Yup, I get to live inside my dream come true. It's amazing and I want everyone else to experience this delight for themselves.
But beyond that, I believe that our dreams lead us to our inner truth, and that following our inner truth isn't just how we create a life that makes us happy - it's how we grow into our full potential, magic and power.
And beyond that, I believe that if more humans were living from their full potential, magic and power - well the world would look a lot different than it does today.
And that's my biggest dream: to change the world. To be a part of creating a world where everyone is free to pursue their unique dreams.
This is a world of creativity, dreams and possibility. A world without injustice, war, racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, classism, bullying - a world without structures of oppression of any kind.
This is a world where everyone has what they need to thrive: Encouragement. Support. Space to dream. The freedom to live as your True Self, or to explore what that even means for you.
I'm working on that dream by offering all of those qualities through the Creative Dream Incubator - full on Creative Dream Support to Creative Dreamers everywhere.
Because following a dream is not about traipsing through fields of daisies with your trusty unicorn by your side.
Your dream is here to grow you. Your dream will demand the deep work: the work of transforming what holds you back and growing into your True Self.
This is your purpose, power and magic, calling you.
Answering that call is kind of a big deal.
I promise: there is a way and you are smart enough to find it.
The thing that most people don't understand is that there is *always* something you can do to move yourself closer to where you want to be.
I know you have obstacles that stand between you and your dream. I know sometimes you doubt yourself and your dreams. And even then there is, literally, always something you can do to move yourself towards it.
I call it Creative Dream Alchemy. The art and magic of using what you've got to create what you want.
We start by dividing up the process of making a dream real into three categories: Inner Work, Dream Work and Outer Work (as shown here by my triangle Dream Compass).
We tend to see Outer Work as the most important part because it's the most measurable, but it's actually the least important part - all of the magic happens when you go deeper into the Inner Work and Dream Work, and learn how to tie all three threads together to form your sturdy path.
You may be stuck in the Outer Work right now - but there is still lots of Inner Work and Dream Work that you can do to nourish and grow your dream.
Everyone (really, literally, everyone!) that I've coached over the years starts out feeling like there is this impossible chasm that sits between them and their dream. And they don't have the skills or materials to build a bridge big enough to cross it.
The truth is: the path to your dream only looks impossible before you start, and that you already do have, within you, everything you need to cross that chasm. In fact, crossing the chasm becomes your very own hero's journey.
When you follow the principles of Creative Dream Alchemy, your next steps materialize in front of you. You discover that you don't have to take a huge scary leap of faith and you don't have to wait until you see the path.
You are always ready for your next step.
There are a few things to remember that help all of this work better - I call them the Principles of Creative Dream Alchemy.
Every time I am stuck with my dreams, it's because I am forgetting one or more of these principles. Working with these principles allows you to engage with your dream much more deeply, so you it becomes easier to use what you have to create what you want.
Here are those principles:
This is why your dream feels so magical and special! Not because changing your life on the outside will instantly make you happy, but because it's about growing into who you were really meant to be.
Your dream is your purpose, potential, authenticity, and creativity - expressed out in the world. You weren’t given a purpose and potential that are impossible. This is what you’re here to do.
You won't always feel creative, powerful, and wise. That's ok! It's ok to feel doubt and fear - those feelings are actually a part of the process, but we'll get to that a bit later.
This means that you already have everything you need to make your dream real. It means that your answers are inside you, not outside.
That doesn't mean you can wave your magic wand and *pouf* the dream is real in this instant. And it certainly doesn't mean there isn't stuff for you to learn along the way!
It means that you have what you need to take your next steps. It's already in you to do this.
The conditions in your life will never be ideal for your dreams - that's kind of the whole point of a dream. It wants to CHANGE your life, and to do that you have to start where you are today.
Hopefully it helps to remember that your next step is both smaller and simpler than you think. You don't have to do some big dramatic thing, your next step is a thing that you absolutely can do sometime within the next week.
You don’t have to feel ready, you already ARE ready for this journey since the path that leads to your dream runs right under your feet, exactly where you are right now. Your soul set it up this way.
There is no such thing as "waiting for the right time". That's just a bullshit procrastination technique.
Your build the path by walking means you take the little tiny baby step that is in front of you to take, and that step builds the next step on the path.
