Adrienne's work and teachings have been a great
inspiration to me! In August of 1998, about four months after my
father passed away, I read about one of Carol's
workshops in a Learning Annex catalog and
synchronistically found her book on a bookshelf at the
bookstore. The themes of her teachings were
familiar and comforting, as they confirmed the thoughts
and ideas my father had shared with me shortly before
his passing. Her books and workshops ignited my
spiritual curiosity, setting me on my soulful life path,
which led to the very creation of
SoulfulLiving.com! Carol's participation has been
an integral part of SoulfulLiving.com, at its soul
level! Thank you, Carol, with all my heart!
~Valerie, Founder and Soul, SoulfulLiving.com
Making Your Dreams Come True
Gregg Brown, a training consultant in Vancouver, British
Columbia, is living in the dream condominium overlooking the
Pacific Ocean that he once thought was out of his price range.
More than a year ago, Gregg saw a listing for a beautiful
condo on Beach Avenue. He cut out the ad and looked at it
every day for a month, and eventually forgot about it. In July
of this year, he bought a condo in this same building on Beach
Ave. "As I was packing," says, Gregg, "I found
the condo listing that I'd been looking at a year before.
Guess what? Without realizing it, I ended up buying the exact
same apartment that I had visualized a year before! The owners
had taken it off the market a year before, because it hadn't
sold. They reduced the price and had just put it back the
market when we were apartment hunting. For a year, every time
I'd walk along the beach, I'd look up at the building and say
to myself, ĎI'm going to live there.í"
This is how life works when you do your inner work. What is
inner work, you ask? Itís asking for what you want with a
deep and true desire and staying open to seeing opportunities
when they arise. Inner work is creating a space within for
what you want to manifest. Itís choosing to feel good
and choosing to look for good everywhere in your life.
When you imagine good things coming to you, and you eliminate
doubt and negativity in thoughts and conversation, you
literally open the channel for your dreams to come true.
The Past is Over and the Present is Unfolding
At the moment, you may have an illness or financial problem
that doesnít feel all that good to you! The spiritual
challenge for all of us is to stay open to possibilityóeven
miracles. Pain is a part of human existence. Our inner work is
to avoid the trap of thinking that our future will be just
like our past. The pains and frustrations of the past were
created out of the beliefs you were manifesting then,
and the choices that you made from the information you had then.
Create a Happy New Year
To create a fertile beginning for an exciting 2004, clean
up your actions, thoughts, and conversation. Hereís how:
- Eliminate the words "donít," "not,"
and "no" as much as possible. Maintaining
awareness and choosing different words will bring a new
- Avoid the temptation to talk about problems. Wow, that
seems like a conversation-stopper, doesnít it? However, we
know that thought, language, and action creates the world we
live in. The key is not to speak from a dis-empowered stance.
For example, instead of saying, "I canít afford to take
a vacation. Iím too broke. I canít get time off." You
could choose a different presentation, such as, "Iíd
love to get away for awhile." "Iíd love to travel
to Italy or take a cruise around the Greek Isles." (and
stop there! Donít add on, "but I canít because I canít
afford it and Iím working ninety hours a week, and my boss
wonít give me time off, or, Iím afraid Iím going to get
laid off.") Donít throw out details that you donít
want to manifest.
- Keep your focus on the overall positive qualities in your
life. Offer gratitude whenever you have a few spare
minutes, in the shower, driving, or waiting in line.
- Look at the big picture. Imagine finding your house
on the Internet using Mapquest.com. Increase the detail until
you can see yourself thinking about losing your job, trying to
find clients, how you are going to come up with health
insurance, worries over your children, or the lack of a
sweetie in your life. Now use your mouse button, and click
several times until you see your house from further away. You
see lawns, and flowers and trees, and peopleís cars and the
lushness of a whole neighborhood. Then zoom to a higher view
and sense serenity and well-being as a predominant force.
Babies are being born, people are doing good things for each
other, and life keeps flowing. Remember the good times youíve
had. Notice how your body does keep healing itself.
Notice that good people do keep coming into your life.
Money does have a way of showing up, and friends do
call you up and seek your company or your advice. Donít
worry about turning into a pie-in-the-sky idealist. Anytime
you want to land with a thud emotionally, just turn on the
radio or TV!
- Raise your vibration. Once you hold positive
thoughts, you begin to vibrate with the energy of well-being.
Once you are radiating and vibrating good energy, by Law of
Attraction, good things of a similar vibration--which means
they feel good to you and match a desire you have expressedóbegin
to come to you.
- Put yourself in the medium of that which you want to
manifest. In the story above, Gregg walked by the condo
building on the beach and said, "Iím going to live
there." He immersed himself in the vibration of the
beach. Similarly, my friend, Gary McAvoy in Seattle,
Washington, wanted to write a novel. He took a temporary
part-time job escorting authors in town on book tours. He met
an incredible array of famous authors, and today is
co-authoring a book with legendary anthropologist, Jane
Goodall. He immersed himself in the medium of writing, books,
- Let God handle the details. Gregg wanted that condo.
It wasnít his job to figure out how to make it possible. He
just had to keep holding a good feeling and keep making
choices in that direction (for example, committing his
search to that building.) He didnít ask the landlords to
take the condo off the market until he could afford it, nor
did he ask them to reduce the price. Those are external
attempts to control a situation in order to "make things
happen." Gregg did both the internal work of continuing
to vibrate at a high frequency, and the external footwork of
following up when opportunities arrived.
