Seventeen years ago, I was recovering from a devastating brain infection in the Ottawa General rehabilitation hospital. On my way to my daily physiotherapy sessions, I used to pass a poster with a quote from Henry David Thoreau – “Advance confidently in the direction of your dreams, and endeavor to live the life you have imagined, you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” I remember reading this quote daily and somehow knowing that it was important to keep these words in my memory. I did not fully recognize the importance of these words but they continue to resonate from within at the exact time that I need to be reminded not to give up my dreams.
There is a powerful force created within when you allow yourself to tap into the energy of desire. The force created provides you with the energy and motivation to fulfill your dreams. However, if our wanting something is interpreted as unnecessary or selfish it can trigger feelings of unworthiness or guilt. When this happens, rather than unleashing the energy to attract what we want, we actually use our energy to keep our desires repressed. Sometimes we simply ignore or bury our wanting entirely. Other times, we may try to trick ourselves by focusing on what we do not want. Either way, not feeling deserving or worthy of having your “want” will repel the object of your desires, and even attract the opposite of what you want. In order to achieve what you want, the energy that the desire creates within you has to be strong enough to motivate you to take the appropriate action. When we do not truly believe that we can get the thing we want, momentum and inspiration are diminished. However, when we really feel that we deserve the object of our desires, energy and motivation are liberated.
Wanting something and believing that you can have it provides you with the energy and motivation necessary to achieve most goals. However, when you’re trying to make those things that seem impossible happen, you have to have a deep-knowing that your dreams will come to fruition. During my rehabilitation, I was told that I would probably never walk again. This was devastating to hear but deep within, those predictions did not resonate with me. Somehow, I knew that I would walk again. I wasn’t sure how and when it would happen but every time I closed my eyes I could see and feel myself walking and being able to move my legs. Well, it would take 5 years, a wheelchair, a walker, and a cane but eventually I was able to walk independently.
Think of a time in your life when you wanted something so badly that you absolutely had to have it. Do you remember your determination, courage, relentless focus and creativity in finding ways to take steps towards your desire? Wanting something creates an intense and inexplicable desire that comes from deep within. For a brief moment, the desire is so strong that it allows your imagination to actually “feel” what it would be like to have what you want.
When you know and focus on what you want and know that you are worthy of achieving it, you will begin to attract all that you enjoy and desire. It is the way life works. Wanting is a powerful force and can have far reaching effects for improving your health and happiness.
“Silence your mind and you can hear your heart tell you what your soul already knows.” – Dr. Julie Doobay
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