Permission to Dream

The older we get, the more we feel the impact of the responsibilities we have as adults.  For many, the responsibilities we hold overshadow our personal wishes and dreams.  We have taught ourselves to either shelve our dreams in favor of meeting our obligations, or we dream smaller and simpler dreams, giving up those we really want.

Let’s learn to dream big again, with the knowing and the trust that if a dream calls to us, it can become a reality.  Gie yourself permission to dream again, without limits and without expectation – trust that the dream itself is the beginning of something.

Learning to dream big again is the first step in creating a life of joy.  Sometimes we don’t feel worthy of the dreams we have, and we shelve them.  Neither your past, nor how you have perceived yourself in the past, has any relation to your right to dream andFollow your heart. Believe & dream. Adventure begins on a pink, blue and purple cloudy background achieve those dreams.

As the dream grows, we grow.

In that growth, who you are meets the dream you have, and there is a merging into a tangible reality.  As children, dreaming was as natural as breathing, and so was the belief that the dreams could be a reality.  Then life happened – we forgot that the place of trust and possibility is still here, still inviting us to step back into it.

Reconnect to your dreams:

Give yourself space to step into your dream without distractions.  If you are thinking about work, family or your to-do list, you cannot step into that dream space.

Be in a quiet space where you can close the door and let go of all the distractions.   Sit comfortably and center yourself.  Begin by deep breathing.  Allow each breath to go deeper and relax all the muscles in your body. As you feel yourself relaxing, reach for whatever connects you to Source/God/Goddess/Universe, such as prayer, a gratitude practice, or moving yourself into a meditative state.  Allow yourself to shed the limitations of time, circumstances, financial constraints, and current responsibilities.   Now, in this space of no limits, open your eyes, reach for your journal, and write whatever comes to you.  Don’t focus on the “how”.  It is all about the what, and the how takes care of itself when your belief comes.

Focus your answers with the question:  What do I want to do? Who do I want to be doing this with? Where is this?   Fill in all the vivid details of the dream, making it so real that you can mentally touch it.

Next, take those dreams further:  What would it feel like to be living this dream? What are the sights, smells, sounds around me, and who are the people with me?

Feel each dream as if it is real.  As you come back to reality, see if you can pick up an object or smell a scent that calls these feelings to you so that you move back into your dream.  You can create a vision board to focus this dream, and keep it front and center.

Today is the day to start dreaming again and shift your life in the direction you want it to go. 

What dream stands out most to you from your list? Share in the comments.

Many Blessings,



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