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Wherever you are right now, take a moment to look around. Carefully take in your surroundings. Just allow your awareness to glide over whatever is before you. And regardless of whether you’re in your home, in an office space, or somewhere out in nature, just allow yourself to become aware that, even though it seems as if what surrounds you is separate from you in time and space, this is, in fact, nothing more than a perceptual artifact.

The truth is nothing is separate from you. You are connected to all that is. Wisdom traditions have told us this for centuries, and science is now starting to catch up with it.

As you look around it also appears as if the objects that surround you are solid. Yet this too is not the case. Solidity, as any quantum physicist would tell us, is an illusion. Everything that appears solid is actually vibrating at different speeds and frequencies, and all of it is part of a field of vibrant energy which science has called the unified field. It is out of this field that everything originates, and so we might surmise that this field possesses a form of intelligence. And it is within this unified field of intelligence that all of us live, move, and have our being. It is merely our physical faculty of sight that is translating the vibrations within this field into what appears to us as objects that seem separate in space and time. One might say it is all a big cosmic magic trick!

  • Moving Into Your Soul Space

So in actuality, you are separate from nothing, and even though you cannot see it with your eyes, you are intimately connected to this field of intelligence that animates and permeates everything in existence. This intelligence is what is beating your heart right now. It is the same intelligence that causes grass to grow, that turns acorns into oak trees, and that transforms a little cocoon into a beautiful butterfly.

Though you cannot see, smell, hear, taste, or touch it, you do have the ability to tune into this intelligence, which is your Source, by simply making it a habit to occasionally withdraw your attention from the five senses, and instead turn inward.

It is through turning within that you may access what we’ve referred to as your Soul Space – the sacred space where your I Am Presence resides. This space is beyond thought, beyond belief systems, and beyond mental concepts and labels. And it is in this sacred space where you will begin to develop a very real sense that not only is this field of intelligence more real than the world your physical senses perceive, you will begin to realize and feel, in a very powerful way, that you are precious beyond measure to this intelligence. In fact, you are loved and adored by this intelligence. We might say that it is madly in love with you. Not because of anything you’ve done or accomplished, but simply because you exist!

Just take a moment, if you will, to take a deep breath.

Just allow yourself to feel into what was said.

Really take a moment to feel it.

You are adored beyond measure!

You are precious beyond measure!

Feel that in this moment!

Now, there are several names we may use when we talk about this intelligence. We may refer to it as Spirit, Infinite Intelligence, Divinity, Source, our Highest Self; we may speak of God, Allah, Tao, Brahman, or any of the other names that have been given to that which is ultimately unnamable.

The truth is, it doesn’t matter what we call it. What’s more important is being aware of it, and having a very real sense of it, not as a concept, not as an idea that we can either believe in or not, but as an experience.

So, with that being said, allow yourself to also realize that this intelligence, this Presence which is your Source, is everywhere present in Its fullness. It is omnipresent, which means everywhere present fully. So right where you are at this moment, all of the Presence, all of the Power, all of the Love, and all of the Beauty is. Not some of it. Not just a little part of God. All of it. All of God is where you are.

You are in the fullness of God, and the fullness of God is in you.

There is no separation, no place where you end and God begins. And that makes you an individualized center of awareness within Divine Mind. You are made in the spiritual image and likeness of Divinity, which means you are essentially one hundred percent pure God. You possess the same creative faculties and Divine Qualities that are found in the mind of the Ineffable, and you are here so that you may express and reveal these Qualities in full according to your unique pattern of perfection. In other words, there is something extraordinary within you waiting to be uncovered. You are truly magnificent. And you possess gifts, talents, and capacities that are far beyond what you may have thought was possible for you.

And so with this awareness it becomes easy to see why it is that, in every moment, in every instant, you have the ability to tune into your Source for guidance, insight, creativity, new ideas, and whatever else you may require.

You are magnificent. There are gifts, talents, and capacities within you that are far beyond what you may have thought was possible for you.

  • As You Believe Will It Be Done Unto You

Divine Intelligence can only meet us at the level of our expectancy. You may recall, I had mentioned the scriptural reference “As you believe will it be done unto you” in Part One of this series last week. It is worth repeating, because it is one of the most powerful statements of truth ever made.

You see, Divine Intelligence is always ready to guide us, to give us whatever we’ve asked for. Yet it is up to us to cultivate such knowingness, such a level of faith and expectancy, so that our answered prayers will demonstrate with ease and grace in our experience. “Ask and it will be given. Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door will be opened.”

