Reach high, for the stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream Deep for every dream precedes the goal. –Pamela Vaull Starr
**Originally titled, “Design Your Dream 2013 part 2” Updated to be relevant any time, any year.
In the last post I talked about the importance of belief. It is at the core of our ability to tap into the magic that we are swimming in and create and manifest dreams. In this post, I am sharing some things I did that helped create my wonderful and magical year in 2012. To be completely honest, 2012 was my tester year. I kind of, shall we say, slipped into the magic by doing deep, intense shadow work the Samhain of 2011. Apparently, that world opened me up and I became available, only I wasn’t aware that’s what I was doing. I became aware and when I did, I actively got involved in the process and was still a bit wishy-washy. And even in my wishy-washy state, I manifested the most important and amazing thing and what I wanted most in the world–Love. But that is a story for my personal blog where I’ve recorded my experiences.
But before I go on, I want to say this once, say it twice and say it three times that you do not need to wait for a new year to change your life and make it what you want it to be. Your life begins to change the moment you decide to change it. You have the power to make your life what you want by your belief that you can.
Belief is what got you where you are now in this present moment and belief is what will get you where you want to be in the future.- Aura
Once we are comfortable with the belief and understanding that we have this unlimited potential to create and manifest our dreams then we can move on to what’s next on the list of my own personal “The Create Your Dream 2013 Playbook” and that is creating an environment conducive to supporting our dream. Using the famous Rosicrucian Maxim (also known as the “Witches Pyramid”) as a guide, the environment we want to create first is the one within.
To Know is to not only believe you can have what you want manifest in your life but it is also having the clarity on what that really is. If you don’t know what you want, you will certainly never have it. And you just may end up with things you don’t really want in your life at all.
To Know falls within the realm of air and that is the realm concerned with thoughts, concentration, focus and new ideas, and inspiration. This is where we plant the seeds of our intentions for our dream of the new year.
To Will is where you begin to create by feeling and feeding your desire, your wants and intentions. It is where you begin to manifest your dreams by taking action. This is where we make a decision and follow through with it.
To Will falls in the realm of fire and is the realm concerned with all things that you want to do, the places you want to go and the things you want to experience in your life and anything that helps you begin to move in the direction of your dreams on all levels.
To Dare is allowing yourself to trust the flow, following where it leads even if it takes it outside your normal comfort zone. You know what you want, you have the belief that what you want is within your reach so now you have to trust the current will land you in the place of your dreams. It is a daring process and requires a little more than knowing and will–it requires courage. How far are you willing to go?
To Dare falls within the realm of water and it is the realm concerned with your intuitive process, your psychic awareness and dreams. It is fluid, moving and flowing and like fire, it can help you move towards your dreams and goals. Moving water flows in a direction until it is stopped or finally reaches a lake or the ocean. Trusting the flow is trusting your own intuition will guide you to and recognize opportunities that will help you manifest your dreams. Flow~~~~~~
To Keep Silent is to understand that where focus goes, energy flows kind of thing. It is to connect yourself with Goddess, to step deep into your place of power through silence, prayer, meditation and reflection of what you are doing. Through connecting yourself with the Divine, the Goddess/God you empowered by their energy, encouraged by their gifts of wisdom and guidance that you might not otherwise hear in the normal chatter of the mind.
To Keep Silent falls in the realm of the earth and is concerned with digging deep into the soft, cool dark earth where seeds of your dreams can sprout and grow in the darkness until the time is right to share your dreams and visions with the world. But for now, it’s for you to dance with, to connect with and build a relationship with, attach to the feeling of the dream, but not the outcome. It is also the place of gratitude. Know that you are deserving but never feel entitled to the dream. In other words, when the universe presents you with opportunities, don’t be afraid to dig deep into the earth and get your hands a little dirty to get what you want. Be grateful for what you have while on your way to get what you want. Don’t miss them because you weren’t quite what you expected them to be.
Now that we’ve created a supportive environment within, let’s create a supportive one without.
The Physical Environment.
