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Two of the most powerful words that we can ever think, say, or embody, are: “Thank you.”

Whenever we are thankful, whenever we feel appreciation for something or for someone, we are actually creating a powerful vibratory field that will allow more things for which we may be thankful to flow into our experience.

Gratitude is an affirmative mental approach to Life. We shall make it a habit to say, “Thank you,” and we shall make it a habit to say it often. We have been given the keys of the kingdom, and we shall enter its gates with praise and thanksgiving.

So let us become joyous appreciators, always on the lookout for good. Always anticipating more to appreciate. Always ready to sing a song of praise, for we know that Life is good, and all is God.

And the highest form of gratitude is simply being thankful, not for anything in particular, but much rather for the gift of Life Itself.

When we can be thankful simply for the fact that we exist, when we can appreciate nothing other than that we are here, that the Divine Life Principle is powerfully flowing through every fiber of our Being, that’s when we will have entered the highest form of ecstatic appreciation.

So, my friends, be of good cheer. For you have been given the grandest gift of them all. The gift of Life Forevermore. And Life Forevermore is always seeking to express and reveal Its grandeur through you.

And how sweet the taste of that is!

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One of the things we need to cultivate in order for us to live our lives at our highest potential is a regular spiritual practice. Spiritual practice simply means setting aside some time each day to consciously focus our awareness towards that which is Real and Eternal. Spiritual practice can include, but is not limited to, meditation, affirmative prayer, contemplation, spiritual study, as well as making ourselves available to and tuning into the highest vision for our lives.

Simply put, spiritual practice is what plugs us back into our Source and recharges our spiritual batteries! It’s what allows us to then bring this higher awareness – the awareness resulting from our fully charged and fully functional spiritual batteries – into our day to day lives. It’s what keeps us from walking around as sleepwalkers, merely coming from a place of reacting to the world of sensory phenomenon, to actually walking in an awareness of Reality with a capital “R.”

And as this higher state of awareness begins to be from where we live our lives – as we consciously begin to live, move, and have our being in it – we begin to realize that there is a perfect spiritual idea, held within the Mind of God, for everyone and everything in existence. And furthermore, we develop the ability to be able to see this perfect spiritual idea – which is the embodiment of highest potentiality – regardless of what our physical senses are showing us at any given moment.

This is what True Vision is all about. What I’m referring to as “blind sight” is simply looking at life merely through the five senses. It’s how many people still live their lives. Yet True Vision is a step up on the evolutionary ladder. It is where we begin to realize that there is much more to life than what we can see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. True Vision is, in fact, what Jesus the Christ alluded to when he declared, “Let those who have eyes to see, see! Let those who have ears to hear, hear!”

  • Demonstrating True Vision

So what does True Vision look like? Let’s say you’re perceiving an individual that may not be demonstrating their highest potential because, maybe they’re doing something you think is inappropriate, or maybe they’re acting in a way you’ve perceived to be rude or offensive – whatever your mind is telling you about the situation.

If you can learn to perceive this individual with True Vision, you will be able to look beyond what is seemingly happening on the surface level. You will no longer merely see what your mind may have labeled as a rude or obnoxious person, and instead you will have a very real and powerful sense that, though it might be clouded up, though it may be hard to make out, beneath the surface, beneath the debris field of past experience, there is nothing less than the Holy Presence of the Divine emanating from that being.

Perhaps they have temporarily forgotten who they are and are displaying this in their actions, but with your higher awareness you will be able to remember for them. By doing this you are imparting a great gift to yourself and this other individual who, in Reality, is not separate from you at all.

The spiritual textbook, A Course in Miracles, states that, “Every attack is a call for help.” So by perceiving this other being as who they truly are, despite of what the surface mind is telling you about them, you are in fact answering this call for help, which is nothing less than the call for love.

So perhaps the best way of summing this up is to say that instead of feeling the need to judge, you will find that you are able to feel a sense of compassion.

Compassion is simply the understanding of the lack of understanding in another.

Compassion does not mean that we necessarily condone their actions, but it does mean that we are no longer drawn into some robot-like lower consciousness reactive pattern. Instead of unconscious reaction, we find we are able to hold the space from which we are able to consciously respond.

