Love the Dream You’re Given
People often come to me, having compared themselves unfavourably to others, and say, “My dreams are not magical, they are not like others dreams full of mystery and mythic images.” But what I’ve learned again and again, is that we must love the dream we’re given. We must cradle it and trust that it contains the first step. The step from here to where we want to be is always to welcome it, to be curious about it, even (and especially) when it contains painful or threatening imagery. When you drop your judgement against the not-beauty of your dream, it is allowed under the roof of your belonging. And so often it becomes beautiful there, unexpectedly, in the nurturing glow of your attention.
This is true of our lives as well. As the poet David Whyte puts it, “Start close in, don't take the second step or the third, start with the first thing close in, the step you don't want to take.” The step we often don’t want to take is towards that which pains us, what makes us ill, what keeps us confined. But if we can find a way to love the dream we’re given, it often opens its concealed beauty and puts us on the way to love.
May this find you bravely taking that first, awkward, exciting, uncomfortable, close-in step.
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