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Get on the Bus!

by bevbarnes on December 15, 2011

bright lightsI had a pivotal life-changing dream many years ago that I’ve never forgotten.  I was in the middle of trying to find my true calling in life.  I had admitted that my work was not who I really was, and I had decided to only do what felt deeply right for me.  I was at a point in my exploration that I was trying to decide whether to quit my job.  I had a vague idea of what I wanted to do, some kind of facilitating or personal development work, but there was no job-title that I knew of that I could focus on.  I didn’t know who would pay me for doing what I wanted to be doing.  I was really afraid that if I quit my job, I’d have no security.  I was terrified of the unknown.

That’s when I had this dream:

I was in a subway station with many other people.  There was a huge explosion or noise and I knew that the tunnel was collapsing and it was imperative to get out.  Hundreds of people were waiting anxiously for the train in order to escape. I knew that we had to get out before our station collapsed too. I was really worried that the train wouldn’t come or I wouldn’t be near enough to the doors to get on.

Then I saw this brilliant, blinding, warm, inviting light.  It was the train! Doors opened up directly in front of me. A conductor smiled lovingly at me and invited me to get on.  As my eyes were able to better focus, I noticed that this wasn’t a train.

It was a bus!

My mind started to process:   What is bus doing here? – It won’t be able to go on the tracks – The tracks are for trains – This isn’t safe- Maybe I shouldn’t get on.  So, in a collapsing tunnel, with a golden doorway opened directly in front of me, I didn’t get on the bus.  I was too afraid that the bus wouldn’t lead me out of the tunnel.

I was wrong.

I watched the bus pull away.  And it did something I had never considered; it got off the tracks, turned into a hidden pathway and  followed a route I’d never even noticed.  I watched as it got up to the surface and out of the tunnel.

When I woke up, I was filled with regret at the choice I had made.  That dream and its message has stayed with me for over 16 years now.  Every time I feel stuck, or I don’t know what to do next, or how to do it, I remember that bus.

One of the reasons that this dream showed up was to teach me how to follow my passions once I’d found them.  Those are the tips I want to share with you this week:

1.  When you think you’re waiting for a train to get to your heart’s desire, you are probably waiting for a bus.

2.  You don’t have to know the route; you just need to trust that it’s there.

3.  Just because you don’t see the path, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

4.  Something will always show up, to help you find your way.

5.  When it shows up, you’ll know its “right” by how it feels – warm, inviting and filled with light.

6.  When your bus shows up, jump on, even if it doesn’t look like what you thought it would.

Those are my passion tips this week.

In case you were curious, very soon after I had this dream, my whole life changed.  My job collapsed, and I was downsized, I had a baby, and my bus showed up:  self-employment – that I’d never dreamed of – but it was a perfect fit!

Have a wonderful holiday season.  Rest, relax and play!

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Shani Fox December 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Love the image of the brightly lit bus – so memorable! I’ll be sharing this post.


Bev Barnes December 15, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Thanks Shani!


Terri June 9, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Bev, this is a fantastic story! I’ve had similar dreams, of riding buses, being on the wrong bus – or the right bus and not knowing. This is the most clear and detailed message yet, and it applies to all of us. I know when I’m in front of a bus stop in my life, to just get on.



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