Project Luminosity: Mapping out my next steps.

(Photo of the Year of Dreams journaling kit)

After 7 years of doing the Creative Dream Incubator as my full-time job, I am taking a step back, looking at *everything* and exploring how to make it all better. I am calling this Project Luminosity and I’ve decided to start sharing my project updates here on my blog because sharing my stories as they unfold helps me make sense of my own process.

Where I’m at today:

I’ve been giving my ideas space for the last 7 months. I am (finally!) coming to a place of having a bit of clarity and am feeling ready to start working on the actual project, as opposed to exploring all of my ideas of what I think this actual project could be.

I’ve been through a deep healing process with this as this dream has grown me into who I need to be in order to bring it to life.

And I’m ready now to actually do this. This is amazing!

What does that mean?

It means it’s time to do this!

Ummm, no I still don’t know exactly what that means though because I don’t know what my next steps are.  I mean I kind of know but it all feels vague still so let’s keep exploring…

I want to start 2 different projects right now which are the foundation of Project Luminosity. I feel sure that these are the first 2 things I need to do and that the other parts will come out of these.

  1. Principles/Rules/Manifesto of Dreaming
  2. Dream Book

(I am not going into a lot of detail about what these projects are right now since it all needs space to grow and change as I work on it)

What do these projects need?

More than anything – dedicated time + attention every day! Space to help them grow into what they want to be.

Ummmm that’s what I have been giving them for months. If I want to start making physical progress then I need some concrete action steps to take.

OMG this is kind of painful, like the fog of resistance comes in so smoothly I don’t notice how much it’s making it hard for me to see.

Staying with it though…

Principles/Rules/Manifesto of Dreaming:

I can’t just keep sitting with this and editing the list – I just feel like this is losing energy. So what does it need?

[just sitting with that question for a while]

I want to put each principle on it’s own piece of paper and look at them around me. That feels creative + fun and like it can lead to me knowing what to do next. Once I have done this I will come back and figure out the next step.

Dream Book:

Oh I feel so much love and enthusiasm for this. I need to keep doing my own Dream Book and learning more about it while writing the material that explains the Dream Book.

That’s still a big vague. What am I doing *exactly*?

  • Dedicated time each day to work in my (personal) Dream Book.
  • Take notes about The Dream Book while I do this.
  • Start to write up description + instructions for The Dream Book

OK that’s better but still feels a little vague like it’s not clear enough to generate momentum. Actually I don’t know how to “start to write up descriptions + instructions”.

How about setting some goals?

No too soon I still need to give this enough space to take shape how it wants to be shaped, not shaped the way my goals are shaped.

How about making a list of all of the components of the Dream Book and what each one will need?

Yes. Perfect.

OK let’s re-cap:

This is what I am doing now, and when this is done I will come back and do another update.

  1. Put each section of the Principles/Rules/Manifesto of Dreaming on it’s own sheet of paper and look at it all together with the intention that this helps me know what to do next
  2. Do my personal Dream Book every day (make notes about The Dream Book as I do this)
  3. Make a list of all of the components of the Dream Book and list what each one will need.

Argh! I just realised why figuring out some clear + small steps to take is so excruciating.

Having clear + small steps ready to take means there is no space to hide in fog/confustion/”I’m not ready yet”/etc.

By shining a light on everything and coming up with solid steps to take now AND a commitment to come back and do this again once those are done to figure out my next steps again I am really committing to doing the work.

The rubber is hitting the road for real which riles up all of the fears, doubts and inner critics.

So I’ll just make this adjustment to my list:

  1. Put each section of the Principles/Rules/Manifesto of Dreaming on it’s own sheet of paper and look at it all together with the intention that this helps me know what to do next
  2. Do my personal Dream Book every day (make notes about The Dream Book as I do this)
  3. Make a list of all of the components of the Dream Book and list what each one will need.
  4. Use the Un-Sticking Station in the Creative Dream Circle to meet with whatever fears, doubts, limiting beliefs, un-helpful patterns and inner critics that come up as I take steps 1-3.

OK I feel ready to go take steps then. Yay!

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