in Creativity, Motivation, Philosophy, Psychology, Science


“Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?” – Leonardo da Vinci

What’s the recurring theme in your life? What do you dream about? Where does your mind go when you space out?

I remember being asked as a kid: “If you were an animal, which animal would you be?”. The other kids would say lion, eagle, wolf etc. I always identified with the snake.

You know when people give you a look that says “Huh?” mixed with disgust? Yeah, I got that one a lot, so I simply started giving the same answers as everyone else. Why stay true to yourself when it’s easier to conform and avoid the pain of judgement? It’s not like it’s IMPORTANT or anything, right?

Snake Plissken

What you got against Snake?

So why am I telling you this?

Well, i’ve been fascinated with reptiles. I don’t really like them and would NOT want one as a pet. But there’s just something about them that intrigues me.

Later on I had a guitarist in one of my bands that talked about how people are governed by “the reptile brain”, our basic instincts etc. That kind of piqued my interest and it lead me to read up on the subject.

Life went on and when i’d decided that my main interest wasn’t in sitting in the producer’s chair anymore I tried an exercise where you find your spirit animal. Lo and behold, the serpent arose!

Cute Crested Gecko

Cuteness… Overload… Commence anthropomorphizing…

Around the same time I was reading some books on psychology and neuroscience and the same things kept popping up. Reptile brain, amygdala, fear, fight, flight, freeze, It felt like there’s something there. I kept working with creatives in the arts and business. Man, a pattern started emerging.

Argyle Pattern

And the pattern was… Argyle. Also known as “that pattern on old peoples clothing”.

My whole life i’ve been trying to understand why and how i’ve held back my own creativity and why others do the same. Every answer i’ve gotten has given me a small piece of the puzzle i’ve tried to solve. Now, finally, it’s all coming together!

That’s part of my story, it began when I was a kid and 20+ years later it’s almost come full circle. I have no doubt that it’ll continue and once i’ve finished uncovering what i’ve been looking for, more questions will turn up. Bigger questions. Better questions!

Question Game

I want to play a game…

So I invite you to take a look at your dreams, your visions and your missions.

What have you been holding back from exploring thus far? What thoughts, feelings and work do you want to put out into the world? Is there a thread? Is it scattered?

Don’t worry if you can’t see a theme right now. Share your dreams with other people. Start putting your passions out there and the theme will reveal itself to you when you’re ready to see it!

Like, toootally dreamy quotes!

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

“I couldn’t find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself.” – Ferdinand Porsche

“It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.” – Erma Bombeck

“All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.” – Elias Canetti

“Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Jung

“I’ve realized that it’s time for me to show my audience that you don’t have to be perfect to achieve your dreams. Because nobody relates to being perfect.” – Katy Perry

“There are many talented people who haven’t fulfilled their dreams because they over thought it, or they were too cautious, and were unwilling to make the leap of faith.” – James Cameron

“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” – Napoleon Hill

“Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else’s dreams?” – Tim Burton

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