Posts tagged ‘symbolism’

Life As. . .


Camino Necklace — Life as a Journey

Zumba Bracelet — Life as a Dance

Wedding Ring — Life as a Commitment


A Joyedian’s Tale: Dreams and Plans


Dear angels, God, ascended masters, Entities of Light, saints, Mother Earth . . .  and any and all beings for the good of all concerned, thank you for another day and for being a part of it.

I’ve had some interesting dreams the last 2 days.  Yesterday I had a beautiful dream that I was back finishing the Camino (a hike in Spain).  I just had a little bit left, and I would be going straight to the wedding when I finished.  I realized I didn’t even have a backpack on.  I guess I didn’t need it!

In this morning’s dream I was in a play with a girl role similar to the role I played in Back to the 80’s.  During the first performance I nearly forgot a line and also forgot to put a microphone pack on, so I was yelling out my lines.  At the end, one of my student’s from the School of Metaphysics came up to me asking me about translations of some of the words into Spanish.  I didn’t understand why they were doing a Spanish version.

The first dream seems to show the transition between the Camino and my upcoming marriage — from one adventure to the next!  The second dream has something to do with the field of imagination, communication, and forgetting the tools needed to voice my dreams.

I have recognized that for some time I’ve been in an unproductive state of mind.  I’ve needed a mindset shift.  I’ve been dancing along the edge but haven’t made the leap.  Perhaps this is what my dream is about.

I am reading Your Soul’s Plan by Robert Schwartz and Light Emerging by Barbara Brennan.  They complement each other well.  My sister says this is the time of study for my astrological sign.  This fits in perfectly.  I’ve been itching to immerse myself in something.  I love the concept of healing a person from a soul level, re-connecting them with their soul plan.  Both of these books speak on this.

I still experience darkness.  I am facing some of my “demons.”  A big one right now is envy.  I see commercials and Facebook posts of people doing something similar to what I want to be doing (like traveling and living in RVs).   “Freedom” has been coming up for me quite frequently. I feel like I get restless so much more quickly lately.

What I’m reading tells me that the darkness is a good thing.  You need to experience darkness to better understand the light, right?  If this is what I need to realize my dreams, then I embrace it.  This is what it looks like while it’s all coming together.

Much love and many blessings to you all. ❤

Dreams: October 11th, 2017

I dreamt I was sent on a quest to find 10 crystals/diamonds. But I was not to touch them, kind of like Aladdin in the cave.  I found 9 of them, I was pretty sure.  They just started appearing for me as I was looking for them along the way.  Someone after me had the same quest, and I relayed the directions.  There was something with Mother Teresa, too, like she had something to do with the quest or had completed it before.


People were to complete these tasks.  There were many groups of us in one area (a school gym?) all doing the same thing.  There were certain steps and a certain order, and we were struggling with some of the steps and getting bogged down and not completing it in time.  I felt very frustrated.


Something with travel.

Something with this outdoor area, multiple areas (stages) in this dream.  In one place renovations had just been completed, and there was this HUGE stage area that had been completed.  The stage wasn’t huge, but there were MANY, MANY seats.  A huge auditorium outdoors (amphitheater?)  There were also many places for people to gather, and there were some people that I bumped into at an outdoor eating area who I’d seen before.  We’d met on previous travels or something.

Something possibly with being encouraged to meet certain men?


I recognize what the second dream may be about.  Frustrations with things moving too slowly here.  Could be bureaucracy, could just be the slowness of the physical in general.  I’ve been experiencing the frustration with “stuckness”, so I can definitely relate to that dream.

The crystals dream is intriguing.  I don’t think I’ve dreamt anything like it before.  I think I was told to look for “diamonds”, but the objects looked more like large, fat, towers of selenite, like the one at work.  It seems I must be searching for something valuable or needing to search for something valuable.  It may even have something to do with the crystals.

The last dream is a smorgasbord and could be innerlevel goings on or symbolic of all of the movement of my mind during the day.


I really need to go back to asking myself questions.  That will direct the answers.

Much love and many blessings.



Answered Gift: A Beautiful Dream of Flying


Yesterday right before bed I said in a loud, semi-demanding voice: “I would really like a very easy dream!  One, so straight-forward there is no way I couldn’t interpret it.  So blatantly obvious. . .”  blah blah blah, you get the picture.

I got a beautiful gift:  another flying dream.

