It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside. We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night. The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware; joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.
Denis Waitley. The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but rather your thoughts about the situatio n. Always say yes to the present moment. Surrender to what is. Accept — then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it… This will miraculously transform your whole life. Surrender is the most difficult thing in the world while you are doing it and the easiest when it is done. Bhai Sahib. It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.
The true definition of mental illness is when the majority of your time is spent in the past or future, but rarely living in the realism of now. The magic in this world seems to work in whispers and small kindnesses. Charles de Lint. You just understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life. As long as a sense of self-importance rules your being, you will never know lasting peace.
Matthieu Ricard Click to tweet. To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, but to live gratitude is to touch heaven. Johannes A. Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. Hans Margolius. If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
Rene Descartes. If peace is our single aim in all we do, we will always know what to do because we will do whatever will protect and deepen our peace. Gerald Jampolsky. It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters. The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.
Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure. Life is like that. The whole of life is to spiritualize our activities by humility and faith, to silence our nature by charity. Thomas Merton. I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be.
Groucho Marx. Not thinking about anything is Zen.
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Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen. Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you, but do not think of that now. Nothing kills the ego like playfulness, like laughter. When you start taking life as fun, the ego has to die, it cannot exist anymore. Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet. For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone.
They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. Mother Nature speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer. Radhanath Swami. The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition. Honore De Balzac. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things.
Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches become important. God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. Martin Luther. When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.
Mahatma Gandhi. The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over. In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. Aristotle Click to tweet. Whatever life takes away from you, let it go. Don Miguel Ruiz Click to tweet. The darker the night, the brighter the stars. The deeper the grief, the closer is God!
Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. When something dies is the greatest teaching. Shunryu Suzuki Click to tweet. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy.
Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak. William Paul Young. Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. There is nothing to worry about. There will be tough times, nice times, good times and bad times.
They all come in life and go. Nothing stays. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. Accepting death as a part of life serves as a spur to diligence and saves us from wasting our time on vain distractions. Matthieu Ricard. A happy family is but an earlier heaven. George Bernard Shaw Click to tweet. Friendship has always belonged to the core of my spiritual journey.
Henri Nouwen. Elbert Hubbard. Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world, depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves. Family life is full of major and minor crises — the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce — and all kinds of characters.
It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. Thomas Moore. People hear you on the level you speak to them from. Speak from your heart, and they will hear with theirs. Marianne Williamson. When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself. Wayne Dyer Click to tweet. We find greater lightness and ease in our lives as we increasingly care for ourselves and other beings. Sharon Salzberg. Desmond Tutu.
Faith, hope, love, and insight are the highest achievements of human effort. Be patient with yourself. There is no greater investment. Stephen Covey. Our prayers are answered not when we are given what we ask, but when we are challenged to be what we can be. Morris Adler. If you lose money you lose much, If you lose friends you lose more, If you lose faith you lose all. Eleanor Roosevelt. Believe in your infinite potential.
Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself. Roy T. Our way is to practice one step at a time, one breath at a time, with no gaining idea. Shunryu Suzuki. And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. Paulo Coelho Click to tweet. Spirituality is fearlessness.
It is a way of looking boldly at this life we have been given, here, now, on earth, as this human being. Elizabeth Lesser. Fulton J. The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves. Do one thing at a time, and while doing it put your whole soul into it to the exclusion of all else. Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. Wayne Dyer. Pray, and let God worry.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history — money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery — the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy. Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.
The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God. Rob Bell. God loves me when I sing. God respects me when I work. Rabindranath Tagore Click to tweet. Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise. All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
Anatole France. It is the inner life that is to spark the change in consciousness that will permit us to advance. Brother Wayne Teasdale. I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God. Helen Keller She was blind. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations. Samuel Ullman. On the spiritual path, all the dreck and misery is transformed, maybe not that same day, but still transformed into spiritual fuel or insight.
Anne Lamott. Character can not be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Helen Keller. Frederick Lenz. The more you recognize the immense good within you, the more you magnetize immense good around you. Alan Cohen. When you find your path, you must not be afraid.
You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way. Paulo Coelho. The ultimate reason for meditating is to transform ourselves in order to be better able to transform the world. Thoughts become things. If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand. Bob Proctor Click to tweet. We can make changes in our lives, we can live consciously rather than mechanically, we can open our hearts and we can be more fully alive.
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, and must empty ourselves. Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in his love than in your weakness. Mother Teresa. Until you have suffered much in your heart, you cannot learn humility. Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica. The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
See also: positive quotes , focus quotes. You are not in the universe, you are the universe. Eckhart Tolle Click to tweet. If the mind falls asleep, awaken it. Then if it starts wandering, make it quiet. If you reach the state where there is neither sleep nor movement of mind, stay still in that, the natural real state.
Meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree. It completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are. No one and nothing outside of you can give you salvation, or free you from the misery.
