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Over the past 30 years, I have developed a very simple system to help us manifest our dreams. It has been assembled from many different sources. Take it in, then change and adapt it as you wish. This system has four steps that can be summarized in four powerful words: Dream, Imagine, Believe, Create.
It all begins with a dream, which at first is nothing but an ephemeral idea in our minds. It begins with simply allowing ourselves to dream. What happens as soon as we dare to dream? Doubts and fears rush in, realistic or cynical thinking rushes in, and our dreams are quickly squelched. So we have to learn to set those doubts and fears aside, at least for the moment. We'll deal with them later. We have to learn to set aside even our realistic thoughts, and let our inner dreamer, our inner visionary, be free to imagine possibilities.
The little process I suggest--the simple exercise that worked for me initially--is to take a sheet of paper and write Ideal Scene at the top. Put aside your doubts and fears and even "realistic" thinking for a moment, and imagine five years have passed and you have created the life of your dreams.
Let your imagination freely roam, without any restrictions. Let your spirit soar. Look at it as a worthwhile experiment. It only takes a few minutes, and yet this little exercise has a great power in it--the power to change your life and your world.
We have dreamed about our castle in the air; now we need to imagine how we can build it, starting with a strong foundation in solid ground.
This step became obvious to me as soon as I read through my Ideal Scene. Within it were a number of goals, and I needed to list them clearly. This is the next step, and it is simple to do:
Take another sheet of paper, write Goals at the top, and list every goal you can think of for the next few years. Maybe that's all you'll need to do: put your dream, your ideal scene, into a list of steps you need to take to get there. When I first listed my goals and stared at them for a while, I saw that the next obvious step for me was writing those goals as Affirmations, as if they were already happening in that moment. So write your goals as affirmations--in a way that is believable to your subconscious mind.
It is believable that, from this moment on, you are now becoming something far more expansive. You're not saying to your subconscious mind that you have arrived somewhere or attained something, because you know your subconscious mind doesn't really believe it. "I am now a millionaire" is something your subconscious mind would probably have difficulty accepting if you're scrounging to pay the rent. Word your affirmations in ways your subconscious mind can accept, as if you're in the process of becoming or creating what you want in life:
I am now becoming successful, doing what I love. I am now creating total financial success.
The above affirmation is worded in a way your subconscious can accept and it's very powerful.
The truth is, all the practices and techniques that we've heard about over the years work: affirmations, prayers, declarations, positive thinking, creative visualization, self-actualization, self-realization, whatever you want to call it. They all work because every thought we have is a powerful creative force.
The only problem is that our doubts and fears can be powerful creative forces in our lives as well, if we let them. The process works like this: We affirm, I am now creating success, doing what I love to do, in an easy and relaxed manner, in a healthy and positive way. The Universe (or our subconscious mind or whatever you want to call it) says YES! Then it goes about showing us just how to manifest our dreams, revealing to us exactly the steps we need to take.
However, if our next thought is: Oh, but it's so hard to succeed. So few people are doing what they love to do... Then the Universe says, Yes, it's true; it IS very hard for you. So it is essential to become aware of the beliefs we carry with us, and see how much they affect every moment of our lives. Even just becoming aware of these beliefs is a great step toward letting them go, or changing them into much more powerful, positive beliefs.
Here is the final step to the secret of manifestation: Remember to begin with the end in mind, and keep it in mind always. Never forget your dream, and keep imagining how that dream can possibly be realized. Let your imagination soar! Develop a multipronged strategy for each goal, one that doesn't take no for an answer.
First, you'll try this. If that doesn't work, you'll try that. There are endless possibilities for you, endless creative ways you can realize those dreams of yours. Try something! Don't be afraid to fail, because you can always try something else. Keep trying, and eventually you'll find something that works.
You have everything you need: a miraculous body, a phenomenal brain, and a vast and powerful subconscious mind. Now it's just a matter of focusing your mind in the right direction.
We have to remember our dream, again and again, and remember our plans--these get us back on course. If we keep doing this, again and again, we are bound to reach our destination sooner or later.
Excerpted with permission from The Greatest Secret of All ©2008 by Marc Allen, published by New World Library, Novato, CA. Available in stores or visit www.newworldlibrary.com.
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