Living the Dream

January was a busy month for me: it takes a while to get an adventure support crew together, and it takes a while to devise a workable plan. I need to be able to train for the three physical challenges and rehearse for the musical theatre challenge – and do regular work on top of all that! I’ve also done lots of research for each adventure (more on what each adventure entails in another post 🙂 ) and taken some baseline measurements, so I can keep track of the kind of progress I’m making.

And it seems my preparations have not just been of a conscious nature. If you followed my 365 Days of Adventure project, you’ll know I’m a lucid dreamer and had some insightful dream adventures back in 2014. Well, let’s just say that my dreams seem to be aligning with my new adventure reality at world record speed! And let’s just say that the nature of a dream I had in early January is really significant. (In this case, I’m yet to discover if my conscious mind is catching up with my unconscious mind – and the dream is just letting me know the catch-up is complete. Or might it be that my unconscious mind is just giving the big thumbs up to my adventure plans? I’ll keep you posted as and when I discover more …).

So, to the dream in question! For the last 35 years, I’ve had a recurring dream. In the dream, I’m crouched in starting blocks on an athletics track (yes, I know!). I can see the track. I can see my feet and my hands. I’m unaware of other runners. The gun goes off and I push hard with my legs. I can feel an incredible force going through my body, but I  have real difficulty in getting out of the blocks and moving forward. Even when I get out of the blocks (which I sometimes manage), the sense of inertia is overwhelming. I push and I push, my lungs are bursting, but I never get to the upright position. The feeling that goes with the dream is a kind of fear: it feels like my life depends on getting out of the blocks. I also feel a heavy weight pushing down on me and pulling me back. There’s a sense that I could be crushed if I don’t move, and I feel winded.

Before I had this dream (from being a small child into my late teens), I had another recurring dream with the same feeling tone (fear) and a similar theme (feeling like my life depended on running but having the experience of overwhelming inertia and not being able to ‘escape’). In my childhood dream I’m in Ancient Egypt. Everything is dark but the buildings are orange and there’s sand flying everywhere. There are chariots racing through the place I’m in. I’m tiny and I risk getting caught up in the wheels of the chariots. I know I need to run, but I have the same ‘starter block’ experience. I’m trying really hard, but I can’t get any traction – and I can’t get into the upright position. I feel winded.

In the first week of January the starting block dream arrived. It’s arrival was no surprise: it’s a regular visitor! However, something strange happened. This time, the gun went off and there was no inertia. For the first time in 35 years of this dream (and a lifetime of this dream theme), there was nothing holding me back. There was no fear. I pushed hard against the blocks and flew straight out of them. I felt strong. My body was alive to the moment. There was an enormous sense of forward propulsion.

The dream had such an impact on me that I woke straight up! I don’t know what happens next in this dream because it’s not revisited me … yet. Part of me doesn’t think it’ll make a return. That’s because part of me thinks I’ve ‘got the message’ and I’m living out something that’s really important to me. What that ‘something’ is, I’m yet to fully understand. I will keep you posted, of course – and I’ll let you know if and when the dream returns.

In the meantime, I’m just going outside and may be some time.

JT 🙂

Adventure 234 ~ Write To Joan Aiken’s Daughter

I’ve been trying to remember Joan Aiken’s name for about 3 months, and last night I sat up in bed and exclaimed it out loud!

The reason I was so keen to remember it is that Joan wrote a book that I loved in the 1970s : it was a book of Eastern European folk-tales. The book was beautifully written and wonderfully illustrated, and I was trying to explain to an artist friend of mine the kind of feel I wanted to create in a book I was thinking about writing. I wanted to use Joan’s book as an example, but the author, illustrator and title eluded me (until last night!)

This morning, I Googled Joan and found that, although she died in 2004, her daughter, Lizza, has created a website in her memory, celebrating her life, her work and her illustrators. I was able to find the book from my childhood (and the illustrator) with ease.

The book was called “The Kingdom Under The Sea And Other Stories” and the illustrator was none other than Jan Pieńkowski . I’d call it a magic book : I don’t know where it came from, I’m not exactly sure when I got it, and I don’t know where it went. All I know is, it left a footprint that has remained after all these years.

For today’s adventure, I emailed Lizza to let her know how I had loved her mother’s book and how that book has remained with me for such a long time.

(Oh – and when I fell back to sleep , I had a dream-and-a-half! … You can hear all about it in today’s video-blog 🙂 ).

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventures 55 – 57 ~ Dreams And The Sweet Smell Of Success

I’ve been away with work over the last couple of days, so here is a consolidated post which includes the adventures from the 24th – 26th February 2014.

In Adventure 55 ~ Dream Diary Day 6 ,  I learn that sometimes you have to go to sleep in order to learn how to wake up and be fully present!

In Adventure 56 ~ Dream Diary Day 7 , I get to see how I process day-time events :

In Adventure 57 ~ The Most Expensive Perfume , I pluck up the courage to ask the assistant in Duty Free (I normally avoid the assistants like the plague and really don’t enjoy being “sold to”) whether I can try the most expensive perfume in the shop. Here’s what happened (and, for the record, it was a little too musky for me and I didn’t think it was worth the price!)

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 54 ~ Dream Diary Day 5

Today you can see how seriously my dream-makers take my work! I’ll be off the radar until Thursday and I’ll update you with all my adventures then 🙂 . Looks like I’m headed for a period of growth and transformation!

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 53 ~ Dream Diary Day 4

Watch what happens when I set the intention to explore some of my regular dreamscapes! (You can learn how to use this technique for yourself here .)

I am just going outside and may be some time 🙂 .

JT

Adventure 52 ~ Dream Diary Day 3

It seems that when your dream-makers know that you’re listening, they really get weaving! Watch what happens as the communication channel between me and my “dream team” opens right up 🙂 .

I am just going outside (or inside, in this case 😛 ) and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 51 ~ Dream Diary Day 2

Today I hit the “I- can’t- remember- any- of- my- dreams” wall and discover a very interesting solution! (Oh – and the trainers I mention in the “key elements of the dream” section are grey : that’s important to know!)

If you want to know more about the process I am using to interpret my dreams, you can find everything you need here .

Lighthouse I am just going outside and may be some time 🙂 .

JT

Adventure 50 ~ Dream Interpretation

DMT finalToday I’m starting a 7-day dream diary. Based on the Dreamind Triangle process in a book called Dreaming Realities , I’m going to interpret my own dreams, look for repeating patterns and (if I’m brave enough!) take some aligned action.

According to the authors, John Overdurf and Julie Silverthorn, using such a process will help to create alignment between my higher conscious mind (the part of me that pretty much knows everything), my unconscious mind and my conscious mind. This dream interpretation system is predicated on the following process : my higher conscious mind has a message for me ; it sends that message to me via my unconscious mind ; my unconscous mind encodes the message (it provides the stage, the content and the symbols of a dream) ; my conscious mind then tries to decode the message. The process I am about to follow over the next 7 days will help me to decode the messages that my higher conscious mind is sending to me. (Sounds cool, right?)

Here’s my diary entry for Day 1. I’ll be referring to the triangle diagram at the beginning of this post to help you to understand the process ~ just click on the image to enlarge it 🙂 . Please feel free to join in with this adventure and share your experiences by posting a comment!

I am just going outside and may be some time 🙂 .

JT