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There is something timeless and formless that exists within all of us.

This deeper Realm is beyond the five senses. It is birthless, deathless, and eternal. And It is in a process of forever unfolding and revealing Itself throughout the Cosmos.

If we are to seek true fulfillment, we must learn to regularly withdraw our attention from the world of the senses, the world of effects, and instead turn within.

As we turn within, we access this sweet and delicious Presence that is forever shining forth within us. It is from this Presence that we may draw whatever is required at any given moment.

We are indeed fueled and funded by the all-giving Spirit of Life. This Divine Spirit has remade Itself in Its own image and likeness, and It has named Itself each and every one of us.

As our awareness is flooded with this realization, all the stuff that we thought mattered, all the drama of the world of effects, begins to lose its appeal.

We have become but a field of radiant peace.

Our hearts have become an open doorway that lets Love flow to and fro.

We have truly become the Light of the World.

So with this joyous promise awaiting nothing other than our conscious realization of it, let us regularly turn within so that we may access that part of us that was never born and which will never die.

Let us walk in an awareness of our True Nature, and let us freely shine our light upon everything and everyone that enters our field of awareness.

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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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Everything flows from the unmanifested into the manifested. Everything we see first began in consciousness. This is also true for abundance.

True abundance means there is more than enough for everyone. We are able to freely share and joyously give from the overflow.

And though abundance often expresses in all manner of material forms, it is actually a Divine Quality that begins in consciousness. Abundance is a vibration, a feeling tonality which, when actualized, manifests all throughout nature.

We may see this when we look at the countless grains of sand spread across beaches all over the world.

We may see it when we contemplate the limitless blades of grass or the vast number of leafs growing from trees.

And we may see it as we consider the billions of galaxies, each containing billions of stars, spread across a universe that is expanding at an incredible pace.

There is no concept of lack or limitation in God’s World.

Yet for us to be in alignment with this truth, we must learn to train ourselves to notice abundance rather than lack, to look for what’s already there rather than dwell upon what we think is missing.

A good way to start is to find some area in our lives where we are already experiencing some sense of having, no matter how insignificant or little our surface mind may have labeled it.

Gratitude is the key. As we give thanks for what we already have, we are opening a space through which more good can flow into our lives.

So let us become joyful appreciators. Let us be aware that Divine Mind knows no shortage. And let us be receptive towards all the good that is seeking to flow into our lives, if we will but let it.

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Here’s one of the many wonderful things about the spiritual path: each and every moment of each and every day can be a new beginning.

Free from the ego’s burden of guilt, we may choose in each moment of the journey to simply release and let go, and begin again.

New beginnings, like God’s grace, are infinite.

Knowing this frees us from the pressure we’ve bestowed upon ourselves, and even in those moments where we feel we’ve fallen short, we can simply and confidently enter into that warm embrace of Spirit.

As we are soothed by the comfort of the sweet Ineffable, we may come to realize that even those experiences which our mind may have labeled mistakes were, in fact, perfect.

All of it has been, and forever will be, part of the joyous evolution of our Soul.

So, fellow traveler, rest assured that even in the moments where the light of insight may have seemed distant from your awareness, there too you will be able to find tremendous gifts hidden beneath seeming chaos – if you are but open to receiving these gifts.

And though God remains truly indescribable, this Infinite Presence of Spirit is forever closer to you than your very own breath.

As you make yourself available to this insight, every moment can be a return to Love, a return to Joy, a return to Beauty, a return Peace.

Simply put, a return to your Self.

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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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Relationships are the great mirror of self.

Our relationships demonstrate to us which areas of our life are working well, and which areas require further attention.

Our intention should be to bless all of our relationships. Not merely the ones that are working well, but especially the ones that we experience as a challenge. The challenge is an indicator that there’s something to be learned, there is a seed of growth awaiting to blossom into the experience of more love and compassion.

The truth is the issue lies never within the other individual, but merely within our own perception. This is because the ego tends to project what it has disowned onto others.

Yet as we begin to evolve and mature, as we begin to grow more conscious, we start to see right through the ego’s faulty perception.

So rather than speaking badly about other individuals, rather than engaging in blaming and faultfinding, our approach becomes one of self-inquiry.

We may turn within and ask, “What aspect that I have denied within myself am I projecting onto this other being? What story am I telling myself that is keeping me from demonstrating my true nature of love, kindness, and compassion? What quality of consciousness must I cultivate to be at peace in this situation?”

Then listen.

Be receptive.

The answer may surprise you.

Yet the answer is a pointer.

The answer is an invitation.

It is inviting you to become more of your True Self. It is inviting you into moving to the next stage of embodying your highest potential.

