A Vision without a task is just a dream.
A task without a vision is just a job.
A vision with a task can change the world.
Today we celebrate the life of a great man, a man whose dream changed the lives of millions of people and, indeed, the course of our entire world.
Martin Luther King’s message of freedom, peace and equality for all people is as pertinent today as it was 45 years ago.
But what I find even more important than his message is his ability to firmly hold onto his dream of equality even in the midst of oppressive segregation, prejudice and violence.
When exploring the Law of Attraction, we often talk about “contrast:” For instance, how do you hold onto a feeling of abundance when, in “reality” you are saddled with debt and wondering how you’re going to pay your rent?
Well, Martin Luther King is a brilliant example for us to emulate. He held onto his dream while living in the contrast. Even as he looked around with his eyes and saw a reality of violence and segregation and hatred and prejudice, deep in his heart, he knew that one day, his dream would become a reality. He knew that we would overcome, someday.
And Martin Luther King Jr. gave that dream to us. He gave us what Neale Donald Walsch calls the Grandest Version of the Greatest Vision he had ever seen.
And while he spoke some of the most eloquent words ever spoke, it was not his words that conveyed the dream: It was the feeling. He knew that this dream could be made real. He felt it. He believed it down to the very core of his being.
If you have not seen his “I have a dream” speech, click the play button below and watch it now. It is one of the most powerful and inspiring speeches ever. It will be well worth the 17-minutes you spend watching it.
But even as you’re listening to the words, go beneath them. See if you can sense the energy, the passion, the conviction with which he holds his dream. Because, remember, everything is energy, and we attract our dreams through a vibrational process.
Listen, especially near the end of his speech, how his voice takes on a vibrato that seems to sing the truth of his dream. He is there, living his dream, even as he stands in a reality that is, seemingly, a long way away from the dream.
So on this day, when we celebrate the life of one of our world’s biggest dreamers, I ask you, “What is your dream?”
What is the Grandest Version of the Greatest Vision you’ve ever had for your life?
Now do not fall into the trap of comparing your dream to Martin Luther King’s. Not all of us are meant to carry such dreams, and the weight of responsibility that comes with them.
But neither is anyone meant to give up their dreams. And that is what far too many people have done. They have given up their dreams because others have told them, throughout their lives, that they can’t have what they want. They have been told to “play it safe.” They have been shot down when they tried to soar. And they have learned that there is no sense in dreaming.
But on this day, when we remember and honor the grand dream of a brilliant dreamer, take some time to remember your big dreams.
On this day, when we pay tribute to Martin Luther King, one of the most skillful Deliberate Creators in recent history, remember that you are the creator of your life. You are dreaming your life into existence right now.
Vincent Van Gogh said,
“I dream of painting then I paint my dream.”
Martin Luther King dreamed of freedom for all people and then he began painting that dream.
What are you going to dream? What does your dream look like? What does it feel like?
Only when you know your dream, can you then begin painting it.
So start dreaming! Dream big. Dream bold.
And then begin living into that dream. Because dreams do come true. But for that to happen, you must take the first step. You must begin painting your dream, living your dream.
Only you can make your dream come true!
So begin today.
And, in case you have not heard, President elect Obama made a call to service on this day. If you want to answer that call, if you want to have a task to go with your vision of a better life and better world, here are two websites with information:
Here in the US, the Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone. If you celebrated Thanksgiving, I hope your day was filled with gratitude, joy, love, and, oh yeah, lots of great food!
You could say that Thanksgiving is the holiday of Deliberate Creators. Gratitude is one of the most potent vibrations for attracting your desires. Unfortunately, for many people, Thanksgiving is the beginning and end of their connection with gratitude.
As the Deliberate Creator of your life you cannot leave your gratitude behind with the Thanksgiving holiday. In order to create the life you desire gratitude must be one of your dominant thoughts at all times.
