Category Archives: Making Dreams Reality

UNLIMITED

In the musical Wicked, Elphaba, the “wicked” witch sings a song called “Defying Gravity.” In it she sings a wonderful line: “Unlimited, . . . My future is unlimited!” Later in the play she sings that line again, but instead of singing “unlimited,” having experienced some hard knocks, she sings “I’m limited.” However, despite the fact that she is feeling limited at that moment, she holds fast to her original vision of being “unlimited” and life is transformed for her.

How often we get bogged down with thoughts and feelings of our limitations. Instead of keeping our focus on our dreams and visions, we so often focus on the day to day things that we all must do to live in “reality.”

Does living in “reality” preclude us from feeling unlimited and keeping our focus there?

It is those who have not allowed themselves to be bogged down, or held down by the way things are that have been the movers and shakers in our world. It is those who have constantly stretched the limits imposed by “reality” who have created new spiritualities, new cures, new technologies and new ways of being. Where would we be without such unlimited thinkers?

I was reading Wayne Dyer’s new book Excuses Be Gone. In chapter 4 he reminds us that we are unlimited. “Know that you are a soul with a body rather than the reverse” (p.75). That is, our souls are from eternity and are eternal – where there are no limitations. Remember this! If I could be or do anything I would want, without any current limitations imposed on me – what would it be? Ask yourself this question. And when you get the answer, this is what we need to keep before our eyes – not the limitations of “reality!”


WHAT WE HOPE FOR

NOTE: I meant to post this on Christmas Eve, but a very good friend of mine had a stroke at the age of 40 the day before Christmas Eve. He’s only 40 years old. He remains in critical condition, but is showing signs of improvement. Please keep him, his partner and family in positive thought and prayer. Thanks!

Last week I stopped in a drug store and noticed that the Christmas stuff was already marked off 50%. I had no intention of buying yet another Christmas decoration; but I almost felt as if I was lead to look. In the midst of the plethora of decorations were some simple, painted wood block words. One of them said: “Believe.” I felt something as I picked it up, an energy, . . . and ended up buying it. It now sits front and center above my fireplace, and as I pray and meditate in the morning I look at it. As I walk through the living room a hundred times a day, I look at it. It becomes a mantra, a reminder – “Believe!” “Watch your thoughts.” “Your beliefs create reality.” I’ve just begun reading Wayne Dyer’s new book called Excuses Be Gone, in which he talks about scientific studies that have been done which prove that what we believe can literally create our reality, bring healing and affect our lives, positively or negatively – depending on what our beliefs are.. Scientific proof!

I can’t help but think that I was lead to buy that wood block word. I will keep it in my home year round, as a reminder.

Again, some, including myself might find a lot of the movies, songs and hype that surrounds us this time of year a bit sweet and syrupy. But it is good that collectively this time of year, many people are lead to positive thoughts and feelings – and frankly I’ve seen examples time and again where such thoughts create reality. I have seen and experienced kindness and self giving that is admirable. What a grace that we have this time of year that so many humans are thinking good thoughts and believing good things. What a great thing it would be if we carried such thoughts and beliefs through the rest of the year. Imagine the reality that collectively we could create in our world!

I love the song “Thankful,” made popular by Josh Groban. The song is written by David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager and Richard Page. The text of the refrain and the music wonderfully express our desire to turn our attention to what is good and hopeful:

“So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day we hope for
What we still can’t see”

I hope that the little wood block word that I was lead to serves as a reminder throughout the year. Imagine the world we could bring into being if the good will that is felt this time of year was always in our thoughts!


STOP THINKING SO MUCH!!

The silence of no thought

It speaks with increasing volume
Enticing me . . .

“Wanna figure it out?”
“No thought”
“Wanna change?”
“No thought”
“Wanna create?”
“No thought”
“Wanna love?”
“No thought”
“Wanna live well?”
“No thought”
“Wanna die well?”
“No thought”

In this silence, the song rises in my heart again
And I am made new.


Obama as Symbol: Dream Your Dreams!

Yesterday Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States.

