Creating a Dream or a Nightmare

It’s possible for each of us to create a dream or a nightmare out of our lives. Though it seems we are at the whims of fate, we each have the power within us to veer our lives into territory of love or of fear. Much of this has to do with our thoughts and how centered we are in our hearts. Thinking the highest thoughts and focusing on love allows us to bring more love into our lives, like an internal feedback loop. The reverse is true with fear and fearful thoughts.

I write about this because I’ve experienced both in my life. I entered into huge fear territory after my trauma. I didn’t only create a waking nightmare in my life, I had terrifying nightmares each night. I was wracked with insomnia, anxiety, and depression. I’d like to tell you some form of medicine or therapy fixed me, and while they did help along the way, what truly healed me was allowing God and love into my life to do miraculous work.

Then I was able to begin creating a dream. Love entered and cleaned out my system. I felt closer to God and to my true heart. I began feeling more joy and feeling closer to myself – to the me I had been as a child, before my trauma and the nightmares. It wasn’t as hard as it seemed. A little bit of love made way for a whole lot of love.

Now I can veer towards either one, and I have sometimes found myself going back to nightmare land if I’m not careful. At this time last year, I was beginning to hate my job and feel resentful. I had a very powerful conversation with a healer who recommended prayer, telling me, “you change your life through prayer.” It seemed so simple, and though an earlier me would have scoffed at and judged this advice, I went for it. I began praying and actively feeling grateful for my job and position in life, and asking for divine assistance as I worked to create my dreams. I continued to pray and to up my spiritual practices. It almost immediately shifted my experience at my job and in the rest of my life. A year later I’m still at the same job and I now love it and really do feel grateful for it! I have created time for myself to create my dreams. I continue to be grateful for that which I want in my life rather than resentful for that which I don’t.

Now these kinds of practices are hard to understand for me, because I know we have systemic problems in our world that can’t only be fixed by individual effort. That’s something I think about a lot. But if you happen to be reading this blog, I believe that this practice might be really beneficial for you in particular, since you are here.

So go ahead and pray, connect to God and your heart, and see the beauty in the parts of your life that are difficult. Watch your life transform. Bring light into your heart and your life. You deserve to feel beautiful, happy, loved, and held, all of the time.

Living Your Dream

What is your dream for your life? You won’t have to think long to know what it is. I imagine that you know exactly what your dream for your life is. It might be too scary to think about, or too big to dare to say, or seem too unimportant, but your dream for your life is extremely valuable. It makes you who you are. I believe that following your dream for your life is a big part of why you’re here.

It can be scary to take steps towards your dream, but it doesn’t have to be debilitatingly so. Write it down. Make a vision board. Pray for guidance. Take baby steps towards it. It does not have to be selfish to follow your dream. A soul living out its divine urge is only good for humanity, especially when that soul urge can uplift others. 

Start small. Start by being who you are dreaming of being, and your dream will create itself. This is the be-do-have paradigm that I’ve learned about in Conversations with God and elsewhere. All things are created from being, not the other way around. Begin by embodying (BE) the person you believe you will be, take action (DO) from that place, and you will HAVE your dream! Wishing that your dreams come true for you.

Living in Gratitude & My Steps to Conscious Creation

I try to remember to be grateful each day for the blessings I have, and for the blessings I wish to have someday. My favorite book series, Conversations with God, says that the most powerful prayer is saying thank you in advance. I don’t always remember to do that, but as much as I’m able to, I try to practice this high form of gratitude. It’s similar to visualization and to making a vision board – techniques I and some of my friends have had some success with. It is a pretty neat (and powerful) phenomenon when you put it to work in your life. 

Form arises from thought. As long as we live in the manifest world of the physical, we create the things we think about. It’s important to make sure the things you think about and wish to manifest are aligned with your higher self. It’s ok if they’re not, but you’ll probably take more joy in your creation when it’s aligned with God’s will. I’ve created many things that were not really in alignment with my higher self, before I was aware of such a thing as a higher self. The things I thought about and created weren’t terrible, but they didn’t raise me up and connect me to love – they just kind of fizzled. Alternately, when I created from alignment with God, my creations came more readily, easefully, and joyfully, as if I were walking on the “straight paths” from Psalm 23 – my pathways opened and cleared, and I walked into my creations with light steps.

When I am wishing to create something in my life and I’m being conscious about it, here is what I do. 

  1. I get still and sit in prayer to make sure what I’m asking to manifest is in alignment with my highest good. I can usually tell when I get still. I will know deep down. It’s the thought that won’t go away and the tug that can’t be ignored. Thankfully and blessedly, what is for your highest good will also be for the highest good of all.
  2. I connect myself to love and joy. This also happens in a deep state of peace and prayer and connection to the Divine.
  3. I imagine myself being or doing whatever it is I’m wishing for. When we were looking to buy our house or make our garden, I imagined myself walking through the home, and walking in our yard, feeling joyful and happy. I felt at peace as I did this. Eventually, these things became real. (Now, did they become real because I imagined them? Some people would say so, some would not, but it can’t hurt to try!)

What are you wishing to create? It’s very easy to become anxious and worried that the things we truly desire won’t come to us. That pushes them away. Be still, get in touch with your heart, and imagine being in your creations. Send love to the creations you wish to have. And then wait!

Wishing that all your dreams come true.