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You have to light your own lamp. You have to know the miniature universe that you yourself are. Banani Ray. Taitetsu Unno. Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. As long as you are trying to become, trying to get somewhere, trying to attain something, you are quite literally moving away from the Truth itself. Never belong to a crowd; Never belong to a nation; Never belong to a religion; Never belong to a race.
Belong to the whole existence. Why limit yourself to small things? When the whole is available. If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. Leo Tolstoy. Awakening is not a journey of discovering a distant land or a coveted secret, but rather, it is a journey of surrendering to what has always been present but shrouded in illusion and disillusion.
The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. David Foster Wallace. You remain the same person, but you become awakened. Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Diane Duane. We are all connected; To each other, biologically.
To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically. Neil DeGrasse Tyson. These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness, and worship without awareness. No great spiritual awakening has begun anywhere in the world apart from united prayer. Edwin Orr. Waking up is not a selfish pursuit of happiness, it is a revolutionary stance, from the inside out, for the benefit of all beings in existence.
Noah Levine. Enlightenment is nothing more than the complete absence of resistance to what is. End of story. Adyashanti Click to tweet. Breathing in, I experience calm in me. Breathing out, I smile to the calm in me. Breathing in, I experience joy in me. Breathing out, I smile to the joy in me.
Breathing in, I experience equanimity in me. Breathing out, I smile to the equanimity in me. Breathing in, I experience openness in me. Breathing out, I smile to the openness in me. Breathing in, I experience happiness in me. Breathing out, I smile to the happiness in me. Thich Nhat Hanh Click to tweet.
Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment. What is your favorite spiritual quote? Would you like to add another one here? Please let me know in the comment section below! Spirituality is an integral part to make our life more meaningful. Very nice Quotes. Thanks for the collection. Thanks for your message, Swati. I agree with you. And I hope more people would meditate and have richer inner lives.
My sincere thanks for the valuable thoughts of spirituality. Now, it is most essential for us to make our life more meaningful. When your dream is big enough, help and helpers are waiting to be found. Just open your mind to the infinite number of resources and people available to you.
Then go after them and celebrate their arrival! After finishing reading the book chapters, these sections allow you to, in essence, write your own chapter—that is, to really identify and write about what your dream means to you at that point in your journey. Through this journaling, you validate your dream and chronicle the necessary pieces of your dream in order to more fully ingrain it in your daily living, your daily walk in life, your world, and the world. Accepting and Releasing Your Personal and Spiritual Powers By accepting the responsibility of realizing your biggest dream, you begin to use even more of your own inner powers.
Even though you have already experienced the immense growth that comes with acknowledging and using personal power, the concept of using spiritual power may make you uneasy. But I am not talking about power that uses or controls others. That kind of power, driven by anger, insecurity, or fear, arises when people use ego, rather than spirit, to accomplish their ends. Operating at the level of the ego, we seek to control, dominate, and manipulate to make others do our will. Although that may accomplish our ends for a time, it never lasts because no one feels safe around us. Another way to explain this most vital component of personal empowerment is to realize that when we live in and from our spirit power, we energize those around us.
And by energizing others, and ourselves, we are modeling and showing them how to become more of who they are. So use your powers to empower and to pass them on! Think about the previous concepts and labels until you fully understand the difference between personal, spirit, and ego power, because the power I speak of, grounded as it is in love, is never driven by anger or insecurity.
Instead, it is demonstrating and operating at the loftiest levels of the celebration of our human spirit. As such, it is refueled by the never-ending supply of energy available to us when we access our inner power and become one with the collective unconscious.
In other words, the higher you elevate your thinking, the higher you raise your awareness; the more developed you become, the more you improve the world around you. The power to transform oneself is the real power that you seek. As you have already discovered, once you have accepted and assimilated your power, you find yourself living in the same world, but seeing it from an entirely new position. Although old beliefs and problems may tag along, your newfound view allows you to put what you perceived as adversity into fresh perspective.
Problems, then, are no longer seen as punishment, but rather as ways to continue your personal growth. A fresh perspective may be needed even as you are reading this paragraph. Right now, you can make the decision to become fully empowered, to move beyond a comfortable status quo, to gain even more control over the direction of your life, and to live in celebration.
If you have been reluctant to assume more of your personal power, think about it again! Invite yourself to step into your power and celebrate your biggest dream! Assuming Total Responsibility Many people have confessed to having a terrific idea, only to abandon it when it began to demand commitment, to be too great of a risk, to require change or hard work, to receive a lack of support from friends and family, or to require more money. Put another way, how many dreams have you not yet put into action?
And a blinding flash of creativity seems less magical when years of work, research, and commitment lay ahead. Patents, lawyers, lessons, schooling, and business travel take time and money—commodities that often appear to be unavailable. Yet it is in accepting that those things are available or even possible that separates the everyday dreamer from becoming a dream activator. The people I call dream activators do whatever needs to be done to make their dream come true! Many dreamers often just fantasize about what would happen if their dreams came true. Without taking action, a dreamer may continue to fantasize.
