Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Dreaming Your New Reality From the Inside Out
Last week I introduced you to how to use the Snapshot of the Big Picture map to set goals. In the snapshot process, you embed drawings and words of what you want in your new desired reality into the right side of the snapshot template. Then you determine some bold steps you need to take to get yourself there. This is just the first part of the equation for successful goal achievement. To fully realize your dream, you must live it from the inside out with the full belief that this is your new reality; you have become that which you dream.
I know, I know, things don't always happen in the time frame you expected. Since we live in an age of instantaneous results, it is hard to wait for things to happen. In the absence of tangible proof, many of us begin to question the process; problem-solve and subsequently "think it to death." Instead of spinning your wheels worrying "Am I am doing this right?", I have another suggestion for you: step more deeply into that new reality you created in your map and dream it from the inside out. David Bohm in his work on quantum physics Thought As a System wrote "Thought is constantly creating problems (that way) and then trying to solve them. But as it tries to solve them it makes it worse because it doesn't notice that it's creating them, and the more it thinks, the more problems it creates." (p. 18-19) Don't think it to death, dream it to life.
You've had that experience where you were reading a good book and then suddenly you began to feel like you were living that story, you may have even wished the book would never end, that you never had to come back out. Recently I read a blog post by writer, Kim Falconer, someone I have been following on Twitter. In her post Immersion, Bringing Readers Into Your World, Kim writes "If you experience the participation mystique in the act of creation, your readers will in turn be affected in the same way. This is where the magic happens, where we immerse in a world co-created by author and reader."
In the same way, when you become immersed in and begin to experience your own desired new reality and fully live it like a fantastic story, it begins to take on a life of its own. Suddenly one day you wake up and it is no longer a dream you had to be a _______, it is what you are now. You and I accelerate making our dreams real when we access the "as if" principle; living the dream as if it is our reality, until it becomes so. Life is both a push and a pull, a push from your part that creates a pull in the universe, bringing all that you want to you. Sound complicated? Remember these lyrics? "Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream." Why not live inside your dream? Gently. Merrily. Sounds a lot easier to me than worrying all the time, doesn't it?
Take your Snapshot to a new level. Look at the images and words you have put on the right side of your template and then begin to imagine living within it with every ounce of your being. Now watch the Alchemy as it takes shape - your life now; part science, part magic.