Think BIG with Arnold Schwarzenegger

Think BIG!

How to Thrive In Life And Business In A Rapidly Changing World

Arnold, along with twenty nine of Australia’s thought leaders have contributed their inspirational stories to this book.

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Here is my story for your enjoyment.

The Real Reason You Are Not Living The Life Of Your Dreams!

It’s Not What You Think,
And You Might Even Be Living The Nightmare Of Your Life

How many of you have dreamed of the perfect life but still haven’t achieved it? Have you ever analysed the ‘why’, then tried again, only to find that your perfect life is still out of your reach? If this is you then you are like most of the people on this planet we call Earth. Would you like it all to be different? Would you like to create your perfect life and then actually achieve it and live it? Mmmm! That would be good, wouldn’t it! You see, most of us are all going about it the wrong way.
Your purpose in life

Have you ever given consideration to your purpose in this life? If you have, then you will realise that what you imagine achieving may not be in alignment with your true purpose on Earth this time around. You chose your purpose before you were born, and because you chose it, you want to make sure you achieve it! Your purpose is the reason you are here, in this body, at this time. So now you ask yourself, ‘well if that is true, then what is my purpose?’ Isn’t this ultimately what we all want to know? People can expound on telling you, but even the best of them will very likely not hit the mark. Only you can do that, because it comes from deep within you.

So, how do people find their purpose? Some people choose to live in a cave in isolation, meditating for years in order to eventually achieve nirvana. Others ‘tune in’ (to Spirit) and follow their inner guidance to find their true purpose in life. There are many different ways of finding your purpose, but if you don’t want to search for your purpose in a cave, how and where do you find it?

You have access to a higher power

Before I discuss this I would like to share another concept. As we grow older we often believe we are on our own in this world to fight our inner demons and the issues that arise in our lives, but we are never alone. We all have, without exception, access to a greater power than our own physical existence. I know that is a broad statement to make, but I am going to show you that it is true.

Did you know that each and every one of us dreams at night, even though we may say we don’t? It’s not that we don’t, it’s just that we don’t always remember. The reason for not remembering what we dream is that we are so focussed on our physical existence that we often cut off from our inner guidance. It is most likely due to the stress and worry that comes from such things as work, finances, health, family, and so on. A good quality, natural, high potency Vitamin B Complex tablet at breakfast and another at lunch (if you need it) can help alleviate this, but don’t take one at night because it will keep you awake, preventing you from dream.

Famous people who followed their dreams

Dreams are not just ‘fluffy stuff’. Many well-known people have attributed their successes to what they encountered in their dreams. A good example is the movie director James Cameron, who testifies that the movie The Terminator, of which Arnold Schwarzenegger played the leading role, came to him in a dream. He then went on to write and direct the movie Avatar. The design for the Na’vi came to James’ mother in a dream1. Even his mother was involved!

The song Yesterday, written by Sir Paul McCartney from the Beatles, also came to him in a dream. So, where am I going with this?

When you connect with your dreams they will lead you in the direction that you planned for yourself well before your birth. Does that sound exciting? Yes? That’s because it is! If you think this is only for creative people, think again. Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity E=mc2 came to him in a dream. People creating their lives from the information they have gleaned in their dreams can be traced back throughout history.

Prophetic dreams

Queen Hecuba of Troy had a prophetic dream while pregnant with her son Paris. She had a dream telling her that her son Paris would cause the downfall of Troy, and indeed he did! The Trojan War was the result. It prepared her for what was to come.

In Genesis 41, New International Version (NIV), we find Pharaoh’s Dreams, where he received warning to prepare for the famine that was to come. In his dream, Pharaoh was told to save food during the seven good years, for the seven years of famine that was to follow. He did this and his people survived.2

These people and many others listen to their inner guidance through their dreams, and you can too!

Prepare for life’s challenges

How do you discover your purpose in life? You connect with your dreams for guidance from a higher perspective. Simple really…or is it?

