Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I Squeeze Out Dreams Like Threads of Light

I have been gestating.

My last blog post, which was my New Year's post, really got under my skin. I began to think about my own dreams. And what I would like to bring more fully to birth in the world. And so I went deep inside and visited my dreamscape. I found so many things there, but mainly I found that a dream I began to dream three years ago was still scratching at the walls of my consciousness, trying to get my attention.

There were a few fears I had to overcome to begin to bring this dream to birth. And so I spent some time with those fears and decided that I needed to take things one step at a time.

First, I had to get really clear about my dream. I saw the poetry collection I've been working on for the last three years as a book in my hands and I saw the workshop that emerged out of writing the poetry being offered in beautiful places to as wide an audience as possible.

A book and a widely-shared workshop. It felt like a huge undertaking.

One day, one of my writing mentors sent me a link to a publisher and suggested I send my manuscript to them. It is a small, independent literary publisher. They don't publish many books in a year, but the quality of what they offer is amazing. When submitting to their open submissions process, an editor reviews and critiques your work. It took a lot of courage for me to submit. It was my first experience submitting a manuscript and I think if I'd done more independent research on this publisher I might have been too intimidated to have submitted my work. But I trusted this writing teacher and submitted the manuscript.

They did not publish my work, but the feedback I received was truly valuable. It was worth every moment spent writing, editing, curating, and waiting.

Among the comments were, "The speaker's one that requires the reader to trust the poet. And we do. Your voice is clear and strong, speaking often without artifice or guile."

And, "I was struck by the cadence of the words, the rhythm holding the poems together. It is at times subtle, but the music is there...When the cadence and metaphor worked together, as in 'Unbound,' I'm willing to take leaps with you, the poet."  

I was given some excellent criticism about ways to improve the collection, trimming it to "cast into sharp relief your subject." This, and other comments, feels something like a treasure map as I continue to work with the manuscript.

The dream began to shape itself into a goal and the goal into objectives. I am almost ready to launch my project - a book and a widely-shared workshop. There have been many steps in between, and so this gestation has been both deep, inner work and exhausting, exhilarating outer action. 

I turned my dream into a goal and my goal is now taking form.

I've been thinking about the steps I outlined in my New Year's post, and one of them emerges as the most powerful ~

Get comfortable with the "you" you need to be in order to live this dream.   

For me, this has been some of the hardest work these many months. It has required me to unearth some old stories that I've needed to heal and transform in order to see myself alive and present in the dream, and to make it happen.

I am passionate about the healing power of story. About unearthing our stories like archaeologists painstakingly working a tel and the anthropologists who work with them to study the artifacts and create meaning around them.

And so, Anthropology for the Soul: Unearthing Story for Healing, Growth, and Transformation, the workshop, has emerged out of my work and expresses a process to help reveal what is emerging and expressing itself through one's life stories. This empowering work helps people to heal and transform, unleashing their creative genius. 

The kind of genius that has enabled the birth of Claws of Uthurunku, the poetry collection that emerged as I unearthed my own story, a healing story. Very shortly, I am hoping to post a photo of me, holding the book in my hands. For now, I hold a manuscript in my hands and a dream is coming into manifest form.

“There you are”
He points to one s
Boundary of Light
I squeeze out dreams
Like threads of light
From, "Into the Dreamtime"
(c) 2014 K.C.Knodel


Friday, January 31, 2014

Turn Your Dream into Your Goal

I was just curious...
If there was something else...
Sometimes just naming it
Helps you to be able to let it go
And open to what is to come 

It's such a simple idea - turn your dream into your goal.  But how many of us actually do this?  Don't we usually relegate dreams to the realm of fantasy and soldier through with something more realistic?  As I've been thinking about the Lunar New Year, I've been thinking about dreams.  The things we long for. What we'd do if there were no limits. The things we don't usually think we can achieve and so they sit somewhere in our consciousness and become something we turn to when what we actually are manifesting is disappointing. 
But what might happen if we take our dreams and turn them into goals?  Well, our dreams are likely to come true.  I think about Gabby Douglas, the U.S. Olympian, to whom this quote is usually attributed. I don't know if she came up with this herself or if she is quoting someone else.  It doesn't really matter. What does matter is that this young woman embraced this whole-heartedly and, in doing so, won gold medals in both the individual all-around and team competitions in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
What do you dream?  A new moon is a great time to get clear around this and begin to plant the seeds that will enable you to manifest your dream.  Plant them now.  Turn your dream into your goal. Write it down and post it where you can see it every day.  Begin to live as if it is already your reality.  Get comfortable with the "you" you need to be in order to live this dream.  Start to jot down some action steps that you can take that will bring you closer. 
At the first quarter moon, select one action step and do it.  Each step you take brings you closer. 
At the full moon, notice what is manifesting as a result of taking a step closer to your goal.
At the third quarter moon, spend some time reflecting on how far you have come, who you have become, and what might be a good next step.  At the next new moon, plant the seeds that will enable you to move farther along in the process and continue to take the steps that will allow you to move closer and closer to living your dream. 
This process can be used with small and large life goals.  There are no limits except for those we place on ourselves.  These usually come in the form of limiting beliefs that rob us of our confidence and hold us back. Turn the limiting beliefs around and notice how you have transformed as your thinking begins to change.  Don't put pressure on yourself. Hold all of this lightly and take small steps that build on each other.  What had once been nebulous will begin to take form.