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 become our best selves - it's how we change the world.
And that's my biggest dream: to change the world. To create 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, sexism, racism, homophobia, ableism, bullying, classism - a world without structures of oppression of any kind so no judgement or violence or destruction - of people, animals, or the planet.
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. A world where you are free to make your dream real.
I believe we can do this, one dream come true at a time. And this is how we'll do it:
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 - you can actually baby-step your way, all the way there.
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 leads to your most authentic, fulfilling, and purposeful way of being.
This means your dream lives inside of you, not outside.
So you don't chase after it. And you don't sit around waiting for it to come to you. You open yourself up to it and explore how to live in tune with it, right here right now, no matter what’s happening in your external world.
Your dream is waiting for you to come true.
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 just means that you have what you need to do this - one baby step at a time.
Your answers live inside you.Your dream lives inside you. Your power lives inside you. All the magic is inside you, including all of the answers you need as you navigate your path.
You got 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.
That's easy to say and hard to do. Learning how to act before you feel ready is one of the things we work on in Creative Dream Alchemy - it's about letting your intuitive wisdom speak to you more loudly than your fear. It's your fear who thinks you're not ready, your inner wisdom knows that this is what you're here to do.
The truth is, you are strong, smart, creative, and brave enough to do this. If you weren't your dream wouldn't be calling.
You are already 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.
Yes I know there are obstacles that you face right now that make it hard to do this, but those obstacles are a part of the path.
You live in a world that is hostile to dreams and places obstacles in your way. Facing and overcoming those obstacles is your hero’s journey. I mean what would a hero's journey be like without a few fire-breathing dragons to battle? You can’t skip this part or wait for the obstacles to clear themselves.
Just start moving, there is no such thing as "right way" or "wrong way" when it comes to dreams because the path is completely non-linear. So you're just either moving or you're not.
You are never behind, you are never doing it wrong - 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 we have to work at creating a new way of looking at this.
And you live in a world where you are compared to other people as though there is one yardstick with which to measure us all! You have been encouraged to conform to the norm instead of claim your own unique ways of being in the world.
On top of all of that, the structures of oppression that exist in our world that make it so hard to make a dream real do not target each of us in the same way. Some people do have it easier. Some people do have it harder. This is a fact that we all have to deal with in varying ways.
I wish I had something helpful to say about this part. All I know is that when we bring the magic of our creativity and inner purpose to the external obstacles we face - we can start to change the world.
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 means you're caught in your own stuff (fears, limiting beliefs, inner critics, etc) and you need to take a look at that stuff. You will soon discover that the inner work brings miracles, right where we need them.
There is always a way through. You are bigger than the obstacles.
When you honour your process *exactly as it is* then you bring yourself right into your discomfort 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.
We all have a tendency to want to turn away from the uncomfortable feelings. In Creative Dream Alchemy you are given tools, encouragement and support to meet how you're feeling: frustrated, scared, angry, overwhelmed.
So instead of turning away you can dig in and bring healing to this part of you who is upset. This is the actual work of liberating yourself from the things that hold you back.
This is the transformation of consciousness and this is the whole point of Creative Dream Alchemy. So when you hold back from your uncomfortable feelings you're actually holding back from receiving the gift you need in this moment.
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 and the inner gifts that are going to help you make your dream real.
Your logical self does NOT know the way. It's your heart that will lead you there.
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?
I know I've mentioned this a few times already but it bears repeating because of just how hard we humans work to try to avoid discomfort (even though avoiding discomfort is actually very uncomfortable!). Growing pains are real and the end result will be worth 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. Your dream will surprise you along the way.
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 truth can shine out to illuminate your whole life. It's about literally living from your inner 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.
Just 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 sounds. It is absolutely within your reach to make your dream real.
Your Dream Is Waiting For You To Come True is a free online class to learn more about how to use Creative Dream Alchemy to create change in your life.
- How to actually DO the Dream Work, Inner Work and Outer Work and how to know when to do which one.
- What YOU need to do next to get (or keep!) moving on the path to your dream.
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: we'll do this together live (via streaming video) on May 1 at 1:00 pm (Central, North America) and the recording will be available after
- Your Dream Is Waiting For You To Come True Guided Journal + Playbook: to learn more about Dream Work, Inner Work and Outer Work and how to know what do with each of them so you can take those steady, grounded steps towards your dream