The Native Americans, for whom the Thanksgiving holiday holds mixed messages, lived in a state of gratitude. For them, giving thanks was, and for many, still is, a way of life, a moment-by-moment attitude.
Just imagine, for a moment, that instead of needing a holiday to remind us to be grateful, that gratitude was our natural state. Imagine that with every breath we felt grateful for the air around us, with every step we gave thanks for the ground upon which we walked, with every bite of food we ate, we offered appreciation to the plants and animals who gave their lives so that we might continue to live and grow.
Just imagine how you would feel. Imagine how your life would be different.
Let Thanksgiving be a reminder a life of Deliberate Creation is meant to be lived in a state of gratitude. Gratitude is not a one-time event. It is a way of being.
The master of attraction lives in a state of appreciation at all times and for all things in her life. Yes, ALL things. The Buddha said:
Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.
And the master of attraction also holds in gratitude those things not yet in his life which he desires. The master of attraction says “thank you” for his desires rather than “please.”
Fill your desires with gratitude. Know that they are already created, even if you cannot yet see them in your life. Your gratitude will draw them to you as surely as a feeder in winter draws birds.
So don’t leave your gratitude behind. Practice the art of appreciation every day. Begin and end your day with gratitude. Share your gratitude with the people in your life. Stop throughout your day and offer gratitude for the breath you take.
Let your appreciation flow and watch your desires grow!
We made history last night. No matter what side of the aisle you sit on, no matter who you voted for, whether you live here in America or watched the results from elsewhere, you know that change is in the air.
Something is different today.
This morning we woke up to hope.
This morning we woke up to a real sense of possibility and potential.
This morning we woke up knowing that real change is possible.
And this morning we know that each of us has the power to create that change.
Our votes and our voices were heard and counted. And our long desire for positive change has now begun to manifest.
Last night we, as a collective voice, voted for hope. We said yes to the positive change that is possible.
But our work, as Deliberate Creators, is just beginning!
In this election we have shown the world and proven to ourselves that we can remain focused on our desires.
In the previous elections our collective attention was fixated on what we did NOT want. In this election we had a true leader who inspired us to stay focused on what we DO want.
Now, our work is to continue to focus on our desires. Continue to focus on the possibilities and the positive change we want to see in our own lives and in the world.
Last night we took a huge step in the direction of positive change. And we must not fritter away the momentum that step has generated.
We now have a leader, a true leader, to inspire us. But he is just one person. He helped to rally us and focus our attention. But each and every one of us played a part in this historic event. And each and every one of us must continue to play a part.
Take a moment to feel the hope. And even if you did not vote for Obama, I encourage you to drop your guard for a moment and feel into that hope. It is there, for all of us. And it‘s here, not because of Obama.
The hope is here because of you, and me, and each and every person who said “yes” to the dream of a more positive future.
Over 45 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of a dream. He had the dream “That one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'”
Last night we took a big step towards making that dream come true.
But it is not the color of Obama‘s skin that is most important or most remarkable. No, as Deliberate Creators, what is most important is the hope he has inspired in this country.
Feel that hope. Breathe it in. What does it feel like to look forward to the future, to have positive expectations of where we can go, what we can achieve, who we can become?
For too long we have been mired in the despair of hopelessness, seeing no light at the end of the tunnel. For too long we have been focused on all that was “wrong.”
Now there is a bright light calling to us.
But remember, no matter what happens, that light is not out there, in the world. No, that light is within you.
You are the light. You are the hope.
Last night you became the change you wished to see in the world!
Continue to be that light. Shine that light on the world. And watch, with amazement as your world, your life, reflects the change you are becoming.
So here is to hope. Here is to joy and light and positive expectation.
And here, most of all, is to the awakening and unfolding of YOUR greatness!
I’ll admit I’m a fan of fun old 80’s music. Hey, it’s my era! And leave it to Loggins and Messina to encapsulate the cause of all of the problems of an entire generation!
Think about it, if the parents of my generation had just lightened up a bit, danced more, and listened to some of that long-haired, hippy rock n’ roll music, we’d all be much better off right now. Right?
