My screen saver that helped me to "visualize" my dream.

I often hear the phrase, “I find it really hard to meditate” from a lot of people. I actually heard the Dalai Lama say the same thing in an interview, which made me feel a whole lot better about myself and my practice. That’s why they call it a “practice”, because to get the full effect and benefits of meditation, we have to do it every day. However, we are all so unique that for some, visualizing is easy, for others, it’s a challenge. Some people love chanting (moi, of course), and others feel uncomfortable and self-conscious.

One practice I really have challenges with is visualization. Especially when doing something like imagining what we’d like to see for ourselves. In guided meditations when I’m asked to visualize scenes and stories (for example, “You find yourself at the waterfall. See the green lush trees that surround it. See the cascading water rushing...” The most I can do is imagine an old postcard from Niagra Falls. Other people can conjure up colours no problem, but for me, it’s usually just black, and then I stress about why I’m not able to visualize. In a nutshell, chanting was my thing. Visualization? Not so much.

And so, for me, making vision boards has been really helpful over the past couple of decades. I remember years ago, my friend Diane made me a small scrapbook to draw and cut out images from magazines about what I’d like to manifest. I cut out a picture of a super-expensive mountain bike that was way out of my price range, a photo of two little girls, thinking at that time, I may want to have a couple of kids, and a picture of a little cabin in the woods.

Not long after that, I found myself accepting a job as a homeschool teacher to two blonde sisters, in a backcountry lodge in the mountains. Later that year, I bought my own cabin in the woods (very serendipitously I might add, and NOT planned). That following summer my boyfriend at the time told me the owner of the local bike shop was selling is “old” mountain bike for cheap. I say “old” because it was only used one season, and not much at all, as the dude had about three other bikes. I got down to the shop, and lo and behold, there was my silver steed: a Specialized Endure bike EXACTLY the same as the one I had cut out, only much cheaper.

I’m not saying that manifestation is like rubbing a lamp and a genie pops out and magically grants your wishes and desires, but what I am saying is that if we are open to the magic and wonder of the universe, and take an active part in co-creating, anything is possible. Joe Dispenza talks about this in an interview, whereby he says that once we imagine or see what we want, we can start to live that dream, then that dream turns into a living motion picture. You can watch him here:

With that in mind, I want to share a story about my experience at Sat Nam Festival, last year, in Joshua Tree. I was working on the sound crew, and after tearing down the last set of the day, I grabbed my guitar and asked my pal to take a pic of me onstage strumming. I said to myself, “I’m going to play here next year.” And so, for the year I had this photo as my screen saver, so it was easy to envision me there...I could actually SEE it! I could close my eyes and FEEL what it would be like to share my tunes with others, and it FELT GOOD!

Fast-forward several months and I approached Spirit Voyage about performing; they already had their roster filled and budget maxed, but Amrit said she’d offer me a concert to get my tunes out there. And VOILA. So, it’s not like I rubbed a lamp or anything, and my dream came true. I hunkered down to writing, laid the bed tracks in LA four years ago, finished the vocal tracks and loops two years ago in Nelson, and did all the nitty-gritty stuff that comprises making an album (manufacturing, press releases etc. etc.). I took action and asked for what I’d like to envision, and once again, the good ‘ol universe and I created this opportunity. Wahe Guru! (That means, loosely translated, “Yeah Spirit!” or “Rock on God!”)

I wanted to share this because I feel so many of us place limits on ourselves in terms of what we “see” for our future. We preface our wants with, “That would be cool if....” or “I wish I could do that, but....” Leave out the “buts” y’all. If having something tangible helps you envision what it is you wish to create, make a vision board, pose in a photo, and most of all, BELIEVE. A good time to do this is at the beginning of a New Moon, but if you can’t wait ’til the next one, do it now, then on the New Moon, sit in front of that visual, and meditate, or chant, or simply close your eyes and FEEL how it would feel to have that vision come to fruition.
Here is the result of that visualization here:

Question for You: Have you manifested something in your life through the act of a tangible envisioning? If so, what was it?

As always, I’m so grateful to have you along on this journey: my brothers and sisters, readers, listeners, and people who inspire me.

Love and Light,
Sarah xo

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