DREAM ADVENTURES

Dreamboards + The Law of Intention

 Reflecting on the past year, and setting intentions for the future. New Years Eve 2015. 

Reflecting on the past year, and setting intentions for the future. New Years Eve 2015. 

For the past few years, the New Year celebration has been less about going out and partying past midnight and more about creating quiet time and space to assess the year behind me and plan for the year ahead. (It's also a time to make my dreamboard for the new year!)This year was no different as my husband and I + our good friends road tripped to stay at a little cabin on the water in Washington.  Being away from the smothering, feeling of the city and getting into open space really helped release my mind of it's societal conditioning and get thoughtful about the law of intention. 

What is the Law of Intention? 

I first heard about the Law of Intention when I picked up Deepak Chopra's book, The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success.  As I read through the different chapters outlining principles to fulfill desires, I connected deeply with The Law of Intention which states; 

"Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment . . . intention and desire in the field of pure potentiality have infinite organizing power. And when we introduce an intention in the fertile ground of pure potentiality, we put this infinite organizing power to work for us." - Deepak Chopra

This idea that our intentions are strong enough to set the Universe in motion, to support us in making our objectives and plans a reality is so powerful. Right there we have out first instruction and step, set the intention.

To put the Law of Intention into effect, Deepak makes the following recommendations. (**Asteriks are my side-note/additional suggestions.)  Feel free to use what works best for you.

  1. Make a list of all your desires. Look at the list before meditation, before you go to sleep and when you wake up. *Create a dreamboard where you visually showcase your desires. Look at it before you go to sleep, when you wake up, and take a picture on your phone and apply it as your background! 
  2.  Release the list of desires and surrender it to creation, trusting the cosmic plan when things don't go as you would have thought. There might be a different or larger plan for you! **See the silver linings and if you are moved into a different direction, flow and get curious about the new path you're on. 
  3. Remind yourself to practice present-moment awareness in your actions. Refuse to let obstacles consume your attention that don't support your higher purpose. Accept the present and manifest the future through your intentions. **Be in the present by taking risks, doing things that scare you and make you feel alive! Like... jumping into 30 degree water in the middle of winter. (see image below!) 

Have you put the Law of Intention into practice? I would love to hear how it's worked for you. 

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The Beauty of Micro-Adventures

I noted in my previous post, Dream Adventures- Planning For Your Next Big Travel, that one of my most life changing trips was my first solo international travel to Australia. I had taken a Lonely Planet book cover featuring the Sydney Opera House and placed it right in the middle of my vision board months before booking my one way ticket. It was thrilling, exhilarating, and yes, a bit scary. But my penchant for travel far outweighed any fear that had me thinking I should hold off, or hold back on the trip. However, I recognize that the fear is real, and that many people experience it.  Even to this day when I tell people about my independent back packing trip I'm met with, "Really? I could never do that?" or "That sounds awesome! I wish I could I do that." Truth is, you can! If you're willing to work with your anxieties.

 

I recently returned from a backpacking trip to South America and put the breaks on traveling for a little bit. It's nice to relax into stability and ground after a lot of travel. Being at home was what I needed to recharge and energize. By staying in town (Seattle, WA), I realized there were so many small adventures to be had within miles of my house! I got to thinking that this might be a good way for people with an adventurous spirit, but maybe a fearful mind, to get stoked on micro-adventures within the safety of their own city.  Start small, begin where you are, and plan out a bold day with activities you've never done before but have always wanted to try.  For me this looks like strolling around the city to unfamiliar areas and working on my photography, and volunteering my photo skills for a local non-profit.

So even if you've got big lofty goals all over your vision board (and you should!) don't be opposed to taking small steps to get there. Try on a micro-adventure and watch yourself work up the courage and confidence for a MAJOR adventure! 

What ways can you incorporate small explorations into you life? What major adventures do you have on your vision board? Share in the comments below! 

Keep exploring, 

 Leslie 

For more of my wanderings and travel tips visit my blog at www.leslieschipper.com

Dream Adventures- Planning for Your Next Big Travel

Imagery and words associated with travel have always taken up a majority of my dream board. One of the most pivotal and life changing trip I’ve ever taken, was my first solo international trip to Australia. I remember purchasing a Lonely Planet guide book of the country, thumbing through it for ideas and tearing off the front cover to place it on my dream board. 

A view of downtown Sydney from The Sydney Bridge

I would look at that image of Sydney’s Opera house and think about all the ways this trip would be different from past travels.

  1.  This was not going to be a  2 week vacation. I decided early on that I wanted to be there for an extended amount of time. I would be quitting my jobs and become a backpacker with a loose agenda. I wanted the freedom to stop when I wanted, and linger in a place when I chose.
  2. I would go alone.  I was drawn to the idea of an independent adventure and stepping outside my comfort zone.
  3. I would purchase a one-way ticket, and figure out the rest as time went on.  

I placed the image of Sydney’s Opera House on my board and then I proceeded to manifesting my dream trip. 

I’m a huge believer in goals so part of my manifesting and planning phase included setting a few concrete goals that included a departure date and budgeting how much money I wanted to save. From there I opened up a second savings strictly for travel. I initiated a direct deposit from my job so that a percentage dropped into my “Australia Adventure” fund every two weeks. I started telling people about my plans, and my dream (that was quickly turning into a reality) became even more real. And the more I told people about it, the more help I found and the more my trip began to organically unfold.  A good friend knew someone I could stay with on the Sunshine Coast. I met someone through my work who was a recent transplant to the country and we exchanged numbers to meet up while I was there.

 The Sunshine Coast, AUS 

The Sunshine Coast, AUS 

Things began falling into place when I kept visualizing, believing in my dream to make the trip independently, and stayed open to the abundance and options that were showing up.  I even happened to save enough miles before my trip to have my one-way ticket paid for! 

 Hanging with the locals at the Koala Sanctuary 

Hanging with the locals at the Koala Sanctuary 

In my last post I wrote about inner dialogue and how fear and doubt can keep you from living your dreams and goals. My dream trip could have easily been deterred if I had I listened when my mind said, “the timing isn’t right” or “I should save up just a little more money” and“what happens if I leave and everything changes while I am gone?”

But I was aware that this journey was already in motion, that it was one of my hearts deepest desires and that it would transform me in ways that I couldn’t even image at the time. I was willing to move forward when doubt and fear stood in my path.  

Have you been thinking about taking a big trip? Is their anything holding you back? Here are some ideas to get you moving forward with manifesting your adventure! 

  1. Put it on your dream board! Maybe even create a specific board for travel (if you're like me and find it takes up a majority of the board anyways). 
  2. Set small achievable goals like saving X amount of money by a certain date.
  3. Begin telling people about your dream! It's amazing the amount of support and help that arrives when you start talking about your intentions. Your loved ones want to see you succeed. 
  4. Voice your fears and concerns to those you trust, make a plan for unforeseen events and circumstances (for example; losing your passport, luggage getting stolen, etc) and then move on. A lot of fear stems from not knowing what can happen, but that shouldn't stop you from fulfilling your dream adventure! Give thought to situations that may arise and create a plan for how to handle it. 
     
 Whitsunday Islands, Australia 

Whitsunday Islands, Australia 

What places are on our travel board? Have you had a trip that transformed you? Share with us in the comments below!