Small Steps toward Dreams

“If we are addicted to the stress and worry of trying to make things happen, we are positively phobic about avoiding the free-fall of letting things happen.  Surrender control?  Not if we can help it.  For people who are addicted to worry, which gives them a sense of safety because it is so familiar and prevents them from letting their imagination roam too freely, the willingness to receive the ‘part’ of partnership can be nearly as hard as the asking.

“This is why starting small is such a good idea.  The big dream might be going to graduate school.  Starting small might be finding out about schools and sending off for brochures.  There is usually one small step we can take in the direction of a dream.  When we do, the Universe often takes several more.  Our willingness is following this lead.”  Julia Cameron, The Vein of Gold

There are many things in life that are best approached through small steps.  If our dream is truly large, we can keep a record of the many teeny steps that we need to take to get there.  But we won’t know in advance what those steps will be.  We take a step that we know, wait and listen to guidance, and then take the next right step.  It is a piecemeal process.

When we imagine a truly big dream, we can scare ourselves with the implications.  There is a stern warning in this, for doubts may arise that we can do it at all, do the dream at all.  And this halts the law of attraction from working for us.  So we know that we need to avoid the doubts.

Take teeny steps, those that we can take in peace and confidence.  The longest journey begins with the first step.


Money to Support Dreams

“‘I wish my husband would support my dreams,’ a student complained to me. ‘He did offer to pay for  me to take my master’s, but I’d like his emotional support.’

“For some people, money is their version of emotional support.  We must learn to let people give what they can instead of demanding they give what we wish.”  Julia Cameron, The Vein of Gold

We sometimes expect what will not come, even using the law of attraction.  And we grumble about our desires not being met.  Actually, we know already when our desires will not be met, we have strong doubts, and this in itself cancels any attraction that we might summon up.

There are some times when we need to give the others in our lives some slack, letting them give to us what is most comfortable to them.  If it is money, as in this anecdote, when we are grateful for money.  We are simply beating our head against a wall when we ask for what we know will not come about.  This is conflict, and conflict denies the law of attraction.

Gratefulness means that we summon courage to be strong in the face of blessings that might be different from our fondest wish.   Our fondest wish is that we be happy and contented, at peace and feeling joy, and when we niggle about the way in which our gifts come to us, we are walking up the wrong path.

Accept money, if that is what our loved ones want to give.  Emotional support can come from a place other than our nearest and dearest.

Desires of the Heart

“But what if you woke up every day and you just said, ‘What if I went for the things that I want?  My dreams?  You hit the alarm clock, you put your feet on the floor, and you just go for it.  To have that magic back in your life. . .to live for the sake of possibility.”  – Liz Murray in Rhonda Byrne’s The Hero.

“Climb every mountain

“Ford every stream

“Follow every rainbow

“’Till you find your dream.”  –  lyrics by Jordan Smith


We need to get some real magic back in our lives, to reach for the stars, sure that we can at least touch them.  This type of thinking and feeling will actually raise one’s spirits, and we all know that we are more likely to attract what we love if we are in a good mood.  We knew this truth even before we had ever heard of the law of attraction, because the belief was borne out in results repeatedly in our earlier lives.

When we reach for the stars, we are believing in the seemingly impossible.  When this impossibility actually manifests, we will have the evidence that we need that the law of attraction is just like gravity, a law of the universe that affects each of us, whether we know it or not.  And knowing it opens up vistas that had been closed to us heretofore.

Reach for one’s dreams.  If we can dream it, and then really believe that it is ours, then we are fulfilling the spirit of the law of attraction.  If we have doubts, we short-circuit the result, and our desire will not manifest.  We get rid of these doubts by going within and asking if this is a “right” thing.  If we are sure that it is, we will have no doubts.

I once longed for a particular love in my life, but I had my doubts, and as a result, I never took up the issue in prayer.  This was odd, for I prayed quite a bit, and this love seemed vital to my life.  Yet deep within, I knew that this particular love wasn’t right for me.  And of course the law of attraction agreed with me, choosing another love for me that turned out fabulously.

Be sure that one’s dream is the right dream.  Then we can visualize with certainty, and the law of attraction will respond with the desires of our heart.

Dreams and Happiness

“God’s will for me is perfect happiness.”  – A Course in Miracles

We often imagine that God might have a higher purpose than happiness for us, that He would have us sacrifice our happiness to something that might be a higher purpose.   A Course in Miracles calls this reasoning into question.

We are meant to live out our dreams, as Rhonda Byrne (author of The Secret) makes so evident in her book, The Hero.  And the living out of our dreams, what we know as our dreams, from deep inside, is what makes for our happiness.  We do attract that happiness by following the best and deepest calling that we know.  And turning within opens up the challenges, prepares us to shoot for the stars.

As Rhonda and others makes clear in The Hero, we actually must do what Joseph Campbell, the writer on mythology, made the capstone of his life’s work:  Follow your bliss.  This bliss is a synonym for one’s happiness, and there is simply no grander way to plan a life.  The powers of the Universe kick in, God Himself, and we are shortly presented with life choices that will make all the difference.  The law of attraction brings dream, bliss, and remarkable opportunity together.

We are well on our way to the life that we have attracted by our dreams.

And we are joyous.