What do you most want from life?
It’s a question many of us ask often because we want to find meaning, feel connected, experience joy and live on purpose – and we want to know how to do that.
So we mull the question over in our minds, “what do I most want from life?”
We contemplate our visions for a brighter future.
Sift through our memories looking for stepping stones that might lead us further along our journeys.
(Occasionally we try to figure out how to make money doing what we love.)
And sometimes we find insight, direction and enough courage to leap.
But other times the question leads to anxiety and frustration as we grapple with finding “the” soul purpose we were destined to fulfill.
Maybe you can relate.
The difficulty is that there isn’t one thing any of us are meant to do, but rather a theme that fits us best. And within that theme we have great freedom to invent, create, and pursue whatever we like.
So how do you know what that theme is?
And how do you know how to navigate that realm?
Use Your Dreams as an Inner Compass
Dreams guide us in mysterious, yet powerful ways. They even give us clues to help us grow more fully aligned with what some might call a soul’s purpose or life calling. I call it lifework, which is the sum total of everything we do and are in life.
There are three types of dreams that are part of the Inner Compass as it relates to lifework. In truth, it’s a bit of an arbitrary division. These three categories can overlap, but in order to understand their various components, I’ve defined them as three separate types of dreams.
Lifework Theme Dreams
Life calling or lifework dreams are relatively unique to the dreamer. They aren’t typical “I’m being chased” or “I can’t find my car” dreams. Sometimes they carry a mythical element with a dash of magic and intrigue.
They also shed light on what we are called to create as well as what will help us feel joy and fulfillment.
To give you an example from my own life, I often dream about drumming. Here are some of the drum themes I’ve dreamed about:
- leading shamanic drum circles
- teaching shamanic drumming
- being a shamanic drumming student
- participating or witnessing ceremonies that entail drumming
- discussing the role of drums in various ancient indigenous traditions, including Nordic and Japanese
Do you have dreams about drums? Probably not, unless you’re a drummer like I am. Not only drumming it in my bones, but when I drum I feel most connected to the Source of who I am.
But here’s the thing: I had these dreams before I started taking my role as drummer seriously.
In fact, I’ve often dismissed this “calling” because it resembles American Indian spirituality and I’m not a big fan of spiritual and cultural appropriation.
Fortunately, my dreams and research have shown me that drumming is in my ancestry and as much a part of my indigenous past as it is of others.
Question: What dream themes do you have that might be lifework themes?
Lifework Direction Dreams
Direction dreams help us navigate our unique terrain. They use symbols and mythic creatures that resonate with us on a personal level. They may include your ancestors, your spirit guides, or animals that are sacred to you. The following example was a dream I had years ago. It helped me quit my job and generate $40,000 in a matter of months!
I’m a bookkeeper, but instead of tending people’s finances, I tend their gardens.
One day, a loving male presence and I review the books. I discover that simply by helping people I’ve earned $1,000,000. I double check to make sure I’m correct, but not only have I earned a fortune myself, I’ve helped all of my clients earn $1,000,000. I can’t believe how easy it is to be both spiritually and financially wealthy!
This dream was a major turning point for me. At the time I was employed, but in a job that was completely dissatisfying. I used this dream as inspiration to create Grow Your Lifework. A year later I quit my job. My first 12-month program sold out in a couple days.
I could give you countless examples of how Lifework Theme and Lifework Direction dreams can help us grow lifework we love. But instead I’d like to know what YOU dream about.
Question: How have your dreams guided you in making choices, especially regarding your lifework?
Common Themes in Dreams
Most people have these dreams. They aren’t unique. They involve scenarios like “I can’t find my car” and “I have to pee but can’t find a place to go.”
Despite their ubiquity, it doesn’t mean they can’t help you grow your lifework. For instance, another common theme has to do with trains. These dreams can help you discover if you’re “on-track”, “off-track” or need more “training.”
Common themes are useful because they can help us align with our truer self, but they are not usually clues about the flavor of our lifework theme.
Instead, they can tell us when we are running away from something related to our life calling. Or when we may need to shift how we navigate our lifework.
Question: What common themes do you dream about?
How might they be messages about how you are growing your lifework?
If you want to learn more about how to use dreams to grow your lifework, click here to check out The Lifework Compass.
It’s my newest program and it integrates holistic dream exploration with mastermind techniques (group brainstorming to find direction, accountability, and big growth).
It may not be for everyone, but for the right person it will be fun, challenging and invigorating! And, it will help you get fully aligned with your soul work.
Check it out: The Lifework Compass