Since I began Dreams Alive, I’ve been privileged to assist people in finding
their Dreams and passions in their everyday lives. As I’ve listened to these
great souls, I’ve noticed several themes…
One that frequently comes up is:
“I don’t have focus or clarity of what my Dream
is Paul, can you help me find it?”
I often share wisdom from sages like William Blake in his quote from above
because it helps us see with “new eyes”.
In our culture, we’ve been led to go “head-on” towards problems and “fix” them.
While this may appear to work in the short term, in fact, pushing too hard &
overworking is pulling us even further away from what we so dearly Love
People tell me that they’ve never looked at their problems that way. In other
words, from the point of view that when you look at a problem and want it to
change, you actually ENERGIZE the problem itself.
Instead, all we need to do is seek the solution – a fresh, new, inspired way of
LOOKING at life.
If you read William Blake’s quote from above, you’ll notice
how he says:
“We’ve been led to believe a lie
when we see with and not
through these eyes”
Notice how he states “when we see with”
“and not *through* these eyes”.
When we see “WITH” these eyes, we’re actually seeing with our filters based
on past experience and conditioning. In other words, sometimes our past
can significantly affect the way we view our world.
But, It is possible to see clearly with less effort and ALLOW flow (living your
life freely) to just naturally happen.
Do we choose to look on life with optimism and wonder?
Or do we allow old thought patterns, habits and past
conditioning to hold down our natural abilities and Spirit?
“Seeing *through* these eyes” means seeing life with willingness and
open-ness. Through Loving eyes… eyes that allow light and inspiration
to flow in and THROUGH you. Eyes that allow your Spirit to shine through
and attract the right people and results to you.
In his wonderful book called “Take Off Your Glasses and See”, author Jacob
Lieberman teaches us that the eyes are just “windows” that allow light in.
In many cases though, they become filters that block things out.
From his book:
“Usually vision is like a searchlight. Like most people,
I had always focused on one thing in life. At different
times it had been professional success, making
money, or finding the right partner.
Yet when in was looking for one thing, I was missing
everything else. It always seemed that the truly
important experiences – the MIRACLES – were
always those that I wasn’t looking for. I figured that
if looking at one thing caused me to miss the rest,
then maybe I would look at “nothing” and see
Notice how Jacob says:
…then maybe I would look at “nothing” and see “everything”.”
Have you noticed this paradox in your life before?
What miracles have you missed by focusing too much?
Try this exercise today…
Find an object in the room you are in. For a moment, focus really hard on
this object. Then relax and softly view it. Notice that the harder you focus
the less you can see.
(You may notice that the harder you focus, that your
peripheral vision dims and shrinks).
Now look at the same object without staring…
Gently become aware of your breathing…
Notice how your eyes feel. tired? tense? numb?
Breathe deeply and release any tension in your body…
Allow your field of vision to expand until you see not only
the first object, but everything around it.
b r e a t h e
d e e p l y . . .
Now look around the room and allow your focus to soften and expand until
you can see the entire room…
Or better yet, go outside now and try this exercise – you’ll be amazed at
what you see…
As you do this, your eyes are drawn to whatever needs attention, allowing
your intuition and creative flow to move freely.
You may find this exercise helpful when you’re feeling stressed. Stress may
be just “over-focusing” on something. Stress in our lives just tries to tell us
to let go, to focus LESS on what stresses us, and focus more on what we’ve
Take a moment today to step back and notice and re-member
what is MOST important in YOUR life today. And may you
shine brightly and allow life to flow through you…
And so it is…
: – )
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