Many have heard me say, “You can take the boy out of Disney, but you can’t take the Disney out of the boy.” The seven years I worked at Disney World as a puppeteer and parade performer were some of my happiest. Even though I left in 2000, I still have dreams about it. Most are enjoyable, but there is one recurring dream that is not so pleasant. I had it again this morning. In this dream, I am working at Disney again, but everything has changed. I don’t know anyone. I don’t know where to sign in, or where to get my costume. I am either too embarrassed or there is nobody around to ask, so I wander around the tunnels under the Magic Kingdom confused and frustrated. If I find my way, new complications arise. I forget my locker combination so I can’t change into my costume, and then I miss the bus to parade step off, so I have to walk there. When I finally arrive, my float is going out the gate, so I have to run to catch up with my unit. Once I do, I realize I don’t remember the dance routine!
It is always such a relief when I realize I’m dreaming. Once my heart rate and breathing return to normal, I look for the message. One time in this magical Disney nightmare, I remember I decided to make up my own dance moves as I traveled down the street. It occurred to me that the guests wouldn’t know I wasn’t supposed to be doing my own thing. I had so much fun dancing to the beat of my own drum! It seems I got the message. Sometimes we cause ourselves a lot of stress by trying to do what everyone else is doing or what is expected of us. It was such a liberating feeling! In today’s dream, I was so disoriented that I had to surrender and ask someone for help. The parade coordinator I found showed me everything I needed to know. It was so simple. All I had to do was ask. What a great reminder to ask for help when I need it. I don’t always remember to do this. I get too busy or I think I should be able to handle things on my own.
This weekend my schedule was very full, and after pondering this dream, I understood why I received this message. I had forgotten to ask Holy Spirit to help me make all of my decisions for the day the past few mornings. This practice helps me undo my ego by turning to a power and an awareness greater than myself. It doesn’t matter what you call it, just ask it for help. I happen to use this mantra from Lesson 71 in A Course in Miracles.
What would You have me do?
Where would You have me go?
What would You have me say, and to whom?
I like to start my day with questions and not affirmations. Sometimes using the word “I” in an affirmation is an attempt by the ego to make me feel special, and thus separate. The whole point is to dissolve the illusion of separation and surrender to the oneness. That Presence sees the entire picture: past, present, and future. It knows what is best for me and everyone involved, so why not defer to that knowing rather than my own limited “I” point of view? Surrendering is what works for me, but if you like using the word “I’ in your morning mantras, and it is working for you… Wonderful! Keep doing it! Click HERE to watch a short three minute video on this topic. Feel free to share this video and your morning mantras and start of day spiritual practices in the “comments” section. I’d love to know what works for you.
How do I discern whether I am listening to the voice of Love or the voice of fear? I consciously put my hand on my heart, ask the question, and if I feel peaceful about the answer that comes to me, I know it is coming from Love. If I feel agitated, anxious, or righteous, then I know it’s my sneaky ego. If you have trouble discerning these two voices, I would be honored to assist you. My Life Coaching and Family Constellations are based on the strong principles of A Course in Miracles, and both can help you tune in to the voice of Love. To learn more about them and to schedule a session, please visit my website. Until next time, may all your days begin and end with peace.