Questions are the tools of the mind–
Am I gathering what I long for, or just gathering? Why do I do what I don’t want to do and don’t do what I desire more than anything?
The Dali Llama says, “Every day think as you wake up, ‘Today I am fortunate to be alive. I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.’”
When you are present and open, your heart, mind and physical being can envision and encompass the possible, the probable, the improbable and the impossible without discrimination. Just the mere fact that you long for or dream about something means your soul is already pointing the way.
So now you might ask: Where am I being pointed? Am I listening? What am I wanting in my relationships with others? How am I using my energies to create what I want? What do I “believe I see” as “getting in the way” of creative expression? How far is it from desire to doing? What keeps me up at night? Perhaps you have already tried some of the theories, practices, therapies and modalities for answering these questions.
Try S.T.A.R.– a mind-cultivation practice for Success Training And Recovery, even if only one seemingly small part of your life feels lacking :
- Make a detailed list of wants, goals and desires:
- Choose one and save the rest somewhere, out of sight. (Don’t chose something with which you have a long history of failure, yet)
- Focus on a piece of one item from your list, for improvement. In other words, re-frame “I wish I had time to be more creative,” to a positive attainable focus– “I awaken my creativity every time I make a creative moment to scribble, doodle, free-write or consciously see the ordinary as extraordinary.” Increase activity just a bit each week or so. Two minutes is better than no minutes. Expand from there!
- Baby steps. Set a small attainable goal.
- Visualize. Have a backup plan in place, such as, “If something keeps me from my creative moment, I will imagine doing every aspect of my next creative moment.” Use as much detail in the mind as possible.
- Notice. Any shifts in feeling, attitude, energy, resistance over time? Praise progress. Ignore the rest! Use gentle words with yourself.
Even moderate success with that “creative moment” will produce a neural cascade of satisfaction. In other words, more and more each day you will notice slight shifts. Let’s call these shifts, miracles! The only trick here is to be mindful enough to notice them. I’ve found journaling to be a valuable adjunct tool. Gradually, or all at once the happiness of your “improvement project” will be in full bloom, and THAT is what you were gathering into your life all along, the happiness and satisfaction of a Soul Created Life! I practiced this very thing back in 1996 and it led to a whole new career in art, authoring and mentoring others!
Perhaps you have had plans to manifest your dreams for many years. Let’s say you’ve done all you can do, obeyed all the rules; made all the lists; implemented all the suggestions; but you are still not moving ahead. It is not likely that better plans and harder work will shift into success for you. It is quite possible, in fact probable you are in need of Soul Care. I have seen this time and again. This is not something you could have known, or managed on your own, so don’t worry. Help is ready.
These tools and ideas are a mix of shamanic practice, my STAR creative mind cultivation, Soul Design Sessions, offered with compassion and no claims of healing any medical condition. Mahalo and Aloha, Soul Designers!