Fearful of making a fool of yourself? Afraid of committing yourself to a course of action that might fail? Cautious of making uncomfortable financial moves? Of course you are; it would be irresponsible not to consider all of these things. Your commitment to yourself requires that you assume total responsibility for your own progress. There is another commitment involved, too. Remember that whenever bills become overwhelming or a forward step appears too fraught with chance. Remind yourself to pay attention to your inner needs.
Acting upon what you discover, begin behaving as if you are already living the life you want so passionately. The life you save will be your own. Never take the easy way out, telling others what you think they want to hear or what you think is acceptable or achievable.
It may take some serious self-inventory work to discover your deepest desires and rediscover your primary truths. To see, hear, and align with those truths, you must be willing to feel everything, think everything, and express everything. Let go of the fear. Talk about your biggest dream. When you talk about your biggest dream, notice if censorship gets in the way.
But your biggest dream is not a danger to anyone else. On the contrary, living your dream frees those around you to live their own. Forming Your Own Empowerment Team Even if you have not fully identified your biggest dream, you probably know the direction in which you want to go. Whatever dream career you wish to be in, get yourself appropriately trained or educated and start associating with those already there!
Association then provides contacts and friendships that allow you to practice living in your dream. As you move forward, affiliate yourself with people who will be traveling with you. Members of your team may include family members and old friends, fellow dreamers, mentors, advisors, and coaches. Practicing Standing Aside Stepping back from situations allows you to make unemotional observations, inferences, and decisions. Detach yourself from what others are doing or saying. I know what you are thinking—and you are right: It is a paradox to care with all your heart and soul about something, and then be asked to give up controlling the path!
How does one practice being detached when feeling so passionately? By tapping into the universe and making decisions from your inner self. If, for instance, you still need someone else to approve or give you permission, you have not yet accepted responsibility for your own power. Although it would be wonderful to have those closest to you on your empowerment team, it would be unusual! Getting Through the Tough Times Situations and events that are demanding or difficult are bound to happen when you are moving forward. When they do, reach out for assistance when you need it.
That may be professional guidance, a friend, or time alone. It is important that you do what you need to do to learn from what is delaying your progress, and then move through— or around—it. If you buy into that, you will not only never achieve your dreams, but you may not dare to perceive them! It is just the distribution of this largesse that is limited. What is vital is admitting to yourself that you are changing direction—even if at first glance the alteration appears to indicate indecisiveness or lack of direction. Most great dreamers adapted their plans, time lines, or goals. Living Congruently With Your Dreams, Self, Place, Possessions, and Position By following the principles mentioned previously, you will begin to move into the inner realm of consciousness.
Rejoice by establishing a lifestyle that makes the realization of your biggest dream a top priority. That includes allowing time for inspirational thought and creative action. Spend time to be with those who nurture and empower you. At the beginning and end of each day, embrace what is and visualize what will be. Change, however unsteady, is essential, reminding you that you are alive and growing. So practice those changes that allow you to live congruently with your biggest dream.
From then on you work at the jobs you really love and associate with people you really want to be around. Simply by embracing change you begin to grow. So welcome changes and start celebrating every step you accomplish, right now. Just by reading this Introduction you may have discovered or learned something about yourself that you did not know before you began.
By reading this far, you have opened yourself to a host of new ideas. Ask yourself: Where am I in my wishes, hopes, and dreams right now? What has my dream journey been like so far? What is the greatest me I can imagine? What changes will I want to make?
Am I excited to live in each moment and celebrate my existence each and every day? And what do I want to claim and discover as I read and write in this book and its companion workbook? Take time to ponder these questions, and record your responses on the pages that follow. You may discover or really start to own some very interesting facets of yourself and your life. So, what realized dreams are you celebrating right now?
Celebration is the human way of savoring well-earned rewards. As a dreamer, you have dared to do something that frightened you and made earlier wishes, hopes, and dreams come true. Now, having become used to using your talents, gifts, and options, you can look back and see how much you influenced—perhaps even redefined—your own personal future.
There is much, much more to you than you can even imagine. Pretend that you have been given an invitation to open new doors to discover your smallest and biggest dreams. What would those dreams be? Settle back into your favorite dreaming position. Take out your favorite pen and your journal and make a list of the top 10 things you want to add to your life.
Having done that, slowly and thoughtfully contemplate your dreams. Enjoy and embrace them. Then put the list where it will not be disturbed. Think about them often over the next few days. Hold them in your heart. Allow these wishes, hopes, and dreams to germinate in your mind, for this is the way to liberate your biggest dream and make it real. Having spent years rising to the top of her profession, at 33, Linda assessed what she had accomplished and was pleased.
But there were things about living and working in New York that were less than perfect. Also, in working for one company, she was restricted by the types of manuscripts she was given. On top of that, by working so hard to establish herself, she had chosen to delay marriage and a family and, biologically, time was running out. So Linda set out to redesign her life. Her new plan included looking for a new job, one that would provide her with the time to include being a wife and mother. With an outstanding reputation established in New York, she decided to chance moving to California, where she set herself up as a freelance editor.
