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Keeping the Dream Alive
Like the song by Linda Ronstadt, "a dream is a wish that your heart makes." To lose a dream is to die a little yourself.
Like the song by Linda Ronstadt, a dream is a wish that your heart makes. To lose a dream is to die a little yourself. It means closing down the part of you that can soar above the reality of your current life to see new and exciting possibilities.
Whenever she walks down a street, a friend of mine notices details of architecture, shapes and colors. As a child she fantasized about being an interior designer, but her parents, Italian immigrants, discouraged her from pursuing what they felt was an insecure way to make a living. I was crushed, she says, and the dream just died.
Our dreams are fragile. It is important not to talk about them at an early stage to anyone whom we sense will not support them. Often others project their own fears and doubts onto us.
I have known since my teen years that I wanted to write fiction. No one in my family supported my dream, because anything in the arts was considered unreliable. Nevertheless for years I managed to write and sell short stories and work on novels while holding down a full-time job. As rejection slips started pouring in, it became more and more of a struggle to keep my dream alive.
By then I realized that I needed positive reinforcement from other writers and joined one writing group after another until I found the right team. Many experts in goal achievement stress the importance of getting support when pursuing a dream. Isolation is a dream killer, states Barbara Sher, career counselor and author of five popular books including Wishcraft and Its Only Too Late If You Dont Start Now.
Valerie Young, founder of Changing Course (website and newsletter) points out that assistance can come from a number of sources including colleagues, mentors and role models. Although friends can make a difference, she says, you soar when you tap into the larger constellation of help that is available.
Listed below are the steps I followed in keeping my dream alive. These can help you nurture your dream as well, especially when you are busy making a living and/or raising a family and do not have any resources set up to help you get started.
· Get support and encouragement
Find others in your field of interest. This could be through discussion groups on the Net, correspondence, or joining an organization. Workshops or seminars are also excellent ways to connect.
A wonderful thing happens once you connect with people doing what you love to do. You begin to see yourself as one of them.
· Find mentors
Speak to professionals who are already living your dream; see how they did it. I wrote to the best-selling novelist, Charlotte Vale Allen and received useful advice in revising my book as well as encouragement.
Read everything you can about your interest - and APPLY what you learn to your work-in-progress.
In my case I read many books and magazine articles on writing, covering topics from plotting and character development to marketing and used much of that information in my work.
· Fit a LITTLE into your life, as often as you can
Too many of us wait for the perfect time to do the things we are dreaming of. It is far better to feel the satisfaction of doing something now.
I went through a period where I was stretched between work demands (a reorganization at my company) and family needs. No longer able to find time to write fiction, I discovered tanka, a five-line lyric verse that conveys powerful emotion. This allowed me to fit creative writing into a very tight schedule.
· Use visual reminders
I pasted images in a scrapbook to remind me of my writing goals. I also gave myself a date when I would leave my office job to write full-time and put it on my fridge. Seeing these visual reminders on a daily basis motivated me to make things happen!
To develop a dream you also must make room in your life. This may require sacrifice, whether its a smaller income to buy time or fewer social engagements or outings with your family.
I believe that by paying attention to your longings, you are steered towards a more fulfilling life. Pursuing and achieving dreams is not for the select few. If you give your dreams the attention and support they need to flourish, you may be surprised at the results.
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Keep a Dream Journal: Why Bother?
Want a key to unlock your inner wisdom? Try keeping a dream journal. Experts believe that our nighttime dreams deal with concerns, worries, or events that we experience during our waking hours.
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Want a key to unlock your inner wisdom? Try keeping a dream journal.
Experts believe that our nighttime dreams deal with concerns, worries, or events that we experience during our waking hours. A study done in 2003 speculated that about 50-percent of people have work-related nightmares.
In brief, dreams are like moves that streams through our minds, directed and produced by our subconscious. Dreams can help solve knotty problems, or simply give voice to ongoing issues. Some dreamers even implant a before-bed suggestion to dream a solution to a specific problem, like tonights dream will help me overcome my problem with Jack.
The connection between dreams and our subconscious has been speculated on for centuries. In fact, Aristotle theorized that there is a definite connection between dreams, emotional needs and waking experiences. However, in order to take full advantage of our nighttime movies, we need to keep dream journals that record as much detail as can be remembered.
To fully understand our dreams, experts like Carl Jung and Ira Progoff, believe a series of dreams must be examined, not just a single nights images. To assist in the interpretative process, the following steps are suggested:
1. Date and time your dream. You may find that the dreams you have just before waking have different themes than those right after going to sleep. When you date your dream, dont forget to include the year.
2. Title your dreams, like The Monkey Attacked the Cow, Airplanes Explode over the North Pole, or Jack Wont Stop Pulling My Hair. Over a period of time, youll probably find recurring themes, like dreams with spiders, or plane crashes, or being chased.
3. Briefly note the days events. If you write down any irritations, worries, angers, or heightened emotions you had during the day, you may be able to see a clear correlation between the days events and your dreams.
4. Record your dream in as much detail as possible, including the emotions you experienced during the dream, AND the emotions you experienced in recording the dream. Feel free to illustrate your dream, either through a drawing or photograph.
5. List the important keywords from your dream. These might be words like love, hero, flying, snakes, puppies, peace or death.
6. Interpret the dream. Without using devices like a dream dictionary, try to interpret what you feel the dream was about. Was it about being trapped, breaking free, venting strong emotions, taking a journey, or?? There is no right or wrong answerso allow yourself the freedom of speculating on a meaning.
7. Look for recurring themes. Once a month, look back through your dream journal, searching for repeating patterns. If you find one, your inner self is trying its best to give you an important message. Dont forget to look for patterns in your list of important keywords.