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.
- 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!