All right, I’ll admit that I sometimes toy with the possibility of blaming the state of my life on my parent’s inability to cut loose and enjoy themselves. There’s no question about it: learning that life is to be enjoyed is not all that easy when you’re surrounded by folks who just don’t know how to have any fun let alone dance or rock n’ roll.
However, as a Deliberate Creator, living at the leading edge of thought, I don’t have that luxury. And if you want to firmly place yourself out here on the leading edge of thought, neither do you.
Here’s the thing; It doesn’t matter how “TRUE” it is. Deliberate Creation is not about what is true, what appears to be true, or what has been true in the past.
Deliberate Creation is all about what you choose to be true in the present and the future. What truth do you want to create? That is the only question that really matters.
You can continue to blame your life on your parents’ inability to dance and rock n’ roll. If you do, you’ll continue to live the life story you’re in now. And if that works for you, great. Go for it!
But if you want to change your life story, you have to write it. And that means you have to let go of blame regardless of how “true” it might be.
So if you’re mama didn’t dance and you’re daddy didn’t rock n’ roll stop wasting your time and energy on what they missed out on and get out there and start doing some dancing and rockin’ and rollin’!
I was out for a mountain bike ride with a friend on Saturday morning. He’s just “survived” a massive round of layoffs at his company. And as we were huffing and puffing our way up one of the longer, but not-so-steep climbs, we chatted about his situation.
He’s a great worker – friendly, positive, excellent work ethic – but since the company laid off over 30% of the workers in his office and asked those who remained to take on the added work-load with no additional benefits, he’s been having a difficult time getting motivated to do the great work he’s known for.
He’s been talking to some of his ex-colleagues who were laid off. They all got 6-months of severance pay and are enjoying an extended “paid vacation.”
That’s when I told him that sometimes it does pay to be a slacker!
We laughed, but ultimately agreed that we would not want to be a resident of slackerdom, even if we would get the occasional treat.
As a Deliberate Creator, have you ever been in a situation like that? Have you ever seen others receiving “gifts” while you seem to have been “passed over?”
If so, what lesson did you take from that experience? Does it pay to be a slacker? Or is there some other message for Deliberate Creators?
Leave a comment below with your thoughts.
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary to dissolve the Mental, Emotional, Physical and Energetic bonds which have connected one person to another, and to assume among the powers of the Earth, the separate and equal privileges to which the laws of the Universe entitle them, their own self-respect requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Deliberate Creators are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creative Source with certain unalienable rights and that among these are life, liberty, abundance, joy and the pursuit of happiness.
To secure these rights, certain thoughts, beliefs and ideologies have been instituted among men and women, deriving their just powers from the consent of the people. And whenever any of these thoughts, beliefs or ideologies becomes destructive to these unalienable rights, it is the responsibility of Deliberate Creators to alter or abolish them, and to institute new ones, laying their foundation on such principles and organizing their powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to empower their natural states of abundance, joy and love.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that beliefs long established should not be changed for light and transient causes. But experience has shown that individuals are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the beliefs to which they are accustomed. But when existing thoughts, beliefs and ideologies sabotage, subvert and ultimately destroy the will of Deliberate Creators, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such belief systems, and to create and embrace new beliefs that empower their strength, prosperity and evolution.
Such has been the patient sufferance of these Deliberate Creators; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of thought, belief and ideology. The history of the existing Prevailing Belief System is a history of ongoing injury and usurpation, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these Deliberate Creators.
To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
- This belief system would have us base our actions on fear.
- This belief system holds that we lack personal power.
- This belief system affirms that we are unable to manifest our desires.
- This belief system defines the world as a dangerous place.
- This belief system alleges that scarcity and lack is our natural state.
- This belief system asserts that we are meant to struggle and suffer.
- This belief system avows that vulnerability, intimacy and trust are weaknesses.
