04/18/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Follow Your Bliss: The Holy Work Of Living Your Dreams

Impossible To Inevitable: Dare To Dream Big - Part IV

" What is it that makes you happy? 
Stay with it, no matter what people tell you. 

This is what I call, 'Following Your Bliss.'

If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there
all the while, waiting for you. 
And the life that you ought to be living,
is the one
you ARE living.
 Wherever you are, if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying
that refreshment, 
that lives within you, all the time.

When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss,

and they open doors for you. 
I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will
where you didn't know they were going to be."

Joseph Campbell

Last week, our focus was on declaring your impossible dream and making it tangible. One way to do that is to make a Dream Map. Check out last week's post for instructions on how to map your dreams. If you think this is just child's play, think again!

There's a principle at work here: consciousness aligns with itself. So while at the surface, it looks like you're just cutting out pictures from magazines and arranging them artfully on a piece of poster board, there's something "else" going on at the same time. This is an intuitive process that is like taking your right brain to the gym!

If you don't appreciate the importance of giving your right brain a creative work-out, listen to this: Daniel Pink in his book A Whole New Mind says, "Right brainers will rule the future," and New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman says in his books The World Is Flat and Hot, Flat, and Crowded that right brain activities are essential to jobs that cannot be out-sourced. Friedman asserts, "Creativity can be applied not only to creating art, but also to solving pressing problems of the day: finding sustainable energy solutions, developing innovative business ideas, and creating jobs".

Here's what reader Nicole_Deggins shared about her experience AFTER she made her map:

"First I have to say Ideas and direction opened up. Once I had the "map" in front of me I began to know which way to go and I was able to get to work. That was one of my biggest problems before. I have heard it a million times, at seminars, in books, in conversations....Put your plan down on paper, make it real. I never did it. Making the vision board gave me something tangible and as a result I was able to make deicisons about what to do first instead of just THINKING about the plan I was able to begin DOING something. And when I look at makes me smile."

Thanks Nicole! So go ahead! Give your right brain a creative workout and have fun mapping your way to your dreams. Once you've created your map or chosen an object that represents your dream and makes it tangible:

Create a sacred space and place your object there with the intention of incubating your dream.

It might be the top of a bookcase, a shelf or a dresser top. Find a beautiful cloth to place there and add candles, photos, statues, flowers; whatever brings you back to your dream vision and fires your imagination.

Carrying a dream is like being pregnant. Dreams take time to unfold and manifest in form. Think of this sacred space as womb for your dream, a place to do the inner work required to flesh it out.

My own dream now lives in me with a burning passion. So much so that doing anything other than writing almost seems like a disruption. I know I need to be mindful about getting outdoors to exercise, eating properly and taking care of the "business" of my life. But my heart is now devoted to the writing of my book. I find myself guarding this time like a mother bear, turning down invitations for social events because, well, I'm kind of like a maniac on a mission! That's how inspired dreams live in us when we're fully surrendered to them.

It's taken me 67 years to get here! I thought I'd most likely missed my chance this lifetime. If I didn't do it decades ago, what made me think I'd have the energy and motivation to devote to a project like this now? And who would want to read what I have to say? Who would want to publish me? How would I ever pull it off?

Can you hear me arguing for my limitations? Well that's a thing of the past. I'm now focused on doing the work. The rest will take care of itself. I am incubating this dream, holding it near and dear to my heart like an embryo.

Consider that incubating and giving birth to your dreams is holy work. It's what your soul came to do. For all that might seem impractical and improbable, there is also a certain inevitability to your dreams. Sooner or later, the soul will have its way with you. It's a good idea to get on board before your "flight is cancelled", if you know what I mean.

So follow your bliss and while you're at it put intention around incubating your dream. Build it and they will come. Hold it near and dear, nurture it, listen to it, let it guide you. Offer up a blessing to yourself and to the diamon that brought it to you. Maybe all you have for evidence is a spark of imagination or a burning passion you can't extinguish. Listen to this and follow it. It'll take you on an amazing adventure.

Consider the adventure of Paul Potts, the mobile phone salesman from the UK who won the Britain's Got Talent competition a couple of years ago. I'm sure you've all heard of him and seen the You Tube videos of his stunning, winning performance. Check out this interview of him, made after he became rich and famous. He offers advice for the rest of us following our dreams:

Aren't human beings magnificent? It's a privilege to be here with all of you, while I follow my own bliss. I hope you're following yours. I'd love to hear from you, specifically what you're up to in this domain of manifesting your impossible dreams. I'm also interested in gathering stories of people living their dreams for my book, and future blog posts.

Feel free to contact me at Or send me a friend request on Facebook (please let me know you're a reader) and join our Impossible Dreamer's group on FB. And of course, please let us know you were here by leaving a comment below.

Follow your bliss and I look forward to seeing you here next time.

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