[written Wed 11/9]
Everyone talks about having goals.
They talk about creating them, setting a plan in action to make them happen, and then moving through that timeline to achieve your goals.
This has often stressed me out a bit because I have things I want to experience in my life, but not always a clear picture of what that might look like.
Over a course of one conversation I had over the past week, my view on goals has been changed forever.
Gregory said: "Dreams are different than goals. Goals are an outcome to which you know exactly what steps can be taken to reach the destination. Dreams are different. They are bigger. Dreams rely on teamwork with power larger than yourself to manifest, and the steps to achieve the dreams are often unseen in the moment they are born."
This seemingly small distinction has made a huge difference in how I am approaching the next phases of my life.
Even in the awaken mastery course, (with which you can go back through the course of this blog to catch up and join and any time), we've mentioned goals for the past 6 weeks.
Over the past week, I've been using the power of the senses to flesh out my goals and intentions.
I prefer to use the latter word, as intentions seem softer on the ear. They can be powerful in energy, but they refer more generally to ideas we aim for, or plan.
Not only am I a risk taker, but I'm a dreamer.
I have grand intentions for my life, and often times no real idea on how they are going to come about.
It's like I see pieces of the puzzle--my life puzzle.
I see the strong talents I possess that can help me on my journey. I am a quick learner. I am organized. I have great social skills, and strongly value clear communication. I understand people, and can read energy well to keep relationships flowing smoothly. I have the ongoing desire to learn and grow. I am passionate about life.
These are just a few.
I also see areas in life for which I've seen my passion grow. Yoga is my first love, and I also enjoy golf, outdoor sports, water, and nature. Property, and design, also pique my interest. Writing and cooking and baking also fuel a creative fire within. And, travel, oh yes!! I'm there in a heartbeat, ready for the next adventure!
In being a dreamer, I am learning to be okay with only seeing the next step to making things happen, not necessarily the entire path.
I actually didn't even write many goals 6 weeks ago, because now I realize many of them are dreams.
And, that's okay.
I might not have the entire picture in front of me of how I am going to reach my dreams.
I just know that I am going to use my high levels of awareness, my connection to how I feel, my reliance on a spiritual source greater than me to help coordinate the right timing of events and people to make my dreams a reality. And, when the doors open, I'm going to have the courage and faith to take the next step.
In concluding the past week of DIRECT my COURSE activities, I took time to answer the following reflective questions:
1. What was it like to focus my intentions through my senses?
I think this is such a fantastic tool to practice visualization. Many people think that visualization is only about seeing pictures of what you want to experience. When, in reality, the more sensual information you add to the picture, the more boldly it gets imprinted in your subconscious mind.
2. Did I feel any sensations while integrating this activity via the brain-integrated state?
While I use this posture to allow the new information to settle into my being, this is also a great body position to reduce stress, normalize the heart rate, and bring yourself back to balance.
3. How many times did I use the Direct my course activity?
I had the intention of doing this once a day, but I used it about 4 times. I aim to continue it throughout the course of the next week, as I think it's one of the most powerful tools to not only clarify ones' intentions, but also focus your attention on the things you want in life.
4. Did I feel blocked in any sense (seeing, hearing, feeling)? If so, did it get easier the most the exercise was used?
I've used this activity for years now, so I feel much more open in all of my senses. However, if you are just trying this, don't get discouraged if it takes some time. Just keep trying to illustrate what you see, hear, and feel in as much detail as possible. It does get easier!
5. Did I notice any changes in my perspectives toward my goals?
This entire entry is a response to a resounding YES to this question. I've taken many of my ideas out of the goals realm, which feels like a relief. Many things I do want to experience over the next 6 months and year involve changes to which I don't see step-by-step guidelines to get there. And, now, I feel great knowing that I can just put one piece of the puzzle together at a time.
6. Do I have new insights about how to go about reaching my goals (and dreams)?
Again, YES. I feel that I can relax into my ideas, passions, daydreams. I can enjoy the moment more, without stressing about how this is going to get me from point A to point B.