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A sign that we are maturing on the spiritual path is when we begin to release our acquisitive nature – the part of us that is always seeking to get something – and instead commit to being of service.

Rather than going out into the world, believing that the world somehow holds our happiness, we instead have a very real and powerful sense that our happiness comes from within. It emanates from the core of our very Self.

And it is with this awareness that we are overcome with a palpable lightness of being, where every instant becomes a celebration, and everything we do we do with a glad heart.

Rather than asking, “How can I get what I think I need in order to be happy or survive?”, we instead approach every moment, every situation, every interaction with the question: “How may I be of service? How may I bring value? How may I be a blessing?”

We have realized that we are not here to try and get more stuff. Instead, we know that we already have it all, and it is our joyous task to simply demonstrate this truth in our experience.

We are here to freely share all of our gifts, skills, and talents; to freely shine our light, sing our song, and dance our dance.

And when we do this – which is seeking first the Kingdom of God, the Realm of the ever-expanding Good – we soon find that everything we thought we needed to chase after comes bursting into our experience.

Our lives are filled with riches and blessings beyond our wildest imagination simply because we are the blessing. And Life will always reflect back to us exactly what we are.

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In Parts One and Two of this series respectively, we have looked deeply into where do our dreams come from, and we have also examined where do we come from, and how do we fit into the grander scheme of things. We had reminded ourselves that everything in the Universe is energy, and we had brought back to our attention that all of it originates within a vibrant Field of energy which science has called the Unified Field. And so we have allowed ourselves to recall that it is within this Field that we live, move, and have our being. And furthermore, that we are, in fact, intimately connected to this Field. That there is no place where this Field ends and we begin.

All of this is what we might consider a scientific way of describing God. Because as we mature spiritually, we begin to realize that God is not some external deity that we must beseech to give us what we think we need to be happy or to survive. But much rather do we begin to realize that God is the center of our very being.

And as such, it becomes apparent that all has already been given to us. We already have the keys of the kingdom. So rather than us trying to get something from the seemingly external, our task becomes to realize that all that we could ever want, hope for, or desire, we already have; and it is up to us to create the conditions within our own consciousness that will allow our physical experience to become the living demonstration of this truth.

Friends, this is what living the Awakened Life is!

Living the Awakened Life is moving beyond the superstition of materialism, and instead cultivating a very real and powerful sense of our true nature as Spiritual Beings on an eternal journey of joyous unfolding.

Oh yes, Life is very good, indeed!

All that we could ever want, hope for, or desire, we already have; and it is up to us to create the conditions within our own consciousness that will allow our physical experience to become the living demonstration of this truth.

Now, with this awareness, are you ready to examine a bit further the practicality of matters? I thought you might be. So then let’s take a look at…

5 Keys For Moving Towards Your Dreams

Key #1

Ask for Guidance

You may find this first key especially useful if you’re reading this and you’re not quite sure what your vision is. Perhaps it’s been a long time since you’ve allowed yourself to even consider having a dream. Well, something within you is saying, “It’s time to get back on with it. It’s time to get back to the dream.”

Simply find a quiet place where you will be able to sit uninterrupted. Then, become still. Allow yourself to get centered so you may get in touch with the core of your being, your I Am Presence. Enter into your Soul Space.

Once you have accessed that level of your awareness – which is simply a matter of turning your attention away from the seemingly external towards the interiority of your being – you may then ask any question you seek to know the answer to. Perhaps you may want to ask, “What’s the purpose of my current incarnation? What am I to do with this lifetime? What is seeking to emerge in me, through me, as my very life? What are the dreams that are in my heart?”

And then, be on the lookout for the answer. The answer may come in the form of a sudden insight, an intuitive sense. Or perhaps it will appear in the form of a billboard, or you’ll hear it in the chance utterance of a friend or a so-called stranger. Do not try to rush the answer. Be patient. Know that it’s coming. And begin to feel that, whatever the answer is going to be, it’s going to be good!

If you are already on track with your dreams, you may want to use this process to inquire about the next step of your unfolding, or anything else that’s going on in your life about which you’re seeking a higher perspective.