I dreamt that people were out walking, at various points along a walk, and I wanted to show them I could fly.  I had a way of taking off to get momentum, and I used my arms, as a bird might use wings.  I made sure I did it in front of them so they could see it — I could fly!  I soared all around these rooms, one with a high ceiling, kind of looking like a converted barn with many comfortable sofas/big cushiony chairs.  One seat in particular had a wicker composition with a high, rounded back and a hugely wide cushiony seat, and it was tucked away a bit, facing the wall.  A friend joked that that was my seat, my special place.  As I was flying I remember my arms tiring a bit, and I realized it was because I hadn’t been flying much.  I needed to work those muscles back up.

Flying  tends to be a symbol for freedom (nothing holding you down/back).  I was particularly struck by the part where I was aware that I had to build my muscles back up.  That is the message I take away from my dream:  I need to work those muscles.  The “muscles” could refer to one of 3 things for me: my intuition/psychic ability, my spiritual composure, or my imagination.  All are pretty related and can be developed through each other.

This may connect to my recent search for answers regarding my psychic abilities, but I think it’s more likely connected to the experience I had last night.

Last night I was at work, and a situation came up where a client was unhappy, and I wasn’t sure how to make the client happy while also preserving the regulations of the workplace (which were there for good reason!)  I became very stressed and disoriented and expressed this to another person at work.  Her response altered my perspective and helped me find a positive way to view the situation.

Soon after our interaction, a client walked in.  We worked out some scheduling and then she mentioned my recent trip to Spain and started to talk about her trip to Ireland and Scotland.  I told her that I’d never been to Ireland but that my grandparents in-law had been giving my fiancee and I some flack, since I’d traveled quite a bit to other places, and Brian is half-Irish!  I said that maybe she could convince me to go, and she did an excellent job!  The way she described her experience (an off-the-beaten-path one) took me right there, walking up the Cliffs of Moher and hearing about all of the generations of families living along the cliff and also taking a bus tour through Glasgow and seeing where the royals got crowned!  She said she’d love to hear more about my trip to Spain.  I could see the glow about her face after sharing her experiences with me.  I’m sure it was a mirror reflection of my own.

I realized a great sense of peace and contentment had settled upon me.  Something, I didn’t experience too often but that surpassed my normal states of being.  Soon after, I checked my mail, and I had a message from Brenda Large from the Joliet Junior College Continuing Education Department.  She wrote that she had just met a gentleman who had written about his experiences on the Appalachian trail who did presentations on his experience. “This made me think of you.  I believe you had quite a journey this summer.  Is this something you would be interested in as a seminar?  I would think you could fill a two hour seminar with tales from the trek and photos.”  She asked me if I would be interested.  “Yes!  Definitely interested!  Great idea!” I responded.

Interesting timing, no?

Much love and many blessings. ❤

Wins and Weaknesses Wednesday/Dreams?


Do you remember your dreams?  I realized today that I eliminated my “Dreams” day when I chose “Wins and Weaknesses.”  I’m not sure whether I want to have a blog just on dreams or not.  Maybe I can combine the two!  Here goes:

#1 Last weekend I dreamt Brian was driving. We approached a typical stoplight, but there was another stoplight just below it.  A single box with a single cord coming out of either side.  And it was red.  I could tell Brian probably didn’t see this other stoplight, and I tried to get his attention, but he rode through it.  A cop pulled us over, and I quickly spoke, explaining to the cop that Brian hadn’t seen the other light.  The cop decided to give us a warning.  Then Brian decided this was a great opportunity to try to tell the cop about something, perhaps Shaklee or BNI.  I couldn’t believe he was doing this and just wanted to get away from the cop as quickly as possible, grateful that he had just let us go!

#2 I was outside of a house and there were firecrackers going off nearby.  They must have been very close because the soot was falling towards us.  I and another were discussing how inconsiderate this was of our neighbors.  Then the wind began to blow and more and more smoke came at me.  I remember hunching down and coughing.

What sticks out to me most about the first dream is the smoke.  The wind is blowing it in, and according to The Dreamer’s Dictionary by Dr. Barbara Condron, the wind is symbolic of the movement of thoughts.  Smoke, as an effect of fire, brings our attention to the effects of our expansion.  The book directs us to think about the content of our thoughts. Where are we directing our attention?  This makes perfect sense to me.  I have been thinking a lot about my thoughts and how they are the root of my existence and world perspective.  This morning I flipped open the book Assertiveness for Earth Angels by Doreen Virtue and opened right up to the section on worry. Doreen says this about worry:

Worry arises when you try to control the future by figuring out what bad things might happen so that you can prevent them.

The trouble with worry as a control device is that the opposite of what you desire always occurs.  What you worry about tends to happen.  It’s an extremely low-vibrational energy that causes tension in your face, body, and mind. . .