Just imagine if you had direct access to a 360° viewpoint. Imagine the added advantage you would have in life. No more major mistakes. No more major catastrophes that you were not fully prepared for, and even if you were not prepared, then you would have access to help to manoeuvre through the quagmire. How helpful would that be for you? You see, we all have to perform a balancing act in life, and what that means is that all of us have certain wrongdoings that we created in past lives, and in this life we are responsible for those and we must balance out our karma before we can move on unencumbered. So, in life there will be bad times just as there are good times—and not so good times—and that’s a fact. But we can make it easier on ourselves. By connecting with our dreams we can have our own personal guide to help us make our way through the blind spots and keep us on the right track.

I found guidance and so can you

In my own life I have had my fair load to carry, and I have found that connecting with my dreams has helped me through the rough spots. At the tender age of four years, after extreme trauma, I attempted suicide. While I was on the other side I met three beings who sent me back. I returned with a clairvoyant ability and a connection to my dreams.

I was once told that it was amazing given what I’ve been through in my life, that I was neither a drug addict, an alcoholic, a cigarette smoker, nor have I attempted suicide again in later life. When asked how I did it, I answered, ‘For me it is my connection to Spirit, both through the waking and the dream states. Without my inner guidance I would have left this life a long time ago’. I know others do not have my clairvoyant ability, but I also know that we all have dreams and we can connect with the Greater Consciousness through those dreams.

How many dreams do you have in your lifetime?

Did you know that we all dream about five times a night? That is a total of 1,825 dreams a year and 146,000 dreams in a lifetime for an 80 year old, and that’s not including leap years! Impressive don’t you think? There is a purpose for all things in life, just as there is a purpose for dreams. And the purpose of dreams is to help us get through life in the smoothest possible way. When we consciously tap into our dreams they can show us many things, whatever is right for each and every individual. We are not mass robots; we are individuals of great significance. We are individuals who make up the mass that is ONE. We are unique in every way possible, but we are all connected. No-one has the same experiences as you, and even if they did, their reactions would be different. We all perceive things differently, and this is what makes us unique.

Your purpose in life is unique to you and you will already be expressing it, you just may not recognise it yet.

The purpose of dreams

We think our dreams have no purpose, but they do, and even if we are not listening to them they are slowly getting through to us. They strengthen what we love doing, even if we are not listening because life gets in the way. We think we must do this or that because our family is relying on us, but if we followed our true purpose everything would fall into place, easily, without exception…and doors would open.

We have five senses in this conscious world and they are sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. This makes up only 10% of all our senses. The other 90% comes from the subconscious or hidden world that is often referred to as our sixth sense, or intuition. It is like an iceberg. Most of the iceberg is hidden, yet so very powerful. Let’s face it, the Titanic, the unsinkable ship, hit an iceberg and sunk. When we don’t listen to our dreams—aka our sixth sense—it can sink us too! Many people can fall into depressive states that may even lead to suicide.

People have lost their inner connection

In a recent news release, the World Health Organization (WHO) mentioned that, ‘more than 3000 adolescents die every day, totalling 1.2 million deaths a year, from largely preventable causes, according to a new report from WHO and partners.’3 And these are only the teenagers.

WHO also states, ‘in 2012, there were over 800,000 estimated suicide deaths worldwide, with 86% of these occurring in people under the age of 70. Globally, among young adults aged 15–29 years suicide accounts for 8.5% of all deaths and is the second leading cause of death in this group after road traffic injuries’.4

Befrienders Worldwide5, Volunteer Action To Prevent Suicide quoted that WHO estimates approximately one million people each year die from suicide. This represents a global mortality rate of 16 people per 100,000, or one death every 40 seconds. It has been predicted that by the year 2020 the rate of deaths will increase to one every 20 seconds.

For every suicide there are more who have attempted suicide…so many wasted lives. There is no need to waste yours.