  • Embodiment

Today I am willing to demonstrate True Vision in my life. I am able and willing to look beyond what my physical senses may be telling me, and I am open to receiving all the guidance, all the insight, and all the inspiration necessary to step up to the next level of my spiritual evolution. I release any and all thoughts of judgment, anger, or resentment, any thoughts of lack, limitation, and scarcity, and I allow my heart to be filled with peace, the very peace that passeth all understanding. I know that God, Ineffable Divine Source, Universal Beloved, only sees Beauty and Perfection, and it is with this understanding that I now heal any and all false perceptions within my own awareness. I may have been blind, but now I see. The Spirit in me is helping me to see. I can see. I can see clearly. And I’m liking what I’m seeing! For this and so much more I give thanks and I simply allow it to be. And so it is. Amen.

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Life exists so that the Ineffable Divine Presence may know Itself more fully.

All of Life is sacred. All of Life is precious. All of Life radiates that sweet Presence of Divinity.

Sometimes our perception of Life may become clouded. When our perception becomes clouded, we have gotten lost in the drama.

When we get lost in the drama, we no longer see what is before us. Instead we perceive but a mere mental image of what we think is there.

We may then judge this mental image as good or bad, we may label it as this or that. But the truth is undeniable. We have lost our Selves. The ego has tricked us into buying into its belief in separation.

So our practice becomes to see beyond the labels and judgments the ego has conjured up, and instead work within our own awareness so we may begin to catch glimpses of this animating Presence that is radiating from All That Is.

We will not find this Presence through the mind, and the ego may even question whether or not It’s there. So we must learn to go beyond the mind, and we must learn to not take the ego’s ramblings so seriously.

Find someone in your life today, and allow yourself to just look at them.

Just look them in the eye for a moment, and appreciate them. Appreciate who they are. Appreciate that they’re in your life.

As you do, give yourself permission to acknowledge that there is a Holy Presence emanating from that Being.

That Presence is nothing less than the Presence of God.

And that Presence is everywhere.

It is in you and around you.

It is… All There Is.

All of Life is precious. All of Life is sacred beyond measure.

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We live, move, and have our very Being in a Field of Plenitude.

Lack, scarcity, and limitation do not exist in God’s World. For how could there be any concept of limitation in the Mind of the Infinite?

Yet for us to live in this awareness of plenitude, it is crucial that we not rely on seemingly external circumstances and conditions to supply our needs.

Our good does not come to us from other people.

Our good does not come to us from the world.

Much rather is the level of good that we experience a direct result of our ability of being able to receive what Divine Mind is seeking to bring forth through us.

Knowing this brings great freedom, for we no longer feel that we must manipulate things in the seemingly external world. Instead, we work within our own interiority. Rather than focusing on externals, we focus on raising our level of awareness.

It is always done unto us as we believe. So let us cultivate the kind of awareness, a level of faith, that will move mountains. And let us give thanks that whatever we’ve asked for is already done in the Mind of God.

As we do this, rather than perceiving ourselves as separate from our good, we begin to inhabit a mental atmosphere of gratitude.

We become what we may call Jubilant Souls, always finding something to appreciate while joyously anticipating what is flowing into our lives.

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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 live in a world where most of us believe that how Life works – how it actually functions at its deepest level – is ultimately unknowable.

Or if it’s not unknowable, surely it must be very complicated. And so we reason that the understanding of how Life works must be reserved for only the very few and far in between. As a result, what happens is that a lot of us don’t even bother with trying to understand it simply because we think that the very attempt is futile.

My friend, thankfully none of the above assumptions are true!

Life is not complicated.

Life is actually quite simple.

Once you can get this, your life instantly becomes a demonstration of joy.

Now, we may have been taught to believe that it’s complicated, which is exactly why so many of us are struggling. But what I’m here to remind you is that struggling is so unnecessary. We could even say it’s outdated.

And let’s be clear. This has nothing to do with beliefs. I am not here to try and get you to believe in anything. And I certainly can’t speak to what your experience of life is or is not at this very moment. Yet what we’re talking about here transcends beliefs. It goes beyond the realm of mental concepts and labels, which is from where most of us usually live our lives – trapped inside of a narrow maze of ideas, concepts, and mental patterns that we believe are the truth. And so if someone else comes along with another set of ideas and mental patterns, we tend to consider their patterns wrong and ours right. And how dare they not see that?

In extreme cases, we may even try to physically harm someone if we don’t agree with them. And in the cases of nations, gosh, we might just even go to war! After all, this other worldview doesn’t match our own, and naturally ours must be the correct one! If you think that’s an exaggeration, take a look at history and you will see that this has happened over and over again.

So all this to say, you won’t find the answer to how Life works (which is inevitably connected to your level of joy) within the confines of beliefs. Let me say that again, because this is a big one:

You won’t find the answer to how Life works within the confines of beliefs.

So what you must learn to do instead is go beyond beliefs and look to experience.

