The Auspicious New Year
By Reggie Odom
The turning of the New Year is a time filled with wonderful expectancy
and excitement about what's possible. There is an energy of vitality
and aliveness, of new beginnings and directions. Our highest dreams and
desires rise up in this shifting of the years.
We notice our desire to become more of who we've always wanted
to be - our most authentic, best selves. We want to live our
lives in ways we've only let ourselves glimpse at times. And we want to
let go of what no longer "fits" with who we are or are becoming.
The Gremlin of "Shoulds" may also be present
and struggling to survive at this time of the year. It lets you know in
no uncertain terms what you did wrong this past year and what you "should"
be and do in the coming year. When the Gremlin of "Shoulds"
has the reins, the excitement and vitality of dreams and desires quickly
turns to a sense of drudgery and burden.
The New Year is an auspicious time to let go of "shoulds"
in any shape or form and begin anew with the dreams and desires
that make you come alive, the dreams and desires at the heart of your
YOUR DREAMS AND DESIRES ARE AT THE HEART OF YOUR GREATNESS
Our dreams are made of the deep desires that rise up
right out of our hearts. They are visions of what we yearn to be, do or
have that express the deepest truth of who we are.
Dreams embody an urge for the expression of unrealized
aspects of our authentic selves. They pull us forward to our purpose,
our mission and to our highest potential. Our dreams can spark, energize
and empower our own greatness.
STEP INTO YOUR GREATNESS: Use Your Big Dream as a Focus for the
Everyone has dreams! And each of us has a Big Dream.
This dream is a blueprint of what's possible for us, a blueprint for the
full expression of our innate gifts and talents, a blueprint for our heart's
This New Year is a perfect time to go for the gold -
the gold which lies at the center of your Big Dream. Your dreams are precious,
another year is too long to wait! So . . .
1. What is your Big Dream?
Allow yourself to reconnect with your biggest and highest dream. This
is one in which you've had a "glimpse of your own greatness"
- where you've seen yourself being and/or doing what you must in order
to feel fully alive.Big Dreams come in all shapes and sizes. If it takes
your breath, you're right on track. Just keep breathing and imagining
yourself living this dream. What is your Big Dream?
2. What are three heartfelt desires that are in alignment with
your Big Dream?
Think for a moment about where you are now in relation to your BIG Dream.
Ask your highest self to give you three heartfelt desires for this year
that are in alignment with your Big Dream. For example, let's say your
Big Dream is to create a sculpture that inspires thousands of people.
A heart's desire for this year may be to create a series of three smaller
sculptures of the same theme and introduce it to the public.
3. Align your thoughts, goals and actions with your Big Dream
and your heart's desires
Remember that every thought you think and action you take will either
move you closer to your Big Dream or take you away from it. Everything
that is truly in your best interest will also serve your Big Dream. Choose
your thoughts, goals and actions with your Big Dream and your heart's
desires in mind. You will know by how you feel whether each is in alignment
or not. If you feel more alive, it's in alignment. And if you feel less
alive, it's not.
As you reconnect with your Big Dream and focus your desires for the year
in the above way, you also have a clear picture of what matters most to
you at this time in your life. Congratulations! What a huge accomplishment.
As you align your thoughts, goals and actions with your Big Dream and
your Heart's Desires you shift into a way of thinking and living in which
success is inevitable and joy and aliveness become a way of life.
"Step into Your Greatness!" with
your Big Dream and your heart's desires.