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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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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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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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