RIVER OF DREAMS
OK,OK….. I get that you may think my idea about using the River of Dreams and some of the verses symbolically is a little much…..or overused ……or that I have an obsession with Billy Joel’s tune……but, I don’t.
As I started working the Master Key System……by myself…..and getting my mind bent, or bent back……I got a little freaked out and The River of Dreams was, a particular line, the tipping point.
BEGINNING AT THE BEGINNING
The best way to tell the story is to turn the clock back. Failing in networking for the 6th time, [I’d failed 5 times in the 80’s and it was 1993 before I took another shot], when, at 3:00 AM I reached for “Think and Grow Rich.” Eventually, learning this is a skill based business and applying the principles to my networking business under the “Think and Grow Rich” umbrella…..led to some successes and I got the idea to learn more about Hill, its author. That research about Hill led me to Haanel’s Master Key System. That was in 1993, early 1994…….
Billy Joel’s Grammy Award winning River of Dreams broke in 1993.
BILLY AND THE BREAKTHROUGH
So, like a lot of folks, I feel like I am having a breakdown. It was not until years later that “What the Bleep Do We Know?” was released and Haanel’s ideas became scientifically documented…..I future students could be informed that they were not going through a ‘breakdown’ but rather a breakthrough…..that is breaking their cells addiction, a chemical addiction to peptides.
So I am reading the Master Key and doing my 15-30 minutes of sitting still and unknowingly breaking a chemical addiction …..and knowing in my heart, really knowing, this the material was dead-center prefect…..but it was not working for me. Maybe it was, which is why Master-minding is so crucial…..but I knew something was amiss.
I remember this so vividly. I am driving down Route 1 to Boston and thinking about what I am hanging on to so tightly that I cannot create the changes needed to manifest the life I wanted.
BANG…..Billy’s singing River of Dreams and I hear it.
“I must be lookin’ for somthin’
taken out of my soul
somthin’ I’d never lose
somethin’ somebody stole’
Tears running down my face…..the socio-educational-govermental-parental influences had not only set absurd standards, made me self conscious…..and influenced me so much without my knowledge that I realized the truth of my being had been stolen.
The insane standards that advertisers, entertainment and the other previously mentioned influences had created impossible standards for things like beauty, normal, lifestyle etc……and my reality was drawn from that …and worse…..’how to act’…….geez…..
I pulled out my DMP and read it with all my heart…..at the top of my lungs. I was no longer doing ‘exercises’ I creating a new life. Now.
I was elated all day…..a feeling I have never had before and one that has never, 16+ years later diminished.
I realized I had been keeping a lot of what I was doing cloaked.
I LET IT ALL HANG OUT
I moved the dreamboard into the living room and made another one for my makeshift office. A few days later I made a third one….to replace the one I had taken out of the office.
I really did not care what other’s feelings were about stuff I had around my house. I began reading my short version of my DMP while standing in line for coffee or checking out at the grocery store.
I was not acting, being brave or behaving in a ‘fake-it-till-you-make-it’ manner.
Excited about what I knew was going to happen with my mind and my outer world…..I let it all hang out.
What did I ‘let all hang out?’
The joyful spirit I came to this world with……childlike enthusiasim……and I totally abandon the insipid idea that maturity meant, in essence, giving up that glorious spirit….to ‘fit in.’
We are taught to ‘conform’ ……to ‘grow up’…..to ‘get realistic’……..what a crock of bullshit.
Shortly after this breakthrough……I came across this little ditty…
“Sing like no one is listening…….dance like no one is watching…..and love like you’ve never been hurt”
This amazing optimist, excited optimist, lives within all of us…….and deals with adversity knowing that the seed for equal or greater value lies within the adversity…..
So…..let it out baby, let it out……we don’t have to go get it, we can’t buy it and even though it was stolen, anyone of us can reclaim it instantly…….
Throw your heart into it baby……as Jimminy Cricket sang…..”if your heart is in your dream……no request is too extreme”
And when you go to the guy or the gal in the glass…..do what this kid does……You should be excited to see yourself !
It is already in you…..let it loose
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