Today, five years later, she has all those things. Her freelance editing business is thriving; she is living this dream and excitedly opening new doors to new dreams. Liberating Your Newest Dream How wonderful it is to already have a good understanding of who and what you are. Now it is time to open the door wide on who you are, what you dare to desire, and what you can achieve! As someone who has completed earlier dreams, you no longer find it frightening to accept your own responsibility for your personal mental, physical, and spiritual growth.
Yet, having accomplished that growth, you may still feel a yearning to know even more about yourself, sensing that there is something else within waiting to be released. For those with the urge to find out, not knowing strikes at your soul! If you were born to dance and have not yet embraced the performer inside, a vital part of you remains waiting in the shadows.
It is time to unveil what may lie slumbering inside. As you have learned, in the process of making any dream come true, you attract like-minded people with whom to share your ideas and goals. That process has drawn us together because my dream is to inspire and coach those willing to seek their destinies. Some of those memories may be holding you back from moving forward. Review it. Take time to record what you visualized and begin to prepare yourself for the changes that are to come—for the world depends upon the achievement of your dreams.
As an ancient Chinese proverb promises: If there is righteousness in the heart, There will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, There will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, There will be order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, There will be peace in the world. In other words, we must not underestimate the importance of the individual—you or me or anyone else.
If there is ever to be worldwide peace, it must begin within each one of us. And as we change in our view of the world, and ourselves, so do those around us. Only when we are pleased with our own progress do we freely encourage others to work toward their own fulfillment. You found this to be true while working toward earlier dreams: Your fellow dreamers, family, friends, and colleagues responded to the changes you made.
Yet, here you are again, suspecting there is another—perhaps even a bigger—dream that will make more differences in your life and theirs! Again, maybe you have only sensed that biggest dream, intuitively felt it buried deep and unidentified within you. Or perhaps you have glimpsed portions of it, but have not been able to put them all together.
Dreams are often akin to unassembled puzzles, and you suspect that yours is just waiting for you to put its missing sections together. Simply by embracing this awareness, you continue the journey toward discovery and accomplishment. Do you have anything you wish to add? Do that! Generally, we do not focus our inner awareness or use its real power, even in the most difficult moments of crisis. With all of the recent scientific discoveries regarding DNA, heredity, and genetic programming, why do we continue to underrate our potential?
I believe we often deny our natural knowing and powers because acknowledging something of value requires that we accept total responsibility for achieving it. Rather than be held accountable for the failure or success of our desires, ambitions, and dreams, we all too often deny our ability to deliberately manifest what we want. It is, after all, much easier to blame bad luck or others for not having or becoming. To use more of our own powerful consciousness, we can access our unconscious by trusting our instincts—and our wishes and dreams. As we explore we can strengthen both through our search for knowledge, meditation, prayer, dream interpretation, journal writing, therapy, and coaching.
We can then access even more energies and knowledge beyond our own genetic and experiential make-up. This is definitely not totally new territory. Before we can align ourselves with this state of consciousness, we must reaffirm the power and importance of our own conscious and unconscious thoughts.
Each of us, then, is an integral part of life on this planet. Therefore, it is imperative that we develop our individual talents and abilities to the fullest so that we will be ready when our biggest dreams are revealed. Consider this notion: Everyone else in the world depends upon you reaching your biggest dream if peace and harmony is to be achieved!
Does that mean that your dream must immediately and conspicuously benefit the rest of humanity? Certainly not; he wanted to make money—lots of it! Along with it, he discovered inner strength and integrity that few had suspected. He has gone down in history as the man who saved more than a thousand Jews from certain death.
However large your dream seems to you, it is probably bigger. Say you are dreaming of creating a loving home for your family or of inventing a more effective filing system for your office. These dreams may not immediately make life better for your neighbors or for office workers across town, yet every improvement in the world eventually benefits others. Did Henry Ford have any idea of the extent of the change he would initiate by instituting mass production of automobiles? Maybe not— but in one way or another he changed the lives of every human being on this planet! When you align yourself with the limitlessness of the universe, you will not only realize your own dream but, eventually, you will improve life for people you may never know.
So, it is now time to write your story—the story of your dream journey so far! Give yourself plenty of quiet time to reflect on what you have read and what you have written in your workbook and journal so far. Then, when you are ready, begin recording everything you remember about your journey so far. By looking back at how you welcomed, approached, and achieved your previous dreams, you have opened the door to your next dreams.
Begin to think about what you are wishing, hoping, dreaming, and wanting to celebrate. To actually move through each new door and beyond, you must be able to feel, taste, smell, and envision your new dreams. After all, wishes and hopes are the stuff that dreams are made of. The following exercise helps you start to pull all the pieces of your biggest dream together. Take 10 minutes to clear your mind, to reopen the door to a new dream or a dream step. Take 10 minutes to gain insight, understanding, and clarity. To free yourself, to lift your spirits.
