It has been nearly a year since I finished my graduate degree. Time flies when you are working hard at what you love. Although my career as a mental health professional is designed to assist others in transforming their own lives, I have found that being present with others who are manifesting major change makes for some pretty awesome inspiration for my own best living.
This past year, Jamie Ridler’s Wishcasting series has played a major force in my personal development. What a simple thing, a wish…and yet so powerful.
What do you wish to FOCUS on?
Over a decade ago…or was it two, I found myself privy to a secret yearning which whispered its intentions to me in the quiet of self-reflection.
…to create a sacred space (a relationship) in which others might access their own creativity for the purpose of healing and living their best lives….
This has been the wind in my sails. It has molded my personality, guided independent and programed studies, and permeated my career in arts education and massage therapy.
Every once in awhile, I go to that place of self-reflection to make sure I am running true to myself. It is amazing how many different ways my life mission can be interpreted. I find that I can very easily take detours that I didn’t intend.
So as I contemplate…What is it you want to FOCUS on?…. I realize it is time to do a bit of DreamCatching. When I first began working as an independently contracted arts educator, I discovered that I could accomplish much more than I thought I could if I allowed myself to dream on what I desired. I would give my dream a corporal life by expressing it in someway….collaged dream seeds, creative calendars, career maps, or invented brochures and class fliers. Eventually I found that by creating a space in reality for these representations of my career hopes, I could begin a path to achieving what once was only an inkling in my mind. I called my project DreamCatching because I felt as if I could direct the ebb and flow of my career by casting out a web to catch my dreams in. This process has been very powerful.
This call…right now….to DreamCatch is not surprising. My career for the last 15 years has closely followed the school calendar. As May drew close, I would begin forecasting my dreams out for the next six months and the six months after that. As the time got further out, the details were less, but the intention was set in hopes of guiding the opportunities I craved.
May is just around the corner, and I can feel that familiar itch. What waits for me six months into the future? Where will I be NEXT year at this time? Those original dreams whispered from a place of pure hope…a place that existed without the luxury of experience or guarantee. But today, the whispers have grown into a HOWL and the hope is shored up by grand spikes of accomplishment which has been quarried in six month increments over the last couple of decades.
It is time to get focused again. Time to look inside and bring what I find there to light. Time to take that broad, expansive intention and concentrate it into its newest incarnation. It is time again to focus on the dream and see what I might catch in the process.
- I am Grateful (becomingyogini.wordpress.com)