How Big Is Your Dream?

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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:

Martin Luther King Mobilization

USA Service

Have You Seen Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture?”

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Just a quick head’s up in case you haven’t seen this video from Randy Pausch. Randy is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University where the professor’s have a tradition of giving their “last lecture:” the lecture they would give if they were dying. Well for Randy, this is not just an exercise. Randy is dying of cancer.

He gave this lecture on How to Achieve Your Childhood Dreams

I could tell you more about it, but I think I’ll leave it to Randy. However, I will encourage you to spend the full 11 1/2 minutes watching this first video all the way through to the end. There are some truly powerful insights at the end.

Here’s the 12-minute “cliff”s notes version of the lecture he gave on the Oprah show recently:

And here is the full lecture he presented at Carnegie Mellon. This one is over an hour.


Vision Board Contest Winners

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Well the 2008 Vision Board Invitational is officially over. If you didn’t get your vision board done by yesterday, you’ll have another opportunity to participate next year.

If you haven’t checked out the entries yet, please take some time to go look at the awesome vision boards that were submitted. I know that I always get inspired seeing other people’s vision boards. I get ideas and new desires.

No, it’s not stealing! Go ahead; let yourself be inspired. There is no copyright on dreams!

And now onto the best part… the winners!

First, a huge thank you to everyone who participated. It was great fun and I look forward to doing it again next year.

Everyone who submitted a link to their vision board receives the online version of my CD Introduction to Brainwave Entrainment Technology for Personal Growth and Success. Congratulations.

Three of the participants are going to get a hard copy of that CD along with a copy of the inspiring and award winning anthology Healing the Heart of the World. which includes my essay, The Evolutionary Warrior.

All the winners were chosen at random using a random number generator.

And those three winners are:

Alex Dimmond

Summer

Richard Lemmon

Congratulations!

And the grand prize winner receives an amazing package of online learning tools that will truly help you achieve your desires.

Simpleology 101: The Simple Science of Getting What You Want (This one is free and on its own can dramatically increase your effectiveness at achieving your intentions. So go sign up now).

Simpleology 102: The Simple Science of Money

Simpleology 103: The Simple Science of Personal Energy

And…

Mark Joyner’s 7-Day Business Turnaround (which I have used with great success!)

This incredible grand prize package goes to Jennifer Manion.

Congratulations Jenny!

And again, congratulations to all the participants and to all of you who created a vision board for 2008.

Now it’s time to turn our attention to attracting those visions through focused, inspired action. So watch for more articles on sustaining and attaining your visions in coming weeks!


A Sweet Synchronicity: Vision Boards And Martin Luther King

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martin luther kingLast week, when I extended the deadline for the 2008 Vision Board Invitational, I did not realize that the end of the contest would coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. Day here in the US. What a sweet synchronicity!

Martin Luther King had a vision and a dream. His dream is so real to us now (although not completely fulfilled) that imagining what his vision board would have looked like is easy.

But the real lesson from Martin Luther King for Deliberate Creators lies in the faith with which he held onto his dream. For more on this, be sure to check out my post from last year on Martin Luther King and the Law of Attraction.

A Vision Board is a great start, but what truly draws your dreams and visions into your physical reality is the kind of unwavering faith that Martin Luther King held onto regardless of the thoughts, beliefs and actions of anyone else.

So if you created a vision board for 2008, congratulations, you are off to a great start! But now the question is, how will you draw those dreams into your reality? Watch for more on this in the coming weeks.

And also watch for the updated list of Vision Board Invitational participants as well as the winners of the contest, including the grand prize Simpleology Package winner, tomorrow.

And if you used the contact form to send me the link to your vision board, there is a good chance I did not receive it as my contact form plugin seems to be broken. So please include a comment on the original Vision Board Invitational post.

Some Awesome Vision Boards And A Second Chance

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Well the official submission deadline for the 2008 Vision Board Invitational has passed. And we’ve got some truly incredible submissions to the contest. Many thanks to all of you who participated in this inspiring event.

What do you think? Should we do it again next year?

It was interesting to note that there were people who left comments or sent an email saying they would submit a vision board for the contest and then there were the people who left comments with a link to their completed vision board.

A few months ago I heard a great recording on accountability with T. Harv Ecker, creator of the Secrets of The Millionaire Mind. He pointed out that every time you say you’re going to do something and don’t, you’re training yourself to fail. Even if you don’t think it’s a big deal, your mind does.

This was a big lesson for me, and one that I’m admittedly still working on. I have huge desires and in the past, my eyes have tended to be larger than my tummy when it comes to making commitments. But when I heard Harv explain this piece of accountability – the inner piece – I got it. And I’ve been slowly changing that pattern and working on under-promising and over-delivering, to others and to myself.

So for those of you who said you were going to submit a Vision Board (either in a comment, an email or even if you just made a promise to yourself) and have not yet done so, I’m extending the submission deadline through this weekend.

You’ll still be eligible to participate in the prize drawing. But more importantly you’ll set yourself up for success in 2008 by completing something you have said you would. For many of you, this will be the start of breaking a long self-sabotaging pattern. So I encourage you to take advantage of this second chance!