To identify a block. To step into your power. Go down the lists, reviewing each question at a time, and answer all of them. What will I do, and when will I have it done by? What do I want and need to write more about? The purpose behind using these prompts as idea starters is to lead yourself fully into trusting yourself, fully motivating yourself, fully recognizing yourself, and bringing your dreams into reality. For many people, this is the hardest step: Once you get to the place of knowing what you need to know, ask yourself: Am I willing to commit and claim my dreams?
Welcome to the promptings that may very well change your life: N Am I a dreamer? N What was I born to do? N What am I here to do? N What am I doing, being, and having that are helping me to live in the excitement of realizing my biggest dream? N What will I have to do every moment of every day, once my dream is started in motion? N How will I plan a schedule for my dream? N What natural abilities do I have that allow for the development of my dreams?
N What skills do I have that free me to live my dream? N What do I know about dreamers who have decided to live and celebrate their biggest dreams? N What rumors do I want to hear about myself celebrating my biggest dream? N What is the biggest dream I have realized to date?
N How did I celebrate the realization of my biggest dream to date? N What smaller dreams have I reawakened by claiming my biggest dream? N What are the stages of my dreamer self? N What belief statements empower me? N In what situations do I take risks? N In what situations do I hesitate to take risks? N What do I have to do to become an actualized dreamer? N What do I need to go beyond to become an actualized dreamer? N What path is mine to choose?
N Am I having fun yet? N Who do I need to surround myself with so that my dream is possible? N Is the work I now engage in bringing me the money I need and want? N What did I do today to prevent myself from living my dream? N What happened in my life yesterday that taught me something? N What am I doing today to apply the lessons I learned from yesterday? N Is realizing my dream worth changing for? N What do I want and need to value today, this week, this month, and this year? N What stretch do I need to turn my dream into a reality?
N Am I taking full responsibility for the realization of my dream? N If I had just arrived on the planet and my job was to teach others to dream, what would I teach them? What would my plan be? N In what ways can I contribute to the lives of others? N What should definitely be on my schedule today? N What am I going to need on my journey? Expand upon the idea of going on this adventure with everything I think I need and want to travel on this dream journey. N Do I want to reclaim any of my shattered dreams, or claim any dreams left by the wayside?
N Who am I? N What stories have I collected on my way to realizing my big dream? Make a list of story titles. Choose one of these stories to write, and then share it with someone. N What are the stages of my claiming my power? N What are 50 ways I celebrate my power. N Have I lost my power? N Do I have a spirit of liberation? N Am I looking powerful? N What needs to be released in order for me to step into my power? N What secrets am I keeping from myself?
N Is it hard work to realize my potential? N Am I willing to do the work necessary to realize my potential? If so, use the following suggestions will help you further explore and gain new insight. Convince the person that you have no doubt you will succeed. Never Again Never again do you need to resist or doubt your learning! Right here—right now—address this notion to reaffirm your willingness to embrace your biggest dream. It will be most valuable for you to continue doing this in a highly visual way.
On a stage of your own making. In later chapters, you will be writing the script that you want to follow. In the space that follows, make a cluster design of all that you want in your life, starting right now. In the Introduction, 12 basic guidelines were introduced to direct you toward fulfillment. Addressing and understanding each will let you know if you are ready and willing to make the changes today that will make realizing your biggest dream possible. Although you may or may not know what your biggest dream is, you now understand that, like all journeys, this one begins with a single step.
By reexamining yourself, you have discovered much that you did know— and maybe more that you were not consciously aware of. From this you have grown in your perception of yourself. You also recognize the importance of never underestimating the role you play in the universal scheme of things. Then, too, you have likely identified some of the things that have stood in the way of opening the door to your dream. So even if your biggest dream is not fully identified, or your journey fully planned, now is time to start moving onward.
Set aside plenty of time to write about what all this means to you. Are you willing to do the work required to realize your potential? Are you willing to make necessary changes in life and in yourself? Make it Yours H H H H 47 To instill the reality of your biggest dream in your subconscious as well as your conscious mind, address the following even though they may appear repetitive. Writing your thoughts and feelings down creates a greater awareness and often makes them more real. It also allows you to carry them with you.
On the following pages write your declarations. Hang your lists in your office space on a bulletin board as reminders and for inspiration. Write about what liberating your biggest dream means. Describe how. Having made these commitments to yourself, you are becoming a new person. You can never return to who you were before. Therefore, what you have written reflects who and where you are right now. Before you can go on to develop your thoughts and plans to their fullest, you will probably need to get rid of a number of unsuspected old ideas, habits, and attitudes blocking your way.
For instance, have you ever noticed how much each of us focuses on problems? No matter where you turn, friends, newscasters, and reporters are discussing difficulties with personal issues, health care, immigration, crime, disease, and national and international debt. Yet, despite our concern—and all the brainpower being devoted to solving these problems—world difficulties are still very evident. Well, the best solution may not be to fix broken relationships, dysfunctional systems, waste, greed, or lack of common sense, although many are trying to do so.