- Your desire is there for a reason. We summon
everything into our lives by the power of our desire. When our
life doesnít reflect what we desire, that contrasting energy
fuels our desire for something else.
Synchronistic Signs Signal a Higher Order
Often during transitions, the universe sends us
encouragement. For example, Hiroko Takano teaches Japanese at
an all-girls school in Palo Alto, California. The small
enrollment in her class may mean it will be cancelled. Shortly
after a discouraging meeting with her boss, Hiroko had dinner
with a friend, Misao Takahara, who shared incredible
synchronicities with the repeated occurrence of the number 22.
When Hiroko left, she noticed that her odometer read 222.2.
"Even though I realized that the last two numbers of my
license plate were also 22, I didnít take this second
occurrence of 2222 seriously," she said. "The next
morning, on the way to work, I was worrying about the future
of my class. I stopped at a red light and noticed a number 22
bus stopped at the side of the road. The license plate on the
car behind the 22 bus was 222. Across the street was another
"Recently, when I was trying to decide whether or not
to get a substitute teacher so I could go on a trip I was
planning, I thought ĎWell, if Iím meant to go, things will
work out. I must focus on the present, not the future.í As I
was thinking this, I saw a car with the license plate number
222 right in front of me! This seemed to be an affirmation for
staying in the present. On the way to work this morning, I was
thinking so much about my future that I missed the exit and
ended up taking the next one. The number 22 bus was right
there as if it were waiting for me. These incidents made me
realize how important it is to live in the present, without
worrying about outcomes. I know everything happens for a
reason and that everything is perfect! I have a feeling that
22 is teaching me that itís time to move out of my comfort
Hirokoís attention to the number 22 serves as an
affirmation that a higher source is always available to open
doors for us and calm our fears of the unknown.
What Is Your Dream?
Have you ever dreamed of pulling up stakes and moving to
another country? Do your dream of learning another language?
Or raising funds for a good cause? Or developing your
creativity? Or starting completely over?
The first part of manifesting a dream is to have one.
My friend Dianne Aigaki, an artist and grant writer, is a
woman who has made dozens of life dreams come true. In my
book, The Purpose of Your Life, she talks about
deciding to live permanently in Dharamsala, India because it
felt so good to be around people who practiced the principles
taught by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Dianne accomplished
her move over the past three years, and keeps finding ways to
learn from and assist displaced Tibetans. For example, sheís
organized tours for Tibetan monks, which raised several
hundred thousand dollars for their monastery in India, and she
and friends have fostered other small business projects in the
Dianne has built a Tibetan-style house constructed of rocks
perched at the foot of the towering Himalayas. Her needs are
simple. In the local economy, she can easily support herself
by grant writing workshops once or twice a year in the United
Dianneís emails to friends reflect her joie de vivre,
and sometimes read like National Geographic written by staff
writers of Saturday Night Live. "I am taking a
three-month intensive Tibetan class. I love it, and now I want
to take classes in painting and watercolors. I learned that my
name means The Witch Who Can Kill With a Stare, which made me
laugh, but wonít be funny if I introduce myself to Gaddhi
shepherds in the hill tribes!"
Someone asked Dianne to write a speech about keeping the
Bhotia [Tibetan] language alive, which will be given in front
of His Holiness at a Himalayan conference. "I didnít
even know what Bhotia was, but, of course, that didnít stop
me from saying I would do it. On I go as a ghost writer for
"I have submitted a proposal to the United Nations for
the parks project in McLeod Ganj [the town which houses
Tibetan refugees and is the center of the Tibetan government
in exile], with the hope that some day our hillsides will be
pristine, and we will be known as the Garden Jewel of the
Himalayas. The project is a partnership between Richard Gereís
Foundation, Rotary Dharamsala (where I am now the only woman
with fifty Indian menówhat a team), the McLeod Ganj
Community Parks and Garden Association (my registered trust),
and the Himachal Pradesh Forest Department. We have high
"At the end of December, I will be going to Thailand
to think, read, get daily massages, and eat great Thai food. I
will spend about six weeks just hanging around and painting,
and then back to Dharamsala to build those parks. Okay that
sums it up. Let me in on whatís happening with you in your
corner of the world. Love, Dianne"
Whew! What flowing enthusiasm and optimism. What an ability
to step into the unknown.
Rhythm and Germination
What do we learn from someone who successfully, and
repeatedly, makes her dreams come true? What caught your
attention? I noticed her comment about planning to take time
off and be with herself, to cultivate down-time before she
leaps back into her dream-making. Rest and time for
germination are necessary components for bringing our goals to
fruition. Usually we want our goals to be achieved the minute
we think of them, but life has a way of giving us homework and
time to refine or rethink.
How often do you shift gears by doing nothing? I remember a
quote by a man who said something like, "Youíll never
make a million dollars if you canít spend one whole day in
bed each week just reading and relaxing." Letís
remember to turn off our "urgency mode" and relax.
Remember life is even now preparing to make your dreams come
Perhaps youíd like to take the points of this essay that
most resonated with you and write one on each month of the
year to remind you of how to make your dreams come true.
© Copyright 2004 Carol Adrienne, Ph.D. All Rights Reserved.
Carol Adrienne, Ph.D.,
is an internationally-known workshop facilitator and
author whose books have been translated into over fifteen
languages. Her latest book is When Life Changes, or You
Wish It Would. Oprah hailed, The Purpose of Your Life:
Finding Your Place in the World Using Synchronicity,
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