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As I start to allow myself to dream, I find I’m flailing.  My subconscious feels like it’s falling and jerks awake.  I’m hunting through my books, looking for a guide.  Julia Cameron in The Artist’s Way seems appropriate.

Most of us never consider how powerful the creator really is.  Instead, we draw very limited amounts of the power available to us.  We decide how powerful God is for us.  We unconsciously set a limit on how much God can give us or help us.  We are stingy with ourselves.  And if we receive a gift beyond our imagining, we often send it back.

God has lots of money.  God has lots of movie ideas, novel ideas, poems, songs, paintings, acting jobs.  God has a supply of loves, friends, houses that are all available to us.  By listening to the creator within, we are led to our right path.  On that path, we find friends, lovers, money, and meaningful work.  Very often, when we cannot seem to find an adequate supply, it is because we are insisting on a particular human source of supply.  We must learn to let the flow manifest itself where it will—not where we will it.

In this chapter about possibility, which seems apt for dreaming, she suggests an exercise that appeals to me.

Starting an Image File: If I had either faith or money I would try… List five desires.  For the next week, be alert for images of these desires.  When you spot them, clip then, buy them, photograph them, draw them, collect them somehow.  With these images, begin a file of dreams that speak to you.  Add to it continuously.

So, if I had faith or money I would:

  1. Spend a month in the desert around Tucson
  2. Get a new Toyota Rav4
  3. Make art/write every day
  4. Get a masters degree in psychology
  5. Sign up for Teesha Moore’s art camp in Washington.

I’ll watch for these desires to pop up in images and build my file.  Then, I’ll make something with the images and post it here.  This is a commitment to dreaming.

There’s a list I cut out of a magazine somewhere, sometime, that I keep on my studio table.  It dovetails with dreaming.

Why Make Art (or Write)

• To give form to an idea

• To create something unique

• To give a smile to myself and others; to amuse and mystify

• To answer the question: Who am I?

• To challenge myself and continue to evolve

• To have a focus for all my life experiences and observations

• To create a sense of balance, harmony and order in a chaotic world

• To reveal things that couldn’t be seen in any other way

• To be good to (and honor) my gift.

Dreaming feeds creativity.  The juice and succulence of possibility waters the soil of the soul.  The art rising from such soil must carry a more colorful promise into the sunlight, stand on sturdier stems, bear richer fruit.  I will practice dreaming, even though it frightens me.  I will practice dreaming for the sake of my art and the life of my soul.


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