As Dreamers Do

 “You got to have a dream, if you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?” Rodgers and Hammerstein

Don’t you just love all of the inspirational quotes about following your dreams?  “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”.  Preach it, Eleanor Roosevelt!  Or what about our buddy Walt Disney:  “If you can dream it, you can do it”.   And since I have reached that 1/2 century marker, C.S. Lewis has become my new BFF with this one:  “You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream”.  Makes me want to take up embroidery so that I can put that on a pillow.

I have found that the problem with growing older is that my freedom and capacity to dream seems to have diminished.  When I was young I could look toward the future and know that anything was possible.  Everything I wished for could actually come true.  Life was expectant and exciting and I hadn’t learned to temper my dreams with logic or reality.  What a wonderful, breathless time that was.

But life set in and before I knew it I was paying a mortgage, raising a child, building a career and taking care of everyone else.  I made sure to cultivate my daughter’s dreams, signing her up for classes and driving her here and there, excited to see her so vividly open to her own beautiful future.  I was busy, never having a moment to myself, but that really didn’t seem to matter. 

And then one day somebody asked me a question.  It was a simple question, but one I hadn’t  thought about in a very long time.  The question made me pause, and by pausing I finally understood how very out of touch with myself I had become.  Why was it so hard to answer?

“What are my dreams?” 

I honestly couldn’t answer.  Dumbfounded and flummoxed I did what I always do in situations like this one.  I googled.  My searching brought me to a book by Dr. Wayne Dyer, called Inspiration, Your Ultimate Calling.   I recognized his name from PBS specials my Dad liked to watch and decided to give it a try.   I ran down to the local bookstore and picked it up.  It was my first book by Dr. Wayne and I was captivated almost at once.  My family and I were headed to St. George to visit my parents and I ended up reading the whole thing on the way there.  Every word, every new chapter was another AHA! AHA! AHA! 

Wayne’s words were like water to my thirsty soul:  “There’s a voice in the universe calling each of us to remember our purpose; our reason for being here now, in this world of impermanence.”  Yes, Wayne!  Yes there is!  ” The voice whispers, shouts, and sings to us that this experience of being in form, in space and time, knowing life and death, has meaning. The voice is that of inspiration, which is within each and every one of us.”  YES!   It IS within me! 

I could have danced with joy had the airplane aisles been just a smidge wider. 

This beautiful book began me on my journey to finding my inner bliss, my purpose and my calling.  I began to really pay attention to what excited me.  And once I finally figured out what my dreams were, I made efforts, even if they were just baby steps, in the direction of those dreams.  Baby steps to personal fulfillment.  Baby steps to divine enlightenment.  Baby steps to Bliss.

In these subsequent years I have learned a few things about being a Dream Catcher.  Perhaps a list is in order? 

1.  Dream big, then grow into it.  There is no sense in attaching limitations to our dreams.  Shoot for the stars and wait for the Universe to build you a rocket ship. 

2.  Be specific.  Clarify what you want so that you can easily visualize it.  Write it down and remind yourself as often as possible so that you stay focused on the Dream.

3.  Ask for help.  Call in your celestial team for a meeting and delegate the tasks to your angelic helpers and spirit guides.  In other words, pray. .. whatever that means for you. 

4.  Believe.  Trust that your Dreams will come true and they will.  You become what you believe.  Simple as that.

5.  Let go.  The hows and the whens will be sorted out by the Universe.  Don’t try to micro-manage the celestial team, because that is just likely to slow things down or trip things up.  They know what they are doing a whole lot better than you do. 

6.  Take a few steps.  With every moment of every day take those baby steps as you are guided.  The path will show itself and you will be guided in the perfect way and at the perfect time to your Dream destination.   

Your life is yours to live.  Dream big, and believe that those dreams will come true. 

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When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you.

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do.

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Suddenly it comes in view.
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

When a star is born
They possess a gift or two.
One of them is this
They have the power to make a wish come true.

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you,

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do.

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing.

Like a bolt out of the blue
Suddenly it comes in view.
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true.
~Jiminy Cricket~

 

21 thoughts on “As Dreamers Do”

  1. Love that Rogers and Hammerstein quote. And I’ve always liked Wayne Dyer. Your thoughts on dreams are beautifully put. I’ve been told that as you get older you start to realize your dreams won’t come true because they were impossible to begin with. So you stop dreaming. Which, you, obviously have not. Well done. BTW: Thanks for visiting AHintOfLight.com

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  2. Hello
    First thank you for your follow!
    This is an amazing post also your post about Western Woman.
    Dreaming is a big part of my life, but I always have to remember myself that’s no reality but I need my dreams they are my hopes for a better future.
    They give me every day enough strength to live and to do the next step I have to do.
    There’s so much what they give me but in another way it hurts so much because Im doubting often, all my dreams are so far away from reality I think, they will never come true.
    I never really tried to write down my dreams cause I thought then they will not come true but perhaps it’s not a bad idea to try it.

  3. A beautiful essay with so many worthwhile ideas in it! I am recently retired and all of a sudden I had to find a purpose…LOL…now it is not so much about “becoming” any longer for me, but it is all about “being.”….I am returning to my early, early life as a child…and just appreciating the wonder of being! Thank you for all the good thoughts that your writing brought to me this day!

  4. Dream big. Dream often. Remember your dreams. The more detail, color and realism, the better. Recall your dreams the first thing when getting up in the morning. Submit your reflections to your subconscious before going to bed – for interpretation, resolution, absolution, absorption, assimilation. Your subconscious uses the rich database it compiles from your dreams and from all your activities while awake. And in no time at all, your subconscious gains a stronger array of lightning speed processors and registers that exceed 64 bits to accommodate your fertile mind, your active life. It will work to make your dreams come true. “For whatsoever you believe, with feeling, becomes your reality. And whatsoever your expect, with feeling and certainty, becomes your self-fulfilling prophecy,” (Brian Tracy).

  5. Dream big. Dream often. Remember your dreams. Recall your dreams first thing when waking up. Reflect on them. The more detail, color and realism, the better. Soon your subconscious will amass a richer database, a richer array of processors and larger registers to do its calculations, to develop its own algorithms – for you. Your dreams will come true at a faster clip. For whatsoever you believe, with feeling, becomes your reality, and whatsoever you expect, with feeling and certainly, becomes your self-fulfilling prophecy… (Brian Tracy, a friend of Dyer).

  6. Hi Brenda,
    I like you have devoted my life to my family,but forgot that I am an important member of that family as well. The irony for me was no one else erased me from this equation but myself. I created this unatainable goal of what a perfect mother and spouse. My Husband did the same thing from a mans perspective just like I did. Life had many hardships, that taught us lessons about ourselves. That is what prompted our journey that has led us where we are today.
    I really liked this post because this is an important discussion. What makes you happy in your life?What do you want? What are your dreams? These are simple questions and yet it is sad today they really are not. It seems that this type of awakening goes in cycles. I remember in the 70’s transendental meditation was the fad. I hope this awakening has long lasting effects.
    Honey

    1. I am so glad that both you and your husband are aware enough to recognize the problem so now it will be fixed. I hope your dreams and wishes all come true, because you deserve it 🙂 Thanks for your thoughtful comment, Honey. I truly appreciate it.

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