I met Elena about 6 years ago during a serendipitous encounter at a hotel in Santa Monica. Truth be told, I didn’t recognize her and I definitely had no idea that she would change my life. I had been teaching yoga for several years and at the time was practicing shiatsu. After meeting Elena during a yoga class for the hotel, she asked for a private shiatsu session.
During our time together, we talked about numerous things; including the very traumatic divorce I was going through. Elena and I met several times over the years. Each time she would give me life-changing advice on how to handle my complex situation. It’s funny, I now know of Elena as a great mentor to yoga practitioners building careers, but for me she was a life mentor. She was instrumental in my gaining the confidence to break myself free of a suppressive relationship.
My situation went on for several years. It put me at war with my future and any planning that could occur. I was completely immersed in the present moment, not because of a blissful meditative state, but because I was the epitome of a person surviving. There were no tomorrows, there was just that day and getting through each second. My daily mantra was “Right now everything is ok.” because I wasn’t sure what the next moment would bring.
My situation was extreme. Dreaming was a foreign concept to me and so was thriving. That was until 3 years ago, when I returned to study formally with Elena through the Handel Group. I was struggling with some of the exercises, so I asked Elena to call me for a private meeting. It was six a.m on the west coast when we connected. I briefly tried to explain my issues, not really understanding what I needed from her. Elena listened patiently and then said to me “I’m dropping everything I thought I was going to say and I’m going to DARE YOU TO DREAM.” She went on to explain that I wasn’t dreaming, I wasn’t seeing any future. I was in survival mode.
Elena’s statement shocked me, but I knew she was right. I wasn’t dreaming. So I started. I began writing down things that I wanted to see in my future; a new relationship, a new career, even a dog. It was hard at first. I had conditioned myself not to dream because I didn’t believe that I was in control of my future. Forcing myself to write down my visions empowered me to take control of my life. So much surfaced in those first weeks, so much fear. I used my yoga practice to allow the emotions to rise up, knowing they would pass and they did.
Eventually, dreaming became as natural as breathing air. I took my dreaming even further and paired it with the New Moon, which I knew was a powerful time to plant intentions. I made up for all the years of not dreaming and went into overload. I created vision boards. I spent hours daydreaming in detail about the life I wanted. Then it all happened, because Elena taught me to not only dream, but to believe the dream was real.
Today, I run a business that is built on my dreams and teaches others to dream with the help of the New Moon. I write books that encourage others to live their best life. I sell dreamcatchers to help a woman in Bali realize her dreams and to inspire others with their beauty. I understand that there are no limits to what we can do with our minds. Our dreams become reality in a blink of an eye, if we believe they will. I even dreamt up the perfect partner, whom I have a wonderful life with, and now we dream together. I have the deepest gratitude to Elena for her words on that early morning call. She has changed my life forever and all it took was a shift in perception.