So with this awareness as our foundation, we may then begin to realize or, in fact, remember that we are here for a reason. We didn’t just accidentally drop by, we’re not here because we fell from a cloud, we are here because we have something to share, something to give. We are here because we set out to make a difference on this planet at this particular time in human history. We are here to further our own Soul’s evolution as well as positively impact everyone we come into contact with.

Now, these things we’ve set out to do when we were born into this realm of time and space is what we’ve come to refer to as our dreams, or the larger vision for our life – which brings us back to the primary focus of this series.

Now, this is called DARE to Have a Vision. And that is because we should never be afraid of a dream that may seem a little big. In fact, if your dream’s making you just a tad bit uncomfortable, rejoice! Celebrate! That just means it’s perfect! Our dreams should be stretching us, our vision is meant to challenge us. And that is because our vision is nothing less than a catalyst towards us becoming the next highest embodiment of the greatest version of ourselves.

So with that being said, let us stretch together, let us reach for greatness together, let us no longer hold back and instead live the truly extraordinary lives we came here to live. Let us make a difference on this planet!

In the next installment we will be looking a bit more at the practicality of things. And, in fact, you will find some simple and easy to implement tools you can begin to put to use immediately. These tools will help you tune into your vision as well as gain clarity, and they will help you stay the course and ensure you are receptive to that which is seeking to emerge in your life.

So keep an eye out for Part Three of Dare to Have a Vision. And before allowing the affirmative declarations at the end of this article to take root in your awareness, take a moment to contemplate this beautiful quote:

“You see things as they are; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’”

George Bernard Shaw

  • Embodiment:

I give thanks that I am now open and receptive to the highest vision for my life. I release any and all thoughts of fear, doubt, and worry, and I accept that there is a great vision, a unique pattern of perfection for my life held within the mind of God. It is to this vision that I turn my attention; it is to this dream that I devote the entirety of my being. I am able. I am willing. I am available. I am receptive. With the understanding that I am to use my unique set of gifts, skills, talents, and sensibilities to make a mighty difference on this planet, I give thanks that this joyous truth is now beginning to take root in my awareness. I give thanks that the perfect unfolding of my vision is now taking place in my life. I give thanks for all that I have, and I joyously anticipate what is to come. Life is good. MY Life is good. I feel it. And I allow it to be. And so it is. Amen.

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We see the world as we are.

What we see in others is in ourselves.

And so as we learn to be more loving and compassionate towards ourselves, we find we are able to be more loving and compassionate towards our fellow travelers on this great adventure called Life.

So love yourself.

Appreciate yourself.

You are one in a kind.

Realize that God could never make a mistake. And as such, when God remade Itself in Its own spiritual image and likeness and named Itself you, It could have only done so according to Its own divine pattern of perfection.

So we may reason that there could not possibly be anything wrong with you.

You truly are a unique way in which Love Intelligence is being expressed and experienced right here on this planet at this time in human history.

And you are here so you may use your unique set of gifts, skills, talents, and sensibilities to contribute to this planet in a beneficial way.

Allow yourself to feel into that.

Allow yourself to see that there’s something magnificent in you.

As you tune into this awareness, you will be able to see this same magnificence in everyone else.

That is because, in truth, there is no one else.

There is only God. There is only Love. There is only Beauty. And all of it is seeking to be expressed and revealed through you!

Now is Life grand, or what?

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In order for us to live at our highest potential, it is important that we have a larger vision for our lives – and moreover, that we’re actually tuned into this particular vision, which is nothing less than a unique pattern of perfection held within the mind of God.

And instead of vision, we may also use the word “dream.” Dream and vision are interchangeable here as they both point not only to the limitless possibilities that are seeking to express in our lives, but they also point towards our very reason for being here on this planet at this particular time in human history.

I recently wrote about the topic of dreams in another article, which you can find here. But just to briefly recap, what I basically pointed out was that your dreams do not come from your rational mind. So often people tend to think that a dream is just some lofty concept of how we’d like our lives to be. So while you may come across some people that might support your dream, there will invariably be those that will tell you something along the lines of, “You’ve got to be realistic.” Or “You better have a good backup plan in case it doesn’t work out.” Or “That’s cute, but maybe you should just play it safe.” Or any other of the countless versions of these kind of statements.

But what these well-meaning individuals do not realize is that, as I’ve indicated, our dreams do not come from our rational mind. Our dreams come to us straight from our Source. Our dreams come to us from the Ineffable Love Intelligence that governs the universe and that permeates everything in existence. They are Divine Gifts that have been imparted upon us. Or, as I like to put it, our dreams are our Soul talking to us, reminding us of what we set out to do when we were born into this realm of time and space.

And as that realization begins to take hold in our awareness, we begin to see that inherent within the dream itself are the very mechanics for its fulfillment.