 

Key #2

Pay Attention To The Answer

After you have asked for guidance, you will want to raise your level of alertness so as to not miss the signs that the Universe will be bringing into your experience. More often than not, the answers may be subtle, and they may require our alert receptivity in order for us to notice them.

I love how Carl Jung described synchronicity as, ”…the coming together of inner and outer events in a way that cannot be explained by cause and effect and that is meaningful to the observer.”

So let us seek to pay attention whenever we have those experiences of inner and outer events coming together in a way that is meaningful to us. When this happens, let us be aware that someone’s trying to tell us something. And let’s be sure we listen.

 

Key #3

Act On Your Hunches

The answers may come in the form of hunches and impulses that are emanating from our intuition. Regardless of how they come, the answers will not always make sense to our rational mind. The ego, in its well-meaning yet misguided way, may advise us to not pay attention to mere hunches and to instead focus our time on what it has labeled as “more pressing matters.”

We cannot serve two masters. We cannot follow our Divine Destiny and expect to get there by the means and the clever scheming of our ego. Ego invariably comes from a limited perspective, whereas our Inner Voice is the part of us that is plugged into Spirit. And Spirit has got the whole picture! Spirit is saying, “Follow me! Trust me! I’ll get you there! Come on!”

 

Key #4

Commit To Excellence No Matter Where You Are

The “no matter where you are” part is really what we’re focused on here. Sometimes we may have big dreams and we may be committed to giving them all we’ve got, yet we may be working at a day job to temporarily supply our funding. We may be tempted to think that our day job is less important and therefore does not require that we demonstrate the excellence that is actually inherent within our very being.

Do not be fooled! Decide that you’re going to commit to excellence no matter where you are! It doesn’t matter what the job is, make a commitment to give it your all. Don’t hesitate to show up early and to stay late. Always be willing to do more than what’s expected, and do it gladly, joyfully, with a sincere heart. It is the energy that results from the demonstration of that level of excellence that will catapult us into the next stage of our unfolding.

 

Key #5

Cultivate An Unshakable Spiritual Trust

Let’s remember to simply trust our Source. We live, move, and have our being in God. So when, in the mere outer, it appears as if something’s not working out, if it feels like we’ve hit a dead end, or if we think we’re going in circles and everything is falling apart, that’s simply a sign that it’s time to release and let go.

Not let go of the dream. Not let go of the vision. But to let go of how we think it “should” be happening.

You may recall, I said in Part One that “how” is not our business. So let’s learn to let go and let God. Remember that, no matter what the vision, in the mind of God it’s already done. So if the path towards the dream is turning out a little different from what we expected, let us seek to realize that it’s all perfect.

All of us are exactly where we need to be, right now at this very moment, in order for us to learn, to grow, to evolve, and to become who we will need to be in order to fulfill our destiny.

  • Embodiment

The following affirmative treatment, repeated with conviction on a regular basis, will anchor these new heart and mind sets in your awareness. You may want to change the wording in any way that feels natural to you. The exact words do not matter. What matters is feeling the powerful energy behind them!

I give thanks for the insights that are taking root in my awareness. I give thanks for the guidance I have received, and I am open and receptive to all the signs and all the clues that my beloved Source is seeking to bring into my experience. I give thanks that I am cultivating an unshakable spiritual trust. I KNOW that I live, move, and have my being in a field of Infinite Possibilities, and it is with this awareness that any old thoughts of fear, doubt, and worry; any thoughts of lack, limitation and scarcity, are being dissolved, for they can no longer live in the higher vibration of my being. I commit to excellence in all areas of my life. I commit to being the very best me I can be. I commit to activating my full potential. For this and so much more I give eternal thanks, and I allow it to be. Thankfully and joyously. And so it is. Amen

Much Love and Blessings to you!

