Don’t Have a Clear Dream?
Uncertain about your dreams? Do dreams elude you altogether? Likely working so hard to stay above water, or achieving what you think others expect of you, or providing for dependents have separated you from your dreams. Maybe you haven’t given much thought to what you might want to be, or do, or explore for yourself. Does this sound right? If you want a little help opening the gates to your dreams, this is for you.If you’ve got dreams and want to explore them in more depth, this is for you. Keep reading for an exercise in dream creation.
Dismiss the Enemy of Your Dreams
First, acknowledge the bullying voice in your head that tells you almost immediately that dreams are [fill in the blank: stupid, a waste of time, selfish, impossible, etc]. That voice is your ego and never shuts up. The negativity of your ego disguises its fears with loud, defeating talk. A lot of it. Your ego can’t get too bruised if you never venture out of your comfort zone. So it scares you into comfort. Regarding your ego’s fears: overstated to the max. Most dreams don’t regularly take you to a reality of fight or flight, but that’s how your ego will make everything feel. That’s a subject unto itself. Nevertheless, your ego is a part of you and isn’t going away. Acknowledgment is key. Thank that voice for trying to protect you, then kindly excuse the bully from your dream creation. Whenever that badgering voice comes up, put it in a bubble and let it float away. Do it as many times as you need. Try this practice regularly.
With that out of the way, let’s begin to prepare for dream creation. Close your eyes, relax, breathe. Prepare to experience this with ease and pleasure. Take out a pen and paper. Your handwriting helps make dreams more real, because it “can improve idea composition and expression,” giving you a richer experience of your thoughts.
Close that notepad app. If you don’t already keep a journal, locate some paper you won’t mind keeping and looking back at again and again. Find a pen that is comfortable to write with. These are my favorite journal and pens if you’re looking for your own new favorites (affiliate links). All set? On to the dream creation.
Dream Creation Exercise
Following, you’ll find a series of prompts to begin visualizing. These prompts seed your imagination and leave the dream creation to you, but in a structured way that should take some of the anxiety out of the blank page. As ideas, words, and images come up for you, simply write them down with any accompanying details. Don’t worry about writing down the questions. Your words are easier to read through later without them. Continue writing for each prompt until you’ve described all words and visuals that come up for you. Your answers don’t have to be realistic or practical, and you don’t have to know how you would achieve these things. Here we go:
- If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
- What kind of abode would you live in?
- Who lives with you? People, animals?
- What things do you see in your home?
- How does it smell?
- What do you see outside your home?
- Where are you when you’re not at home?
- How much time are you away from home each day?
- Who do you regularly see outside your home?
- How would you spend a perfect day? Morning, afternoon, evening, night?
- Do you travel? If so, where? How often, how long, how do you get there? Who travels with you, if anyone?
- What are you eating in your perfect life?
- How does your body feel in your perfect life?
- What do you do to move your body?
- What gives you a sense of personal satisfaction?
- Are there daily tasks that you love to do?
- What tasks do you leave for others? Who does them? E.g. cooking, cleaning, child-care, home-administration, etc.
- How do you manage stress?
Keep writing as long as you feel inspired to do so. This should take at least 10 minutes, but you could write for hours if you choose. That’s dream creation.
Dream Creation Evaluation and Action
When you have finished, read through and re-experience the pleasure of these ideas. Read through again, and star the passages that are most important to you–you can physically feel excitement, joy, peace, or love well-up in you. Read through once more and circle the parts that are closest at hand or most easily attainable. Finally, begin to evaluate your the dreams you have created with the following questions:
- On a scale of 1-10, 10 being highest:
- How important is it that I realize all these dreams?
- How important is it that I realize the most important dreams?
- How committed am I to making it happen?
- How committed is my partner (if applicable)?
- How willing am I to take action?
- What do I already know is necessary to move toward making my dreams come true?
- What is the first step to living the most attainable part of my dream as soon as possible?
This evaluation should give you insight into the most important parts of your dream creation and a starting point for action. Your dream creation is a beautiful vision just waiting for you to take action. Share your most pressing dream in the comments with the first action step for making it come true.
Now that you have a grasp on your dreams, read about what you need to do next.