The solution to old problems lies in developing new ideas, some based upon the successes and failures of the past and others based upon an entirely new vision or fresh perspectives. In new approaches are opportunities to develop workable procedures and prototypes. This is where you come in, because we can no longer continue to use old methods and materials—however successful they may have been in the past. Each of us needs to observe old and new problems from entirely different points of view and become creative.
Severely injured, a professional skier needed to recover completely before heading back into competition.
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Although she was physically healed, she knew that she had to do more than just repeat earlier performances. That meant, in order to return to serious competition, she would also have to move beyond old limitations established by previous successes. How does an athlete move beyond mental limitations of prior wins? She did it by creating an entirely new experience: by going skydiving! Then, having viewed the mountain from a whole new perspective, she was able to confidently compete again. Take a minute right now to ask yourself: What restricting ideas or mindsets are holding me back?
That for every winner there must be at least one loser? Well, guess what: None of those beliefs may be valid! Then the first edition of this book was published, along with companion workbooks for all three. Who was I? No one known well enough to be considered important! How did I do it? By constantly working toward my own highest development, which started with going back to school, as I continued teaching and then began to create and develop new programs.
If I can do it, you can claim and achieve your dreams, too! What that tells us is that it is time to find new ways of doing things. Now is the time to reevaluate what needs to be let go of and establish a new framework for our dreams and ourselves. Ellie, one of my clients, reviewed a list I compiled of beliefs and feelings established in childhood that can influence our adult lives. Ellie reported that days later a thought surfaced. The answer to her question arrived while she was dreaming a few nights later. Ellie dreamed she was back in junior high, being approached by female teachers who were urging her to run for school president against the most popular and intelligent boy in eighth grade.
Had she been hurt? I asked her. Had she been angry? I asked her if she remembered how she had felt. In factory towns of the s, different rules applied for teenagers and adults. From junior high on up, tradition dictated that boys hold all-important offices, except secretary. Secretaries were always girls. In the days that followed, Ellie found her thoughts returning to that question again and again.
During our next visit, she observed that she had frequently been asked to run for public office. Always, she had refused; the last thing she wanted or needed, she believed, was to compete in a public arena. Yet she willingly designed brochures and worked for supervisory, mayoral, and school-board candidates. In addition to being an educator, she was an author and a museum curator.
But run for office? Absolutely not! There are few public offices in a county system! Totally committed to getting beyond the old mindset that had, until now, kept her from fulfilling her potential, Ellie accepted. In the next election her name will be on the ballot when she runs for the seat. Already, she has been assured that she will be supported by prestigious homeowners groups and political factions. Where is all this going? She only feels that she must do this, even though it is stepping into a void she has avoided for more than 40 years.
Once these old unconscious limitations have been examined and reassessed, each of us can then consciously decide to change direction and take charge to create an exciting future. Finding the Flaw When my children were younger, I sewed a great deal, partly due to necessity, and partly because I truly enjoyed the piece-by-piece, stitchby-stitch routine after dealing with my rambunctious children all day. Dealing with a flawed garment—or a flawed dream—can be more than discouraging; sometimes it is fatal to the whole process.
Try this experiment: On the large art pad I suggested you buy, make a cluster diagram of everything that might be holding you back from pursuing your dream. Identifying your old restrictions and writing them down on paper makes it easier to see earlier decisions that you have come to regret or question.
When you have identified all the limiting factors that you know, look them over to see if anything is missing. By recognizing what is in your way, you can attend to it. You might want to include the following in your diagram: adequate financing, unresolved issues, family members, friends, coworkers, fellow dreamers, inadequate preparation, incomplete accreditation, lack of self-awareness, fear of success, and making wrong choices.
On page 59 is an example of a cluster diagram one of my clients made. On a first date, when you worried that your date might order too much food? Follow your feelings of fear back to their beginnings. Remember what you did to get beyond the fear that time. What can you do to get beyond it this time? Now you can consciously choose to release limiting ideas and conditions.
But you must first replace them from a totally new viewpoint. To do that, make a third diagram. In it, select new attitudes to replace each of your former beliefs in the second diagram. Remember: You are viewing old limitations in an entirely new way. Revisit each remembered former belief or attitude and begin to redesign from a completely new vantage point. My capabilities Diet There is no limit to what I can accomplish if I put my mind to it. My mind is in charge of my mouth. There are ways to earn money doing what I love!
By using this identification-and-replacement technique, you break through each of those barriers keeping you from using your full power to accomplish what you want. By consciously exposing outdated constraints, you begin to release the power to create your biggest dreams. But is there another piece of the puzzle? Draw a similar puzzle on your art pad. Leave one puzzle piece blank, and label the rest with your realized dreams. Played solo trumpet in my high school swing band. Learned to speak a second language fluently. Stopped smoking. Surprised my parents with a 50th anniversary celebration party.