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The fourth and final part of this Best Year Of Your Life series is all about letting go of judging ourselves, letting go of comparing ourselves to others, and simply deciding to shine our own light fully and completely. It’s about embracing who we are, loving who we are, and then becoming the full embodiment of our highest potential through the sharing of our gifts, skills, and talents. Here are the links to the previous entries, if you would like to revisit them:

From the Comfort Zone to the Excellence Zone

Enlarging our Capacity to Receive & Surrendering to the Great Unfolding

Living for the Joy of Giving

And now, let’s wrap this thing up:

  • Understanding Your Uniqueness

In order for us to fully unlock all of our potential, it’s important that we realize our own uniqueness. Did you know that you are completely and totally unique? There is no one else who is exactly like you anywhere in the world. Almost seven billion people on the planet, but only one you. There is no one else who has your unique sensibilities, your unique point of view, your life experiences. You are truly one of a kind.

So easily we can get caught up in comparing ourselves to others. We notice something that we like in someone else, and then we start wanting to be like them. If only we could have their skills, their talents, their strengths. If only we could just be a little more like that. But whenever we think in such ways, we are giving away the gift of our own uniqueness. We’re trading in our own unique nature in order to try and be like someone else.

If we truly want to unleash our full potential, it’s important that we let go of comparing, and instead decide to be the only person we can ever be in this particular lifetime: ourselves.

Of course it’s great to have role models. I have quite a few of them myself. They are the ones that inspire us, we look to them as examples of what’s possible. Oftentimes they may act as our mentors, we may learn a great deal from them, and we may certainly be influenced by them. But there is a difference between looking up to a person we admire, and attempting to emulate that person.

Sure, in some cases we may even be quite similar. But we must always remember that, despite that, we are all on our own unique journey. It does no good to compare our own life journey to that of someone else. In fact, someone once said, “comparison is the fast track to misery.” And nothing could be more true.

Whenever pondering the idea of uniqueness, I love to think about the snowflake analogy.

Did you know that there are no two snowflakes that are exactly alike? Consider for a moment the countless numbers of snowflakes that form all across the world all throughout the year. At first glance they may all look the same. But if you were to examine each of them under a microscope, you’d find that not only are snowflakes made up of absolutely beautiful frozen crystal structures, but every single one of them is unique in the way and shape that these crystals are formed.

Well, and just like all snowflakes are unique, every single one of us is unique. And regardless of what experiences we may have had, regardless of what conditioning we may have picked up along the way, regardless of how flawed we may think we are, the truth is we are all perfect just the way we are.

In fact, let’s dig a little deeper into this idea of our own perfection. Are you ready for this? Are you truly willing to remind yourself of what at the soul-level you already know? Okay. Then here we go:

We are all unique ways in which Divine Intelligence is expressing and experiencing Itself right here on earth. Every single one of us is a unique idea in the mind of God, and as such we are all perfect just as we are. We are unique ways in which Love, Divine Beauty, Creativity, and GENIOSITY are happening on this planet.

Allow yourself to just take that in.

Does that resonate with you on some level?

Allow yourself to be reminded today of Who You Really Are. Allow yourself to remember that your existence didn’t begin with your birth in time in space. How could that even be? You’re not merely what you can see and feel with your physical senses. You are not a collection of flesh and bones that’s somehow learned to walk and talk and think and imagine and create and have dreams.

The truth is you are an eternal, infinite, timeless Being. You are pure Divine Intelligence. You are made up of pure one hundred percent God. That’s what’s meant by we are made in the image and likeness of God.

And, friends, you’re not here because you fell off a cloud, or because you have to prove yourself “worthy.” You are here BECAUSE YOU CHOSE TO BE HERE!

You’re here because you knew that coming here would be a great adventure! You knew at one point that life is an adventure that’s forever unfolding, and you knew that the very life you’re living right now would add immeasurably to your own joyous growth and expansion, and to the expansion of ALL THAT IS!

You came to this planet at this time in human history because you said you were going to express your gifts, skills, and talents; you said you were going to be a blessing by simply being yourself; you said you were going to become the embodiment of the Divine Qualities of Love, Joy, Health, Well-being, Prosperity, Harmony, Creativity, Beauty, Wisdom, Peace, and Eternal Joyous Expansion! You said you were going to let it rip!

