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We Do Not Outgrow Our Dreams

Most blocked creatives have an active addiction to anxiety. They play the game of “What if...” What if I commit creativity and it is ill-received? Note that this thinking indulges only in negative fantasy. It does not fantasize, “What if I commit creativity and it is well-received?”

“I’ll look like a fool,” the beginning artist fears. Ashamed before they begin, blocked creatives do not realize that the dream they are trying to turn away from will continue to haunt them.

Many of us harbor a youthful dream that we bury and tell ourselves we have outgrown. But we do not really outgrow our dreams, and when we work with Morning Pages, we often find our dreams come rushing back. The good news is that, with our dreams, also often comes the power to accomplish them.

Sometimes our dreams seem so far out of reach that we discount them before we begin. But if we are willing to look for supportive mentors and able to recognize them when we meet them, we will move ahead. We just have to find the courage to speak up and ask for help.

“It doesn’t matter how we speak up,” my friend Jean says. “We just have to do it. We might be scared to ask for help, but we just have to get the words out somehow. It doesn’t matter how. It certainly doesn’t have to be perfect.”

What dream is knocking at your consciousness, asking to be considered? Is there a safe person in your life who might be able to be supportive of this dream?

from It's Never Too Late to Begin Again

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3 Comments on "We Do Not Outgrow Our Dreams"

  1. Someone asked Georgia O’Keefe for her advice to young artists and she said to take care of your health.
    When I first heard that I was in my 20’s with low energy and artistic dreams.
    I am now 63, caretaker for my 21 year old autistic daughter who has many challenges and few people who really care about her because of her behavioural issues and I am, also, caretaker for my 88 year old mother who is in early days of dementia, a lovely woman who is troubled and, sadly, angry about her situation. I have no degrees that can get me a well paying job, but have produced a tiny bit of unpublished writing, some wall art and sculpture back in the 70’s and eighties, and photography before it all went digital. My spousal support ends in February 2017 and if I apply for social security in 7 years, I will get merely $700 a month!
    So, I am stuck with all these responsibilities, two people I love who have anger and behavioural issues, low energy just like I’ve always had, challenging arthritis,and need to use my creative skills to support us all at 63 years of age. To top it off, I do not have a network here because I moved here to live with and care for my mother, and nearly no time at all to do anything but care for her.
    I have been doing morning pages for several years, and even though they are helping me feel more confident about my creative self, I have the financial situation looming over me and need a direction to head in. Is copywriting something I can do? Should I use the little scroll saw to make little wall plaques to sell at fairs? How can I do the second idea with my time constraints? I still have to provide many hours of care daily to someone who has no money to hire a caretaker, nor long term care insurance to help pay.
    I am not writing this comment with the assumption anyone can actually help me, but this is a form of reaching out for help that is here right now. Thank you for the opportunity to “speak up and ask for help”.

  2. larry nelson says:

    I read your comment. I know answers come .And they come by first articulating them and then allowing the mystery of both our deep minds and the universe around us to bring us the answers……I hope this is what happens to you.

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