I have had a recurring dream, at least once a year, of being at high school or college, not remembering my class schedule, where my locker is, or the combination. Finally getting to my class only to find it is over, I’ve missed most of the semester, and I have not paid my tuition, or I haven’t graduated yet. I think this is often a recurring dream for many people.
Last night my “recurring” dream was dramatically different. I dreamed I was at high school. I knew my schedule. I knew where my locker was. My books were in order. I was part of the popular group of kids, which was not true in real life high school for me, and I was actually helping incoming freshmen know where to go and what to do at the school on that opening day.
As I lay in bed pondering this huge shift in my school dream, I realized it had something to do with feeling like I belonged with a group of people in a learning environment. Here’s what I believe triggered this change of perspective and also the shift in my dreaming.
On Saturday I went with my daughter to a huge gathering of the guilds (art guilds) at the Oregon Convention Center because she had a ceramic piece on display there through her high school. I decided to wear the yellow and grey outfit I made and the felted necklace I made to go with the outfit. I even put on some makeup, which I seldom do normally. I wanted to fit in and feel confident among all those accomplished artists. As I walked through and around the many booths at the convention center, I was repeatedly stopped by others who commented on my unusual necklace, telling me how gorgeous it was! I was very pleased having others appreciate my work. It was validating to me.
As I was talking with another fiber artist at her booth, she encouraged me to join the Portland Weavers Guild because it is open to all fiber artists. She suggested that I would find my tribe there. I felt so excited about the idea I went home and began researching the guild. I decided I would join.
When I dream about Trackerschool I always feel completely at home and part of that tribe. Now I have another tribe to feel at home in. I think it is interesting that Trackerschool did not change my high school recurring dreams, but meeting these other artists and being invited to join their group did.
Connections and relationships are what life is all about in my opinion!