The Dream Maker Talisman

The Dream Maker 

The Dream Maker was created by Diamond Mike Watson to summon any virtue.  Forged in precious metal, the Dream Maker renders its power with positive thought. 

The Dream Maker is not based on any religion and there are no rules for its owner.  The symbol is open to interpretation.

The inspiration of the design came from a sketch Watson’s adoptive mother, Martha, drew when he was a child.  Martha admitted stumbling onto the pattern years before as she was doodling with pencil and paper.  She made a square graph of dots and connected them into the shape of a stylized cross.  Martha then embellished the negative spaces. 

Martha prepared another graph and taught the skill to her only adopted child.  To Watson, the result was a magical eight-armed symbol that forever sparked his imagination. 

In his hometown in Indiana, Watson delivered repairs for a small jeweler at age 17 and became a diamond merchant at age 22.  At 23 he began jewelry design. 

Throughout the years, he found himself scrawling the image.  Because of his love for his mother, he associated all goodness within this enchanting symbol.  

During the following years, a deeper meaning arose from the drawing.  Since ancient times, humans have been fascinated with the virtual indestructibility of a diamond, which in its natural state grows for millions of years into an eight-sided crystal called an octahedron. Being in the diamond business, Watson easily compared the mesmerizing eight arms to the faces of a fine rough diamond. 

Watson divided the components of the symbol into the virtues his mother taught him as a child. 

Each arm represents a virtue, or a promise that the owner agrees to keep.  The center of the Dream Maker represents the source of all virtues- love, in which he believed all virtues stemmed.  

The eight promises of the Dream Maker:

1. I am kind. 
2. I am thankful.
3. I am giving.
4. I am brave.
5. I am forgiving.
6. I am joy.
7. I am aware.
8. I know.

Other than the virtue of love, Watson could never arrange any virtue by importance because a virtue may be needed more at different times in one’s life.   Since Watson was rarely satisfied in the concept of ultimate truth, he loosely defined it.  He believed truth was a concept that was personal and relevant only to the individual.  This is easy to understand when comparing persons who are born from different parts of the globe and into different conditions and circumstances.  Because individual truth is important the virtue is blended into the “higher levels” of the Dream Maker. 

In general, the promises of the Dream Maker become more abstract as one moves clockwise around its arms.  The first promises stem from our basic principles to get along with others.  The last two arms are deeper in concept. 

Hearts and Angels Dream Maker Talisman with garnet gemstone.

In choosing the virtues of the Dream Maker, Watson used those which he felt had the broadest meaning.  Sometimes a virtue seems to stand alone and sometimes it may accompany another. 

For example, a person may need courage (bravery) to be honest and truthful.  If this is true, the virtues of courage, honesty, and truthfulness can share a single arm of the Dream Maker. 

However, being thankful may not mean one is generous.  Also, a person who is aware may not be kind.  Since these are unrelated virtues they must be found on separate arms. 

The difference between  I am Aware and I Know. 

Beginning users may at first find if difficult to understand the difference between the seventh and eighth arms of the Dream Maker. 

Although the words “aware” and “know” are many times used interchangeably in conversation, the Dream Maker gives clarity to their individual meanings. 

Aware is an adjective.  When you are aware you are a spectator.   To be aware means to be conscious or mindful of objects, thoughts and emotions and does not necessarily mean one has a deep understanding.  To be aware means having a feeling or emotion. 

Know is a verb meaning to confess as true.  It comes from the word knowledge and refers to in-depth understanding.  This word allows us to take action based on our perception of truth. 

I am aware and I know are the last arms of the Dream Maker in which Watson wove his concept of personal truth. 

How the Dream Maker was named. 

Watson gave much thought into naming the Dream Maker.  Since it had eight sides and he considered it a type of amulet he first called it an Octalet.  “Octa” in Latin means eight and “let” comes from amulet. 

Because he knew it would aid the user before going to sleep he changed the name to Dreamlet.  However, he later learned the object was not an amulet in the popular sense of giving protection, but was rather a talisman, which is an object that attracts positivity.  

One night Watson contemplated the arms of the symbol.  Before falling asleep, the words Dream Maker appeared in his thoughts. Thus was conjured the name of the talisman. 

Whatever name or definition one gives to the Dream Maker, it must be known that without positive thoughts the Dream Maker is powerless. 

