In this post, I share with you how to access the deepest power in the universe, the power of love, so that you can draw upon this limitless power to help you realize your dreams.
This is the fourth post in a series on Enthusiasm vs. Willpower in reaching your heart’s dreams. If you missed the last post, you can read it here. In it, I offered you a radical invitation to help you connect to heart, passion, delight and fulfillment in your life. I also introduced you to the Inner Taskmaster and the Rebel, both of whom can sabotage your dreams.
In discussing the Taskmaster in my last post, I talked about the unhealthy kind of willpower and how it really doesn’t help us reach what we long for in our lives. Today, we begin with a healthy kind of inner power.
Accessing the Power of the Mother Bear
The second kind of willpower is that of the mother saving her child. This will is unstoppable. We all know better than to get between a mother bear protecting her cubs, because no force is stronger than that love.
This is the kind of will we want to access on the path to living our heart’s dreams: Our powerful, passionate, unstoppable love for what we long to be, do and have, our fierce commitment to it.
This is a force that can move mountains, including the mountains of our own fear, doubt and resistance.
Connect to Your Deep Why
So, how do you access that kind of will?
You dive down to the core of your love and longing for your dream, the heart of your passion for it. You become deeply connected to what that dream gives you, what it will give you, what you love and enjoy about it, what it can give to others, how it connects to values that you hold dear.
You get very clear on what I call the Deep Why of the dream. How does it serve you, others, our world?
Then, you keep reconnecting to that why, that love and vision, as long as they remain true for you. You keep recommitting to your dream from that place of love.
Call up your fierce, powerful love for your art, your dreams, for the power of art itself and what it gives our world, how it changes lives. Let that be the source of your willpower to act day after day in a manner congruent with your dreams.
A Little Will and a Lot of Love
So, yes, a little will is involved. It can serve you well on the path of dreams, when used properly. You may have to draw on 30 seconds of willpower every single day to get yourself into your studio and begin creating.
But deeper than will for me is the love of creating, the passion for art. Being clear in knowing what creating gives to my life and knowing what is lacking without it. And having a strong, inspiring vision of where I am headed in my life.
Vision, love, joy—these are unbelievably powerful on the path of dreams.
If you are not feeling them for your dreams, you may have the wrong dream. Or you may need help clearing past hurts, fears and doubts that keep your passion and enthusiasm at bay. If you lack inspired vision for your life, you may need some expert help uncovering it and uncovering what keeps you from it. (Check out my creative life coaching here.)
Please cultivate a little will too, your core of inner strength, that mother bear love, and persistence.
Cultivate commitment, that shining bridge. (If you missed the post on the shining bridge of commitment, you can read it here.)
But, commit only to that which you truly love, desire and value, that which inspires you and lights you up. No shoulds here. When you waver or forget or lose your way, simply recommit if the dream is still alive for you.
Dream big, but set yourself small, reachable goals toward your heart’s big dreams. (See my post on The Power of Small Bites).
Commit to those goals. Succeed at them.
In this way, you can move mountains and realize your great dreams—for yourself and for our world.
The Deeper Power Behind Everything
Love is the deeper power behind both enthusiasm and willpower. Behind willpower is devotion, which is love. Behind enthusiasm is passion, which is love.
Notice how everything comes from Love. Love is the deepest power on earth. Nothing is stronger or greater than this.
Loving what you do, being passionate about it, being lit up by it, being engaged with and curious about it. Taking joy and delight in it. These are so essential. If they are persistently lacking, I would strongly suggest you choose a new dream.
Give Yourself to Love
If you can consistently return to love and draw on love to power your art and your dreams, nothing can stop you.
The realization of your dreams may not look how you first imagined, but what you arrive at will amaze you.
Your life will be immeasurably enriched by walking the path of Love. And so will the lives of everyone you meet, as well as many others you never meet.
Far greater than will, greater than enthusiasm, greater than discipline, commitment or passion, greater than inspiration is love.
Love will carry the day. Love will see you through.
So, draw on it. Call on it. Connect with it. Express it.
Dare to love in all you do. Find what you most love and do it, be it, give it, live it.
To your powerful love,
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