You chose the exact time in history in which you’d be born; you chose your gender, your personality traits, your dreams and preferences; you chose your gifts, skills, and talents. And you made all of these choices from a vantage point that’s not limited to space, time, and the five senses. Much rather, you made these choices from the full, wondrous, limitless vantage point of the Infinite Being that you truly are!

Now. Ain’t it just grand to actually know this? Seriously. Isn’t it amazing to just even be considering the possibility?

Because the truth is, most people have become so fully absorbed in matters of space and time, the material things of life, that they’ve completely forgotten that they came from beyond space and time. They’ve lost touch with their connection to this broader perspective.

Let’s make a decision that that’s not going to be you and me!

Let’s decide that we’re going to live our lives from this place of heightened awareness, this place of remembrance. Let’s decide that we’re going to live what we’ve been calling the awakened life. Let’s decide that we’re going to live a conscious life.

A life lived consciously is one of the greatest gifts we could ever give to ourselves, and one of the most magnificent blessings we could ever receive.

  • Fall In Love With Your Magnificent Self

Once we’re able to get back to remembering the truth of ourselves and our reality, it becomes easier to perceive our own intrinsic perfection. Once we can truly begin to grasp that our life is not an accident, and that we are not at the mercy of forces that are external to us, we can begin to see that just perhaps we’re okay just the way we are. Just maybe we can start to let go of looking at what we think are our flaws and shortcomings, and we can start to notice that we’re actually doing just fine.

As I sat down to write this article, I felt guided and inspired to simply just remind us all of Who We Really Are. Because if we want to make 2012 our best year yet, if we want to go beyond all past limitation, if we want to live our lives at our highest potential, it’s important that we can love that person that we see every time we look in the mirror.

Begin to embrace the fact that your journey is uniquely yours. Realize that, just like the snowflake, you are completely unique, one of a kind, and like the snowflake’s crystal structures, absolutely beautiful and magnificent.

Start to consider that all the experiences you’ve had were necessary to simply get you to where you wanted to go. Start to realize that whatever your dreams are, whatever your aspirations, you are never as far off course as you may have thought. In fact, you are exactly where you need to be right now.

The entire Universe, All That Is, is supporting you in getting you to where you want to go. The life of your dreams truly is the life you came here to live!

And if you’re facing a challenge, have the courage to open yourself up to the idea that just perhaps there’s something for you to learn, just perhaps there’s an opportunity there for you to become more fully yourself. Start looking for the gift. Begin to ask, “What Divine Quality is seeking to emerge through me here?” And then make yourself available to it. By doing that, you are letting go of being a victim, and instead you begin to take charge of your life once again.

  • Shine Your Light, Sing Your Song, Dance Your Dance

Remember some of these questions that I asked in the post on ?

What are the things you enjoy doing?

What are you drawn to?

What are you passionate about?

What is it that you absolutely love?

The answers to these questions are signs that are pointing you towards your very reason for being here. So decide that you’re going to shine your light, sing your song, and dance your dance. Decide that you’re going to do what you came here to do. And let’s together declare these statements of intent:

“I choose to embrace the unique and wondrous nature of my own Being! I love myself, I appreciate myself, and I choose to fully shine my Light in my own, wonderfully unique way! I am available to what wants to unfold in my life! I am available to become the full embodiment of my highest potential! I know that I am One with All That Is, I know that my nature is one of Love, Light, and Beauty; and I am open to receiving the guidance and direction of my Highest Self! I am here to live an extraordinary life! I am here to live a joyous life! I am here to fully express all of my gifts, skills, and talents! I give thanks that this is now so, and with deep appreciation, I simply allow it to be! And so it is!”

  • Wrap Up

I hope you’ve found this Best Year Of Your Life series helpful. Of course all of this applies at any time throughout the year, so regardless of when you read this, I hope you find it helpful. ;)

Feel free to post comments, responses, or questions in the comments section bellow. Naturally, everything that’s said here can only truly be beneficial if it’s applied on a regular basis. So experiment with it. Take what resonates with you and put it to use in whatever way feels right to you. And please also feel free to share any of the material on this blog as you see fit. The idea is to collectively create this shift in how we look at ourselves and our life, break past any and all old limitations, and start living the extraordinary lives we’re all here to live.