Will you accept this invitation?

Bless all of your relationships. For they are the great mirror of self.

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A sign that we are maturing on the spiritual path is that we begin to realize that our every thought, belief, and expectation is constantly being reflected back to us in the form of seemingly outward experience.

This allows us to let go of blaming and excuse making, and instead assume a level of responsibility for the choices we make.

Now, it is important to be aware that these thoughts, beliefs, and expectations can either be conscious or unconscious.

For many people they are unconscious.

This is why at first it may seem that not all of our seemingly outward experience is directly related to what we think, believe, and expect. That, however, is part of the illusion.

So our task then becomes to raise our level of consciousness. One of the most effective ways to do so is through the cultivation of a regular spiritual practice.

As we set aside time each day to mediate, to affirmatively pray, to contemplate and tune into the highest vision for our lives, our level of awareness begins to go up.

As our awareness goes up, we start to see all those seemingly random thought patterns that had previously been hidden from our sight.

With awareness comes choice. And so we may choose to release those thought patterns that no longer serve us.

This allows us to escape our old routine of acting out a set of unconscious reactive patterns, to instead being conscious co-creators of our experience.

That is the essence of true freedom!

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Everything that our physical senses perceive are merely effects, end results, manifestations of a deeper Reality that cannot be seen, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. And yet all that is flows out of this deeper Reality, which is Reality with a capital “R.”

As we begin to realize this, and moreover as this Reality with a capital “R” becomes more real to us than the very world our physical senses perceive, we find that it becomes our joyous privilege to consciously cultivate our awareness of this deeper realm.

As we set aside time each day to experience our blissful union with the Ineffable, we find there is a lightness that takes over our being. There is a spring in our step, a constant wellspring of joy that bubbles up for no apparent reason.

This joy is Who We Really Are.

This joy is our True Being.

This joy is our indicator that we are allowing Universal Beloved to express and reveal Itself through us.

It may have temporarily been covered up by the debris of past experience, but now we are unearthing it.

Our life is indeed the life of God. And as we realize this truth not from a religious perspective, but simply from a higher level of awareness, from a deeper perception that transcends the surface mind awareness, our experience is lifted into the realm of the miraculous.

That is what awakened living is all about.

It is not reserved for the few and far in between, or those that we have labeled “saints.” Much rather is it the birthright of every Soul that has ever taken a human incarnation.

My friend, it is your birthright.

And, oh, how sweet the journey it is!

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When contemplating the idea of dreams, I’ve come up with an interesting new definition that I really like…

Our dreams are our Soul talking to us, reminding us of what we set out to do when we were first born into these physical bodies. They are our Soul reminding us – from the highest perspective – of what our unique contribution to this world was intended to be.

Dreams are not some lofty concept that our rational minds conjured up. They are our Soul saying, “This is what we were gonna do! This is what we came here for!”

And so it becomes our joyous and holy responsibility to honor our dreams, and to make choices that move us towards our dreams.

Each and every one of us was born with a unique set of gifts, skills, talents, and sensibilities. These always go hand in hand with our natural preferences, which are the things we like to do.

Yet while the Soul urges us to follow and honor our natural preferences, the rational mind may come in and say, “Nah, let’s just not do that! Nah, let’s just do what everyone else is doing! Let’s just go through the motions, let’s try and survive here. Let’s just try and do what we think is possible from our limited vantage point.”

All the while the Soul says, “No! Stop! Listen to me! Let’s do what we came here to do! Let’s fulfill our destiny!

Many people today have talked themselves out of doing what they really want to do. Some may not even know anymore what it is they really want to do. If you feel that’s you, my urging to you today would be, get back in touch with that silent place within, and rediscover your purpose in life. It doesn’t matter where you’re at right now, what your physical age is, or where you’ve been before; your point of power is in the Present Moment! And you can choose right now to move towards where you truly want to be.

But you must listen to your Soul! Listen to your Soul and give your rational mind a rest for a change. Just give it a break. That rational mind of yours’ been working overtime, it’s exhausted! Just give it a rest. Let your rational mind go on a well deserved vacation.

Why not give yourself permission, and lovingly tell your rational mind, “Thanks very much, I appreciate the input, but I’m moving on to a higher perspective! I’m breaking free from these perceptions of lack and limitation that have clouded my vision. I’m moving on up into my Soul Space!”

And if you’re already following the path of your dreams, just pause for a moment and give yourself permission to feel good about that. Just feel good. Just. Feel. Good. Allow yourself to notice that you’re on the right track, and allow for the possibility of miracles.

The life of your dreams is the life you came here to live.

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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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