by Eileen Campbell
Do you have a dream that you want to realize? Is it truly your dream, by which I mean does it come from the essence of who you truly are? It had better do, because only then can you find the passion and determination to achieve it.
How do we discover what we truly want – not what our parents, or teachers, or peers influenced us to pursue? We know with our heart, not with our heads. As we develop awareness and gain self-knowledge, greater clarity about our goals comes and we have an authentic sense of what our ambition is. We feel a sense of destiny, and know that it is we alone who are responsible for making the best choices for ourselves. Energized, we’re inspired and motivated by the Source of life within us – that same force that the poet Dylan Thomas described as, ‘the force that through the green fuse drives the flower.’
If our dream turns out to be about more than achieving something just for ourselves, some higher purpose that benefits others, we are helped in some mysterious way by Ralph Waldo Trine’s ‘ thousand unseen hands’.
Patanjali, the Indian philosopher from around the second century BC, wrote in his Yoga Sutras:
‘…when you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break your bonds: your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.’
We find the courage to take risks and to use our imagination, our intuition, and our creativity. Creating a vision of how we want our lives to be is like using a map when we’re traveling. As the Sufi master, Pir Vilayat Khan wrote: ‘The future is not there waiting for us. We create it by the power of the imagination.’
There’s a well-known story about three men working in a quarry cutting blocks of stone. A passer-by asks the first man what he is doing. He replies, ‘I’m cutting stone.’ The second man answers the same question with, ‘I’m earning a living.’ The third man has a different answer to the same question, ‘I’m building a cathedral.’ This man is motivated by a vision that goes way beyond his personal needs. He is building something of enormous importance and great beauty for his community now and for future generations.
Commitment to making our dream a reality, discipline and patience to see us through any obstacles, and the ability to be willing to accept and release what the end result may be, since we don’t have total control, are also part and parcel of achieving our dream.
Eileen Campbell is a writer of inspirational books, including a successful series of anthologies described by the media as “treasures of timeless wisdom,” which sold collectively around 250,000 copies. She has studied with a variety of teachers from different traditions and brings a wealth of knowledge and life experience to her books. She is known for her pioneering and visionary career as a self-help and spirituality publishers, and has also written and presented for BBC Radio 2 and 4. She currently devotes her energies to yoga, writing, and gardening. She lives in England. Visit her at http://www.eileencampbellbooks.com.