July 2008

I’ve been forming this for a couple of months now, jotting it down piece by piece on scraps of paper, in my journal, in emails to friends. Little reminders for when I forgot or lost my way. Those tiny moments I couldn’t find the faith for myself or my dreams, or I didn’t know where to head on my path. I wanted to write this for myself, for what I needed to hear from myself. And now I want to share it with you, for all the artists, writers, photographers, mamas, healers creators, spiritual dreamers, poets, musicians & magic-makers who might need some affirmation, some praise, some loving words. We all go to that place of fear. What’s important is finding the feet & the path to travel to the next place.

10 Ways To Fly Beyond Creative Dream Frustrations & Fears
1. Let’s play a little game I like to call Poignant Perspective.
Inside you, there is a whole world of brilliance and beauty. Imagine the incredible inner terrain that is you: the great oceans of love, the mountains of achievements small and massive already made, the fields of wildflowers singing your name, the rose gardens dedicated to you in your honour.
This whole big amazing world inside you. Try not to focus all of your attention on the little overgrow lot that needs some tending to. Remember, there is a whole world of rainbow beauty inside you.

2. Write yourself an ancient love letter.
Imagine you have long, silky grey hair, whispy, in a braid. In your eyes, there sparkles a kind of wisdom, joy and compassion that can only be found after eighty years on this dear planet. Imagine this precious part of your self, remembering you as you were, smiling gently, sending you love back across the distance. Let this graceful, gorgeous Grand-Mother guide your hand, and write you a letter of all the things you need to know & remember.

3. Comparing is So Last Millenium Baby
Dearheart, you were born on one special moment, one incredible day, one amazing year. Nobody knows the breaths you have taken, all the steps of your journey you have taken since the first. Yes, you are the rarest mosaic of all – a rich & incandescent tapestry enwoven with all the love, lessons & life only you can know & share. Rare tapestries are not meant to be compared in a flea-market-of-the-soul dearheart, and neither are you.

4. Trust in the Universe
Baby, it’s got a big & beautiful plan for you so majestic & wide that you can’t even dream it right now. Trust. All will be well. You are loved. All will be well.

5. Expand your vision of reality
Those five words have been swimming about in my head for a while now, reminding me:
Expand.  E x p a n d .   E   x   p   a   n    d.
Expand your vision of what is possible. What is not true for you, is true for others, and it can be yours if you want it.
Sit in silence, and feel the parameters of your brain. Take a deep breath in, and widen the space your mind inhabits. Widen and expand until you know that what you desire is absolutely, unequivocally possible.
Inhabit a new world of Possibility.

6. Check-in at the Creative Dream Lost Baggage Counter
Use the moment of blah, of blankness, of silence to check-in with your creative dream. Is it exactly what you want? Is your current dream the truest expression of your gifts?
This is one my love reminds me of often. I’ll be telling him how frustrated I am and he’ll say simply: “Is this what you really want? Is this what you were born to do? If there was only one thing you could do with the rest of your life, what would it be?”

7. Whose thoughts are the most important?
Are you waiting for the outside world to approve of you or your dream?
Does it matter more what others think of you & your dreams, or is it you?
Meditate for 100 breaths.
See what you find inside.

8. A Plan For The Journey Forward
Do a business plan – but not just a business plan. A plan for your greatest soul’s desire. A map towards your truest heart’s expression & your dream lifestyle.
Plan it. Put it out there in the universe. And find out the path forward, seeing the trail on your newly defined map.

9. Time To Be Held
Hold your dog/cat/bird/animal/mama earth. Let them love you, and remind you of every single way you are perfect.

10. Everything You Need, You Have
Don’t take this list for gospel. Right your own. Your own divine, wise, brave wisdom is the Gospel for your life.
Inside you is an incredible Goddess, waiting to help you along your way. What does she want to say to you?
All the answers you need are already inside. Write your very own list of Creative Dream Flight. You are the best expert on you.
You are a Goddess. What do you want to say to the world?

All my love & support,
Leonie

(This will be also put on my Inspiration page for you to find anytime you need!)

One Little No in a Sea of Yeses

by Leonie Dawson on July 29, 2008

The past few days I’ve had this vague feeling that I was being followed. Followed by a little broken down wooden car named Bother. Dragging a quiet sack behind me filled with clumpy No’s and dishevelled Rejections.

It was like one spray of a No water gun had rocked my boat so much I forgot I was resting on a Sea of Yeses.

I would lay awake bargaining with the Universe, making my ultimatums. I fell upon a thought that maybe I wasn’t SUPPOSED to use my creative & spiritual gifts, because the Universe didn’t seem like it was helping me share them in the Big Huge Way I dream of sharing them with the World. And that thought just didn’t feel so good at all.

One night before going to sleep, I said to Chris:
“What would you think if I didn’t do any of my creative stuff anymore? Or spiritual stuff? What if I just did a fat ball of nothing?”
He shrugged, the way he does. He shrugs with knowing that life is simple and sweet if you just let it be.
“If you weren’t doing nothing, you’d be doing nothing. That’s fine. And then when you wanted to do something, you’d do something. It’s whatever you want to do honey.”

So I let it sit. Just to sit and see how it would bloom, shift, grow or leave.

Inspired moments come knocking on my door dressed in all kinds of costumes. Last night, it came in the form of a little book about Women Entrepreneurs. I was reading about a woman who started a goat cheese factory & farm in her 60s. Another woman who runs a cafe in an isolated town in the out-stretches of the Northern Territory. Another who decided she was a chef and ran with it until she had an international culinary school. And one of them said:

I got told No so many times. I got rejected so many times. Other people didn’t understand. Banks didn’t want to be involved. And at some point, the Nos can’t matter anymore. All that mattered what I said Yes inside. I believed who I was and I believed in my dream, and I went for it. No matter what anyone else said, or did, I had faith in me.

Reading that was one of those moments that gave me shivers and pulled me so far out of my tatter that I was on a new path.

I wanted to share this today, incase any of you need to hear it.

Don’t forget that for every No you hear, there is a sea of Yeses around you. That the most important part is to give the gift of a Yes to yourself.

You are precious, you are beauty, you are whole,
love, light & laughter
Leonie

Dream Bigger: Art print

by Leonie Dawson on July 29, 2008

If a dream seems too big to achieve ::
dream bigger.
So much is possible,
more than we can possibly know right now…

a wee little poster to remind us and inspire us :)

It seems kinda fitting after yesterday’s insight breakthrough.

Big big love & big big dreams,
Leonie