- This belief system affirms that we are unworthy, undeserving and not good enough.
We, therefore, the representatives of the Deliberate Creators of the World, appealing to the Creative Source for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of all Deliberate Creators, solemnly publish and declare, that we are, and of right ought to be free and independent from the Prevailing Belief System; that we are absolved from all allegiance to those beliefs and that all Mental, Emotional, Physical and Energetic connections between us and the Prevailing Belief System, are and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent Deliberate Creators, we have full power to attract our desires, seek ever greater joy, engage in inspired action, bask in the limitless abundance of this Universe, and do all other things which true Deliberate Creators may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of the Creative Source, we mutually pledge to each other our support, our encouragement and our sacred honor.
If you would like to join us in declaring your independence from the prevailing belief system, add your name to the comments below. Every signature added to this document weakens the prevailing belief system and strengthens the new beliefs that empower our ability to create the lives we desire and the world we want!
So go ahead and sign your name now!
The Power of Positive Thinking is great… Until you get stuck on a deeply embedded, long-standing limiting belief. Then it can get a bit tricky.
Einstein pointed out that we can’t solve a problem at the same level of thinking or consciousness from which that problem was created. And yet, that’s what we usually try to do!
If we catch ourselves having a limiting thought, our first reaction is usually to try to change the thought. It can work, but it takes a lot of work, a lot of time, and a lot of diligence.
There’s a simpler way:
Shift to another level of perception.
Our thoughts are energy. So too are our emotions, physical sensations and intuitive perceptions. And every thought has a thread that ties it to every other perceptual level.
So if you move from the level of thought to the level of, say, emotion, and find the thread from that limiting thought, you can change the energy at the level of emotion which immediately creates a similar change in the energy of the thought.
Learning to move easily, gracefully and intentionally between your perceptual levels is an important skill to master if you want to be the Deliberate Creator of your life!
Later today (April 23rd) I’m offering a free teleclass on The Fulcrum Point a simple but extremely effective technique that can help you shift your perspective and find the perceptual level that will allow you to change those difficult thoughts and enhance your ability to attract your desires.
When you register for this free call you will also be given access to The Energetics of Attraction resource page which includes the free report: The Harmonics of Human Awareness and the recording from the teleclass, 3 Simple Tools to Enhance Your Intuition and Accelerate Your Attraction.
To save your seat in today’s class and get instant access to the resource page, just fill out the form below.
And even if you can’t make today’s class, go ahead and sign up anyway. The call will be recorded and I’ll let you know when the recording is posted.
[Update: The live teleclass has already happened. But you can sign up to receive the free Energetics of Attraction Resource Package which includes an MP3 recording of both teleclasses as well as the report: The Harmonics of Human Awareness. Just fill out the form below to get instant access to these valuable resources!]
Is the Law of Attraction REALLY A Law?
I’ve seen a lot of people asking this question lately: “Yeah but is the Law of Attraction really a Universal Law? You know, like gravity?”
hen there’s this question: Is it attraction or just coincidence?
Well for those of you who hate having a question answered with a question I’m going to annoy you right now because here’s my answer to both of those questions:
Does it really matter?
I mean, does it matter to you if Gravity is REALLY a Universal law? If you just slipped on some ice and are about to land on your butt, do you care whether gravity is a Universal Law? Let’s face it, your butt is going to hurt either way!
Long before the “law” of gravity was “proven,” people were falling on their butts after slipping on ice. Does that mean that gravity did not exist or that it was not a “law?” Of course not.
In order for something to be useful and effective it does not need to be proven or even provable as a Universal Law.
And in fact, I would suggest that entering into this debate is nothing more than a distraction.
Remember that one of the key concepts of the Law of Attraction is that energy flows where attention goes. In other words, wherever you focus your attention, you immediately focus your energy as well.. Now let me ask you this, would you rather have your attention and energy flowing towards the creation of the life you desire or towards determining whether or not the Law of Attraction is REALLY a Universal Law?