Finding connection

Your perfect life comes when you connect to your higher purpose. Let me say that again…your perfect life comes when you connect to your higher purpose. Without knowing your true purpose in life, life is a hit and miss affair; sometimes you hit on it, and other times you miss it completely. That is why it is so important to connect with and rely on your night dreams. No matter what you want to achieve in life, you have to put in some effort to achieve it or it just won’t happen.

If you want to be a lawyer or an attorney, a mechanic, an artist, a sales person, no matter whom you want to be or what you want to achieve in life, you have to put in the effort to learn. There is no difference when connecting with your dreams. As a rule, human beings often don’t value what comes easily. We value what we put the effort in to achieve because we know its value.

What confuses people about dreams is that they:

  • mistakenly think they are about their daily experiences
  • have no idea how to interpret their dreams
  • cannot understand their own symbols
  • believe dreams are just silly stuff or something similar
  • have not yet realised the significance of dreams in their lives.
Dreams come to us as a mass of symbols—a bit like the hieroglyphics of Ancient Egypt—to bypass the conscious mind, because it is the conscious mind’s job to keep us grounded in the physical. So by not understanding them, we push them aside. If only people knew this and could connect with their dreams, we could minimise global suicides, and people living with depression could connect with their own spirit and their own inner guidance and create the life of their dreams. If only!

Teenagers need to know this stuff. Many of them have lost their way and can’t see a future for themselves. Just think what a difference knowing this could make in their worlds if only they knew how to connect with their dreams. At this very moment there are 7.5 billion people on this planet. I HAVE A DREAM! I have a dream to show just 1% of those people—that is 7.5 million people—how to connect with their dreams, their own inner guidance, and to stop relying on authority figures, such as governments, to tell them what to do and how to live. Just imagine what a difference that would make in this world. No more threats, no more fighting, no more bombs. People would live in peace and harmony, side by side, supporting and encouraging each other to create and follow their own perfect life and their dreams. What a wonderful world that would be.

Is your life perfect?

If you had all the money you wanted and you could be anyone you wanted to be, and live anywhere you wanted to live with no restrictions whatsoever, what would you do with your life? Just imagine! Open up your mind and allow it to wonder. If you don’t know where to start just think: ‘What am I good at? What am I really good at? What do I love doing? What gives me enjoyment? What makes my heart sing? What do people love me doing for them? What do I love doing for others? What do they respond to the best? Where would I love to spend most of my time?’ Answering these questions and writing them down will help you articulate what truly makes you happy.

Keep adding to your picture of your perfect life each day. Refine it; clarify it. Make a vision board. Cut out pictures and words and add them to your vision board. Make sure everything is in place. Be sure to factor in your true purpose in this life, and then ask your dreams to help you create it. Put your vision board somewhere that you can see it every day. No sitting around waiting for it to show up! You don’t have a genie in a bottle! It is up to you to achieve it. Take action. Take massive action. Be brave and overcome your fears. Stare them in the face and overcome them. Don’t listen to the naysayers. They may have your best interests at heart, but they also like you just the way you are, not necessarily the person you are becoming, because that forces them to change, and most people abhor change. If it is right for your evolution, your inner guidance will help you achieve it.

Now that you know how important your night dreams are to your own survival and growth in this life, you will begin to look at dreams differently. Then once you connect with your own inner guidance through your dreams and learn to decipher them, you will find your true purpose, and therefore your perfect life. You can begin to THINK BIG and go out there and create your perfect life, knowing that what you create will be absolutely aligned to your higher purpose.

We can all create our higher purpose. Once you have completed the first steps towards your journey in pursuit of your purpose, you can move on to create even more. How exciting is that? We are all awesome beings, you are an awesome being. You just don’t know it yet. Believe me, you are amazing. Know that and go out and grow into your awesomeness. I dare you! If I can do it then you can too.

’You are FAR GREATER than you imagine.

Carole J Stokes ND