Tuesday, 12 May 2015
I used to keep a dream journal. It was my goal to master the art of lucid dreaming. I already was the kind of person who could wake themselves up in a nightmare if I figured out fast enough I was in fact in my own dream. I would be running away from whatever scary monster my brain conjured up, and I would say "hey...this isn't real" and I would close my eyes really tight, open them suddenly and poof! I was back in my own room, in the safety of my bed sheets.
The idea I could do more within my dreams, that I could control them and somehow form my own "Inception" used to fascinate me. As soon as I woke up I would write down everything I could remember from my dream, no matter how tired or loopy I was. Sometimes my words and jumbled sentences wouldn't make sense but usually I would piece the puzzle back together and my elaborate fairytale of a dream would come rushing back to me. I got a little better as time went on. Slowly I didn't need my journal to remember my dreams. They didn't escape me as fast as they used to, and the more I was aware of my dreams, the more aware I became in them. It was entralling.
Lately, I've been discovering lucid dreaming doesn't only have to happen in the dreams we create when we sleep. I'm noticing the dreams I create for myself in the physical world, my goals and aspirations, can also be controlled.
I had breakfast with a friend this morning who sat and listened to me ramble about the dreams I have for myself and the worries I have about them. She told me I should stop for a moment and reflect on what I have achieved so far and take credit because I was the one who made those dreams happen. While God, luck, and fate definitely played greater parts in the making of my dreams, I had a say in the outcome too which doesn't equate to nothing. For it was I who hit publish on my blog, and bought my first camera and yes to my first wedding gig. It was me.
You see, we are constantly controlling how our dreams are created and formed. We are creating them everyday and building upon them. We are making choices for ourselves all the time and we may not realise it but those choices are made so we can one day accomplish something greater for ourselves.
Turns out I'm not just a dreamer. In fact, I'm a creator. I create my dreams and I create the steps needed to accomplish them. I create new limits for myself and new challenges. I create everyday through my thought processes and through my choices and without even realising it I have made my dreams a reality. I have been so focused on what's next on my agenda I have failed to recognise my accomplishments.
I challenge you this week to reflect on your dreams. To write them down and believe in them, no matter how jumbled or crazy they are. But I also challenge you to reflect on the dreams you used to have for yourself. Have you accomplished them? Have you been working towards them?