A “Living” Talisman

The Dream Maker reflects the needs of its owner. 

Because Watson understood virtues could be interpreted in different ways throughout one’s life, he stressed not to cling tightly to any definition.  He realized that throughout his life he assigned different levels of importance to each virtue. 

Watson recognized his own interpretations of virtues had changed many times during his own lifetime.  He said the promises established on the Dream Maker may not contain the one needed for every moment.  Therefore, the Dream Maker should be considered a “living” talisman, which can be transformed at any moment to benefit the needs of the user. 

It must be known that each of the eight promises crafted by Watson reflected his personal philosophy at the time of this writing.   Since he believed that one person’s truth may not be another’s, he also  believed any definition may change or become more or less significant throughout time. Therefore, the user is encouraged to modify any promise to reflect their present understanding. 

Following are the definitions of each promise as written by Diamond Mike Watson:

Love.  (The source of all virtues.)

Love is the center of the Dream Maker.  It is the origin of all virtues.  Knowing we are loved shapes us into who we are.  Watson said,  “Only when we know we are loved can we love ourselves.  When we love ourselves, it is easy to love others. When we love others, our world becomes our beautiful home.”

The Eight Promises of the Dream Maker clockwise from top right:

1. I am Kind.  I have compassion for everyone.  I treat others as I would like them to treat myself.  I give courtesy and respect and care about the well-being of others. 

2.  I am Thankful.  I have immense gratitude and appreciation for all things.  I am thankful for my dwelling, my body, my food, my senses, all those who add richness to my life, and every experience.  I am thankful even for my perceived suffering and shortcomings which strengthen my character

3.   I am Giving.  I am generous I give cheerfully and abundantly without expecting anything in return.  Sometimes I give money or my time.  My smile or a pleasant memory is sometimes one of the greatest gifts to someone else.  I give back to our earth by being careful with its resources.  It is not what I have but what I give that is important.  I  give more than I take. 

4.  I am Brave.  I am courageous and live without fear.  I stand up for the well-being of myself and others.  I am honest and speak my truth. 

I wake with the excitement in being the master of my reality.  I command courage when I realize the world is a realm of unexplored wonder. 

I  make my bed, have confidence in my abilities, shake off my anxiety, get freshened up and take the first step.  The world needs me today.

5. I am Forgiving. I forgive others and even those who do not ask for forgiveness.  When I ask for forgiveness, it is sincere and comes from my heart. 

6.  I am Joy.  Joy does not come from what surrounds me but from what is already within me.   It does not come from any experience but rather from how I react to that experience.  Joy comes from thoughts of love I hold in my heart. 

Joy comes from my response to the voice of a child, the fragrance of a flower, the sunshine on my face, and the embrace of someone I love.  Joy comes from sunlight glittering through the trees, the aroma of rich soil, the crackle of a dry leaf, and the patter of rain. 

I find joy in laughter, humor, and those who add fullness in my life.  I am peaceful, calm, and live in harmony within the universe.  

7.  I am Aware.  I am conscious of the present moment.  The here and now.  It is here I hold our galaxy with its family of stars in my mind while being aware I am an integral spark within it.  

I am aware I am the main actor in the movie of my life. 

I am aware the moon may evoke wonder to one person and loneliness in another.  We each experience life differently.  My truth may not be another’s truth.

8. I Know. I know I am loved.  I know I am awesome.  I know I am a living masterpiece.

I know my words and thoughts have the power to encourage, inspire and heal.  When I believe my words they become real.  

I know my value, self-worth, and that life will give me every success with perseverance and good intention.  I know the amazing thing about every day is I create it along the way.  I know I can accomplish anything through the door of unlimited possibilities and boundless imagination.  It is here I Fly Up, meaning Fully Live Your Unlimited Potential. 

As I wake each morning, that page of my life is blank. Although my past has already been written, I know I can write each succeeding page with whatever I desire.

How to use the Dream Maker.

The Dream Maker can be used anytime yet the best time is when one can dedicate a quiet moment of reflection or before falling asleep. 

Some believe dreams hold the power to solve perceived problems in waking life.  By carrying positive thoughts into one’s dreams, one may awaken with renewed purpose.  Using the Dream Maker at night is a wonderful way to fall asleep.

One should first memorize where each promise appears on the Dream Maker.  It is a good idea to read through the definitions of each virtue, feeling free to add or subtract a thought beside a particular virtue that has a current or special meaning to the user. 