So instead of helping you control the future, worry actually brings about everything you don’t want.  It’s probably one of the worst defense mechanisms that you can adopt.

I have heard this message repeatedly through many different means and sources.  I guess it’s time to give it up!

What’s neat about the first dream is that I found out the next day that Brian had a very similar dream.  He also dreamt that he had started talking with a cop about his business!  Also, later that day when I pulled up at Panera for my Vision Workshop, I found an empty spot right next to a cop car.  And when I went in to get my room, a group of cops were sitting in the meeting room.

Precognitive dream?  Perhaps. Shared dream?  Yes! Also, cops symbolize discipline.  This word has started coming up for me, and I don’t like it.  But there is joy in discipline, too, and I will find it.

Speaking of discipline, I’ve started some new habits.  It is not recommended that you begin a bunch of new habits at once, but I tried anyway!  I’m starting a new routine, and it’s had its ups and downs.  The plan is to get up at 4:30am, take care of the animals, go for a swim, at 7:05 journal/blog/write, and from 8:00-9:00 take care of some business and get ready for the day.

I started this last week. On Wednesday I exercised Wednesday through Friday and also twice on Sunday with a Zumba workout and 1-hour bike ride.  This was amazing!  I hadn’t biked in a year or more and actually ENJOYED it because I didn’t feel like it was an exercise “to do,” since I’d already done Zumba.  It was an excuse to be out and enjoy nature.  Also, I ROCKED Zumba.  I hadn’t done a full hour workout in probably a few years, and I got my first every 5 Star rating!  Needless to say, I was pretty thrilled, as evidence by the blog picture for the day. . .

Writing/Journaling last week was a little tougher.  I got a few minutes in on Thursday and had to force myself to stay seated on Friday to get in at least a half hour.  Every time I got up to work on dishes or check on the laundry I heard myself saying: “Sit down!”  “Just sit down!”It was quite confidence-building accomplish to actually complete that half-hour.

This week, as the initial spark petered out, became a little rocky.  I swam on Monday but didn’t journal much.  Tuesday I didn’t do much of either, preparing for a class later that day.  Today I am doing great with writing — hence this post — but I got minimal exercise this morning, since I went to bed late and woke up later than I’d wanted.

I’m finding, though, that the great part about making a variety of changes is that it’s easier to find something to celebrate.  Every day we take a step.  Every day we get a little closer.

What step will you take today?

Much love and many blessings always. ❤



What’s Up in Life, and New Animal Signs

Wow.  My posts are pretty far apart now.  I’m just not sure what direction I want to take with this.  The books I’ve been reading have been stressing daily unobstructed/uncensored journaling, and I was pretty much using wordpress as my journal before.  I know now I can’t do that.  There are things that I have to get out that I don’t want anyone else to see.   So, now I have to figure out what this is for.  I guess I might take out tidbits from my *wacky* daily journal.  I may move toward the on-line Patch newspaper, too.  Not sure. . .

Getting  more animal signs. . .

1) The Finch — The finch — we’re not completely sure it was a finch, but Brian thought it was — flew up to our door and just hung out there, talking a bit to who knows who.  (There is a rectangular window above our door, and that’s where he was changing out. )  According to, the finch can symbolize any of these ideas: joy, simplicity, variety, diversity, appreciation, happiness, high energy, honoring resources, healthful diet, and enjoying the journey.  Wow!  The finch is perfect!

Here’s the little guy we heard and saw!

2) The Crow — I saw a group of them hanging out on the roof of the elementary school where I’ve worked.   Supposedly this is a power symbol.  I was a bit concerned seeing them at first, because I thought maybe I was about to die or something.  Or maybe they symbolized the end?  That would be appropriate.  But, actually, they symbolize change and adaptability.  That’s EXACTLY what I need right now.  Thank you, crows!

3) The Mouse — The teachers had their end-of-the-year celebration at a bar in downtown Naperville, and I stopped by for a bit after my rehearsal.  Afterwards, as I walked back to the parking garage with some friends, a mouse zigzagged across our path.  I don’t see mice too often, and I wouldn’t have expected to see one in Napeville!  So, naturally, I figured it could be another sign.  Here is what What’ says a mouse symbolizes: resourcefulness, modesty, groundedness, adaptability, temerity (shyness), innocence, fertility, super-awareness, voraciousness, determination, conservation, and cleanliness.  Excellent.  Today is all about cleanliness (cleaning out the house and going through my classroom stuff), and I like the super-awareness, voraciousness, determination, and that “adaptability” again!

I’ve been getting a lot of positive messages everywhere from everyone and everything, and it really means a lot to me.  Everything is going to be ok.  Life is great!

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