You get creative and curious about your dream. You try stuff. You make mistakes. You learn along the way. You play with your dream. You can do all of these things from right where you are, right now. Just start moving.
You are never behind, you are never doing it wrong, life is always for you and never against you - you are always exactly in the centre of your unique process.
It's ok if it gets messy. It's ok if parts of it are hard. It's even ok if parts of your path terrify you!
This is a hard one because we all tend to want to judge and then push away things that we think are wrong and you have to work at creating a new way of looking at this.
So when you feel like everything is too hard, or you're falling behind, or you're doing it wrong, or that this stuff works for other people but not for you so maybe you should give up - that just means facing the hard thing IS your next step on the path, it's all a part of the process of making your dream real.
When you honour your process *exactly as it is* then you bring yourself right into your discomfort and this is where you have the opportunity to transform your own inner patterns and get to create totally new ones. This is where the magic happens.
This is where you look that fire-breathing dragon right in the eye and let it know that it can't stop you.
I know it feels counter-intuitive to follow your feelings of self-doubt, fear or frustration towards liberation, magic and dreams come true. But when you make space to feel how you actually feel you become more connected to your True Self.
This means you become more connected to your inner wisdom, power and other inner gifts that are going to help you make your dream real.
Your dream lives inside of you and once you open yourself up to it it’s going to help you grow towards your True Self. This is beautiful and amazing and contains everything you want - but it’s also going to get uncomfortable, and maybe even downright terrifying, at times.
This is just the nature of growth. Do you think a seed is happy to be split open so the plant can burst out of it?
Remembering that your dream will grow you means you can’t see everything clearly from your current (smaller) perspective while you're being grown. Keep your mind as open as possible. Cultivate trust in your dream.
Creative Dream Alchemy isn't about speeding up the process of manifestation. It's about creating a deep alignment between your everyday conscious self and your True Self - so that the light of your inner magic can shine out to illuminate your whole life. It's about literally living from your magic.
This is the real work of making dreams real and growing into your full potential. No spiritual by-pass. No “fake it till you make it”. No praying for the universe to bring you your dream like it's a cosmic vending machine.
This is the deep work work of unleashing the magic and power that you know already live inside of you.
The longer you are on the path the more it becomes about the process of navigating your life by your own internal wisdom and finding joy in the process instead of focusing on the external outcomes (aka getting the dream).
Ironically, that's also when the external outcomes you want tend to start to come to you more easily (yay! you actually do get to get your dream!)
I think you already know this.
The question is: how do you get at it? Like, how do you effectively and consistently cultivate the magic within and use it to create change in your life? To actually make your dream real?
After 10 years of teaching, and 25 years of exploring the intersection of creativity and spirituality, this is what I've learned: It's not one path. It's three paths: Dream Work, Inner Work and Outer Work.
We all tend to focus on the outer path - because that's where it's easiest to see and measure change.
But that's not where change happens. Change starts inside of us, and the path that change takes before it becomes visible in your outer world is almost never the path we think it's going to take. You know what I mean?
The process of growth and change is unpredictable. The way to manage this unpredictability and not let it throw you off course is to be working with it in three different ways, simultaneously.
Doing this is less complicated than it seems, when you keep the Principles of Creative Dream Alchemy in mind, and then divide the work up into three categories: Dream Work, Inner Work and Outer Work.
When you know what to do in each of these three paths, then you’ve got what it takes to be moving consistently towards your dream.
This is the heart of Creative Dream Alchemy: using what you have to create what you want. No giant leaps of faith required, just one baby step at a time.
Creative Dream Alchemy has simple and creative processes and practices for each other three paths - so you keep your dream machine humming happily along. You can learn all of the basics in my FREE intro to Creative Dream Alchemy class: Your Dream Is Waiting For You To Come True.
Let's get started.
The class is designed to work for beginners and seasoned dreamers alike - the principles + practices are the same, no matter where you are on the path.
Your Dream Is Waiting For You To Come True Includes:
- 90 Minute Creative Dream Alchemy Class
- Your Dream Is Waiting For You To Come True Guided Journal + Playbook and some follow-up emails where I show you how to use everything.
- After the class you'll also get regular Dream newsletters for ongoing support for the journey (though you can unsubscribe at any time with the click of a button).