Progress Rather than PerfectionPosted March 2, 2017
On Monday evening at our Lucid Dreaming workshop, we used a meditation technique to explore a dream that we were questioning and the dream symbolism within it. During this exercise, everyone received the dream message that they needed. Including me!
In my case, I’ve been fussing over the busyness of starting at the Guelph Wellness House, plus writing the book chapter on Energy Medicine. My waking life and dream world started falling back into old patterns of stress and anxiety. My normal grounding, breathing, yoga and meditation practices were helping to curb some of the patterns. Yet, my dream state was chaotic and I would wake up feeling unsettled. With our dream meditation, I was able to uncover that part of my angst was due to the uncertainty about how to distill the key elements of energy medicine down to twenty pages. I enjoy writing yet have found that most of my writing for publication ends up taking years and amounts to volumes. This has been my experience from my seven-year 464 page Ph.D. thesis, my 231 page M.Sc. thesis and 72 page undergraduate thesis. At these times, I was trying to produce perfect documents, leave no unanswered questions, and please those around me. I have since learned that being a perfectionist is sometimes classified as a form of addiction.
My blogs have been relatively easy to write because they are topics that I am passionate about, plus I provide my own deadlines and framework. For the first time in years, I am back to writing for someone else. By following the dream symbolism and message, I am understanding that this article for the textbook is the first of many and doesn’t need to be perfect. Information is always changing and expanding. I am not expected to have access to every relevant reference. In this book chapter, I will capture what is happening now with the knowledge that it will change later.
Since this understanding has come into my awareness, I am able to put more words to paper and feel good about my progress. Is there something blocking your path forward? If so, spend some time exploring what your subconscious is trying to tell you. Or give me a call, as facilitating conversations with our subconscious and the collective consciousness is a journey that I love.