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On Fridays I do my Dream Status Report which is a series of prompts I use every week to help me have more clarity, momentum and groundedness on my path. You can do them with me (Dream Book members: come post yours in the forum!)!
Over the year I've gotten a lot of push-back from people who don't want to do the same prompts every week. I know it's annoying somethings but I promise - this is magically clarifying. The repetition helps you go deeper into the process.
Here are the prompts:
PART ONE: (sometimes these can stay the same for months at time, sometimes they change often)
My dream is:
I want it because:
When I have it I will feel:
Invite your dream in (using the Dream Lab practice) to help you with the rest of the prompts.
My goal/wish/intention for this New Moon is:
Last week’s focus was:
What happened in the last week?
What am I learning/How do I feel about this?
What do I need now?
What does my dream need now?
Taking all of this into account, my focus for the next week is:
My Dream Status Report for this week:
My dream is: BEING the artist + writer I want to be and everything this entails. Having a less dramatic creative process (like less battling self doubt and more happily humming to myself while I write and draw). And how I feel in my life in perimenopuase and beyond.
I want it because: This is what feels most enticing and interesting to me. I'm also noticing how BEING who I feel I AM is important for my mental health. I feel so strongly - a better world is possible and our dreams show us the way there.
When I have it I will feel: Just a little more ME, more energized. More stable/sturdy. Excited about the new work I am doing.
My new moon intention: My intuition sent me an almost-scary message about being more clear about something. LOL that was vaguely written, but I am being more clear with myself, it's not something I'm ready to share about.
PART TWO: Invite your dream in (using the Dream Lab practice) to help you with the rest of the prompts.
OK the meditation went really different. I couldn't focus on my dream, because I was changing so dramatically as it appeared. I became a sad mermaid. Crying and swimming.
Yeah, this hits home. Parts of this week were difficult and I'm not relating to my dreams in the ways I want to be. But the fact that the mermaid is still swimming - it feels like a reminder that I WAS DOING MY BEST. And also a reminder to lean in more deeply to the things that help.
What happened in the last week? Again - no action on the new altar this week, other than I did talk to my husband about the construction parts of it and made a plan to go shopping with him this weekend to get what we need, so that's something.
I am embarrassed but I forgot all about exploring the portal. It didn't come up in my meditations this week and I forgot all about it. This was a difficult week and remembering and doing this stuff would have been so helpful AND I am doing my best. And it's not like I did nothing in terms of my practices I was just doing other things.
This is why it's good to do this week after week, to check back in and pick up the threads.
But this one doesn't feel like it needs picking up. I think the portal stuff that coming to me in my meditations that week is where I was that week and this week it was more about tending to self doubt and setting things up for new projects. Maybe I move through the portal - I mean I did get a really exciting new idea for a project that I've been pursuing.
What am I learning/How do I feel about this? Starting new projects always sparks self doubt for me. That moment of "I am going to take this more seriously" naturally invites in all the inner reasons to NOT take it more seriously. (I didn't technically start a NEW project but came back to one that had been on hold for a bit)
Looking back I wish I'd handled it all better somehow, I wish the process didn't get so messy but this is a direct violation (!) of one of the principles of Creative Dream Alchemy - to honour your process as it is.
If I try looking back and HONOURING my process as it is - well I think I very bravely moved through very big self doubt and insecurities. I didn't stay standing the whole time but that's to be expected.
Also - I feel really excited about this new idea. It's a new way to approach the project that I think will make a big difference.
What do I need now? The answer that comes to me is PRESENCE. Remembering how magic and powerful I am when I am present. Giving myself more and more time for my practices.
What does my dream need now? Coming back into that meditation, I am the sad mermaid, my dream is the sun shining down on me, loving me. As I look at it, some of it's rays turn into a path and it invites me to get on it. As I walk (I guess I am not a mermaid now) up the path I feel more and more grounded and connected to myself and trusting myself to do the things I feel inspired to do. My dream says: you need to do the things that help you feel this way. Give yourself more time for these things.
Taking all of this into account, my focus for the next week is: I had been recommitting to a one hour minimum Creative Dream Practice in the mornings and it feels like it would be good to push that longer.
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