Now, for those of you who did already submit a Vision Board, there is a benefit to your on-time submission. You’ll receive two slots in the drawing so your chances of winning will be double those who submit their boards from this point on.

And there’s something even more powerful than any prize I could ever give you: You have set up a pattern of completion, follow through and success in your life. And this pattern will lead you to a great year in 2008!

So congratulations.

And now, here’s the first round of submissions (posted in random order). If these are posted on a blog, be sure to stop by to congratulate them on their successful vision board creation.

(If the image was easily linkable and was not larger than 450 pixels wide, I’ve included the actual image. Otherwise, you’ll have to click on the Vision Board link to see the image).

Brian Wu at Live Meliora has this vision board:

Brian Wu Vision Board

Lorraine Cohen at Powerfull Living has this Vision Board post.

Jennifer Manion at Heal Pain Naturally has this vision board:

Jennifer Manion

Shelly Fitzsimmons has this vision board:

Shelly Fitzsimmons Vision Board

Diana Samour has this vision board:

Diana Samour Vision Board

Jasmine Gold of Spirit Gold has this Vision Board.

[Update]

Aaron Potts of Today is That Day completed this vision board just in time!

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There they are! Let’s give them a rousing virtual round of applause. Great going everyone.

And if you made a commitment to submit a vision board but “didn’t get to it” you now have a few more days.

Think about it; if you can’t “get to” your vision board, how does that reflect on your ability to “get to” your vision?

Last Day To Submit Your Vision Boards!

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Today is the final day to submit your entries to the 2008 Vision Board Invitational. If you have not yet created your Vision Board for 2008, it’s not too late. If you set your mind to it, and focus, you can create a highly targeted vision board in less than 2-hours. I’ve done it.

So finish up those boards and leave a comment on the announcement post with a link to your vision board. You actually have until tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 7:00am (pacific time). That’s when I’ll be compiling the entries and posting them.

If you need a little inspiration, go take a look at some of the amazing boards that have already been submitted.

By creating and submitting your Vision Board, not only will you get 2008 off to a powerful, intentional start, but you’ll also be in the running for some great prizes including a complete Simpleology package worth over $400!

Personal Growth Resource Roundup #10

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Welcome to the 10th edition of the Personal Growth Resource Roundup here at Evolving Times. This is the first edition of 2008 and to celebrate the Vision Board 2008 Invitational, I’ve found some wonderful Vision Board Resources.

If you have not yet submitted a link to your vision board for the contest, you have until Monday to do so. Just leave a comment with the link on the announcement post. And remember, the grand prize is a complete Simpleology package. And I can’t think of a more powerful tool for helping you attract the intentions you place on your vision board.

Here then, are a few excellent resources to help you finish up your vision board by Monday!

Christine Kane has a wonderful post all about Vision Boards. If you’re looking for a clear, step by step, guide for creating your board, look no further than this post from Christine.

Ellese at Goal Setting College has an entire series of posts on her Vision Board experiment. Reading through them is like watching a living laboratory in action. A good place to start is with her Vision Board Experiment update.

And finally, Alex Shalman has this post on a Practical Approach to Vision Boards.

There are many more Vision Board resources out there. But I’d much prefer you spend your time actually creating your vision board! Take a look at these three posts for some background information and then start creating!

And don’t forget to leave a comment with a link to your vision board by Monday!

Happy Creation.

Vision Boards And Feng Shui: A Powerful Combination

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At Saturday’s vision board group I knew I had to come up with a framework that would enable participants to finish their boards by 1:00pm. Past experience (the vision board 2007 event) taught me that, given free reign to vision about everything, most people would not complete their board in the allotted time.

So narrowing the focus would be crucial. The framework I chose to narrow it down was the Bagua map from Feng Shui. If you are not familiar with Feng Shui, it is the Chinese art or practice of positioning objects based on the flow of chi or energy.

 

One of the major tools used by Feng Shui practitioners is the Bagua map which lays out nine major life areas and allows you to chart them within your property, home, room, office, desk, etc.

You can download a copy of this bagua map here.

The nine areas outlined in the Bagua map are:

  • Wealth and Prosperity
  • Fame and Reputation
  • Relationships
  • Family
  • The Center and Health
  • Creativity and Children
  • Knowledge and Self-Cultivation
  • Career
  • Helpful People and Travel

I asked the participants to choose just one of these areas to focus on. I asked them to consider what area was most important to them in 2008, which one area, if improved, would have the most profound effect on their entire life?

Most of them came up with a primary life are to focus on in their vision board and for the first part of 2008. Others had two life areas that were equally important. And a few chose to do the entire Bagua!

Obviously when you are creating your vision board on your own, you do not have the same time constraints that we had during the workshop. However, there are still some definite benefits to working with a single, focused life area when creating your vision board.

As I like to say, we can have ANYTHING we want, but we can’t have EVERYTHING we want. At least not all at the same time. So narrowing the focus of your vision board, actually empowers your intentions.

