Ask and You Shall Receive

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great, wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
---Patanjali

As a child in school, I was taught that the Bible says, "Ask and you shall receive". It was only much later, that the wisdom of these words reached my mind and heart. New-age gurus like Dr Deepak Chopra and Rhonda Byrne speak of the “believe-receive-gratitude- model and the law of attraction. What they all say is this: when we think-breathe-speak-act-dream an idea, it becomes a part of our being and it cannot but reach fruition. How do we then go about jump-starting our lives from the humdrum to the inspired? And are there any pitfalls to watch out for? Read on…

From Theory to Practice:

  1. Make sure your dream is bigger than you are. In other words, go beyond the “my home, my workplace, my family” thinking. How can you use your skills, your work to make the world a better place? When you shine at your work and generate value for all, your immediate concerns will automatically be taken care of.

  2. Thinking big does not mean ignoring “what-if” scenarios. It simply means that we stay focused, positive and determined. We will also take care of any contingencies, in the course of action.

  3. Age, memory, past education, state of physical health and background are not limitations if the mind is free and unfettered. If you find yourself shunning new technology with “At my age, I don’t understand these things” or, giving up on activities citing a poor memory as a reason, then remember the old adage: use it or lose it! There are NO boundaries but only illusions of boundaries that we create with our own minds. Shed those and grow!

  4. Want to do something big but worried how you will ever get the resources and support that you need? The wise ones tell us that when we hold a good thought and plunge wholeheartedly into action, the right resources appear, as if by magic. The universe lends its support to the idea whose time has come. So what do you have to lose? Get started with your dream!

  5. Two little caveats:

    1. Make sure your dream is of a positive, helpful and useful nature. History also has examples of powerful people who used the tool of visualization and imagination for destruction, coming to a sad end themselves.

    2. There is a fine line between being focused and being obsessed. While a person with the latter approach may have a higher chance of being successful, remember that there is a price to pay. So tread the fine line between the two.

  6. Send an e-card or a simple message to dear ones who are facing tough times, to convey your good wishes.

Make a list of all the adjectives that you think describe yourself. Now, create a fresh list of words you would LIKE to apply to yourself. Stick this up, along with a sentence of your dream, on your desk or somewhere you can see it. Read it before you begin work each day. And one day you will be giving thanks to the Divine, for the dream fulfilled! Indeed, ask and you shall receive!

Speaking Tree: Ask and You Shall Receive, January 25, 2016

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