Her Space is Sacred Space
You need your space and not just old space. No, this space is divinely feminine, imbued with your own Goddess energy. It is a space you feel comfortable relaxing, being still and creative. You can decorate this space with all the things that speak to you like special trinkets, candles, incense, plants, statuary or things related to your goals and dreams. Really make it yours. This space can be your own bedroom or if you really lucky a spare room. Wherever you can sit down, relax your mind and get creative.
I’m all about journals and story writing. I think writing stories helps connect us more to our goals and dreams. This may not be the case for you, however, it really worked for me and therefore it’s on my how-to list that I’m sharing now. I keep a journal on my altar and I write letters to myself, thoughts on things I want and sometimes I just write when I’m not sure what to write even if it’s just doodle (I’m a compulsive doodler) until a thought comes to me. If you find journaling difficult but are open to try it, keep in mind that it takes 21 days to develop a habit so if you write in your journal for 21 days just three lines a day, you will find more thoughts coming to you and flowing more freely the more you write. By the time you reach day 21 you may just be filling up the pages with ideas, thoughts, feelings and dreams!
You may want to start out with some writing prompts like:
The things that matter to me most in my life are __________.
The things that I value are __________.
What I would like to achieve this year is_________.
I’m going to achieve these goals by _________.
Everyone has a story. A story of our past and our experiences of how we got to where we are now. Whether they be good stories or bad stories, we wrote them and lived them and now here we are. Those stories have their place and in regard to creating our Dream 2013, that place is in the past. We can not craft the future while constantly looking back. We will remain stationary, stuck and going nowhere and another type of story will emerge that we will not be happy with. And yet, we’ll have to accept that we created that too. Having said all that, the only story that you need to focus on is the one you will create and write for 2013.
“If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” –Walt Disney
You can journal this in your journal or blog it (keep it private if you wish). Start off by making a list of the things you want since now you know.
Once you have that written out, pick out the theme of your story. Will it be an adventure, an action packed story, a romance, or one of self-discovery and spiritual? The themes are endless and the story is yours. It can be anything you want and however you desire. The idea here is to just get writing. Once you start writing, even if you think it’s silly, write anyway! Write yourself in your own fairytale wish come true style. Write it as a novel, write it anyway you want but just write!
“It was the year 2013 and Aura decided to venture out and see what magic she could create. She first decided that she wanted a new car but she needed to decide what type. Although she was more than grateful to her best friend, for the use of her vehicle any time she needed to, it was getting old. So she set out first by trying to decide what kind of car would suite her and her family best. A sports utility? As flashy sports car? A luxury car? Would it be brand new car or a used car within five years? As Aura set about her journey she decided that she would get herself a _________.”
Or example two:
“This year is the year that I, Aura will dream and dream big and not only will I dream big but I will manifest these dreams by 1. Believing in myself, 2. Knowing what I want and 3. Seeing it happen in my mind every day by my own thoughts and viewing my dream board. 4. Surrounding myself in an environment with people and things that support my dreams. The over all theme of 2013 is Spiritual. Radiate Love. I want my life this year to radiate love, compassion and forgiveness so that everything I do comes from a place of love and my life will be filled with light, joy and happiness…”
These are only two examples but you can write your story any way you want to. It’s your story, it’s as unique as you are.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. –Henry David Thoreau
I don’t know about you, but I think the best stories come with pictures! I love picture books the best, they give me an idea of what the author intended and helps me hold the vision. Powerful and inspiring words help too. Creating a dream board to reflect your story can be a powerful tool in helping you manifest your dreams. If you want to, after you finish writing your story you can make the story from your dream board. Much like a movie concepts start with movie boards using and ideas to tell the story they intend to share through making a movie.
Making a dream board is not necessary to create to achieve your dreams but it does make it easier and a whole lot more fun! It also inspires you to get active and look for images that resonate with you, which in turn helps you realize even more what you truly want. They can help you align your personal vision, goals and dreams with your potential. If your dreams are supported by your visions they become empowered and magnetic drawing these things to you and you to them. The images, photos and inspiring words and phrases you choose help set the stage allowing you to develop real feelings and attach emotion to your dream, much like the feeling and emotion one has for a lover in the sense of feeling and attachment to the dream itself. Words have the tremendous ability to change your life and evoke powerful emotion from deep within which can be a catalyst for change. It’s the emotion and feeling of the reality of the dream you want to attach to, not the outcome and dream boards help you create and support that.
