Monday 26 November 2012
Creative Dreams in Hiding by Susan Cadley
Sometimes creative dreams get tucked away. And like an old friend you haven’t spoken to in a long time, you can pick up right where you left off. It’s comfortable, easy, and the relationship flows when you let go and don’t try too hard.
My childhood was filled with imagination and my teen years were focused on the arts in high school. I began college with the intention to continue my study of the arts, but somewhere along the way I received the message that I needed a practical major. A major that would land me a good job, whatever that was supposed to mean?!The practical major was chosen: business. Life got much more serious with this major as I packed up my creative pursuits and tucked them away.
For many years my creative dreams had seemed to disappear as I focused on my career and taking care of myself financially. And then suddenly my life changed as a car hit mine, head on. The painful recovery opened up a place in me that I had forgotten, the part of me that longed to express. My pain was constant and I found a caring, compassionate therapist to talk to. She assisted me in managing the pain with biofeedback, but more importantly she guided me to remember who I was.
With her inspiration, I began taking drawing and meditation classes after work. I read Julia Cameron’s The Artist Way book and took myself on artist dates to planetariums, art galleries, the sea, and old college libraries. My creative self began to re-emerge and I felt like I could breathe deeply again, right down to my soul. I was shaking the dust off my old friend, my creative dreams.
Fast forward many years and more education, I’m now dedicated to guiding women and men to remember who they are; a shining soul. My work as a therapist is the creative process in action as there are feelings, colors, sounds, insights, intuitions, dreams and memories to work with. And, it gets deeper and richer with time.
I recently declared to a friend that I feel most like myself when I’m in my painting class or working with clients. Creativity brings me joy and fulfillment and it has brought me full circle to where I am right now in my life. I’ve embraced that this is who I am and who I came here to be. I remembered.
Your creative dreams won’t every fully leave you, they may go into hiding or on a hiatus and that’s ok. Just like a warm, trusted old friend, you can invite them back into your life at anytime and they will rise up to meet and embrace you.
Susan is a Licensed Psychotherapist and Soul Coach and sole proprietor of Living From Within, LLC. Through counseling, coaching, creative workshops, book studies, and writing, Susan guides you to hear and live the messages of your soul.