The Dreaming Doors – How Digital Empowerment Fuels Creative Projects

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 “Do our hearts mend when we close the doors behind us? The guardians of our souls and hearts do not forget, and only forgive when you are ready to yield. Our souls are our record keepers. Our lives pass through one doorway to another. Each one gives us a choice. Choose well. Your future depends on it.”

~ Maria Lehtman

Did you ever begin writing a book, a short story, a poem – and felt your mind flowing through the topic with ease? Was there a time when the time stood still? Did you hear the clock ticking away minutes, hours staring at a blank page or a screen? Did you write down sentences only to erase them – reformulating the phrases over and over again? How do we overcome blocks in self-expression?

Growing Up In The ‘Artway’

In the 70’s my parents embraced the “new age” methodologies of meditation and raising children intuitively and with encouragement. We have an artistic heritage in our family, so it was natural that we took lessons in singing, playing music, acting, writing, drawing, dancing – to mention a few of our hobbies.

The same extended to language studies and math. I was four years old when my mother would place apples in front of me combining, e.g., 1 + 2 apples to test how fast I would pick up the patterns. The oddest thing was, I did not so much calculate the answer as I “read” it.

As long as my mother was in the room, I knew the answer. When she departed, the apples became a puzzle to me. Either way, my early lessons helped my way through the math classes up to the 6th grade with ease.

As long as my mother was in the room, I knew the answer. When she departed, the apples became a puzzle to me. Either way, my early lessons helped my way through the math classes up to the 6th grade with ease.

My pre-school language lessons helped me to jump from Swedish to English during primary school years and catch up on 3-years of English studies in one year. Creative freedom, when encouraged by parents, is a more significant source of knowledge than any other tool you can gain for your future.

Despite the encouragement to learn fine arts, my parent’s generation born during the wartime did not consider fine arts as a “proper” profession, so I kept it as a passion profession next to my day jobs.

So how does your childhood – whether or not intuition was encouraged – help you in creative self-transformation?

Setting Your Creative Goals

My newly released photographic journey book, The Dreaming Doors, theme, and ideology came to me early on, and it was with ease when I wrote down the poems during my travels year 2012-2015. As a visual person, I saw the outcome of my book early on. It was a tribute to the beautiful old towns we visited during the past decade.

The result was very different from what I had envisioned. I had five years in between the writing and creating a visualization of the book. During these years I had gone through self-transformation ‘rP r to the power of P,’ i.e., I was a different person now than the one who started the book.

The person traveling the world, and looking at the doorways, had yet to open some of the larger and heavier doors to the past. For most of my life, I had not believed in looking into the past, especially to my childhood.

As an action centered leader (read more from Free Management eBooks) I believed in resolutions, problem-solving, moving onwards instead of clinging on to an old trauma. I had to learn the difference between accepting the past and forgetting the past. Childhood has an enormous impact on us. Instead of avoiding the awkward phases, we should use them as a source of creation.

Our creative force is always a mix of feelings including joy, sorrow, pain, comfort, love, echoes of the past mixed with silence.

From the very beginning, I had my goal set, a timeframe in mind, and a vision. I had years of experience working in tough, international projects. Compared to my regular day-job, this was a single-track path. My goal and execution method was to fill in two blank pages every two weeks with a design and a poem.

What was my starting point to this project?

Realizing your Creative Path

Since 2012 I faced constant chronic illnesses with decreasing moments of relief. I still had the “escape route” of travel, but it was becoming taxing. At the end of the year 2015, I finally had to give up, stay home, and admit that my physical endurance had dried out. A profound change had happened. My immune system had begun to unravel.

It was frustrating. I poured my prior travel energy into learning how to negotiate my way through social media channels. It had become an official role in my day job as well. I enjoyed being an evangelist and a tutor in employee advocacy.

December 2017 I finally began writing and outlining ‘The Dreaming Doors’ with a certainty that I might at best finish it in three months. I finished it a month later than I had initially planned, May 2018.

Where was I ten months ago before starting the book project?

In September 2017 I went into the hospital with critical pneumonia. I spent two weeks in the Intensive Care, and the next three to four months at home. I had lost most of my muscle power, and a gained a great deal of trauma I had to unravel before I could start designing the book.

During my time at the IC, the man who never believed in energy healing brought my favorite jewelry to the hospital and placed them in my arms every time he visited.  My husband thought if I felt the healing power in crystals that was enough for him. I had no recollection that he was even there.

My mind was in between worlds, but he sat next to me for two hours every single day (even after 12-hour work shifts). When he was there, I recalled in my dreams that I had to head back home.

I do not believe in easy outcomes, but when my old symptoms returned three-fold, I wanted to give up on everything. I was not afraid. I was just tired and furious. Unlike Asterix and Obelix fearing the sky would fall on them, I was ready to go out and scream: “Here I am! Bring out your worst!”

Time is a great healer. In several months I started to regain my strength, appetite and some shape and form to my physique. Now, 10 months later I can travel a day trip of max 300 km if needed when someone else is driving, and I have my home-cooked meals with me.



Maria Lehtman
Maria Lehtman
MARIA has over 20 years of Sales, Marketing, and Professional Services experience from the international telecommunications and travel industry. Her achievements include successful global Transition, Transformation, and Competency programs in management roles in the the global telecommunication field. She is currently working in International Sales & Marketing department with transversal employee and executive social media engagement development programs. Maria is passionate about digital empowerment and the opportunities it can provide for people around the world. She is a dedicated photographer and digital artist engaged in several creative projects at any given time. She is a compassionate leader, and her mission is to support people in self-transformation and in embracing new skills. Her trademark is her capability to share a smile even during the most challenging circumstances and keep a 'mindfulness'-attitude. Maria’s posts and thoughts represent her own view of the world. See Maria's current publication on Maria is a contributing author to the inspiring book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change and Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy

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  1. Maria Lehtman, as an avid dreamer whose dreams saved her life 3xs I loved your article. It combines being true to self with how we all live and heal differently but dreams can always help. I am sharing your article to my DREAMS THAT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE FB page.

    • Thank you very much, Kathleen! I am glad to find a fellow dreamer ;). They are a source of great inspiration and intelligence, much more profound than we give them credit for in standard psychology. I looked up your FB site. I thought of writing a book of dreams – still parked somewhere if/how I’ll do that. Interested in reading your book. 🙂

    • Maria, we need more authors writing about the importance of dreams and how they can guide us in the waking world. Please do write that dream book so I can read it. Hope you enjoy my book.

  2. What a wonderful narration of an entire life’s journey through tumult to peace like a roller-coaster ride, Maria! Congratulations on accomplishing the goal, and even that too, with such remarkable finesse! There are so many valid lessons to be learned from your use of imagery, experiences, dreams, and determination.

    Thanks a lot for the inspiration!

    • Thank you so much, Bharat! I never thought I would write this story out. In the end, I felt compelled to do so in case it gave inspiration and encouragement to someone else who was also facing difficult circumstances and wanted to realize a dream or a vision. You are most welcome, and I very much enjoy your positive feedback!