I am a dreamer, and just as John Lennon said, I know I’m not the only one. Since I was a little girl, I have always found myself passionately pulled to try new things. In high school, I dreamed of playing the guitar like Sheryl Crow. In college, I imagined traveling the world with only a simple backpack. And now, in my late thirties, my heart yearns to feel as calm and cool as the Dalai Lama always appears to be.
Many people have told me that my dreams are a way of running away from my reality, and for years I considered this a truth, but now I realize that dreams are merely a fun way our soul gives us to learn our life lessons. Your dreams are illuminating the life path your soul wants you to take. The reason you are here in your specific human body is to feel your dreams and act on them. From the moment of your conception, your soul picked you (and the skin you wear) because you are absolutely perfect for the purpose and mission your soul wants you to experience.
There are 7.6 billion other people here on Earth. Since most of us humans are designed fairly similarly, what makes us each truly authentic are our particular fiery passions and whatever it is that makes our hearts skip a beat. We all have unique things that make us tick, that bring us excitement and inspiration. For some people this may be music or writing; for others, it might be a particular sport or perhaps creating a successful career. There is no limit to the things we are passionate about. What do you do just because you love it?
This wild part of you that craves accomplishing certain things is your soul begging you to grow. If you feel that you were not born to spend 75 percent of your life working at a job you hate or staying in a marriage that keeps you bored or angry, this is your soul asking you for change. If you are looking for a sign to finally start making the changes you want to see in your life, perhaps that looking itself is the sign you need.
Every year, the bar-tailed godwit migrates from Alaska to New Zealand on a journey that takes approximately nine days, the longest known nonstop flight of any bird on the entire planet. Just like the godwit, every animal here on Earth is meant to take grand adventures that might at first feel daunting and scary but are such an important part of our life journey. The purpose of our human life is to commit to our soul’s magnetic migrations — to listen for the guidance of our soul, our intuition, and then act on it.
In humans, this instinctive calling from within often comes to us in our dreams. Dreams offer us guidance along our personal migration route, just as the caribou, the whales, the butterflies, and many species of birds, including the godwit, have their own internal migration guidance system. Our individual journeys are as unique to us as the ridges on our thumbs. You are born to be wild; this couldn’t be more obvious. You are here to live out the wild adventures your soul is constantly calling you toward, because these heart passions guide you to grow and evolve in specific ways along your spiritual path. What are your dreams?
Dreams are just one of many ways intuition speaks to us. Our dreams often appear on the quietest of nights, like a northern star in a dark desert sky. At least, this is how my intuitive messages have come to me. When I stop all the doing and becoming in order to simply listen, in these moments my dreams always demand my attention.
The renowned Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung defined intuition as “our perception via the unconscious” and went on to explain that perception using our senses — sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch — is only a starting point. In fact, we bring forth ideas, images, possibilities, and/or ways out of a blocked situation by a process that is mostly unconscious. Scientifically, intuition is viewed as knowledge in the absence of analytical reasoning or logic.
Intuition is our way of perceiving the world through the lens of our soul, not from our mind or our expectations. Intuitive messages come from a place deeper in our consciousness than the thinking mind. You cannot think your way to an intuitive decision; intuition can be felt only through excitement, curiosity, and passion — your unexplainable urges. When a spark of a wild idea or a crazy dream comes to you and fills your mind with delight for what could be, you are receiving messages from your soul.
Our intuition is a soft-spoken, subtle voice whispering from the deepest, most subconscious place within. When we first start to tune in to it, intuition sounds remarkably faint, which is probably why so many people often ignore it. The more fluent we train ourselves to be in this language of soul whisperings, the louder and clearer it becomes. Hearing these whispers is the key to using your human life for the purpose your soul is asking of you.
The Logical Path
Imagine being the bar-tailed godwit standing at the edge of the sea in Alaska, ready to take flight for New Zealand. How many logical thoughts would be going through your head, stopping you from taking that first leap of faith? I know my mind would be saying things like: “Oh, you little godwit, your wings are much too tiny for such a long and strenuous journey; it is much better for you to stay here, where it’s sunny all day and the food is plentiful.” But if the first godwits had listened to the logic of a human mind, those sweet little winged birds would be long extinct by now. The godwit likely would have stayed in Alaska, only to perish in a fruitless and frozen landscape.
One of the most significant differences between the birds and you is your ability to think intellectually. This is what makes living intuitively harder for us as humans. Intuition is not always logical. In fact, intuition is often anything but logical.
Humans tend to overthink our way out of intuitive decisions. Logic pulls us away from the wild, instinctive, innate form of perception and pulls us into the safe, easy, predictable. Logic keeps us fooled into staying in complacent situations, often telling us our dreams are silly, far-fetched, and unachievable. Logic prefers assurance and safety. Logic despises risk. And there are many times in my life when logic has kept me sitting on a shore that soon felt frozen and dead, rather than taking the gut-guided flight toward my dreams, just like the godwit.
Human life is meant to be a wild and carefree experience, where uncertainty and unpredictability are simply the reality of our existence. You were put in your body to live through amazing experiences, even if they at first appear to be overwhelming and intimidating.
Every modern-day spiritually seeking human wants to know their life’s purpose. We want our lives (and even more so our suffering) to have some sort of greater meaning.
Ask yourself these questions: Is my life a wild exploration, or does my life feel mundane and lack excitement? Is the life I am living based on logical reason and society’s expectations, or am I doing exactly what makes my heart beat a little faster with passion and enthusiasm? If I listened more intently to what my heart wants, what would I be doing? What are my dreams, and why am I not living them at the moment?
We are raised in a world full of societal expectations. You go to school, meet a partner, buy a car and a house, get married, and possibly have children. If you do this and work hard, then you are a “good person.” But where in this entire pre-drawn-up plan of my life is there room for me, my passions, my happiness, and my excitement?
We are trained our entire lives to do things logically, but the ancient gurus of yoga have always encouraged us to soften the mind’s voice of logic in order to hear the whispers of our heart and soul, our intuition. The yogis have always understood that our soul’s migration is found through our intuitive guidance, not through the logical. When we act on these intuitive urges, we connect to our ultimate purpose as a soul in a human body.
There is a big, beautiful purpose to your life, and in my experience, logic and science are not the keys to finding it. When we ignore intuition for whatever reasons, we are neglecting our soulful purpose. We sabotage any chances we have to feel the calming contentment that comes from walking our own unique path. We dismiss all the abundant possibilities we have to create a life that will lead us to feeling absolutely alive in each moment.
When we don’t live the lives we were put on this Earth to live, feelings of emptiness and unease start to overwhelm our daily existence. In this situation, it is so easy for depression and anxiety to slip in. Deep unhappiness and unsettled feelings take over, because we are not aligning ourselves with the inner world we came here to bring forth.
Remember, you were born to be wild. And those inner whispers telling you to be even more wild are how your soul is guiding you. When you find clarity on what your soul wants from you, and learn how to make these dreams a reality, your life will become more soulful and exciting. Your life will become the creation of your dreams.
Excerpted from Rituals of the Soul ©2021 by Kori Hahn. Printed with permission from New World Library — www.newworldlibrary.com.
Kori Hahn is the author of Rituals of the Soul and founder of a community gathering place called the Santosha Society, which is dedicated to travel, surfing, and the soulful. She hosts numerous trips around the world for hundreds of women who study Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, and all things related to soul growth, knowledge, and fulfillment.
Visit her online at http://www.SantoshaSociety.com.