Posts Tagged ‘dreams’

A Torrent of Treasures

August 13, 2014
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Mike Dooley



Do you dream about finding your purpose and living your dream in wealth and comfort, but don’t have a clue how to get there? I’ve got good news: You can start right now, this very minute, with your very next thought. And here’s the great news: It works!

That’s the message from Notes from the Universe, which are daily e-mails from Mike Dooley‘s TUT’s Adventurers Club. Dooley describes them as “short and often humorous reminders of life’s magic and your divinity.” They’re free and sent out five days a week.



Here is a taste of Dooley’s wisdom that speaks to shaping the future to suit your dreams.

Live your dreams now, to any degree that you can. With every purchase. Every (more…)

Jon Morrow: And So I Fight

May 28, 2013

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Jon Morrow




In a previous post, Jon Morrow, Associate Editor of Copyblogger, shared his passion for life and his joy at doing work that makes a difference in people’s lives. Jon’s zest for living is all the more remarkable considering that he has a fatal disease and can’t move from the neck down. Here is another of his well-written, moving posts about how he came to be the amazing human being he is today.





On Dying, Mothers, and Fighting for Your Ideas

????The doctor cleared his throat. “I’m sorry, but I have bad news.”

He paused, looking down at the floor. He looked back up at her. He started to say something and then stopped, looking back down at the floor.

That’s when Pat began to cry.

She’d argued with herself about even coming to the doctor’s office. Her baby was a year old, and he hadn’t started crawling yet. He tried, yes, dragging his legs behind him as he struggled to make it just a few feet on the floor, but it didn’t look right. Everyone told her that she was worrying over nothing, and maybe she was, but she told herself that she would take him to the doctor, just to be safe . . .

“Your son has a neuromuscular (more…)

The Landfill Harmonic

December 20, 2012

What do you get when you mix poor children in Paraguay with garbage, ingenuity and a dream?

Beautiful (more…)

One-Handed Piano Player Makes History

August 29, 2012



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Nicholas McCarthy


If you were born without a right hand, chances are that your wish list would not include becoming a concert pianist. Nicholas McCarthy had other ideas. Here is Nicholas’ story, as told by Donna Bowater for The Telegraph.




ONE-HANDED PIANIST NICHOLAS McCARTHY GRADUATES FROM ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC

Nicholas McCarthy, 23, was told as a teenager that he was wasting everyone’s time by trying to learn the instrument with only one hand.

But he has now become the first one-handed pianist to complete his studies at the Royal College in its 130-year history.

The musician has also joined Britain’s first disabled orchestra, the Paraorchestra, which played to Paralympic athletes to welcome them to London.

Mr McCarthy, from Tadworth in Surrey, achieved his ambition by playing music written specifically for the left hand, including works by the Austrian composer Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm in the First World War.

Ravel, Prokofiev and Bartok are among the composers who have written pieces for just the left hand.

Mr McCarthy said being told by a head teacher that he would always be held back was “soul crushing” but made him more determined to succeed.

He was left to teach himself to play on an electric keyboard from Argos when he was a child, and only started piano lessons aged 14.

“There are people in my position having counselling, and I just think: ‘Please get over it and make something of yourself.’ You can turn it into an advantage,” he said.

He said of his Royal College achievement “I don’t go around thinking of these milestones, but when my teacher rang me up and said ‘you’ve made history’, that felt good.

As a teenager seeking his first place at a school for young pianists, he was refused an audition and told he would never succeed.

“It was soul crushing because that’s all I wanted to do – I could feel it would be an uphill struggle, but it made me more determined, I’m quite a stubborn character” he said.

He taught himself to play an electric keyboard from Argos as a young boy, but did not start piano lessons until he was 14.

He had planned to become a chef but changed his career path the moment a friend played him a piano sonata by Beethoven, which “dumbfounded” him.

He said “I just fell in love with it and decided that was what I wanted to do. I started playing around with the piano and found it came very naturally.”

At the age of 17 he secured a place at the junior department of London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, winning the annual piano prize.

He then went on to the prestigious Royal College of Music in London, and has just graduated.

The college’s head of keyboard, Prof Vanessa Latarche, said her pupil had been “incredibly enterprising” in overcoming some big challenges such as developing the stamina to present a 50-minute recital with one arm.

“He has been a great inspiration to many of his fellow students in showing what it is possible to achieve with a disability” she said.

Nicholas said “When I first joined the orchestra, a couple of the musicians who are partially sighted and blind didn’t believe I was playing with one hand, that was a big compliment to me.

“The music is all written for the left hand alone, I’m not changing anything, I’m playing the music as it was written. It’s written very cleverly, but you’ve got to be very quick and good with the pedalling to sustain the bass notes while playing the top notes.”

Nicholas said he thought a lot of people came to see him perform “for curiosity and think ‘How is this possible?'”

Next week (August 2012) he will perform in Malta at the offices of the country’s prime minister and in September he will headline his first evening concert at Fairfield Halls in Croydon.





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ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA

Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?

Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier

To order your copy of Through God’s Eyes, go to GodsEyesOrder.com OR order from Amazon at GodsEyesAmazon.com OR for an inscribed copy, click here to e-mail Phil for information.

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Through God’s Eyes won first place in the “Spirituality and Inspirational” category at the San Diego Book Awards on June 22, 2013.

Here is a two-minute video introduction to Through God’s Eyes.




Want to learn more about Through God’s Eyes? Here is a free 40-page PDF sampler from the book that includes:

• an overview of the book
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Just click on the link below to download your free PDF sampler!
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Phil’s eBook, The Logic of Living a Spiritual Life: Supporting a Life of Faith Through Logic and Reason, is now available for 99 cents on Amazon.

Order it at GodIsLogical.com.

In this eBook, you’ll find answers to questions like:
• What is the cornerstone of a spiritual life, and why?
• What is the secret to liberating yourself from other people’s judgments and expectations?
• Why is there an exception to “Everything happens for a reason”?


Those who worship logic instead of God are only half right. Not only is it logical to believe in God and to live a faith-based life, the existence of a loving, benevolent God that governs all creation is perhaps the only systematic worldview that explains every aspect of life.




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SiSe_fullcover_final.inddPhil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.

Here is a three-minute video that introduces you to Phil and his book. Click here to order Sixty Seconds. Click here to ask Phil to add you to his e-mail list for updates on his blog and books.

Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.

Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.

You Are Brilliance Itself

December 15, 2011






A life lived in fear is the wasting of a divine promise. You were blessed with a dream that you might live joyously and purposefully. You were graced with an indestructible spirit and an indomitable heart that you might pursue your dream with equal parts reverence and reckless abandon.






The next time you feel the icy (more…)

We See Nothing But Sand

December 8, 2011



Today is an ordinary day. Think back to another ordinary day ten years ago. You woke up, started your routine, did what you do every day, and hit the pillow like you do every night.




Yet, if you could have that ten-year-old day back, I bet you’d like to do things differently. For starters:

• Who would you track down to say “I love you”?

• Who would you have spent time with and what would you have done together?

• What goal or dream of yours would you have taken time to advance?

The good news is, you have today, another ordinary day, to answer and act on these questions, to ensure that ten years from now you will look back on today with satisfaction rather than regret.


Make this ordinary day extraordinary:

• Tell someone—no, tell (more…)

A Wonderful Year

November 29, 2011

One year ago today I moved to Encinitas, California from Minnesota. Best move I ever made. After living here a year (except for a three-month visit back to Minnesota in the summer), I can’t even bear to think what my life would have been like had I stayed in Minnesota. I can’t imagine not knowing all the great people I now know. I can’t imagine never having had all the life-affirming experiences I’ve had since I’ve been here. And it’s all because I (more…)

Who Needs Fingers to Play the Piano?

July 13, 2011



Imagine feeling that you were born to play the piano, even though you lived in such a small town that you had never seen a piano until you were sixteen years old.

Now imagine you were born without fingers on your right hand.

Now imagine how nineteen-year-old Zheng Guigui must have persevered to overcome enormous obstacles in order to find herself on (more…)

Your Job Is to Say Yes, Not How

March 12, 2011



Dreams do not come with how-to instructions. They are, however, laden with the seeds of their own fulfillment.





Your job is to say yes, not how. Once you say yes, the universe takes care of the how.
Caroline Myss

Embrace your destiny and your every action will be instantly supported by the divine force that guides and governs all creation.

There is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then (more…)

Your Heart Dreams of Spring

February 18, 2011




What kind of life do you envision for yourself? Where there are dreams, there is hope. Where there is hope, there is the recognition that there is something worth hoping for.

In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
Kahlil Gibran

Whatever is worth dreaming of and hoping for is worth working toward. Destiny demands that the (more…)

Dr. Larry Dossey’s Reality-Revising Dream

September 1, 2009
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Dr. Larry Dossey

When I interviewed Dr. Larry Dossey for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, he told me an incredible story that illustrated the power of dreams. Here is an excerpt from that story, beginning with his bio.

Dr. Larry Dosseys books include The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things, Reinventing Medicine, and Healing Words. Dr. Dossey, the executive editor of EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing, a peer-reviewed, bimonthly publication, has become an internationally influential advocate of the mind’s role in health and the role of spirituality in healthcare.

Although there have been no incredible moments in my life that one would call epiphanies, I’ve had experiences of what I call nonlocal mind (akin to collective consciousness) uniting me with my patients through dreams. These dreams, which generally occurred the night before I was to see the patient involved, were extremely vivid and full of clinical facts.

For example, during my first year of practice as an internist in a Dallas hospital, I dreamt about Justin, the four-year-old son of a colleague. I had met this child only a few times and certainly didn’t know him well. In the dream, he was stretched out on an examining table and one of his parents was trying to comfort him. There was some sort of medical technician trying to do something to his head but Justin would have none of it; he was going berserk. Finally, the medical technician threw up (more…)