Dare boldly

A blog by Louise Gallagher

Are you afraid of dreaming?


“The universe is always dreaming bigger things for you than you can imagine.”

The thought rose out of my meditation. It floated into my mind as gently as fog lifting off a river in the morning sun.

When coaching at Choices, there are two team captains whose role is to support the coaching team and focus them on the task at hand. Part of what they do is to remind the team members of their strengths and gifts, and to support them in letting go of the things that hold them back from giving their best to the group.

Between Choices and the two additional weekend sessions of Givers 1 and 2, trainees and coaches return for over the following two to three months after Choices, the team captains put out a coach’s email challenge inviting the team to share their experiences from coaching, and to examine an aspect of their beliefs/behaviours that was illuminated throughout the week of Choices.

This time, the team captain’s asked people to share, if they are willing, one dream they felt stirring that they were going to take action on now.

Dreams are funny things for me.

I fear dreaming, or at least fear articulating my dreams.

It’s that old core belief thingie. Somewhere within me is a voice that likes to stomp on my dreams with its chatter about how stupid I am to dream, how people will think I’m silly, or call me ‘stuck-up’ and all sorts of other vile things that are not true, but are said with such convincing fervor, I give into their demands that I not dream — big or small.

Those are childhood voices that do not serve me well today, but still, they creep in with their insidious insistence they have the right to limit my capacity to dream big and live large.

This mornings centering thought in the 21-day meditation challenge I am participating in is:  “I turn my belief into actions.”

Which lead me to wonder, if I fear dreaming, or simply don’t believe in my dreams, what am I turning into action?

Good question. I wonder if my fear of dreaming holds me back from connecting to the dreams the Universe holds true for me? I wonder if fulfilling on my dreams is the path to experiencing all the Universe has for me?

What about you? Do you have a big dream you don’t like to illuminate in fear it will be squashed, ridiculed, scoffed at? Are you afraid of dreaming?




Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe in wonder. I believe we are all magnificent beings of divine beauty. I believe we can make a difference in this world, through every act, word, thought. I believe we create ripples with everything we do and say and want to inspire everyone to use their ripple to create a better world for everyone. I'm grateful you're here.

14 thoughts on “Are you afraid of dreaming?

  1. dreams are our non-conscious mind working 24/7. Let it happen – all that computing power is working ‘in your best interests’, exploring all the places we don’t ‘consciously go’. Seems to me, a great place to explore the unexplored and to recognize what we are afraid of …

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    • I love your comment Mark — there are dreams and then there are ‘dreams’ — those not so unconscious as scary conscious thoughts/ideas/wishes/visions of the life we want to live. Moving through the fear to realize them, to let it happen as you say, is the journey.


  2. Dreaming, imagination are such important parts of our lives. I see with the teenagers I’m teaching have such difficulty cultivating imagination maybe their world is so tough. Who knows…

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    • I also wonder Lisa if some of the limitations on their creative inspiration and imagination is because they have used digital devices from an early age to bring them the stories they read and hear and see. They never had to imagine them — it was all at their finger tips.


  3. I have had vision boards, long, medium, short term goals all with the end in mind of the ‘dream.’ 🙂 I’ve had to regroup after shattered dreams and became stronger through it. For awhile I was scared to make a new dream, fearful of the disappointments, and now I am just taking small steps and holding on loosely trusting that if re-directed again, I will be okay!

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    • I love how you explain your process Lynn — like you, I think that is where I have come to as well — to taking small steps, staying steady on my course without holding on too tightly and allowing the Universe to support me and trusting my true self within to guide me! Hugs


  4. I like to dream big, but I’m not very good at making those dreams come true.

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  5. “Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground” Theodore Roosevelt
    I think its when we don’t trust that our feet will stay on the ground that we become afraid. 💛

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  6. I have no problem with dreaming all types of dreams

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  7. That’s been a big one I’ve been working on for a while — since I realized I keep working on dreams that feel like the “right” ones — spiritual enough, good enough, etc. — and squashing the ones I really love, that seem like too much or the wrong things to want, etc. A work in progress, but I’m pretty much at the point where I’m dreaming the dreams that excite me instead of the ones that seem more acceptable…
    It’s a great point to make because, sadly, I don’t think we’re alone or unusual in the squashing…

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    • Sadly, I don’t think we are either Leigh. I love how you say you are dreaming the dreams that excite you — instead of the ones that seem more acceptable. That truly is a constant work in progress for me! Much love dear heart.


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