Of course controlling where your attention is focused is a challenge in this culture of information overwhelm. The other day I came across an online conversation that drove this point home to me, mainly because I discovered how easy it is to get drawn into this argument.
Back in November, Joe Vitale wrote a post on this subject, Is Attraction A Law? His post generated some very passionate debate with hundreds of comments. And it’s a very tempting debate to step into, and I did get sucked into it for a while before coming to my senses.
I had to choose where I wanted my energy to flow: To that debate or to some intention I have for some a positive change in my life?
So as difficult as it was – and it was difficult – I chose to pull my attention back from that debate and refocus on the specific actions I had planned for that day: Actions that I knew would take me closer to the positive change I am attracting in my life.
Here’s the bottom line: Does the Law of Attraction work? Absolutely. Is it a Universal Law? I don’t know, and honestly I don’t really care. It doesn’t matter to me because I know that it works. I’ve seen it working in my own life and in the lives of those around me.
Some will say that I’m deluding myself and that the Law of Attraction is nothing more than a bunch of hooey. Am I deluding myself? Perhaps. But again, I don’t care, because if I am deluding myself I’m doing so into a continuously better life!
So I’m going to keep using it to create the life I desire.
Remember that Henry Ford said, “If you think you can or you think you can’t, either way, you’re right.”
If you believe the Law of Attraction works or if you believe it doesn’t, either way you’re right. Whether The Law of Attraction is a Universal Law or not is irrelevant. So you need to decide if you want to believe that the Law of Attraction has the ability to help you create the life you desire or not. Again, either way, you’re right.
The choice is yours.
Well after a hiatus of a few months, the longest running blog carnival dedicated to the Law of Attraction is back. The newest edition, #28 is now posted at Living the Law of Attraction. This edition is on relationships.
I am so pleased the Ellie and Dean of Law of Attraction for Beginners have stepped in to make sure that this carnival continues!
How do you start your day? Is your first act intentional? Is it a reaction to something? Or is your first act of each completely random?
As a Deliberate Creator, every conscious act matters. And one way to get every day off to a great start is to make your first act of the day intentional. So here are a few suggestions that you might want to consider for your first conscious action of the day.
Smile: You’ll be amazed at how powerful that one act can be at setting the tone for your day. Do it no matter how tired you are, no matter how little sleep you got, no matter how much you’re dreading some aspect of your day. Smile. I love this quote from Thich Nhat Hanh: “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” When you think of something that brings you joy, a smile is likely to come naturally. Remember that a smile can brighten a person’s day. And if you wake up with a smile, it just might be your day that gets brighter.
Think of something joyful: Maybe you feel strange putting a smile on your face for no reason. (If you do, stop it!) But one alternative is to think of something that brings you joy and let that thought bring a smile to your face.
Think of your primary intention: What is the single most important intention that you have right now? How would your day change if your first thought upon arising was a positive thought about that intention?
Look at your primary intention: Remember Jack Canfield’s story in The Secret? He taped a “$100,000 bill” to the ceiling above his bed so the first thing he would see every morning would remind him of his primary intention. You can do something similar. Come up with an image, object or phrase that reminds you of your intention and tape it to the ceiling or place it beside your bed. And each morning, make sure your first act is looking at it and feeling it.
Send a positive thought to someone else: Sending a prayer or other positive thought to someone is a wonderful way to start your day. In order to send positive vibes to someone else, your vibration must be positive. So starting your day this way ensures that your vibration will start out positive.
Give thanks for what you have: One of the best ways to empower your day is to begin with gratitude. Instead of allowing your mind to jump to all the stuff you have to get done that day, intentionally guide your mind to focus on and express gratitude for all the wonderful things that you already have.
Say I love you: If you share a bed with a partner (and even if you don’t) one great way to set a positive tone for your day is to say “I love you” to them (or someone else) before you even get out of bed.
These are just a few suggestions. Any one of them will help you set a positive tone for the entire day… If you do it!