Now, this is a big one. A really big one. Huge, actually! In fact, I would suggest you pause and allow yourself to just take that in for a moment. Move into your Soul Space, and allow this particular statement to take root in your awareness:

Inherent within every dream are the very mechanics for its fulfillment.

In other words, there is no question about whether or not a dream is “possible.” The truth is, the dream and what’s required for it to manifest are two sides of the same coin! You could not have the dream if there wasn’t already a way for it to come into your experience.

Walt Disney famously said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” And that is so very true. So with this higher awareness, you are to no longer give thought as to whether or not it can be done, it’s already done in the mind of God! It’s your job to simply open yourself up to it, to make yourself available.

Furthermore, you need not be concerned with how it’s going to happen. The truth is “how” is not your business. Your business is to say “yes!” Your business is to make that sacred declaration that you are going to do what you came here to do. Your business is to make yourself available to that which is seeking to emerge in you, through you, as your very life!

How a particular dream will come true is not your business. Your business is merely to say YES, to make yourself available!

Once you’ve said yes, the Universe will handle the “how.” The Universe is basically saying, “No worries, I’ve got you covered! Are you ready? I’m serious. Are you, like, really ready?”

And your reply to that is to be, “Yes! Yes, I am ready! Yes, I am available! Yes, I am willing! Yes, let’s do this! Bring it on, baby!” And you might want to throw in a whoo-hoo or two. Remember, following your dream is not some hit or miss type endeavor. Following your dream is your joyous and holy responsibility. It’s your declaration to the Universe that you’re going to do what you came here to do, and the world will be a better place because of it.

Now, it’s important to really feel it. Feeling it is the most important part because you’re working with energy here. How you feel is how you vibrate. And how you vibrate determines the energy you’re giving out. And the energy you’re giving out will draw to you more of that same kind of energy. As more of that particular energy comes to you, it begins to coagulate into physical experience.

So your intention is become a vibratory field of such overflowing joy, of such goodness, of such anticipation, that you will spontaneously begin to magnetize more good into your life than you’ve ever imagined! In other words, as you embody the consciousness of your dreams coming true, you will draw to you all the people, all the resources, and all the opportunities that are needed for you to actually have that very experience. This is, of course, why Jesus the Christ advises us that, “When you pray, believe that you have it already, and it will be yours.” Or “As you believe will it be done unto you.”

  • Sometimes you’ve got to rekindle the flame

Sometimes, before we can even get to the part where we’re actively moving towards our dream, we may have to rekindle the flame. This is because a great many people today have been talked out of their dream. They no longer have a grander vision for their lives. And so they have become stuck in whatever their day to day routine happens to be, which might consist of going to work at a job they may not even really like, doing things they’re not really interested in doing, going through the motions with no real passion, with no enthusiasm.

These individuals may have once had a dream. Maybe at one point there was a larger vision for their lives, yet circumstances have caused the flame of passion that was lit in their hearts to go out. Perhaps they don’t even consciously realize it, but they’ve talked themselves out of their Soul’s Calling.

If that is you, I’m here to remind you of what, deep down, you already know: that is not the kind of life you were meant to live!

The life you were meant to live is one filled with overflowing joy and fulfillment! You are here because there is greatness in you that is seeking to be expressed! You are here because you set out to make a difference on this planet! You are here because there are gifts, skills, and talents within you that are seeking to be externalized! You are here because you have something to give, something to share! There is a unique pattern of perfection within you that it seeking to emerge! And your job is to make yourself available to it! Dare to have a vision, and dare to give that vision your sacred yes!

In Buddhism there is a form of “yes” known as tathata. What that means is saying “yes” so completely and so totally that you become one with your “yes.” There is no separation between you and your “yes.” That’s the kind of “yes” we’re talking about here.

And one more thing about your vision – this vision does not care how old you are, or how young you are; it does not care about what mistakes you think you’ve made, or how many opportunities you may have missed. Opportunities are everywhere, possibilities are endless, and age is meaningless in the mind of God.

So, as you may notice, there’s really not a whole lot of room for excuses. Because the truth is, no matter how much time has passed, no matter what past experience you may have had, your vision is right where you left it, and all it awaits is your sacred yes.

Do yourself a favor and give yourself permission to say “yes” to what wants to emerge in your life. You’ll be glad you did.

Be sure to keep an eye out for Part 2 of Dare To Have A Vision, in which we’ll be looking at some ways for how you can identify the larger vision for your life, and how you can make sure you’re on the path of following that vision.

Also, if you found any of this helpful, inspiring, or uplifting, please feel free to share it, or any of the articles on here to help get the word out.

Thanks for reading. And until next time.

Peace and Blessings!

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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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