When we’re awake we do our best to avoid our fears – Hell no to heights? Stay on the ground. Scared of spiders? Avoid at all costs. Phobic of the phone? Correspond by email.
When we sleep, our fears hit us right in the face. Sometimes it’s obvious like your fear of bridges is played out when your dream car almost veers off the dream road into the dream river. Other times our fears are masked in metaphors or puzzles that we need to decipher. Take for example my dream last night.
In Dream Town I’m at Target shopping – totally benign, no fears of Target here. For whatever reason a tiger ends up in the check-out lane I’m in. Someone tells me to be still. Ok, sure, no problem. But as I stand still, I begin slipping. The tiger is distracted by a noise, I slide into a lay, and I am still. The tiger comes right up to my face. We are face-to-face. I can feel it’s breath on my nose. I am scared, trying not to breathe so it doesn’t feel my breath. I wake up.
I proceeded to do what I always do, and what YOU should get into the habit of doing when you wake up from a dream. I think about it. I think about who was there, where I was, what was happening. I thought about the tiger. What does a tiger represent to me? I thought about the fear. Other than being eaten alive by a tiger – because the reality is that is not something that could possible happen in real life – what could that fear represent?
Tigers are powerful, dominant, courageous. Tigers don’t fear; they stalk, hunt, and take what is theirs.
The tiger represents my fear of being powerful, dominant, courageous.
I play it safe, maybe you do too. Wouldn’t it be great to mix it up a little and play it not-so-safe? Take a page out of the book of the tiger and go after exactly what it is you want, even if it seems ridiculous.
Do something that scares you today. Be fascinated with the idea of what might happen if you are face-to-face with your fear. Instead of FEARING the outcome, be FASCINATED by it.
For me, I’ve wanted to take my dream show on the road and make a stop on TikTok, but I haven’t…out of fear. Fear of rejection. Fear of trolls. Fear of commitment. But instead…I’m going to find myself fascinated by this idea. Being rejected? How will I know if you don’t like my TikTok…I won’t. Fear of trolls? Awesome, at least people are watching my content. Fear of commitment? Making TikToks is fun – so – this will be a commitment I look forward to.
And with my challenge to you of finding fascination in your fears, I present you with my challenge to myself. My TikTok account. Enjoy it quick…before it goes away!