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Following Your Dreams

Following Your Dreams

FOLLOWING YOUR DREAMS

What do you do when a dream comes calling? What do you do when it whispers in your ear? When it shows you desires that lie hidden in your heart, that call to you like messages from ages past? We all have such dreams. They are the driving force within us. They mold and shape our lives, and feed a hunger within us that will not be ignored.

There is something about our secret longings that penetrates beyond our bones. They are the call of potential, of long-laid plans that call to us like nothing else. And they wait there, like seeds planted in the deep recesses of our being, just waiting to come to fruition. They are the promise of blossoms in our Spring, of fruit in our Autumn, of ancient hopes breaking out of their dormancy, putting forth little green shoots, feeling their way to the surface, reminding us of their presence.

COURTING THE UNKNOWN

So what do you do when a dream comes calling? To give it even the least bit of attention is to court the unknown, to leave the safe harbor of habit and custom, yet for me, to do otherwise would be to wither and die, to let the blossom fall barren upon the stem.

Dreams are the voice of our spirit calling us to break the bonds of our conditioning and sail the uncharted waters of opportunity and growth. More than that, they are passports to becoming.

The journey begins in your imagination, where you can be whatever you want to be. That’s where you can try a dream on for size without the risk of failure. You can see if the shoe fits – or whether the dream is even worthy of your whole-hearted investment. That’s what a dream requires, you know – investment of your whole self, right down to your toes, and beyond.

DREAMS ASK FOR COMMITMENT

Dreams are of the “all or nothing” sort. No half-hearted maybe’s here. You do, or you don’t. Anything less would be too weak for the journey, too little to meet the cost. If you would know the full range of your dream’s possibilities, nothing can be held back. In short, you must give all if you would receive all.

It has always been thus. How else would a dream know if you were ready for the journey? How would it know if you had the necessary courage and fortitude to climb the tall mountains and ford the raging streams that lead to its ultimate destination? No, such a venture is not for the weak of heart. It must be your passion, your true love, the driving force within you. When that time comes, you will know it, and you will not falter, nor will you even hesitate. Like seeing your beloved after a long absence, you will rush toward your dream regardless of the price, nor caring.

DANCING THE DANCE

That’s when it happens, of course. That’s when your dream picks you up and carries you along in its great current, when it sweeps you up in its tide, its joy. Each embracing the other, you go forward together, dancing the dance with one heart, one will, one purpose. No longer are you chasing the dream. The dream is being you, living you, breathing you. In that union, in that rapture, you begin to see – perhaps for the very first time – that this and every dream is but a path that takes you to your most inward chambers where, in sanctity and reverence, you enter at last into communion with your soul.

TRUST YOUR DREAMS

Sometimes I think we avoid our dreams. It’s so easy to find excuses, to have reasons for not following our star – things like, “I’m not good enough, I’m not ready, it’s too hard, not practical.” No doubt you know them as well as I do.

Perhaps we’re afraid of the responsibility such a commitment would bring, afraid of being vulnerable and exposed, of cutting loose from what we know. If that is so, our thoughts will tell us.

Sometimes the possibility of change scares us. It makes us tremble – inside and out, and yet deep down in our heart, we know we’ll never get from here to there until we’re ready to take that first tentative step, until we’re willing to throw caution to the wind and let life have its way with us.

Until then we find comfort in the knowledge that it’s okay to be where we are. When we’re ready to be somewhere else, we’ll know that, too. Then, when that time does come, the cost won’t seem quite so forbidding. The lure of the adventure will more than compensate for any lingering hesitancy we might have had.

GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION

So how to begin? By taking that first step, not knowing where it will take us, not knowing how one step will follow another. And yet, if we want to make a visible difference in our world, and in our life, we must begin.

Visible differences. Those words grab my attention, particularly in light of the current world situation. So much has happened that we didn’t expect. Life as we knew it is a thing of the past. The future seems so uncertain. Of course, the future is always uncertain. If it wasn’t, there wouldn’t be any room for growth!

Whether we know it or not, uncertainty can be our friend. Uncertainty means anything is possible! That is really good news!

LET THE MAGIC HAPPEN

When we are open, the unexpected happens. Our dreams slip up on us unawares. They reveal themselves in unexpected ways. However they announce themselves, one thing remains constant – they actually want us as much as we want them!

And so the magic happens. You reach out and make the commitment. You let go and take the leap. Before you know it, your dream becomes an active force in your life.

Riding your dream is a lot like being in a canoe with no oars. You’re totally dependent on where the current wants to take you. That means surrender. It means being open to the larger plan.

NOW IS THE TIME

If ever there was a time when that level of commitment was needed, it is now. It is time to listen with our inner ear, to hear and follow the whisper of our collective soul – the soul that we, as a human race, all share.

When we hear – truly hear – that message, perhaps then we’ll begin to understand what our lives are all about, and what our desires are about, too. Yes, and we may even get a glimpse of our larger destiny.

Somehow, just knowing that is even possible makes it a lot easier to let go of our fears and embrace the journey with joy and confidence in our hearts.

Donna Miesbach
Donna Miesbach

Donna Miesbach has been writing for Contemplative Journal since 2014. Now she has joined our online teaching staff with her course, Moving Through Grief, A Guide to Inner Wholeness. For over thirty years, Donna Miesbach’s inspirational poems and articles have reached around the globe through such venues as Unity Magazine, Daily Word, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II, Ideals, and the Cup of Comfort book series. Donna is the award-winning author of From Grief to Joy, A Journey Back to Life & Living. She was a featured author in Wise Women Speak, 20 Ways to Turn Stumbling Blocks into Stepping Stones. Among her other books are the Tools for Teens program and Trails of Stardust, Poems of Inspiration and Insight. In 1985, she was named Inspirational Poet of the Year by The Poet Magazine. Donna also co-authored Coaching for a Bigger Win, A Playbook for Coaches, and Coaching Character and Leadership, A Playbook for Parents, with Greg Roeszler, Founder and Executive Director of Playmakers Mentoring Foundation, Sacramento CA. Donna has studied extensively with Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Simon, Dr. David Morehouse, Jonathan Goldman and Roger Gabriel, and is a certified Chopra Center Meditation & Yoga Instructor. Donna lives and teaches in Omaha NE. For more information, please go to www.donnamiesbach.com.