The Power to Create Any Dream: guest post by Tama Kieves
|When I first decided to change my career, I had no idea that I would be diving into a spiritual adventure. But really, any time we go beyond what we think we know, we are opening up to our own vivid powers. Living an inspired life will be the smartest choice you ever make. And yet, this choice will not come from your brain. Welcome to the heartland—and the spirited power of love.|
Many of us are now being pushed out of the nest of the old ways of living. We are being invited to trust our own core intelligence and discover new information. Your own beautiful life is calling you to grow. What if you could say no to your own damaging assumptions– instead of to the life of your dreams?
The rest of this article is a NEW adaption/excerpt from my book
This Time I Dance! Creating the Work You Love:
It’s easy to “see” ourselves as trapped when we listen to fear instead of to inspiration. But through the primal energy of inspiration, we possess enough furious love and holy, glowing creativity to realize any dream. Any dream. Yet most of us walk as secrets even to ourselves.
Buried in briefs and motions as an, of course, over-achieving Harvard-trained attorney, I couldn’t imagine how I could leave “the real world” and live some kind of la-la-too-good-to-be-true artsy, free-bird, or powerhouse entrepreneurial life. I knew I wanted a way out of my crushing career, but I couldn’t envision one while buried in responsibilities that sapped my spirit and imagination.
This is one of those crazy paradoxes of the Universe. We have to say YES to our desires, or even our desire for our desires, before we can ever see how to achieve them. Because if we say no to the wild love inside us, we live in the dim world of self-negation. It’s hard to see the possibilities when we’ve said no to our own illumination.
Yet doing work you love is the dizzying path of saying yes to yourself— and yes to a brilliant, hidden self you do not yet know.
Yes, I will follow my creative instincts even over the thin edge of that forbidden cliff and through the seas and forests of an emotional, mental, and spiritual transformation. Yes, I will step into the tingling territory that beckons me from beyond. Yes, I will dare to become more than I ever dreamed by saying yes to the dreams that tug at me like spirit children trying to reveal to me another life.
After all, this heart-drumming, soul-thrumming vocational pilgrimage is not about changing job descriptions and salaries in the known world.
It’s about changing what we know.
Something in us longs for the impossible because we know it’s possible.
A caterpillar gazes at a cloudless azure sky with a sense of longing and belonging. Yet this low-bellied being cries, “No way, there’s just no way I can get from here to there, from the earth and grass of history and familiarity to the sky of delicious flight I ache for.” The caterpillar guesses right and wrong at the same time. So do we.
When we look with caterpillar eyes, we can’t reach our dreams, can’t disregard gravity and the challenges we see before us. We can only scrunch up an oak one inch at a time, years and fears from a blissful sky. Yet the moment you crave that sky, you’ve recognized the presence of another life within. It is this inspired self that knows the exotic ways of wind and breeze and sudden rampant ease. Our hearts have called us on to completion, evolution, and the embodiment of our hidden thirst and ceaseless hunger. The butterfly fluttering within causing the stirrings and restlessness, will not be stopped by our assumptions and habitual limits.
The mountain that obstructs a caterpillar does not daunt his winged incarnation. The awakening of the unbounded one within us will awaken panoramas all around us. The possibilities change as we do.
That’s why your dilemma doesn’t matter. Your bills and bothers and history. They are problems of perspective. The restrained self will always see a restraining world. The thwarted one can’t ever see exalted ways. We who crouch in darkened hallways cannot see the pink of newborn light upon the ocean or green landscapes gleaming.
Albert Einstein famously explained the paradox like this: A problem cannot be solved at the level of the problem. He could have said a caterpillar will never figure out or handle a butterfly’s path. Neither can you. No matter how much you think it all the way through.
Trust the process. A calling calls to remind you to enter the mystery of instinct and the metamorphosis of an inspired life. It’s just one shift at a time.
Honor your passion to emerge.
Say yes to a supernatural, all-natural self within. You do not need to understand the way this will work or the timing. Say yes to yourself. Yes, to what you truly desire. Then let creativity transport you to the borderless places, the magical spaces, where caution cannot tread.
This is the ride of your lifetime.
Say yes to this sacred invitation, and let the birth and realization of your life and work begin.
Tama Kieves, an honors graduate of Harvard Law School, left her law practice to write and help others create their most extraordinary lives. She is the bestselling author of This Time I Dance! Creating the Work You Love, and Inspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life’s Work! and A Year without Fear: 365 Days of Magnificence. Her most recent book is Thriving through Uncertainty: Moving Beyond Fear of the Unknown and Making Change Work for You.
Featured in USA Today and on Oprah radio, she is a sought-after speaker and visionary career and success mindset coach, who has helped thousands world-wide to discover and thrive in the life, calling and businesses of their dreams. Visit her website https://tamakieves.com/ to sign up for her popular newsletter and resources to support your inspired success.