Follow your Dreams and Shine your Light Brightly

We all have dreams, or a heart’s desire that we someday hope to accomplish.  Perhaps you have a dream that originated years ago, or something new that was born out of a recent experience.  Going through trauma changes us in ways that are sometimes hard to define.  The impact of this change may have caused us to forget or shelve our dreams.   Yet these dreams give us a reason to move forward, to push through and keep seeking the light.

You may have forgotten what your dreams are or may even feel underserving of achieving your dreams.  Perhaps your dream has changed altogether or bringing it to life feels arduous and impossible while you are healing.

I invite you to revisit the dreams you had or find the ones that are waiting within for you to become aware of.  Put aside 10 minutes, be in a quiet space, and have a journal and pen ready.  Close your eyes and relax your body by taking slow deep breaths.  Once you feel calm and centered, go within and allow your deepest wishes to come forth.  Ask yourself who you would like to be, what you would like to do, and have, where you would like to go, and what you wish to create in this world.  Write down whatever comes, no matter how impossible or unrealistic it may seem.   Once you are done, take a look at your list and see what jumps out at you.  Observe what calls to you and write this dream down on a blank page as if it has already occurred.  What does it feel like to think about this dream as a reality?  What can you do today to bring this dream to life?  Perhaps all you can do is to bask in your dream for a few minutes each day.  That is enough to spark inspiration and to call to you all that you need forThe words, "Follow your dreams, they now the way. You were born to shine" on a multi-colored background. this dream.

Past experiences leave a lasting mark. Check in and see if the reason you are pausing on following your dream is because you are limiting yourself due to a past experience. Perhaps you feel fearful or unworthy of following your dream. Maybe you feel you shone too brightly in the past and associate that moment with a traumatic experience that occurred.

We are the summation of our life experiences, but they do not dictate what we deserve or what our future can be.  We get to choose what we want in this life, we get to create it, and we have the greatest influence over our own lives.  Recognizing this power sets you free from the past and allows you to move forward, knowing that no matter what your past looks like, no matter who you were in the past, and no matter what your dream is, you can achieve it. 

You do deserve to shine your light brightly. Your dreams are yours to allow into being.  Say yes to yourself and choose to let go of the past and look to the future.  

What dream has begun to burn within you?  Share and let me know how I can support you in creating this dream.  Shine your light, Beloved, I support you.

Many Blessings,


1 thought on “Follow your Dreams and Shine your Light Brightly”

  1. Lots to cogitate on here. And, I will do that notebook exercise. But what do we do with the weight of dreams that we’ve given up on since we’ve reached a certain age (a bit over 70), and we really can’t turn things around now? What do we do with the hopes and dreams we had for other people? How do we resolve/get rid of the ramifications of trauma that happened long before we recognized trauma and its impact on anyone but soldiers?

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This debut memoir chronicles a woman’s spiritual exploration and growth as she overcame a disturbing childhood and helped others heal.

Brought to America from the Dominican Republic as a youngster, Molina-Marshall should have led a happy life. Her father was a diligent worker, and his large family wanted for nothing. But the author recounts that her dad had a drinking problem and was a serial philanderer. Molina-Marshall’s long-suffering mother left him for a woman. Then it was all downhill for the bright, 12-year-old girl, who was shuttled between foster care and relatives. According to the author, she was sexually abused by the husband of one of her siblings. This resulted in Molina-Marshall becoming alienated and moody. By 15, she simply tried to survive. In her favor were grit and a restless intelligence. She quit school, rented a room, and found a factory job. Time went by, and for a while she was happily married. Yet when her husband left her, her life truly began. She turned to religion for answers but decided that blaming God for her woes was a cop-out. 

In this absorbing and moving memoir, Molina-Marshall’s vivid storytelling is fearless. She frankly discusses the truths she discovered and the indignities she suffered. These admissions are disclosed with a touch of resignation and plenty of bite. However painful, everything she experienced was a lesson, and she bravely realized that she was part of the problem: “The fear of being hurt, rejected, or abused often led to me feeling lonely and misunderstood. No one knew the agonizing pain I felt being trapped in my thoughts and anger. I was becoming my biggest threat.” 

The author skillfully recounts her intricate spiritual journey. To deal with her psychic wounds, she searched for an inspirational system. Her open-mindedness led her to the interfaith concept—cherry-picking from various religions and spiritual movements, yoga, and Indigenous beliefs as a way of finding peace. Along with her female partner, she built a therapy practice, making use of every spiritual element that aided her and others. The road was bumpy, and she found that women of color in same-sex relationships were not welcomed everywhere. To do good works—and finally live on her own terms—she effectively overcame bigotry.

An engrossing, cathartic account of empathy and success through determination and confidence.

Pub Date: May 3, 2022   |    ISBN: 978-0-578-38315-6  |   Page Count: 264    | Publisher: From Trauma to Triumph  |   Review Posted Online: June 13, 2022