See the Dream to Seize it: Week 8 in Sow the Seeds & Seize the Dream Free Creative Course #MondayMotivation #SeizetheDream

Your vision is your ability to see clearly . . . while your dream is what you are focusing your clarity upon.

Hello Creatives and welcome to Week 8 of Sow the Seeds & Seize the Dream 12-Week Creative Course.

This week’s module is designed to help you see the Dream that you are on the journey to make a reality.

You might be thinking, ‘hey, what is the difference between seeing my dream and capturing my vision?’. Here is the simple answer.

Your vision is your ability to see clearly the direction you want to go while your dream is what you are focusing your clarity upon.

In Module 4, we asked ourselves the questions that led us to clearer vision; why are we on this creative journey aiming for this creative goal. We created our “Vision Affirmations.”

In Module 5, we took things a step further by bringing focus to the direction we are headed. We looked up artists or writers, designers or athletes (whatever your creative goal dictated) and we made our “Creative Statement,” which is the voice or sound we what to share with others through our creativity.  (Stay tuned for my Creative Statment and the Artist that inspire me in a later article.)

Continuing with those you admire: “CREATIVE STATEMENT GUIDE”

  • Select 3 to 7 artist, writers, or people within the creative field you admire.
  • Describe the feeling that their work evokes in you.
  • Taking the list of descriptions, compile one, solid, creative statement.
  • Using this “Creative Statement,” Select one piece (be it a recipe, architectural rendering, short story, painting) that you think best embodies the statement you’ve created.

In Module 6, we took stock of what we had on hand and compiled our creative arsenal.

Now, if you haven’t created your “Creative Statement,” or found the piece that best embodies that, no worries. There is still time. Remember, to work this journey at the pace that is best suited for you. But do hold yourself accountable so you don’t lose momentum.

Also, if you find that there isn’t one piece of work that captures the statement you’ve complied, no worries there either. You can always create your own!

WHAT IS IT TO DREAM?

Dream: A dream is compiled of images, a state of mind, and a cherished ideal or aspiration.

In this creative course, vision is the lens and to dream is the beginning action.

ALLOW YOURSELF TO DREAM

Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. ~Habakkuk 2:2-3

Dreaming requires concentrated thought. It requires you to take the time and allow your ‘vision’ to be seen in a way that is specific, so much so that you can repeat the dream over and over again.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his famous speech, said: “I have a dream.” What I believe about that statement is that he took the time to be specific about his dream, and then he took the time to meditate upon it over and over again. By so doing, he was able to bring that dream to pass.

The Prophet Habakkuk had been given a dream and with that dream, he was instructed to write it down.

We, too, have to take the ideal image that we have for our goal, meditate on it often, and by all means, write it down!

CREATIVE FAITH IN ACTION

  • Look at your Creative Statement from Module 4. Begin to see in your mind (Dream) the ideal expression of what that would. Example: Are you seeing a series of romantic novellas? Are you seeing a series of paintings? Whatever it is, allow that dream to grow and do not hinder it.
  • Now, whatever you are seeing, WRITE IT DOWN! (Especially if you are feeling timid about what you are dreaming up, you must write it down so that you don’t psych yourself out about it.)
  • Create a Vision Board if writing is not what you need to do, or do both.
  • Continue to study the Creatives that inspired your “Creative Statement”. Refine things as the need arrives. The more you dream that more clarity you will have.

SCRIPTURE FOCUS

ADDITIONAL READING

COMMUNITY QUESTIONS

  • What does it mean to dream to you?
  • Are there any dreams that you’ve had in the past that you’ve given up on? Why?
  • What do you think God has to say about your dream(s)? Why do you feel that way?
  • What advice about taking hold of your dream would you give to a friend or your younger self?

Please share your wisdom and advice in the comments below.

FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THIS 12 WEEK JOURNEY, SEE Gearing Up to Prepare for Your Creative Success: Seeds We Sow

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

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When You Reach the Edge: A Quote By Patrick Overton

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“When you have come to the edge of all Light that you know, and are about to drop off into the darkness of the unknown, Faith is knowing one of two things: There will be something to stand on or you will be taught to fly.” ~ Patrick Overton

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Dreaming: A Quote…by Me

“Dreaming is not wasting time, its peeking into your future ahead of time.”

In all truth, even though I polished up the words to make them into a quote, they are actually the result of a conversation I was having with Messiah Yeshua 1428428874jlttb(Jesus).

I have said it a bazillion times, that I am a stickler for time. I like to make the best use of every second of every day…its akin to squeezing blood from a turnip the way I can be when it comes to time management.

This is not always a good thing, although I still stand on the fact that being wasteful of time is not good either. Once before, several years ago, also while having a conversation with God, the topic then being money, He asked me,

“What happens to a fist full of sand when you squeeze it as tightly as you can?”

My response, “The tighter you squeeze the faster it seems to slip away from you.”

His response, “That is exactly what happens when you squeeze your money.”

He wasn’t saying be a spend thrift, but He was saying enjoy the fruits of your labor. Trust in His provision.