Overcame my fear of flying. Organized the annual holiday bazaar for my church. Graduated from college. Qualified for a loan to purchase my first home. Successfully ran in a marathon in the time I set for myself. What process did you go through to complete those dreams?
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How did each dream relate to the others: Sequentially? Does that suggest anything about the unlabeled piece of the puzzle? What newly realized dream do you think you want to put there? Now, once again review your puzzle and write in the blank puzzle piece what you want to experience to complete your current dream puzzle.
Whether or not you have identified your next dream, recognize and acknowledge the joys that you have already experienced. Reflection and review are always helpful when embracing new dreams and facing or experiencing challenges. As are life and learning, reflection and review are ongoing processes. In other words, repetition is essential for growth. Repeat these exercises as often as you need, just as you play and replay your favorite music, reread your favorite books, or watch your favorite movies for the umpteenth time.
Everything that we love can be revisited and reviewed so that we might reacquaint ourselves with beauty, happiness, joy, and celebration—and so that we might be alerted to any nuances we might have missed. Moving Beyond Perceived Limitations We cannot allow ourselves to limit our dreams based upon past experiences—negative or positive. Even those of us who think we have worked through earlier obstacles often retain vestiges of old hurts and failures. You may have attained many of your dreams by healing some of those wounds: coming from a dysfunctional family, living in poverty, or simply having had little or no opportunity to be powerful.
Knowing, as an adult, that it was your choice to either dwell in days gone by or use those experiences to grow and expand, you chose to grow. Big Shot? Got Rocks? That if you were going to get anywhere it was time to pull your head out of the clouds? Were you told that only fools look for pie in the sky? You can say, I do know what I want. I am a dreamer, and dreamers are perfectly capable of keeping their feet on the ground while their heads are in the clouds! As a dreamer, I am supposed to beat my own drum in a rhythm all my own! Take time right now to make a list of every limiting statement you have ever been told.
When you finish, go back and underline the statements you heard that stopped you in your tracks. If other forgotten messages surface later, be sure to add them to your list so that you will be aware of them and will not allow them to limit you again. Although those limitations are an important chapter in your book of life, embrace them and be ready to live and celebrate your dreams. Instead, embrace your history.
Build strength in your broken parts. Then, step aside and move on! Before anything becomes reality, the idea must be born. And I dream wonderful things and commit myself to work creatively toward bringing all my dreams into reality for the benefit of us all! By doing this, you give yourself permission to change. Akin to domestic elephants, we continue to be inhibited by early training. Baby elephants held in captivity, as you may know, are often chained by one leg to a stake that allows them only a fixed range of movement. Even when the connecting chain is removed, the metal anklet that remains prevents them from knowing they are free.
Too often, we accept parameters established for us by authority figures in our childhood. Within days of entering preschool or kindergarten, most of us gave up a good measure of our natural spontaneity, energy, and drive. Then, to make sure that our children are as successful as we are, we require the same compromising things of them that were required of us. Untying the Knots of Forgotten Perceptions As a former teacher, a mother, and a grandmother, I confess that life is quieter and more orderly when we subdue the natural instincts of children.
Adults lose by not realizing that they need to reclaim their natural power when they grow up. In forgetting, we have denied ourselves the thrill of exploration and discovery, the satisfaction of growth, and the joy of celebrating the appropriate uses of power. But, you say, I understand all of that, and I am still feeling reluctant. Maybe because the size of this new dream is intimidating. They drain your energy.
They sabotage your progress. Here is a list to consider—it may lead you to discover just how your perceptions might be obstructing your progress. Then note in your companion workbook, journal, or pad of paper, those changes you can make to start untangling those knots. Describe how you can begin making those changes that allow you to activate your dreams by pulling you closer to the position in which you belong.
Right now, grab your journal and make a list of times when you have been happy. Then reread and write in more detail about those experiences and what it would take for you to be happy right now. Specify where that happiness could lead you. List your options to reach that place. Determine what would free you to do what you need to do. Write down what you need in order to make that a reality.
You might also find or draw a picture of yourself that captures you being happy and frame or paste it into your journal. Suddenly, your life has the freedom to surge ahead. Do you feel that emancipation? Did you feel it dissipating by taking a walk, watching a sunrise or sunset, exercising, lighting a candle, listening to music, soaking in a tub of hot water, getting a massage, or talking with a friend or your coach?
Review your list and choose one to review and to activate—right now! Think about the growth you made by taking them. Now, consider your next risky steps. Make a list of those next risky steps and encourage yourself to acknowledge your willingness to make those steps successful, too. Trust the messages your subconscious mind gives you. You might now realize it may be time to reexamine your money beliefs, habits, and attitudes. In other words, stop waiting; begin making those small and large changes that add up to important progress. Make a list of your new guidelines and beliefs. Having completed, and contemplated, the preceding exercises, know that you are moving right along.
