This is my Thanksgiving cactus.
The blooms are so precious to me, this orange flower with a hot pink centre.
But it would just have one bloom each year. It would grow new branches, but they would always fall off. It never got any bigger.
Until this last year. It grew new branches. And they stayed. And grew more. And then last week it started really blooming.
And I was like WHOA. I CAN DO THAT TOO.
I can just NOT BLOOM. For as long as I want.
I can rest.
I can let things fall apart.
I can try to grow. And fail. And try again.
And it’s fine. It doesn’t mean anything about my worth or my potential or my ability to bloom again when I choose to.
This didn’t feel defeatist or anything like that. It felt like pure freedom.
Successful Creative Dreaming is NOT about unbridled ambition and non-stop success.
It’s about listening to yourself about how you live your life, and creating a life that feels true to you.
This will always include TENDING. Tending to the fears and self doubts and hurts and just… all the feelings that come with being human.
Creative Dream Alchemy is using your dream as a guiding light, to guide you through all of that. THROUGH. Not around. Not some secret shortcut you find by avoiding your feelings. THROUGH.
In my own Creative Dream practice I’ve been working through layers and layers and layers of resistance. Sometimes we just have to do this before we get to the good stuff.
In Creative Dream Alchemy we always take the same approach. When you connect with your dream, notice what’s there.
Do you feel frustrated about something that is stuck? Are you disappointed that things didn’t work out? Do you just want to think about something else and you’re not sure why it’s so uncomfortable? Do you have an inspiring new idea? Do you want to get to work on making the thing?
It doesn’t matter WHAT is there, all that matters is that you be with that thing. Uncomfortable or not. Wanted or not. That thing is your next step and facing it WILL lead you towards where you want to be.
So. Last week it was embarrassing to keep sharing how often I got stuck, but I kept doing it.
And this week I feel a lot less stuck.
I feel like - yeah I’m not exactly blooming right now, but there are some really interesting things happening with my roots so that’s where I am focused.
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