So today, as I sat on Pinterest, pinning rooms to a board that I have set aside for my future home, I said to Him, “Gosh, I have just wasted a lot of time.”

Yeshua asked, “What are you doing?”

I said, “Dreaming.”

He responded. “Dreaming is not wasting time.”

Then the thoughts about planning ahead for the future flooded into my heart…I am certain that too came from Him. Dreaming is sowing seed.

I can’t help but say how grateful I am for His love and His conversations. I am grateful for His friendship and to know Him and to grow in knowing Him through the passing of each day, each trial, each second.

I pray these words, this quote, my conversation with the Creator of all things, has encouraged your heart to dream. Even more, I encourage you to dream with Him if you haven’t started to do so already.

He is full of great ideas!

Cheers! and Happy dreaming!

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DREAMS ARE WHERE IT ALL BEGINS

Original Oil pastel done by Candice Coates
Original Oil pastel done by Candice Coates

I sleep to dream, I dream to be inspired, and through Inspiration I live. Jesus  is my Inspiration.”

I came up with that little ditty when I was 16 or 17 years old.  It was then that I created the image; myself resting and dreaming yet holding on to the Spirit of Peace.  For years I have been gleaning inspiration from the dreams that I live in each time I lay my head on my pillow at night. (Sadly the image didn’t really translate color-wise…I am still working on my picture taking skills.)

But although I understand the importance of dreaming, I often encounter people who have no concept of it all. Either they think you are lazy because you get a full days rest or they do not have the ability to remember the dreams that they have.  Both are sad cases. What is worse, we artist and writers tend to get very little sleep at all.

When I began taking from my dreams to create narratives and art a paradigm shift took place  for me. I was no longer sleeping just to get rejuvenated but I was leaving one world of creative inspiration in order to enter another.  Sleep became more necessary for me than it was before.

When our minds are at rest  (not cluttered with the worries of the day and the chores we still have left ahead of us) we are able to allow the creative power of God to rest upon us. Me, I am a Sabbath keeper. I cease from work from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday and I find that when my mind is at rest and peace do more ideas begin to flood. It is truly a gift from God. In my resting in Him, Yeshua grants me greater inspiration.

Think about an apple tree. It does not strive to create fruit, it just does so by its very nature. It rests in what it is and produces what it was created to produce.

This is why rest is so important. We as creative beings need to refuel daily in order to bring forth the fruit that is in us to bring forth.   A friend of mine understands this. She once told me, “I sleep with my contacts in so that I can see my dreams clearly.”Now I don’t recommend sleeping with your contacts on unless you have the kind made for that, but you get the point. There is life in our dreams and to get that life we have to rest to do so.

I know I have kind of gone in circles with this but that is ok I am giving you mental exercise 😉

I live you with this thought, if you are like most artists and writers, burning the candle at both ends, give yourself permission to quiet one of those flames and get some sleep. Your juices will flow with greater ease, and whatever it is that you are striving to accomplish will be more peaceably done.

And don’t mind what the accusatory voices in your head my say or even others around you. You just make sure to rest, my friend. My grandmother always mocks saying “Nothing comes to a sleeper but a dream, baby.” And my response now is “Woman, I sure hope so!” Because a dream is all I need.

Happy Creating and Happy Resting!

Cheers!

 

“Art is not about becoming rich. Art is about enriching the world.” ~Candice Coates

With any new adventure, one must not only explore the lay of the land, but also establish who they are before they take the first step forward. Before Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) took His journey into the wilderness (the place of new adventure) He was established by the affirming Words from Father God, that He is His Beloved Son in Who He is well pleased. (Rough paraphrasing of Matthew 3:16,17. In Matthew 4:1 He is then led into the wilderness or steps into His adventure)

Taking the time to share a blog is truly inviting others, strangers into the secret rooms of your heart that you have created or are actually exploring for the first time yourself. Its a discovery. You are inviting others to come along with you on a tour of the unexpected terrain of your thoughts.

It is a step made in vulnerability, but expressed with courage, because after all, you never know if anyone will accept your invitation in the first place, but still you press on.

So why the quote and the reference to Yeshua and the wilderness? I am a firm believer that whenever you start something new you must always remember your beginning, because if you miss a step or forget the directions you can always refer back to the beginning. This is what establishing one’s self is all about, leaving a breadcrumb back home, remembering who you are, and what your purpose is.

Yeshua, being tried in the wilderness under an oppressive hand of doubt HAD to remember the beginning in the face of His trying. Through it all, He was established in His place in God, that He is His Beloved in whom He is well pleased. It is for this reason that I have chosen to quote…myself. I, as an artist, have not come to press forward so that I can become “rich”, although I intend to sup as well. I have come to enrich and encourage others.

I am putting my creative journey in the forefront as a means to inspire someone else to create and share as well, to go and explore more than what they know, and to share that experience with others.

This blog, this invitation, is about enriching others. I most certainly have a grand expectation of finding out new things about my art, my faith, my fiction (writing). This is the soup that I have come for. But I most certainly hope and pray that those who chose to travel with me will also find themselves greatly enriched and fed as well.

I have come for the soup…