The Principles of Creative Dream Alchemy
No one can follow all of these principles all of the time, that's not even the point.
The point is to be mindful of them, and do your best to be aware of when you're going against one of the principles.
You can usually tell that you are doing this because you'll find that you're stalled out on the path to your dream.
You don't have to feel ready.
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.
Your Dream is how your soul calls you towards your true self.
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.
Your True Self is creative, powerful, and wise.
You won't always feelcreative, 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.
You build the path by walking.
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. Your 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 you're just either moving or you're not.
Honour your process as it is, not as you wish it was or think it should be.
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. Also 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.It's not fair that the outer world make it harder for some to do this work.
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. There is always a way through.
Feel ALL of the feelings that come up for you on the path to your dream.
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 will grow you.
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.
It takes the time it takes.
Creative Dream Alchemy isn't about speeding up the process of manifestation. It's about creating a deep alignment between your conscious self and your True Self - so that the light of your inner truth can shine out to illuminate your whole life.
And when you follow these principles you'll find that there are so many gifts and riches along the way it doesn't matter if you never get to the finish line.
I mean of course there is no finish line because Creative Dream Alchemy takes you on a journey of self-discovery, magic and liberation. This journey brings you to somewhere that you likely can't even imagine right now.And 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.
Ironically, that's also when the external outcomes you want tend to start to come to you more easily.