A Message to The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me.

My little boy has been singing this song lately, and I really believe it is a message from God for me. I’ve been working a lot with my dreams lately (SARK’s Dream Boogie has been wonderful) and I’ve been going through some different struggles. I’ve realized what I need mostly is encouragement and support for my dreams.

It is amazing how we keep our dreams to ourselves most often. SARK has been reminding us that caging your dream within yourself does no good for your dream. You need to LET IT OUT. Share it with others. This is what I am enjoying the most with the Dream Boogie program ~ I can feel free to share without fear of being put down or criticized. The forum of Dream Boogie is wonderful, filled with fellow dreamers in different stages of their dreams (some already gaining success, and others who are just starting out).

I don’t have many people in my life who put me down, I’ve noticed. These people I have generally avoided altogether, knowing I need friends in my life who are supportive and nurturing. My dearest friends are these encouraging souls, and they are so precious to me. Through the Dream Boogie forum, I’ve met so many more wonderful, beautiful souls (you can’t have too many in your life, that’s for sure – the more, the better).

This post I dedicate to my fellow dreamers.

Have you been half asleep
and have you heard voices?
I’ve heard them calling my name.
Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors?
The voice might be one and the same.
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it.
It’s something that I’m supposed to be.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
the lovers, the dreamers and me.

I’m Working… Yes, really!

Thank you, God, for filling my cup of inspiration today!

There is a line I love in Ben Hur ~ Joseph is speaking with a neighbor who is complaining that Jesus has not finished making a table (neglecting his “work”).

[the neighbor examines some boards which have not been assembled]
Neighbor: My table is not finished. Where is your son?
Joseph: He’s walking in the hills.
Neighbor: [disapproving] Mm-hm. He neglects his work, Joseph.
Joseph: No. Once I reproached him with forgetting his work. He said to me, “I must be about my Father’s business.”
Neighbor: Then why isn’t he here, working?
Joseph: [smiling] He’s working.

I think of this often lately when doing my Dream Boogie class and other workshops that fill me with great creative spirit and inspiration. Taking a walk, a nice hot bath, time out to read or write, and connect with my friends online via Facebook or other social network activities. ~ these all seem frivolous to my inner critic who tells me I need to “get back to work.”

The truth is, when involved in Creative Ministry ~ and ministry of any kind ~ you need to keep in touch with your soul. You need to stay right with the Higher Power (I call Him God). Keep yourself fulfilled creatively ~ keep yourself inspired. Keep your cup of inspiration full. It might look to others like you’re “just playing around,” but you know the truth: that keeping yourself inspired IS your job – your responsibility.

Keep working!

YESSINGS ~ The Art of Dream Defense!

I wanted to share some dialog I’ve been doing with my inner critic (something I’ve been working on while going through SARK’s Dream Boogie program). This is a great exercise to try and I encourage others to try something like this as well. It’s amazing how nasty that inner critic can get. Try imagining your inner critic is an actual person. What would you say to him/her? What would he/she say to you? It’s a good exercise in DREAM DEFENSE.

DREAM 1: Launching an online e-book publishing company:
INNER CRITIC SAYS: You have no connections in publishing – what makes you think you can help endorse anyone? What gives you the right to pursue this dream?
MY RESPONSE TO CRITIC: My passion will find a way. It’s a reality already in my mind. I believe ~ and at the very least, I’d like to try. I’m sure I’ll learn some things and make connections AS I GO.

DREAM 2: Writing a book about a new creative movement I’ve been researching and experiencing that’s matured over recent years, but has been developing for over the past two decades.
INNER CRITIC SAYS: What the heck do YOU know about anything? Are you some kind of expert on this? HA to that.
MY RESPONSE TO CRITIC: Yes, I AM an expert (in one way) because this is MY idea. I am THE expert on this book, because it exists in my mind’s eye. I can see it all. Besides, my book will use my research and interviews with those who I consider to be experienced experts in the field. This will help add credibility to the concept, as well, since I am an unknown.

DREAM 3: Launching a corporate “Create-A-Way” program, helping cubicle prisoners to revive their creative spirit, and FREEING their creative self OUT OF THE BOX.
INNER CRITIC SAYS: Can you really see yourself meeting with corporate executives and offering this as a serious suggestion? What if they don’t care about offering “creative fru-fru” wellness programs to their employees? The suits will laugh at you.
MY RESPONSE TO CRITIC: Meet with corporate execs? Who says I have to go ALL THE WAY, RIGHT AWAY? I can offer this as a fun online program, offered to individuals, doing my own marketing, and maybe as it gains popularity & support, THEN I’ll gather the courage to meet directly with company HR reps. Baby steps, man. Baby steps.

Dream 4: Finish writing and publishing three children’s books that are in the works – in various stages.
INNER CRITIC SAYS: You’ll never have time to finish writing anything. You have too much going on – especially with your kids. Time to write? HA!!
MY RESPONSE TO CRITIC: I’ll make time. If there is one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that if I have the passion to do something and the will to get it done, I can use the tiniest bit of time to baby step myself through. If there’s a will, there’s a way, as the saying goes!!

Dream 5: Finish writing my autobiographical story of moving to the States when I was twelve.
INNER CRITIC SAYS: Why? Who wants to read about your life? What makes you so special? You’re not famous – why should anyone care to read about you?
MY RESPONSE TO CRITIC: I have always believed every life has a story to share ~ we learn from the life we live. How can that be boring? This concept applies to me as much as it applies to anyone else. Besides, I don’t really care if this book ever sells. I just have to write it. It’s an important part of my life that I need to put down on paper ~ in a format I can be proud of ~ and maybe others will read it too! I want to make it something that anyone can read and enjoy, and hopefully something other adolescents can read and enjoy. Besides, it isn’t meant to be “a book about me.” It’s a story. It’s a story I have to tell. Characters and relationships I want to nail down on paper for eternity. It’s a past I don’t want to forget. At least when I’m finished writing it, I will be able to say “I DID IT!”

Isn’t it amazing that the lower self will speak more harshly to you than anyone else ever has or will in your life? Why are we so nasty to ourselves? This exercise is great. I’m not one who has a lot of time on my hands, but a BRIEF exercise like this works wonders.

Try it! And if you like, tell me how it works for you!