You see, here’s the thing about beliefs. A belief is really just a thought that’s running on auto pilot. In other words, you’ve thought this particular thought so many times that it’s become automatic. You don’t even realize anymore that it’s just a thought.

Ah. But now I can hear you say, “Well, it’s not just a thought, it’s the truth! I can see that it’s the truth! There’s evidence of it all over the place! The reason I believe what I believe is because I’ve experienced that it’s the truth!”

Okay. Fair enough. At first glance that even seems to make sense, right?

Or is it possible that maybe, just maybe, we’re approaching something from a backwards perspective here?

You see, now we’re getting into this whole understanding of how Life and Reality works business. And basically what it comes down to is this:

Your seemingly outer reality always and with no exception will reflect your internal state of being back to you. The Universe is like your Spiritual Mirror, always showing you what your thoughts, beliefs and expectations are in any given moment.

This is how you’ve been creating your experience in every single moment of your life. We’ve all heard that we create our reality. Well, this is how we do it.

So if you think people can’t be trusted and are out to get you, then that will be your experience. If, on the other hand, you think you live in a friendly Universe, where most people are friendly and things usually work out, then that will be your experience. And if you think that life is hard and a struggle or that there’s never enough money (big one), then you will constantly find yourself in situations in which you’ll be struggling and you won’t have enough money. But if you tend to think of yourself as someone who’s successful and generally excels at what you set out to do, then you’ll find yourself living experiences in which exactly that will be the case.

My friend, it’s that simple. It is one of the fundamental basics of how Life works, it’s what Spiritual Masters across the ages have been trying to get us to understand time and time again, it’s even what modern science (quantum physics) is now starting to prove – and it contradicts everything that mainstream thinking would have us believe.

And mainstream thinking – based on what I’ve observed anyway – looks something like this: we live in a world where we are separate from everything around us. We are separate from other people, we are separate from nature, and certainly we’re separate from God. We’re so separate from God, in fact, that some of us even question whether or not there is a God. We’ve reduced the Divine, the Source of All That Is, the Ineffable Infinite Intelligence that permeates everything in existence, to yet another mental concept that one can either believe in or not.

Man, I don’t know about you, but I gotta say, just thinking about that kinda feels exhausting. Let alone going through your entire life with that mentality! No wonder so many people are always on the defense and approaching life with some level of fear, either consciously or unconsciously. If you live your life thinking that you’re separate from everything around you, that you have no power whatsoever (or if you do, it’s extremely limited in the grander scheme of things), and that you’re at the mercy of some mysterious forces beyond your control — well, yeah, at some point that’s just gonna have to freak you out!

But I’m here to remind you today that… there is another way to live your life!

But remember, this isn’t about me trying to get you to believe anything. This goes beyond beliefs.

So what I’d suggest to you is to just take in what you’ve read here. Take it in and, if you like, examine your own life. Take a look at what your beliefs actually are. Are you generally at peace? Is your life one filled with joy and happiness? Do you experience all the love you want to experience? Do you feel fulfilled in your work, in your relationships? In your health? How about your finances?

Just notice it.

And then, if there’s an area of your life where you’d like to see an improvement, ask yourself… what do I believe about this area of my life? What do I believe about money? What do I believe about my career? What do I believe about health? What do I believe about my relationships?

And then you might ask… what if there’s another way of looking at this? What if there’s another way? Maybe I had closed myself off to this other perspective? But what if… WHAT IF… what if there’s another way of looking at this?

Just make yourself available to the possibility!

It might feel like a challenge at first, but as you begin to make this your practice, you’ll start to notice that your Consciousness begins to expand. You see, the second you put a question before the Universe you will receive an answer. But you must look for the answer. You must be open to it.

The truth is, you are the Creator of your own destiny.

You’re creating your life with every thought, action, and desire; with every feeling and every intentionality that you have.

You think it’s a coincidence that you’re reading this right now?

Do you think you just happened to stumble upon this blog?

What is it that even drew you to reading this in the first place?

Perhaps the reason you’re reading this is because something within you has placed this text before you, something within you is looking to experience more joy, something within you is trying to get you to remember what, at the deepest level of your Being, you’ve always known.

But as always, you get to choose whether or not that’s true for you. That’s the whole idea of free will, freedom of choice.

You get to choose what this life of yours is going to be about. Now, doesn’t that just make you smile? The utter perfection of it? The utter perfection of Life Itself.

So what are you choosing today? What you choose will greatly impact what your experience is going to be.

So why not choose… in favor of joy?

Much Love and Blessings to you!

And until next time.

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