A vital part of having a dream board is being able to see it, to feel it and connect with the visions and goals and place yourself in that board. Many people seem to miss this step, placing either too many things on their board and therefore lose focus and/or they don’t place it strategically in a place they can see it every day, often several times a day and connect with it. Personally, I like the idea of a dream altar. I create altars all the time for different purposes, some for display like the holidays, or seasons and some for ritual and some with other purposes or any purpose I can think of or feel I have need.
The creation of an altar is a sacred act and ritual all unto itself. The most important step in altar creation is determining your intention for it. In this case, it can be for dreams and a place to display your dream board with all your dreams and goals and intentions on it. You may find a beautiful altar cloth or any piece of fabric that resonates with you, makes you feel connected to your purpose and dreams. You may find the appropriate colored candles and incense holders to burn incense. You may want to add trinkets that relate to any of your dreams you have in your dream board.
You want a new car and you know the specific make and model you can place a key ring with the emblem of that car on your altar. You may even want to put a key on it too.
You altar space can also be your creative Her space or Goddess space, dream space, whatever you want to call it. It’s all sacred. You are co-creating and manifesting these dreams and goals so it’s important to remember you need to be active and ‘work this’ to remain connected and generate magnetic energy that will keep drawing these things to you and you to them, or find yourself with opportunities to obtain the wants and in positions to gain the experiences, etc…. Making the dream board, creating that altar isn’t enough. You must create and build your relationship with the visions you hold.
To do this, you may want to spend a few moments every day in this space at your dream altar, looking at your dream board as you would look at a picture of a lover. It’s with that same emotional intensity that turns you on to the vibration of what you see. Light your candles, burn your incense and take no less than 10 minutes to be in the flow of creation. Play music if you’d like, anything to get you turned on and tuned in. You may even want to write an intention prayer to recite every day as you are in your dreamy place for a few moments as the power of words, as I stated can have a dramatic over all effect on your emotional, mental and spiritual ability to connect to the visions.
Remember to always give gratitude before you leave your dream space, giving thanks for all that you have now as you are working towards the dreams and goals you want. Never feel entitled.
This doesn’t have to be time-consuming at all but it shouldn’t be rushed either. This isn’t crash course co-creation. Crash diets don’t work, neither does crash magic. Remember, these are your visions, your dreams you make the time and connect!
As you are experiencing and witnessing your visions and dreams come true, you might also want to create a special board or journal for all the things you achieve along the way. You can do it in the same manner as you did with the dream board or you can use your Gratitude Journal with a photo or image of each goal attained and a story behind it. The how, the when and whatever else feels right. Be creative! It’s all your story coming true!
Other ideas are:
Use affirmations and mantras that support your goal.
Read inspiring quotes that support your dreams. Attach a different one to your email, write them on sticky notes and use an app for your cell phone that sends those type directly to your phone or flashes across the screen.
Ask others who have attained some of the goals you wish how they did it.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you– Matthew: 7:7 KJ Bible
If you begin to doubt yourself, spend some time in your space, reflecting and going within. For every negative doubt that pops in your head, telling you can’t manifest your dreams (and it will happen) speak out loud three more reasons why you can, you will and you are manifesting your dream.
Share your dreams and visions only with those who truly support you. Unfortunately, there are those who aren’t ready to see and embrace the magic around themselves and therefore they can not envision anyone else doing it either. You do not want their negativity to bring you down. Only surround yourself with those who shine as bright as you do!
Now is not the time to relax. Relaxed people don’t get much done. Oh, yes to manifest your dreams you have to stay passionate, hyped up and excited while keeping an eye out for any sign and symbol from the universe that you are on the right path to your dreams. The universe is always speaking to us. Attach yourself to the dream in every way you can and you will find it is attaching itself to you!
But most importantly, believe in yourself , your ability and know that you can manifest and hold the vision every day and don’t be afraid to step up and step in your power and recognize every opportunity as it presents itself.
Fall in love with your dream. And let it fall it love with you.