May you be blessed beyond your wildest expectations!

May 2012 be your best year yet!

Much Love and Blessings to you!

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This is a continuation from Part 1 which gave us some suggestions for how to move out of the comfort zone of our thoughts, words and deeds into our Excellence Zone.

The aim of this Best Year Of Your Life series is to provide practical and easy to implement steps that we can take to shift our thoughts to change how we look at ourselves, the world, and our place in it. What we’re doing is breaking free from any and all old thought patterns of lack, limitation, and scarcity, and returning to our natural state of Love, Joy, Appreciation, and Well-being. So let’s evolve together and make 2012 our very best year yet.

  • Enlarging Our Capacity To Receive

Most of us place limits on how much good we’re willing to allow into our lives. We decide how blessed we’re going to be, how healthy our bodies will be, how much money flows to us, how fulfilling our relationships will be, and how many of our dreams will come true. This usually applies no matter where we are in life. No matter if you’re just starting out, or if you’ve already achieved a considerable amount of success in your life, chances are there’s a limit as to how far you’re willing to go.

Now, I do want to make sure there’s no misunderstanding here. I am not talking about merely chasing after more stuff; more money, bigger houses, more expensive cars. What I’m talking about is becoming greater expressions of ourselves. Material wealth can certainly be a part of that, but this also includes becoming more loving, having peace of mind, living in perfect health, having meaningful and fulfilling relationships in all areas of our lives.

Remember, we’re not here to try and make it. We are here to live extraordinary lives!

Reaching our fullest potential is all about releasing what’s been blocking us up until now. These blocks are usually unconscious, which means that becoming more conscious and deepening our awareness must be part of the process.

I believe in order for us to reach our fullest potential, we have to be willing to enlarge our capacity to receive. What I mean by that is that oftentimes we may be blocking what wants to come into our lives by thinking thoughts like, “it’s just too good to be true. This couldn’t possibly be happening to me.” Or perhaps we feel uncomfortable with receiving too much because we don’t think we deserve it. We’re afraid that by allowing too much good into our lives, we’re depriving someone else of their good.

All of these are thoughts that are born out of an erroneous belief in scarcity and judgement.

Scarcity because we think there’s a limited amount of good to go around, which has created an us vs them mentality where we imagine that there’s others with whom we must compete for these goods.

Judgement because we believe we must live up to some kind of ideal and prove ourselves worthy before we can receive all that we’ve desired.

I would like to invite you today to let go of this kind of thinking once and for all!

No matter where you’ve been in the past, no matter how many setbacks you’ve had, no matter how many mistakes you think you’ve made, you are meant for Greatness right here and right now!

Be willing to enlarge your capacity for how much good you’re going to allow into your life. Break past those past limitations, and realize that anything you can dream or imagine the Universe is well able to bring into your life.

Listen to what it is that wants to emerge. And then make yourself available to it.

Surrender to it by reminding yourself, “Today I am available to possibility! I am available to what wants to unfold in my life!”

And instead of saying, “it’s too good to be true,” turn it around by declaring:

“It’s so good, it MUST be true!”

Make this your new response whenever an unexpected blessing or an opportunity comes into your life. Repeat it as often as you must to allow it to become a natural part of how you view life. Say it until you really believe it. Make it your mantra: “It’s so good, it MUST be true! It’s so good, it MUST be true! It’s so good, it MUST be true!”

And once we’ve began to enlarge our capacity to receive, our next step becomes surrendering. Surrendering to what? To the Great Unfolding.

  • Surrendering To The Great Unfolding

Did you know that there’s an everlasting and eternal unfolding of good that’s happening all over the cosmos? Most people are not only unaware of this, they’re also not used to even considering the possibility. So let’s examine this a little closer for a moment.