The first letter of each of the eight promises is

KTGBFJAK.  

An unforgettable way to memorize these letters is to read the following acronym:
  
Kangaroos That Grow Big Feet Jump And Kick. 

Now that this acronym should be stuck in your brain forever, one simply needs to align each letter with the corresponding promise. 

Before sleeping, one may simply think about or touch the virtue of Kindness on the top right arm.  Then one can move clockwise around the Dream Maker with your thoughts or by touching the metal, silently repeating the name of each virtue while giving deep thought to its meaning.  One may think of each arm as a portal or a door to understanding each virtue. The user may spend as much or as little time contemplating each virtue and how it is currently relevant in one’s life.

An easy way to use the Dream Maker is to simply trace your finger along each arm and silently repeat each promise:

I am kind. 
I am thankful.
I am giving.
I am brave.
I am forgiving.
I am joy.
I am aware.
I know.

Other Virtues

Following is a list of other virtues that may be needed in one’s life.  Depending on what virtue the user is seeking, any of these can be assigned to one of the Dream Maker’s arms:

  1. Docility: Willingness to be taught, to learn, and to grow.  Being open to new ideas and gaining knowledge. 
  2. Good counsel: Seeking advice from a reasonable person one can trust to have our best interest at heart. 
  3. Good judgment: Thinking rightly about a decision. 
  4. Greatness: Seeking to accomplish excellent and superb feats that will benefit ourselves and others. 
  5. Humility: Freedom from pride or arrogance.  Being humble. 
  6. Leadership. To have a commanding authority or influence. 
  7. Meekness: Being modest, humble. Having a serenity of spirit while focusing on the needs of others. 
  8. Moderation. To avoid extremes of behavior or expression. To observe reasonable limits. 
  9. Patience: The ability to accept delay or suffering without getting upset. 
  10. Perseverance: The continued effort to achieve something despite difficulties or failure. To overcome the temptation to quit.
  11. Respect: Recognizing the worth and dignity of others. 
  12. Responsibility: Fulfilling one’s duties and accepting the consequences of one’s words and actions. 
  13. Self-control: Restraint over one’s impulses, emotions, or desires. 
  14. Sincerity: Trustfulness and honesty in words and actions. 
  15. Tolerance: Allowing others to have opinions that are different from ours. 

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Dream Maker for Kids. 

The Dream Maker is a great gift for kids and young adults to remember good virtues throughout their lives. It provides a precious moment for parent and child communication.  Words can have different meanings depending how they are spoken or read.  Depending on the age of the child, a parent may discuss a single virtue or all of them. 

Following is an abbreviated version of the Eight Promises that kids can understand. 

1. I am Kind.  This is caring.  It is treating others as you would like them to treat yourself. 

2. I am Thankful.  This is the appreciation of everything.  We can be thankful for our home, our food, our mother and father and everyone we love. 

3. I am Giving.  Giving and sharing with our family and friends.  Sometimes even our smile can be a great gift to someone. 

4. I am Brave. This is having courage. It is standing up for yourself and for others.  Being truthful is also being brave. 

Courage is waking up being excited about a brand new day.  We must make our bed, believe in ourselves and take the first step.  The world needs us today.

6. I am Joy.  Happiness. This comes from thoughts of love in our hearts.  Joy can come from everywhere- from laughter, the sunshine, the patter of rain, our friends, or from the hug of our mother or father. 

5. I am Forgiving.  When we hurt others we must say we are sorry. We must forgive at all times and when we say we are sorry it must come from our heart. 

7.  I am Aware. In this very moment we know we are important in the world.  We are aware sometimes the moon may make one person happy and the other person lonely.  We each see life differently. 

8. I Know.  We know we are loved.  We know our value and life will give us anything with good thoughts.  We know the amazing thing about every day is we create it along the way.  We know everything is possible with our imagination. 

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The Dream Maker is a beautiful piece of jewelry that can be worn everyday, to be admired, and to remember the giver.  However, the hope of its creator is to also offer a new path to experience life to the fullest, to brighten the spark that we each contain, and to become a better person.  This, in turn, makes the world a better place to call home. 

The Dream Maker is now available in an array of striking designs as a special order in 14K yellow gold, white gold, or in sterling silver.  

Hearts and Angels Dream Maker Talisman with amethyst.