power of so many who despair over the increasingly dark vision of our present time, with FEMA camps and all attendant erosion of our rights and democratic process. This article shows me a piece of the puzzle. thank you so much.

    PS I just finished reading THE FIREKEEPER, and it also helped me to rise up to the view of eagles, beyond the struggles and suffering of that time, knowing how the story unfolded (better for some than for others!) But glory be that the dreamers and seers from that time spoke to you in your dreams!

    • http://www.mossdreams.com Robert Moss

      Thanks, Azima. Yes, seers and dreamers do communicate with each other across time.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Patty

    I had to return to this. Vision transfer is something I am understanding more. I was wondering about these two things in relationship to this process.
    1. At a woman’s circle I start talking about active dream work. Next time I will be doing the Lightning Dream work game with the group. As I talk about what the work is for me, I feel the energy from a dream journey of eagles, children and an amazing future. I can hear my voice shift and now I see faces lighting up, excitement growing and at the end a woman is offering for me to do a workshop at a creative arts space around art, theater and dreams. I don’t believe the evening would have ended that way if I hadn’t had that energy from that dream. So what I am asking is perhaps this is a type of vision transfer? Like not only does vision transfer comes in word, but in speaking with the energy of our big dreams?

    2. What about this game? Someone is talking and an image arises or a coincidence to a dream comes into play. I take the healing image and spin a story from it in that moment. A story involving both the person I am talking with and myself. Then I ask that person to finish the story. Sometimes I go back and ask them for more detail in a particular part of their story and I offer them more if they ask. The whole time I am doing this I monitor and hold a healing space.

    • http://www.mossdreams.com Robert Moss

      Hi Patty – Certainly vision transfer is about carrying and extending energy as much as content. As for your story game, it sounds rather similar to the story swapping games we play in many of my workshops, sometimes with the help of the coincidence cards. I first wrote about these games in “Conscious Dreaming” and “Dreamgates”. Wonderful to get people’s imaginations sparking off each other.

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