Have you ever dozed off into a daydream that you didn't want to come out of? Some place that feels like it could be real, but also seems too good to be true? There is something mystical about a daydream. If your mind can wander that far, and if you can truly envision yourself in an environment that makes you sparkle, what's stopping you from chasing that? So many of us think that certain things in this world are simply not possible... but why?
Every successful dream story starts with a vision. Before you can work toward achieving something, you have to allow your mind to play with the idea that things could be different. I think a lot of us stop right there, because we allow our fears and insecurities to get in the way of our minds being fully open to all of the possibilities in life. Which, by the way, are infinite.
The simple act of playing within your mind will help you see the world differently. If you feel your life is routine, and you know it could be better, but you have no idea which way to go, I encourage you to spend some time in a dream state. I find daydreaming to be a powerful form of meditation because for a moment in time, you are removed from your reality. You'll begin to notice the parts of your life that need to change and eventually your mind will begin to wonder into 'how can I make this happen?'
The dreamcatchers I made for What the Festival began with a daydream. Three years ago I attended this festival for the first time and I will never forget laying in the forest surrounded by the most beautiful dreamcatchers I had ever seen. For me, this was no ordinary moment. I found myself here after a major health scare and near death experience, so to be alive and surrounded by such beauty was a mystical experience. I was filled with gratitude for life, and I knew that the way I had been living mine had to change. So as I gazed up at the trees and the dreamcatchers above me, I allowed my mind to wander into new territory. All I really saw at the time was a vision of myself standing on the side of a road, looking over a field of sunflowers with sunshine beaming down on my face. In my vision I was free, and that was enough.
Now here I am, the creator of the dreamcatchers that started it all. I designed these dreamcatchers around the four elements: water, fire, earth and air. Each of us has a zodiac sign that represents the world within us and we can relate to one another through these elements. Find my installation at festivals around the Pacific Northwest and enjoy a yoga or meditation practice beneath them. You will find a certain sense of peace, calm, and tranquility that you have not experienced before.
Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Being a water sign myself (Cancer), this element really speaks to me. As water signs, sensitivity to our surroundings helps strengthen our intuition, because we are often observing the world through our emotions. Emotions are the driving force behind an intimate relationship with ourselves and our source. Like a river, our emotions flow with the currents of life, and we feel things more deeply than others. If we dissect our feelings and turn them into questions of why something makes us feel a certain way, we begin asking for guidance. This is where your intuition begins to build. So to all my water signs, I encourage you to daydream of inner strength and power that runs through your deep, inner core. When you can access your spiritual core strength, you can begin to control your emotions and allow them to teach you lessons, rather than dictate your actions.
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
I am naturally drawn to fire signs. They are full of energy and glow with courage and creativity. Their strength and spontaneity always makes me feel empowered, like anything is possible. Fire signs yearn to freely express themselves and can access their inner child more easily than others. Like fire, they burn very bright. You can see the light that is within beam through their eyes, and their passion for life is contagous. They are bold, brave, and fearless, which is why they often act on intuitive impulses. Unlike water, fire signs are inherently intuitive on an instinctual level, rather than through emotional observation. Their impulses may seem rash and unpredictable, but their decisions often work out in their favor. As a fire sign, you are likely driven by self-sufficiency. Therefore I encourage you, fire, to daydream of cohesiveness and unity. This will help broaden your understanding of the Universal Law 'All is One', which will advance your self-awareness and spiritual growth.
Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Earth signs are grounded, practical, and dependable. They are the element that keeps the rest of us grounded and reminds us to be present truly in our experience here on Earth. They are often the most sensual people, carefully observing the world through sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound. This detailed appreciation for the simple things helps bring a sense of peace and calm to their surroundings. When an Earth sign is present, you are naturally reminded to slow down and breathe. Earth signs have a desire to build and create, which is what this gift of life is all about. This fundamental quality sets the foundation for change, but real change comes from looking past the material and into the mystical. I challenge Earth signs to daydream about the possibilities that surpass the material experiences we have here on Earth, and to expand your mind into the unknown. It is okay to lift your feet off the ground and trust that you will be taken care of, and that your inspired ideas will be supported.
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Ah, where would we be without air. Air signs are the breathe of the Earth. They live in the clouds, where life is optimistic and dreamy. Anything is possible to an air sign. They are intellectual and communicative, and much like the wind, can push a breeze of ideas past you at any time. They genuinely want to make the world a better place and can easily step into the shoes of another. This quality makes them easy to relate to, and their presence help others feel liberated and free. Air signs are idealists that can accomplish anything they set their mind to, but they often keep their ideas in the clouds where they can't be touched. So, I encourage air signs to allow their daydreaming to settle into reality be focusing on breath, mindfulness, and present moment awareness. This will help bring your feet on the ground and allow for the full experience of life on this planet.
Each element has unique qualities and they all play an important roll on Earth. We are all individuals, but we share the same divinity that brought these elements into our sphere. By harnessing our inner earth, air, fire, and water, we can become more in tune with the desires and needs of Planet Earth and Mother Nature. The closer we come to understanding our divine nature, the more rich and fulfilling our lives will become. Don't stop dreaming.
Comment below if you've had a chance to experience this piece at a festival, I would love to hear about it!