I think we can all agree that everything in the Universe, seen and unseen, can ultimately be traced back to one Source. Whether we call this Source God, Allah, the Christ Presence, Infinite Intelligence, Divine Mind, the Infinite Field, or any other name, isn’t really important. But what we can easily deduce from just looking at the world around us is that this Source must be loving and benevolent. There is evidence for this all over the place. The most obvious being that the universe is even here in the first place, able to sustain itself. If the Source behind its creation was malevolent, evil, or destructive, by its very nature, the universe would have self destructed a long time ago.

But instead, the universe not only continues to exist, it expands at an astronomical rate. Isn’t it amazing that the gravitational forces in our solar system are so precise that all of the planets remain in perfect orbit around the sun? And this isn’t just a random occurrence; there’s billions of solar systems like ours all across the galaxy.

The New Testament quotes Jesus as asking us to look at the lilies of the field, stating that they do not labor or spin, but not even King Solomon in all his splendor was dressed as magnificent as they. He then went on to say, if that is how God takes care of the grass in the field, how much more will God take care of you?

I love that analogy. The same applies all over nature. And it invites us to surrender and simply trust the Source from which we came.

Look at the birds, they don’t worry about what they’re going to eat next, and yet, they’re always taken care of. Their needs are always supplied. The same goes for any animal anywhere in nature. Have you ever seen a stressed out duck? Or a worried penguin? Of course not! Everything in nature is part of what I like to refer to as the Great Unfolding, or the Great Cosmic Unfolding.

The Great Cosmic Unfolding is the eternal unfolding of Good, Love, Joy, Well-being, Health, Harmony, Prosperity, Beauty, Creativity, Generosity, and Freedom!

All of these are what we can look at as Divine Qualities. And each and every one of them is your birthright.

But here’s the twist. What’s the difference between the duck and the penguin who are never worried, and the human being who walks around in fear and anxiety?

The human being has something that the duck and penguin do not: self-reflective awareness.

Self-reflective awareness means you’re able to think about what you’re thinking about. You’re able to look at yourself and observe yourself. The duck and the penguin (as far as we can tell) can’t do that. The duck has no choice but to be a duck, the penguin has no choice but to be a penguin. You, however, always have a choice. You’re free to choose what you’re going to be, by choosing what you’re going to think. And there’s another term for this: free will.

Free will is what makes us different from everything else in nature. Free will gives us a choice. It gives us the choice of whether we’re going to participate in the Great Unfolding, or not.

Consider the sun. The sun always shines. It’s bright, radiant, it lights up the entire sky. But here’s the thing: the sun has no choice but to shine. That’s just what the sun does. It doesn’t get up one morning and say, “I don’t really feel like shining today. In fact, I’m getting a little fed up with this whole shining business. You know what? Screw this, I think I’m just gonna quit shining all together!”

That would be ridiculous, wouldn’t it? But you see, that is the choice that you get to make each and every day.

You get to choose whether or not you’re going to shine your light. You get to choose whether or not you’re going to be kind, loving, and compassionate; you get to choose whether or not you’re going to share your gifts, skills and talents; you get to choose whether or not you’re going to be available to the bountiful supply of good that wants to emerge in your life.

Make a choice today that, just like the sun, you’re going to shine your light!

We enlarge our capacity to receive by letting go of scarcity and judgement, and then we surrender to the Great Cosmic Unfolding by making ourselves available each and every day to the Divine Qualities that are seeking to emerge.

Get up every morning and say:

“I am available to the Good today! I am available to Love! I am available to Joy! I am available to Well-being! I am available to Prosperity! Today I am going to be a channel to allow these Divine Qualities to express and reveal themselves! Today I am going to shine my light!”

And then watch what happens. As you go about your days, you’ll start noticing these little changes. Doors will open for you, opportunities will appear, dreams and desires that you’ve held will suddenly start manifesting, and before long, you’ll find yourself looking around, wondering, “how did I ever end up HERE? How did my life ever get THIS AMAZING???”

So remember that you are a Limitless Being, and that the life of your dreams (whatever that may be for you) is the life you were meant to live!

Much Love and Blessings to you!

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