“Let yourself be drawn by the strange pull of that which you truly love.” Rumi
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.