We grow up, go to school, learn about the world and gather information. Then we graduate, get a job, chose a partner—become an adult! This is what is expected of us. Growing older we make choices and take on new responsibilities.
What happens to those distant dreams we had as children?
Do you wake up now feeling like something is missing? Shouldn’t there be more? Didn’t you have grand dreams for who you would become and what you would do in your life?
What were those dreams?
What if you could have a dialogue with your child-self, to reconnect with your original dreams? What would you discover that could be brought into your life today? Your dreams connect you with a deeper sense of your inner truth.
Connecting with the wisdom you had in place as a child brings alive long-forgotten possibilities.
Sitting around a crackling campfire having a conversation with your 8-year-old-self. You have with all the time in the world. Envision the freedom and shiny-eyed excitement this young child feels being with you by the fire, the Milky Way stretching endlessly overhead. There are no limits, no expectations and no concerns.
Ask your campfire companion…
- What is the one thing you do that dazzles your heart?
- Where in the world would you love to live?
- What story do you want to write? Are you the main character? Who is your best friend?
- You have $10,000,000. What do you want to do with it?
- Send a message to your adult self. What does it say? What does he/she need to remember about you?
- What dream do you want to come to life?
- What would you like to invent? What problem does it solve?
- What do you want your parents to know about you?
- What’s your biggest, wildest dream?
- How do you most want to be loved?
Other questions may occur to you. Ask them. Savor what emerges from this conversation. Breathe it in and let it settle inside you. What dreams are you remembering? New pictures may appear, new ideas can come to mind. Carry them with you as you contemplate the coming year.
Cross the next threshold hand in hand with your beautiful, fearless young self. Let the innocence of your child-wisdom light up the path. Pay attention to the new landscape ahead of you. Notice how you feel as you take the first step.
Dream big. Claim what feels true for you.
Everything is possible.
PS: These same questions can be the impetus for eye-opening conversations with your own children. Inspire them to dream boldly and to keep their dreams alive!
“Children are natural Zen masters; their world is brand new in each and every moment.”
Time to Reflect
Take a breath. Release it. Take another. Devote some dedicated time of concentration/meditation. It doesn’t need to be hours of quiet, perhaps only 15 minutes. Then allow the question to simmer within you through the weekend. Let responses bubble up into your awareness. Notice new ways of thinking, of images or ideas that arise spontaneously. Pay attention to your dreams. Let it happen. Be aware. See where it leads you next. Let yourself savor this process of receiving from yourself. Don’t judge whatever comes up, just receive it. Make notes.
I invite you to share something from this process. Sharing is important way to anchor an insight in your body. It leads you to deeper insight. It stimulates action.
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December 10, 2014 | 12:41 PM
What great inspiration for things we can ponder, to help and open our soul! Thank you for this fantastic post and important words.
December 10, 2014 | 12:55 PM
Wow, that’s a lovely use of the sacred fire image. I use that image a lot to create a safe space in meditation, and you’ve added a powerful and lovely dimension to it.
December 10, 2014 | 1:35 PM
I love this — definitely going to incorporate some of this imagery and questions in my year-end review and planning. Thanks so much.
December 10, 2014 | 3:55 PM
So glad it connected for you, Christa!
December 10, 2014 | 3:56 PM
Thanks Sue! I appreciate your words.
December 10, 2014 | 3:57 PM
I’d love to hear how your review and planning evolve, Andrea!
December 10, 2014 | 6:08 PM
Oooh what great juicy questions! I will be sitting with them tonight in meditation and am looking forward to seeing what comes up! I got separated from my childhood dreams when I was in my early 20’s and got caught up in fitting into the societal mold of what we should be and do and prove. I have started to really connect again to my own authentic dreams the past few years now that I “accomplished” what I thought I was supposed to and now that my daughter is over the hump of early childhood and I can breathe into myself again. It is the freshest air to breath when it touches the deepest parts of my soul desires and reminds me that they are not only possible but closer than ever! I am really looking forward to and enjoying this re-awakening to myself and all that is in store for my life.
December 10, 2014 | 9:03 PM
Thanks for sharing this Lisa! (And I hope your feet are feeling toasty warm by the fire…) Laurie
December 10, 2014 | 9:06 PM
Brandy, this sounds so wonderful! I love that you say “it is the freshest air to breathe.” Being willing to breathe into yourself is a magnificent place to be, and so needed in the act of remembering who you are.
December 11, 2014 | 1:36 PM
Great questions! Love the feeling of this post, too — awesome mix of warm and cozy and light-a-fire practicality. Thank you.