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Get ready to live your best life
12 Jan

Get ready to live your best life

Amanda Bruton | The Seventh Seal Retreat Blog

It’s the beginning of a new year. That time has rolled around again where we start to question what has worked for us in the previous year and what we are ready to let go of. It's also the time to start dreaming and creating a new life for the year ahead.

Starting a new year is like spring time — a time for new positive seeds to be sown: firstly in your mind, then your body, and also a time to reconnect with some type of spiritual practice.

Don't put off your dreams any longer

Start the best year of your life by dreaming and setting intentions for a life you have only dreamed about until now.

Do you ever say to yourself or others: "I’ll do that when ... the kids leave home, I have more time, I lose weight". That time may not come for years. The best time to start manifesting the life you want is now, in the present moment — before you blink and it’s all over.

Putting off dreaming is putting off your life.

Your dreams will become a turning point to positively steer your life to a more authentic representation of yourself and who you want to ‘love becoming’.

It takes time to love and respect someone deeply and if you have not started developing that relationship with yourself, then the time is now.

What will you dream of this year?

Now that I have convinced you to stop putting off your dreams, the best place to start is by asking yourself one simple, yet powerful question:

"What is the one love I am willing and ready to experience now?"

To fully experience this love, you may also need to ask yourself:

"What am I willing to change, or grow for?"

Keep your one love as broad as you can and dream big. To get you started, here are some ideas of what your one love may be:

  • •  Abundance
  • •  Joy
  • •  Love
  • •  Adventure
  • •  Friendship
  • •  Vitality
  • •  Creativity

Choose one great love that is most meaningful for you. When you have a big enough dream, you don’t need a crisis to change!

“Your dreams are a snapshot of your future”
— Albert Einstein


Gratitude: the universal FIRST step to realising your dreams

Now that you have decided on the one love that you will experience this year, it's time to begin a daily practice that will allow you to fulfil this.

Before you do anything else, it's time to stand still and cultivate a daily gratitude practice.

You've probably read about a gratitude practice before and may have already given it a try. You may also be asking ‘How can I be grateful for all the dramas in my life?’.

But gratitude begins when you focus and are thankful for things you do have in your life, not that which you lack.

The Universe responds positively to vibrations of giving thanks and joy, and responds negatively when you focus on what is not yet right with your life. The Universe is literally like a magnet, attracted to positivity and repulsed by negativity.

A gratitude practice is a detox for your mind

If you are going to slough away the toxins of the past, and start planting positive seeds for the new year, you need to begin by detoxing your mind:

  •  •  Your thoughts are the base from which your choices are made.
  •  •  Your words express your thoughts.
  •  •  Negative thoughts and words manifest in our lives and our bodies as lack and illness, and our choices or actions become negative as well.
  •  •  Positive thoughts and words manifest in our lives and bodies as abundance and vitality, and we naturally make healthier choices or actions.


Cultivating gratefulness allows us to become aware of our thoughts and then begin a happy and positive dialogue about ourselves and our future. This is the ‘soil’ in which we plant our dreams.

Spend just a few minutes each morning or evening taking note of all you are grateful for in your life. Some people like to write this in a journal, others prefer to simply think about all they are grateful for.

SO, now that you are cultivating feelings of gratitude for what you do have in your life, it’s time to start planting positive seeds for what you want to come into your life.

This is not a one-off exercise, it is a powerful tool you can use every day to manifest the life you dream of. It will only take you 10 minutes each day, BUT it could set your dreams in motion in the most proactive way you have attempted so far. So be prepared for positive change!

It's time to get dreaming, planting and watering. I know if you apply yourself, you will see results.

Harnessing the power of intention

Intentions are the starting point of every dream. They are the creative power that fulfils all of our needs, whether it be success, a new body, healing ourselves, spiritual awakening or love.

The great sages of India observed thousands of years ago that our destiny is ultimately shaped by our deepest intentions.

An intention is a directed impulse of consciousness that contains the seed of what you aim to create. Just like the seeds of a plant, intentions cannot grow if you hold onto them. Your intentions can only flourish and grow when you plant them into the fertile depths of your consciousness.

You can harness the power of intention to create anything you desire.

Here are the five steps, set out by my teacher Deepak Chopra:

1. Slip into the gap.

Most of the time, our minds are caught up in thoughts, emotions and reactions to the outside world. It happens from the time we wake up to the time we finally drift off to sleep. Beyond this never-ending ‘chatterbox’ is a state of pure awareness which is sometimes called the ‘gap’. It’s the gap between two thoughts — if you can catch it! But even if you can’t quite catch the gap, try to stretch the silence between two wandering thoughts or the moment between one breath and the next. This gap is where you can plant the seed of your dreams.

2. Release your intentions and desires.

Once you’re in a state of restful awareness, set and release your intentions and desires. The best time to release your intentions is during the period after meditation, while your awareness remains centred in the quiet field of all possibilities. After you set the intention, let it go — simply stop thinking about it. Continue this process for a few minutes after your meditation period each day.

3. Remain centred in a state of restful awareness.

Intention is much more powerful when it comes from a place of contentment than if it arises from a sense of lack or need. Stay centred and refuse to be influenced by other people’s doubts or criticisms. Your higher self knows that all is and will be well, even without knowing the timing or details of what will happen.

4. Detach from the outcome.

Now let go of your rigid attachment to your dream and live in the wisdom of uncertainty! Attachment is based on fear and insecurity, while detachment is based on the unquestioning belief in the power of your true Self. Intend for everything to work out as it should, then let go and allow opportunities and openings to come your way.

5. Let the Universe handle the details.

Your focused intentions set the infinite organising power of the Universe in motion. Trust that infinite organising power to orchestrate the complete fulfilment of your desires.

Don’t listen to the voice telling you that you must be in charge or that obsessive vigilance is the only way to get anything done. The outcome that you try so hard to force may not be as good for you as the one that comes naturally. You have released your intentions into the fertile ground of pure potentiality, and they will bloom when the season is right.

It's time to start 2017 with the greatest possible potential and dream, dream, dream.

Let me know in the comments what the one love is that you are willing and ready to experience now. How are you going with 'slipping into the gap'? And have you been able to detach from the outcome of your dream?

Honouring Wellness, Gratitude and Growth

Amanda Bruton

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