Make a record of those experiences. In each case, chronicle how you experienced your power, and how you expressed it. Accepting No Limits: Think Big! Know that you are a transformative force in this interconnected world and accept no limits to what you can be or contribute. Elevate your thinking by considering some of the most far-reaching dreams in human history.
Daily, new ideas, products, and services astonish us. Of course, that would require that all military forces be formally instructed in the ideals of democratic process. Many are unlikely to change their views, but there is hope for new viewpoints. Inside each cloud write in some of the ingenious inventions, concepts, and discoveries that have been accomplished to date.
Do you identify with any of them? Remember this! An example is shown on page Ask: Why am I here on this planet at this time in history? What was I born to create—or continue? What am I going to create as my legacy? Inside each one, write an idea that can change the world. Open my own consulting business. Meditate daily. Foster a relationship with my next-door neighbor. Be kinder and gentler to myself. Develop an effective and organized bookkeeping system. Start an exercise program.
Quit smoking. Keep my closets clean forever. Start a family. How do they correspond to the dreams you have already accomplished?
How do they relate to the dreams you are working on now? Did you include your biggest dream? If you are finding this exercise difficult, put your pen down and recall all the wishes, hopes, and dreams you ever had. Should you need to be reminded or inspired, remember those television programs or articles that continue to demand your attention. What is it about those situations or subjects that appeal to you? Do you love old movies? Is it the actor or the story that captures you?
Does any particular movie have anything to do with an old dream? What about developments in genetics or negotiations between warring tribes, clans, or countries? Write down anything that comes to mind. Dream bigger! A lot bigger! Moving Forward, Growing, and Expanding Vow to do whatever it takes to lift yourself above the mundane activities and thoughts of your everyday world. Having already scheduled time for inspirational thought, you can now sit back in a favorite place and begin thinking about where you are going.
With your eyes closed, you begin raising your consciousness, lifting your inner self higher than your past, higher than your current reality. Then, soaring in a creative space, you observe that the future you want belongs to you and you alone. No one before or after you will inhabit that space. The realization that you and your contributions are important—that without you and what only you can do, a vital part of the universe may collapse and die.
Comprehending this, you feel a sense of wonder; everything that you are now and ever will be starts here—beyond the perceived confines of what most people believe.
You realize that you can accomplish what needs to be done because not any one of us works alone. When we are working with clarity of purpose, we work with a higher purpose and the more concentrated energy of the universe. Without all those perceptions restricting you, you can move forward into a fuller expression of your powers. However you do have to take care not to fall back into outgrown patterns when facing the unfamiliar. Right here—right now—reflect, review, and write so that you may forever live in choice! What have you written and read that helped you break free of old mindsets?
Write what you remember here to serve as reminders. Both are so powerful that they promote internal and external action. As you use the words you have chosen to live with, you begin to write the script for the rest of your life. Write to describe your reality of yourself up until now. The new you is growing, and you are preparing to create and live in celebration of being a dreamer of big dreams.
No matter what the name, what it describes is energy beyond our conscious self that works with us to recognize and accomplish our dreams. As an energizing higher self, spirit power frees each of us to tap into that part of ourselves that is increasingly expressive, dynamic, independent, and free. By using our spirit power, we begin to live in an evolving state of joy and discovery. Start by reclaiming your childhood sense of wonderment over the simplest of things. Or maybe you made a phone call to someone whose face or name kept popping into your mind and discovered that he or she was thinking about you, too.
What I recommend that you start doing now is to consciously and regularly tap into that power. Doing so allows you to further assume personal responsibility for your past, your present, and a rewarding future. In an environment that encourages reflective and creative thought, you can put your spirit power to work.
Are you ready to refine it—maybe even redefine it? In your journal or on your art pad, draw a number of circles. In them, write the following questions. Then write everything and anything to expand what you know and are questioning. Just for the fun of it, pretend that the spiritual energy available to you comes in the form of a magical work crew. There they wait, energy in action, ready to do your bidding. At your request, crew members will assist, empower, observe, facilitate, and guide you to claim your highest dream.
Taking your time, allow an answer to emerge. Some people actually see the answer written on the inside of their foreheads. Your answer—and the answer to all your questions—may appear in a dream, in the title of a book glimpsed on a newsstand, or in a word spoken on television or on the subway. However and whenever the answers come, write them all down.
I always experience a real lightheartedness following each answer. Your sense of knowing may have you feeling it, too, or you may experience other physical or mental signs that you are gaining additional clarity about what you want, why you want it, and how you can get it. Thank those energies, and ask them to keep working. When one of my clients tried this out she inspired herself to even greater aspiration by asking experts of the past to enter into her creative imagination times.
She shared that she had once asked famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright to assist her in planning her meditation room and the results were truly magical. She reports that she now realizes there is always a little magic available to her. Transcribe your answers, whether they make sense or not, onto your art pad or into your journal. Add subcategories when related ideas come to you.