As the year draws to a close, now is the time to lay the groundwork for creating what you want in 2017! How exciting is that?
If you’re not excited, here’s your chance to start over!
This is the time to gather your energy and intentions for the next 12 months ahead. What did you LOVE about this year? What did you LEARN? What do you want to CHANGE?
If you don’t feel a sense of excitement about the year ahead, it’s time for you to step out and get a little crazy! Stepping out of the norm is like a positive prerequisite to jumping into the unknown space of possibility… into creating something out of nothing. In other words, it’s time to use your gift of imagination to visualize what it is that you want… free of limitations.
I love this quote from Lewis Carroll:
‘Alice opened the door and found that it led into a small passage, not much larger than a rat-hole: she knelt down and looked along the passage into the loveliest garden you ever saw. How she longed to get out of that dark hall, and wander about among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains, but she could not even get her head through the doorway…’
A first step in claiming your desires is knowing what they actually look like.
If you don’t have your sights set on a particular vision, you’re not likely to receive it in your wallet, in your garage, or in your hands. Your circumstances in life or your past do NOT determine your future, yet many people get stuck in believing that. The way to shift out of limitation and into possibility is to decide what you want and believe that it can actually happen even if it seems like a stretch. You must be an energetic match to what is it that you want.
Do you know what you want? Now is the time to plant the seeds of your desires.
Before we even plant a seed, we have to choose what kind of plant we want to gaze upon in our garden. Is it a dahlia, a daisy or an iris? When we plant the seeds, we have already decided on which plant we will nurture before it even starts to grow. As we water the seeds tucked beneath the soil, we don’t question whether or not they’re going to take hold. We simply trust that when we follow the steps, within a matter of time, we will have our dahlias, or daisies or irises.
It’s the same way with dreams. You have to know what kind of life you want to be living, and you have to believe it can be yours. Where will you be? What kind of emotions will you be feeling? What kind of work will you be doing? The possibilities are as endless as your imagination. Which brings me to the next point, and that is…
There is a certain kind of madness that is needed to believe in those big dreams of yours. Especially when most of the people around you are operating from a logical place, only focusing on ‘what makes sense.’
This is also the time of year where we may find ourselves in the space and company of people with whom we wouldn’t normally choose to spend our time. Have you ever shared your dream with Aunt Susie, only to be reminded that ‘You can’t DO that!’ or ‘That’s crazy!’.
It’s nothing personal. It’s just that most people are operating from a place of lack and limitation. They’ve let outside circumstances dictate the course of their life instead of making the simple shift to creating from within. They are stuck in the belief that they need to settle for a life that is stable and safe and logical, which couldn’t be further than the truth.
I share this with you because I used to be an open book when it came to sharing my dreams. And some people thought I was crazy. Instead of letting that discourage me, I let that fuel my desire even more. The truth is, my ability to dream beyond ‘what made sense’ is what has kept me going all these years!
Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Lewis Carroll
Moreover, when I finally learned to guard my sacred dreams while in the building stages, I didn’t need to defend my dreams anymore. That’s when I saw my manifestation abilities accelerate exponentially. So save yourself the excess energy and frustration by keeping your deliciously crazy dreams to yourself and a few trusted allies as you nurture them into existence.
So, here’s a recap of practical tips to support your dream creation:
- When designing your dream, define a clear vision of what you want and allow yourself to go beyond what seems normal to the average person. Write it out, put together a collage (especially for you visual ones!), and/or anchor your particular vision in a concrete object/symbol.
- Let your vision be a bit crazy without wearing your dreams on your sleeve. You don’t need to add other people’s energies into your process. They can be like weeds in your budding rose garden.
- Spending time in your vision (5-10 minutes a day). And don’t just visualize – BE there in it. Shoot for the starts and get excited! In other words, don’t just picture the private beach in Tahiti. Feel yourself lounging on the sand sipping a margarita. Let your imagination go! Your emotions are your magnet.
- What you desire is ALREADY yours. Your imagination and emotions are simply your signal to the universe and your subconscious mind that you area ready to start putting it all into motion. Use them daily.
Most people wait until AFTER the holiday season to get recommitted to last year’s goals… and find themselves in the same place, year after year after year.
Let’s make THIS year different. Create your life with intention and prepare to be amazed!
Wishing you a joyous and prosperous year ahead!
P.S If this message would inspire someone you know, please pass it on!