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Dreamland: Steven Pressfield Foolscap Method

By June 7, 2020July 8th, 2020No Comments


How dreams influence the real world. A young man grows up with dreams that inspire and terrify. He has to learn how to use this ability to impact the real world that doesn’t understand him or his dreams. How the agents of change come to influence him to make sense of his purpose in life or how to stop it.

How an Artist learns how valuable his talents are after he meets The Businessman who tries to take advantage of his gifts.


  • Dreams are the fuel for reaching our purpose
  • Dreams are how we process life
  • Dreams are how we connect with God
  • We are all trying to find our purpose
  • Is there a God?
  • Where does art and creativity come from?
  • Its good to question authority
  • How to find confidence
  • Imagination isn’t cheap


  • A young man meets an old writer, dreamer after leaving home and realizes his dreams are possible.
  • An Artist realizes what he possesses after meeting The Businessman.
  • ownership is something the Artist possesses at birth.


  • The Artist / Young Man
  • The Businessman (could be a combination of several business mentors)
  • agents of change (like the invisible character in “Quantum Leap”)


  • Why did you buy such an expensive painting asks his mother? Was it just to have something from a celebrity? No, says the artist. This painting is when God gave him the idea to create this character and changed his life. Heaven touching man with his imagination. Michaelangelo captured this idea and put it on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
  • The Artist looks at his assistant across the table and says, “This means a lot to you, doesn’t it?” She smiles and says, “Yes.” He takes a closer look and finds her crooked teeth attractive. “You have crooked teeth…I like them,” he says.
  • The Businessman says, “He’s too naive, he doesn’t realize his art/ideas are worth millions. As long as he’s a worker, he’ll never realize what he possesses. He’ll do everything for free.”
  • The Businessman says, “This art is mine now.” “No, it isn’t,” the Artist responds.
  • The Businessman says, “The Artist signed away the rights to his mind as soon as he arrived on the planet…I mean…the factory.” The Latin in the contract translates to “The torch of the mind lights the path to glory.”


  • Young man looks up to his father and follow in his footsteps
  • Father is very successful and is very pragmatic with his son
  • Father encourages son to be a tradesman rather than an artist
  • Young man follows father’s advice and gets fired from his job
  • Young man is disillusioned
  • Looks to his artistic talents after losing his job
  • Young man begins to question authority when
  • He goes out to find a new sense of purpose and connection to God through his art
  • Character meets an old writer
  • Old writer lives by himself and doesn’t believe in God
  • Old writer is writing a book about a character who doesn’t believe God loves him
  • Old writer has a daughter he hasn’t talked to in years
  • Old writer shows young man how to believe in himself and his abilities
  • Old writer shows young man how to overcome self criticism
  • Old writer shows how to complete what he starts
  • Relationship comes to a close when the young man refuses to work on a project he doesn’t believe in
  • Young man meets and old dreamer
  • Old dreamer lives by himself and doesn’t believe in God
  • Old dreamer used to be a Sunday school teacher
  • Old dreamer reveals how to use dreams in the real world
  • Old dreamer says its good to question authority
  • Old dreamer uses positivity to overcome resistance
  • Relationship comes to a close when the young man realizes he is being exploited



The story ends with The artist waking up in Dreamland and realizing “The Real World” was the dream. (Similar to the end of every “Quantum Leap” episode

Additional Notes

The Businessman is on the board of education and a prominent figure in his community.

Resistance coming into form in reality, pushes the balance of power in the dream world to open the door of inspiration in negative circumstances.

Enemy Tactics

The agents of change in Dreamland are both positive and negative. The negative agents have a list of enemy tactics they use on subjects in the real world.

  1. Hypnotic Rhythm – Convince humanity everything they do is futile, have others come and convince them of it too, create an inner dialog to draw out the individual’s energy so they begin to drift and never escape enemy mind control.
    1. Examples
      1. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s parents were used to talk him out of his dream of becoming a bodybuilding champion.
      2. Sylvester Stallone came in contact with directors and casting agents who told him he couldn’t act because he had a speech impediment.
  2. Statements of Permanence – Energy shifts when statements are used to define reality.
    1. Examples
      1. “The reality is, you will never be able to afford that house.”
      2. “You will never beat me!”
    2. a statement of permanence shifts the balance of power into the dreamers favor. It’s how the positive agents of change come to help the dreamer
    3. negative agents of change have no creative power
Charles Ellison

Author Charles Ellison

I create digital paintings of pop culture, movies, icons and anything that inspires me. Time flies when I’m creating something that begins to take shape. It’s been great transitioning from traditional pencil and paper to work digitally. A tablet and stylus has really brought my artwork to life!

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