What do you think would be more effective? A vision board with 20 or more intentions, or a vision board that focused on just one or two?

When I began creating Vision Boards several years ago (Back then they were collages or treasure maps) I often put everything I could possibly imagine wanting onto the boards. They were beautiful but a bit overwhelming. And ultimately, my success rate was not that great.

I was spreading my intention energy too thin!

Now, when I create a vision board, I focus on just one life area or just one specific desire. The board I posted yesterday was focused exclusively on the center quadrant of the Bagua map since this is the intangible area I plan to focus on throughout 2008.

And in a few weeks I will create a second board that focuses just on the wealth and prosperity quadrant since my primary, tangible intention for 2008 is to dramatically increase my passive income.

One of the beautiful things about using the Bagua map as your framework is that once you have created a vision board for one of the quadrants, you know exactly where to put it in your home or office to get the maximum energetic benefit. Just look at the map, find that area of your home and put your vision board there.

And one last note: Another way to combine the Bagua map with your vision board is to overlay the map onto your board and choose images for each area of the board that represent the corresponding Bagua areas.

So when you’re creating your entry for the Vision Board 2008 Invitational, keep in mind that with vision boards less is often more. Consider picking one life area to focus on. And then, when those intentions manifest, move on to the next area!

And don’t forget to submit your vision board by Monday, January 14th for a chance to win one of the great prizes including a complete Simpleology package which will absolutely facilitate the attraction of your desires!

Just leave a comment on the Vision Board Invitational post with a link to your board and you’ll be entered!

And please pass this on to anyone you know who could benefit from creating a Vision Board!


Dragonfly Asks If Illusions Are Holding You Back

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Dragonfly medicine is of the dreamtime and the illusionary facade we accept as physical reality. The iridescence of Dragonfly’s wings reminds us of colors not found in our everyday experience. Dragonfly’s shifting of color, energy, form, and movement explodes into the mind of the observer, bringing vague memories of a time or place where magic reigned.

That quote is from the book and deck Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson.

The picture of the dragonfly is from the grape vine outside our back door.

On Friday, my daughter and I were walking back from the garden, when a flash of iridescent blue caught my eye. We walked over to see what it was: The biggest, most incredibly beautiful dragonfly I had ever seen.

Ella and I moved right up close to it, within a few inches. I kept expecting it to fly away, but it just stayed there. It didn’t move at all, no matter how close we got. I had a hard time believing that it was real and not a jeweled, sculpted replica put there by our neighbor who has a collection of such beautiful things.

It was the eyes that convinced me it was real. They were too… alive, too magical to have been sculpted.

So I said to Ella, “let’s run inside and get the camera so we can take a picture.”

When we returned with the camera, half-expecting the dragonfly to be gone, it was still there.

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The images do not capture the infinitely deep, fluid, shimmering, swirling nature of those eyes. As Jamie Sams says, “[The] shifting of color, energy, form and movement explodes into the mind of the observer…” I really got it and felt as if I could dive into those eyes and swim in that pool of magical, swirling color.

The lesson from Dragonfly in the Medicine Cards is about the illusory nature of reality and the shifing of perception. An apt lesson to receive on the day before my Law of Attraction Live seminar!

In the Medicine Cards description Jamie writes:

On the psychological level, it may be time to break down the illusions you have held that restrict your actions or ideas.

Dragonfly medicine always beckons you to seek out the parts of your habits which you need to change…

Have you tended to the changes you have wanted to make in your life? If you feel the need for change, call on Dragonfly to guide you through the mists of illusion to the pathway of transformation.

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See how you can apply the art of illusion to your present question or situation, and remember that things are never completely as they seem.

What illusions are you holding onto that restrict your actions?

What illusions do you continue to believe are true?

Is there one illusion you could shatter or shift right now that would make a positive change in your life?

If so, do it, now. Don’t wait.

MindMovies Are The New Vision Boards

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I just came across a new product that has the potential to significantly amplify our Deliberate Creation work and activate the Law of Attraction. I’m always exploring new techniques and tools to help my clients and friends (and myself) become more effective Deliberate Creators. MindMovies looks to be just such a tool. Normally I would wait and tell you about it after I’ve used it, but this looks so good I want you to have the opportunity to jump in and get started now. I’m going to be making my MindMovie this weekend! Here’s a short clip from the intro site. (Personally, I’m not a big fan of the hard rock tunes they used on their videos, but I’ll get to use whatever music I want when I make my own).

I think the power of this tool is two-fold. First, the creation of the movie provides an amazing opportunity to get clear about what you want. Clarity leads to power and attraction! And second, there is a lot of power in the combination of images, words/phrases and music that you have chosen. I don’t know about you, but music has a huge impact on me. And by creating and watching movies that incorporate inspiring music that I have chosen, I know I will be ready to kick it up a notch! And if any of you Law of Attraction bloggers out there are reading this and think this tool could help your readers – I certainly do! – consider signing up for the affiliate program. It’s a great way to increase abundance in your life while helping your readers to do the same in theirs!

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