Isn’t this what makes reaching a dream, any dream, so special? It is the idea that a dream is like a phoenix. It dies when its purpose is complete, only to be born anew and start the cycle all over again.
I recently complete a project online, you know these self improvement ones you find on the internet. So one of the sections was to take a memento of something you have achieved in life, and seal it in an envelope. It needed to be something significant in your life, which you are still holding on to in life, but feel you need to move on from.
My choice, was a finisher medal I received for a particular race in my past. I know this sounds silly, but it has made a big difference in how I see it now in the present. I was always uncertain whether this particular race was something I would want to attempt again.
But the past was still holding me back from making this choice or be decisive about perception in the present moment. Sealing that envelope with this particular medal inside it, made all those thoughts, ideas and emotions about letting go of it, melt away.
This might be anything for you. A concert ticket, a photo of someone or a letter (email in the present time) which you know is still something you haven’t dealt with in your life. It is not that you are trowing this item away in a dustbin even. This envelope is sitting right next to my computer screen at my office. It has the words “My owner’s manual” written on it and it is protected from harming me by six Lego figurines who are guarding it. You are just in a symbolic way, by sealing it into an envelope, telling yourself that it is dealt with now and you can move on in life.
It doesn’t have to involve rocket science to deal with your past. It is amazing how much we can fool our minds with a simple action. Our unconscious mind can hamstring us by not letting things in the past, be things of the past.
I, as much as anyone else, let the past stick to me like tar. If you think about it, we are still poorly developed to deal with all these things which build up during the course of our lives. It can’t just stay in the past and hope time will make it better, disappear or fix it.
But with a simple gesture, it is amazing how much easier it is in the present to move on and forward, regardless of what happened.