I awoke this morning with the image of the wicked witch from the Wizard of Oz crying, “I’m melting,” as she dissolved into a puddle. “I’m melting” I said, and immediately the image changed from the wicked witch to an image of a thick coating falling away from my heart.
In another dream I had recently, I was kayaking down a river and the passageway was blocked so I had to backtrack a bit and find another way. Find another way was the phrase in my head when I woke up.
Dreams have a way of letting me know what is happening interiorly and offering direction and guidance.
Is my heart more open? Am I seeking other ways? My dreams seem to be saying yes.
It can be difficult to move away from old ways, though. Old habits and familiar patterns can easily drag me right back to unhealthy ways of thinking and relating. Fears can creep back in, no matter how many times I shoo them away.
But my dreams hold out a promise of something different, the promise of moving beyond my fears into freedom.
Three things I can do to respond to the invitations of my dreams:
Live in gratitude. Fear and gratitude are mutually exclusive for me. Gratitude leads to a greater awareness of abundance, whereas fear is about scarcity. There is no room for fear when I am conscious of all that I have—and grateful for all that I have.
Live in trust. Trust shatters fear. Trust is about hope and receptivity. A trusting heart is an open heart.
Let go of negativity. Freedom comes from letting go of old hurts and negative messages. Only by letting go of the past can I be open to the promise of the future.
Looking ahead to the New Year, I want to be more open to another way, living in greater freedom and loving with an unguarded heart.