Hero’s Dream Journey Stage 3: Refusal of the Call


Resistance is something every dreamer and every dream group experiences. We either address our reluctance unconsciously (i.e. with passive aggressive behavior or with plain ol’ rebellion), or we can address it consciously. When you shine a spotlight on resistance—just like with any good shadow—it loses its power.

Often the reason for the reluctance (or the out and out refusal) is simply because the call to adventure is inconvenient or in conflict with the ordinary person’s agenda. Consider that the ordinary person has a mile-long list of demands for life, whereas a true hero asks only what life demands of them.
Contemplate the following questions:

  • In what ways do you resist dreamwork?
  • Do you think you don’t have enough time or energy to contemplate your dreams?
  • Does your morning routine take you deeper in or further away from your dreamwork?
  • Is there any part of you that may still believe dream work is superfluous, indulgent, or frivolous?

Whatever your resistance is, identify it, shine a light on it, and allow it to dissolve so that that you may move on to the next stage.

In this episode of weekly radio show, The D-Spot (Mondays at 11am PST on www.AwakeningZone.com), I discuss Stage 3 of the Hero’s Dream Journey (The Refusal of the Call) in more depth.
Stay tuned for next week where we explore The Hero’s Dream Journey Stage Four: “Meet the Mentor”…
Kelly Sullivan Walden (a.k.a. Doctor Dream) is a certified clinical hypnotherapist, founder of Dream-Life Coach Training, and author of seven books, most notably the Amazon.com #1 bestselling, I Had the Strangest Dream and Discover Your Inner Goddess Queen. A sought after inspirational speaker, Kelly has spoken, by invitation, at the United Nations. Kelly hosts “The D-Spot” weekly radio show where she explores Dreams, Desires, and Destiny. Kelly has appeared on over 1,000 media outlets including the Ricki Lake Show, and you can see her regularly as FOX news’ Dream Expert. As the past President of Women’s National Book Association (LA Chapter), Kelly has served as a United Nations NGO representative, which inspired her to create The Dream Project— an educational program that empowers young people to dream to solutions to world issues. Receive free dream gifts from Kelly by going to: www.KellySullivanWalden.com.


This blog has been excerpted from It’s All In Your Dreams…5 Portals to an Awakened Life (Red Wheel-Weiser, Spring 2013).



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