No matter what one might think of him as a person or leader, he emerges as a symbol, not only for the people of the United States, but of the world. Last night, there was a palatable sense of coming together – even from John McCain and some Republicans. There was also a sense of humility that Obama exhibited and a refreshing acknowledgement from a person who is now a world leader, that he would make mistakes and disappoint and that the change needed would take a lot of work, from everyone. Yet while acknowledging these realities, there was a deeper sense of hope that things CAN change, that dreams CAN become reality. And in this, Obama becomes a symbol of a much deeper reality. For once hope is enflamed, the energy to task is given and one can begin to rise, despite obstacles and see unthinkable dreams into reality. “To dream the impossible dream,” as the song goes from The Man of La Mancha is indeed a good thing. One must continue to dream, despite the obstacles, despite the opposition, despite what might seem an insurmountable wave of voices that say “no you can’t!”

I was struck by the diversity of ages, skin colors, economic brackets, sexual orientations and religious affiliations at Obama’s rally last night. There seemed no one group that was predominant, but a mix of people that is the face, the glory and the challenge of America.

What also struck me is that most of the unprecedented money that Obama raised for his campaign came from people who donated $200.00 or less. Not much big money, but a lot of small money, everyday people coming together with a little, created an unprecedented abundance. This too stands as symbol.

He is being touted as the first “African American President,” yet the symbol goes far beyond that. For in being Bi-Racial he creates within his own being and history a coming together of divergent cultures and world views. It’s not so much about being African American, or a woman, or gay, or Latino or a man – but it’s about being American and ultimately a citizen not only of this country but of the planet.

Again, no matter what one might think of the man, he stands as a symbol that anything we dream CAN become reality and that as small as we are, our voices DO matter.

What are the dreams that you have for the world? What are the dreams that you have for the country, our society, your church, our world? What are the dreams that you have for your self and your loved ones? Can I believe again that in the midst of the seemingly insurmountable voices that say “no you can’t,” we can say “yes we CAN!” (Barack Obama Acceptance Speech, November 4th 2008)


From Dream to Reality

We all have dreams.  Dreams of the way we want our lives to be.  Dreams for our children.  Dreams for our world, our faith communities and our society.

Sometimes we get paralyzed by thinking that there is nothing that we can do to make real the dreams that we have.

In reality, all that we need to do is simply take a step to make our dreams reality and chances are, that one step will have power to begin to make dreams a reality.  If we simply dream without taking concrete steps, nothing will happen.

Teresa of Avila, a mystic and reformer in the 16th century said this:  “If a person should do no more than take one step, the step will contain in itself so much power that they will not have to fear losing it, nor will they fail to be very well paid.”  (The Way of Perfection).

What step can we take today to give birth to a dream that we hold within?


Music’s Creative Vibration

As a musician I am sensitive to music’s vibration.  This vibration contains within it the power to literally move us.  Just think of it, something we can’t really see, a vibration, unites hearts, makes us cry, moves us to dance, to exercise, to relax and to inspiration.  At times it gets us motivated and keeps us moving.  At other times it slows us down and is like a peaceful calm to our spirits.  It lifts us up to inspiration and places on our lips words and melodies that can unlock the depths of the heart and give expression  to what may otherwise lay dormant within us.

If we can perceive that this invisible vibration has the power to move matter, is it such a stretch to believe that thought can move matter; to believe in a Force, Universe Energy, God or whatever we want to call it, that has the power to change and move matter?

Are my thoughts in vibrational harmony with what I want to create and who I want to be on this planet?  Do my thoughts sap the Life Force from me, . . .or do they create an energy that makes me dance?


Just Do It For God’s Sake!

No, . . . not “that!” 🙂 Although with my foray in singledom that doesn’t sound like a bad idea! Haha! . . . But, I digress!

Sometimes we get stuck in life. We think and we dream. We dream and we think about what it is that we want to do, what contribution we want to make in this life, how we want to help and affect others, what kind of Partner we want, what kind of community we want, what kind of health we want, or what kind of job we want. We think and dream, dream and think. But sometimes, that’s where is ends. We think and dream, but don’t take one step in making the dream reality.

Some of us get paralyzed by perfectionism. We fear making a mistake and so we end up doing nothing. Or others are paralyzed by messages from their past which are like a heavy weight around their shoulders which holds them down and keeps them from sharing the light they have to offer to the world!

I have said it before and I’ll say it again, if we find ourselves paralyzed in some way, all we need to do is take a small step, one small action that will take us in the direction we want. It’s amazing the momentum that one small step can create!

Perhaps someone needs your encouragement today to take that step. We can’t actually take the step for anyone. Only they can do that. But we can encourage each other. I am grateful for those who encourage me to rise above the lethargy imposed by my past and take steps in letting the light within shine for others.

Today, lets just do it for God’s sake! . . . And the sake of others who need what we have to offer!