Dreaming To Live


By Kenneth Cratty, published on 07 February 2010
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I am ready to start a another year. I couldn’t always say that.  The approach of a new year usually brought a whole host of guilt and shame over what I hadn’t accomplished and how far I still had to go.  I was still living in the past and was afraid to look at the future. Not any longer.  The past couple of years I have really done some work on ME and I have chosen to love me first.  So now, I am ready to start dreaming up what this year will be so I can live. A lot of people say they live to dream but I have found that I cannot truly live without dreaming…FIRST.

I have been studying ME the past couple of years and I have found that I am really just drifting along without some kind of goal or dream to lead the way. I have been guilty of just getting up and “getting through my day” and I go to bed dreading tomorrow. I found out after some deep soul searching that I have to ‘dream up’ my own direction. I put a rudder at the back of my ship when I start following my dreams.

I have been experimenting lately with small dreams and big ones too. I enjoyed making dream boards and watching them manifest in my life. Several were small and easy but still gave me a big boost and strengthened my hope. Some of them I thought were pretty far fetched and I had no idea how to make them happen. One of the big dreams was a trip out west to be present for my brother’s wedding. I had no idea how that was going to play out but I dreamed of it often and followed the “still small voice” or nudges I was getting. I dreamed out every detail: the plane trip, the hotels, the clothes, the people, etc. It came true in a grand way and was a bigger blessing than I had originally dreamed about. It didn’t look the same as what I had dreamed though. We didn’t fly, we drove. We didn’t go alone, we had 3 children with us. The dream turned out different but it was better than the one I had mapped out. I still had to picture it, focus on it and dream it otherwise I am convinced that I would still be wanting to go.

Both the small dreams and the big ones act as a direction for my life to follow. Without them pointing the way, I suffer from malaise and a whole host of symptoms; some physical and some mental. Without following a dream or a goal, I am simply existing.

Then the challenge becomes how do you ‘dream to live’? I have found that I need to live in the moment. I cannot skip from where I am to where I want to be in one blink, yet. 🙂 I listen to the prompting of my internal guidance system (The Christ Within) and make the changes I can make, today. Worrying doesn’t move me forward, in fact, it brings me to a halt or at worst, starts a backward slid. I find the ‘next right step’ in the direction of that dream or goal and do that. I had to do many months of the ‘next right step’ before I realized the dream of traveling.

So now I begin the New Year with a set of intentions or dreams to follow instead of resolutions. I believe resolutions are set on the basis of lack or fear and are doomed to fail, at least for me. I HAVE to dream in order to live. To do otherwise would be a waste of this blessing I call my life.

Dream with me, won’t you?




  1. Shreem in its simplest terms is a mantra to attract prosperity. It is a “seed mantra” or a “seed sound” like Om and is most often associated with Lakshmi. Lakshmi is a Divine Feminine Emanation, in the Hindu religion, of beauty and prosperity. Not just prosperity in gaining more money, but in all aspects of need and desire.

    You can read more about Lakshmi here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakshmi

    We chose to use the mantra to remind us that we are always attracting prosperity. I hope this answers your question!

  2. Vivian Miller says

    What is Shreem?

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