Basically, I wrote this series to encourage you that in spite of how bad things may appear to be around you, you will get there. This article will inspire you to discover yourself, to translate the dreams and visions of your heart into preferred realities, and ultimately to achieve your own personal success.
It’s a bit long, about 1600 words. So you may need to bookmark the page, or even print it out to study when it is more convenient for you to do so.
What are your preferred realities?
What kind of life do you want to have? For instance, how would you want your marriage to look like? What level of financial abundance do you want to operate in? What heights do you want to attain in your chosen career or vocation?
The answers to the above questions represent what I referred to as ‘there’ in the previous part of this series. They constitute the realities and experiences you would rather have in your life. My aim in this post is to show you a reliable spiritual path to those preferred realities, inspired by my awareness that if you follow this path, you will get there.
First of all, understand that your ‘there’, that is, your preferred realities – dreams and visions – begin as spiritual substances; intangible and invisible.
The spiritual substances and previews of your preferred realities are created deep within you, at a depth of your being that is much deeper than your mind or thoughts. These spiritual substances and previews are what we usually refer to as ‘dreams’ and ‘visions’. They are created deep within the spiritual core of your being, called your heart.
The spiritual substances of your heart (the spiritual realities created within you) can be positive or negative. But whatever is created there begins to ‘flow’ into the material realm, depending of course on how well you nurture it knowingly or unknowingly.
A vital step towards translating the dreams and visions of your heart into preferred realities, is to go beyond the superficial aspects of your life to discover yourself, to find this inner core that the bible calls your heart.
Secondly, understand that you have the capacity to ‘abort’ the further development and materialization of spiritual substances created within you.
This is both fortunate and unfortunate for obvious reasons. For instance, if the spiritual substances created in your heart are negative and inimical to your wellbeing, then it’s a great blessing to be able to abort them. On the other hand, if these substances are positive and desirable, it becomes unfortunate that we also have the capacity to abort them.
Take a moment and reflect on the following verse.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
Your heart is the ‘womb’ of your life, of your realities. In other words, your life – your experiences, realities, and so on – originate in your heart. They are first created in that inner spiritual core of your being called your heart, then they begin to ‘flow’ outward into the material realm depending on how, and whether or not, they are nurtured or aborted.
This is why it’s important that you consistently do the following:
- Properly condition your heart so that it will create the kind of realities that you want.
- Protect your heart from negative spiritual seeds to prevent it from creating unwanted realities.
- Nurture the positive spiritual substances – dreams and visions – created in your heart until they are substantiated in your physical existence.
- Constantly weed out all negative spiritual substances created by fear. Learn to abort negative dreams and visions from your heart.
You should cultivate the ability to listen to your heart and capture the details and dynamics of what’s going on down there. Your heart is constantly busy creating spiritual substances based on all the input from your physical and spiritual faculties. This is a very profound phenomenon and worthy of further reflection. All of the information that you receive from the interactions of your senses (eyes, ears, etc.) with your visible and invisible environments are channelled into your heart where they fuse with your spiritual and divine essence to generate spiritual substances.
You can become aware of these new spiritual substances even while they are still in their pure spiritual essence. If you listen to your heart, this awareness is experienced in several forms - intense desire, peace, inexpressible joy, fear, courage, and so on – depending on the nature of the spiritual substance created. . As you nurture these inner experiences, they become more intense to the point that they start materializing in your mind as specific thoughts, and imaginations, and then begin to evolve into words and specific actions, ultimately materializing into the visible and tangible world as ‘real life’ experiences.
Stubborn aspirations versus passing fantasies
It is important to note at this point that a lot of the ‘dreams’ and ‘visions’ generated in your heart (or even in your mind for that matter) are nothing but mere fantasies. So, you need to distinguish between passing fantasies on one hand, and stubborn aspirations on the other.
Fortunately, similar to sieving, your life is constantly being shaken and overhauled by multiple forces. You are constantly being impacted and influenced by shocks, setbacks, positive and negative experiences, information, relationships, and so on. This goes on all the time though you are not always conscious of it. You are in a continuous state of flux. This is fortunate because, as a result of these sieving-like experiences caused by life’s forces, a lot of your dreams and visions are shaken out of your consciousness, evaporating into nothingness in the course of your life. New dreams are constantly emerging, while old ones are constantly vanishing.
At one time in my life, for instance, I wanted to be an astronaut; at another, to own a computer manufacturing firm. I once desired to be celibate. Then I wanted to be an international evangelist, packing in huge stadiums. Once, I desired to pastor a mega church, with multiple branches across the globe. I also remember the time I dreamt of building an airplane from scratch, and the other when I desired to write a thousand books!
I’m amused now by the mere thought of any of the above dreams, because none of them in any way represents what I want to do with my life, where I want to be, or what I want to achieve today.
My point here is that regardless of whether they are old or new, there are those dreams and visions that continue to dig in, becoming entrenched and established in your your heart. They take roots that, try as much as you would, you just can’t shake them out of your consciousness.
Each day, therefore, you must learn to listen to your innermost being, paying careful attention to what’s happening there. You must learn to distinguish between passing fancies on one hand, and stubborn aspirations on the other.
Define and sharpen the picture
As I’ve already noted, as you nurture your awareness of the spiritual substances created within your heart, they become more intense to the point that they start materializing in your mind as specific thoughts, and imaginations. Usually, they start out in your mind as vague thoughts and imaginations with very hazy contours. In order to accelerate the manifestation of your dreams and visions, you must daily sharpen the contours and definitions of your innermost hopes, desires, and aspirations.
This is a very powerful thing to do. It is powerful because your heart, as already noted, is the ‘wellspring of your life’ and so determines and shapes the nature, quality, and speed of the manifestations of your inner realities. It is a powerful thing to do because of the Power at work within you.
Let me explain with a bible verse:
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
~ Ephesians 3:20
Your heart is able to create, form, and drive your dreams and visions into manifestation, because of the power of God working within you. It is actually the presence and power of God within your heart that makes your heart the ‘wellspring’ of life. In deed, it is this power that takes you ‘there’.
So, if you have very definite and highly clarified pictures of your ‘there’ – your preferred realities – it becomes easier for the power of God working within you to take you there. You will get there faster proportionate to sharpness and clarity of your preferred realities; the more definite your dreams and visions, the faster your realization of them
Your inner guiding system
Just like the GPS guiding system takes your programmed destination and calculates the shortest and easiest route, so also does the Holy Spirit – your inner guiding system – take the specific dreams and visions of your heart and calculate the fastest, easiest route to it.
Then, all you need do is listen to His voice within your heart, much like you do to your GPS guiding system.
Putting it all together
You will get there if you:
- Discover yourself – understand the nature of your inner spiritual core – your heart – and connect with it,
- Cultivate a very personal and intimate relationship with your Source-Spirit, God,
- Sharply clarify and define the dreams and visions of your heart,
- Daily follow your inner guiding system.
Have a blissful trip!