Dreams Do Come True

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Dreams Do Come True

The only way to discover
the limits of the possible
is to go beyond
them into the impossible.
-Arthur C. Clarke,
Profiles of the Future

When I was a child, I had many dreams, dreams that seemed more real to me than what happened every day, day in and day out. I dreamed of being a garbage man (we didn’t have “persons” yet, and I did want to be a man!), of being the first girl president, of being a ballerina, a teacher, a wizard, an actress, a backup singer for Dianna Ross, and much more! My dreams were a veritable cast of thousands. You name it, I had dreams about it. I remember waking up in the morning, sometimes exhausted by my nighttime life of dreaming, having gone many places and done different and sometimes dangerously exciting things.

My life truly seemed to be on two different planes. This wasn’t strange to me; it felt completely natural that my whole life, night and day, would be vital and exciting. My friends and I talked about our dreams and similar things happened for them too.

Somewhere around twelve or thirteen, my dreams started to change. As I became aware of what being a responsible adult meant, my dreams became more serious and not nearly as refreshing as before. I paid less attention to my dreams, finding them serious and demanding. I dreamed less and less as my confusion about becoming an adult increased.

Choosing what I wanted to do with my life became a very difficult decision-making process rather than a choice based in dreams and passion. After much investigation, I’ve found this is true for many people. Does this sound familiar to you?

What I have come to realize is that my early dreams were a kind of practice, trying on different ways of being to see what I really wanted “to become.” My adolescent confusion was based in thinking how I felt about myself and my life was all dependent on what I “did.” Constrictive dreaming is living out our fears, great and small, of not being enough, of doing or having terrible things done to us—the night terrors! The deeper realization now emerging is that what we yearn for and dream about is an ideal state of being, a way of feeling about life and ourselves that we make real through choices and actions.

Our dreams do come true. When our dreams are heavy and confusing, so is our life; when our dreams are stimulating and uplifting, so is our life. When we turn our backs on inspiration, we create lives of desolation.

Expansive dreaming is simply a process of allowing…allowing our own best self speak to us of all we are capable of giving and being, of tasting and feeling, and of the grand adventures that call to us to be a part of this magnificent world. Expansive dreaming is embracing our lives wholeheartedly; living is making our dreams come true.

When you go to sleep tonight, remember to dream expansively.

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream.
The oak sleeps in the acorn;
the bird waits in the egg;
and in the highest vision of the soul,
a waking angel stirs.
Dreams are the seedlings of realities.
Your circumstances may be uncongenial,
but they shall not long remain so
if you but perceive an Ideal and strive to
reach it.
You cannot travel within and stand still without…
He who cherishes a beautiful vision,
a lofty ideal in his heart,
will one day realize it.

—James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

Reflections:

1. When you were a kid growing up, what were some of your dreams about what you wanted to be and do?

2. Which dreams were most compelling? And what was it about each one that was so attractive to you?

3. When did you let go of childhood dreams and start being more practical, more like an adult? What was the impact?

4. What are your dreams for your life now? Are you living them? What is the impact?

I encourage you to share your responses to the reflection questions in the comments section.

With love and gratitude,
Kris King

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