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Only one thing stands between you and your dream

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Only one thing stands between you and the beautiful fulfillment that is your true destiny. It’s the toxic belief, inhaled from the very atmosphere around you when you were a child, that you are somehow flawed and imperfect.

The world got its hooks into you at an early age, a very early age, and there was nothing you could do about it. You were just a child, for heaven’s sake. There was nothing you could do to protect yourself from this monstrous lie. There was no way you could sort out for yourself what was true and what wasn’t true.

The sense of greatness that was with you when you first arrived on planet earth began to fade. You succumbed to the insidious notion that you are "merely human," and nothing you do is quite good enough.

An entire culture -- an entire way of living, or perhaps I should say dying -- has been constructed out of this perverted notion that we are somehow irretrievably flawed.

But here’s the good news.

Who you truly are, and who I truly am, is not flawed in any way. You are pristine. The masterpiece that you are is untouched by any of the misadventures or craziness of your life and waits now to be revealed.

Sure, we all have our foibles, our human nature characteristics. For example, I’m a “quick reactor,” as my wife describes it. Sometimes strong feelings – strong opinions -- brew up in me quite quickly.

But I’ve learned a wonderful lesson. Life really isn’t too troubled by these strong feelings that arise in me or in you from time to time, sometimes “pleasant,” sometimes “not pleasant.”

Of course, it is necessary sometimes to change my mind about something, but that’s okay. It adds to the fun. As I move along in my 80s, I know of no more encouraging truth than this. The sense of greatness and boundless destiny we may have glimpsed for a moment when we were young is with us still.

It is who we truly are. It is the unconquerable love of our own being and it cries out to be expressed through us in each moment.

You are a being of light, with a unique dream to fulfill and a unique gift to give.

I’d love to hear any thoughts you may have on this post. I send you love and greetings and I hope all goes very well for you. Take care.

Picture credit:   Bahman Farzad

 

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Diane March 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Thank you for all your pearls of wisdom but especially this one!

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Christopher Foster March 8, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Thank you and bless you Diane. Good to hear from you.

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Barbara March 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm

I’m 80 and learning not only am I a being of light but also my light radiates out to other beautiful beings. Together we share light and joywith all of man and woman kind!!!

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Christopher Foster March 8, 2013 at 7:56 pm

I can feel your light shining through your words Barbara. What do you know, we’re the same age:-) Such a pleasure to share this adventure of life with you. Blessings and love.

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Bette Fannon March 8, 2013 at 6:19 pm

wonderful thoughts Chris – thanks so much for writing 🙂 Bette

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Christopher Foster March 8, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Thank you for writing back Bette. And hey, thank you for the happy face too. Good to share this dance together.

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Michelle March 8, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Thx … Go to a place of gratitude … “Happy Moments” Will Follow

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Christopher Foster March 10, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Hi Michelle, thank you for your words. You’re so right. Strong medicine, gratitude, isn’t it. Here’s to a lot of happy moments.

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Nadeja March 10, 2013 at 7:54 am

Dear Chris,
You touched on exactly what I needed to hear this morning. I too react quickly at times and then punish myself dearly for it. Your message sent me to a new place. Forgiveness and get on with your precious life. God holds no grudges. The part about being conditioned by our past…a major cleansing just occurred. I just let go of a very old stuck belief that I needed to be punished for being bad just up and left as I was reading your amazing message. Thank you for sharing your living experience and inspiring us to rise up! We are pristine! Let the adventure unfold! Thank you so much.
Much love to you dear friend.
Nadeja

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Christopher Foster March 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Nadeja, what a gorgeous comment. Thank you for sharing. I love what you say about God holding no grudges. So happy to share with you the freedom that comes when we too release our judgments. It’s wonderful to share this living adventure with you. Blessings and love. Yes. Let the adventure unfold!

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Bea March 10, 2013 at 8:25 am

Thank you Christopher for this very beautiful post. This is my first time at your blog and I feel happy that I have discovered this treasure. i look forward to many wonderful weeks and months of your fabulous writing. 🙂

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Christopher Foster March 10, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Bea, thank you for your kind words. It’s a pleasure to welcome a kindred spirit. Could I ask where you live and how you found my blog? I send warm greetings and hope we’ll be in touch again.

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Bea March 10, 2013 at 8:20 pm

I currently live in India and I landed at your blog quite miraculously. I do not really know how I got here. Your blog name came up on some site (I was passively browsing) and something that I cannot pin down made me go there.
Thank you for your delicious writing, I can foresee many hours of pleasurable reading.

durwin foster March 10, 2013 at 10:34 am

Responding from new phone while at delaney’s swim meet. Appreciate your focus on what gafni has called unique self. Nonduality plus our unique perspective equals unique self!

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Christopher Foster March 10, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Durwin, thanks. It always makes this aging Dad very happy when you turn up here. You’ve got me curious, who is gafni? And also, while I’m at it, what kind of phone did you get?

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Maureen Moeller March 10, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Oh what a wonderful post Chris! I STILL remember those glimpses of greatness as a little child. Even when the rigid mandates of a religion forced upon me could not destroy the awareness that “I am awesome as I am!” Did it dampen that spirit, yes. Did it try to drill into my little brain that we are born sinners? Yes. But amazingly, as I look back, I never really bought into it.

I recall as a nine year-old I knew I was capable of anything; and that included being a writer, a lumberjack, a singer and a farmer;-) Two out of four is not bad. I haven’t given up on the farming, but have modified it to gardener.

Meanwhile, as a grandmother, it is one of my deepest joys to see the same light shining in my three grandchildren. They know they are the recipients AND givers of unconquerable love and their boundless destiny is expressed in small but miraculous ways daily. I watch them in wonder, and remind them how precious and unique their gifts are, and the world is a better place with them in it. Thank you again Chris for a thought provoking reminder of who we really are! Love to you and your lovely wife.

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Christopher Foster March 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Your words and spirit are a great blessing to me Maureen. Thank you so much for your comment. I loved sharing your memories of the sense of unlimited potential you felt as a child. And I delight deeply in your evocation of the beautiful indestructible light that you see in your grandchildren, and that is the truth of each one of us.

Be strong and be well Maureen. Blessings and love to you on your journey.

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Denise March 10, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Hi Chris, I always love your posts but this one was so special that it made me cry, so I sent it on to a lot of other people who all have said they had the same response and thanked me for sending it on to them…….the truth of it just hits one right in the heart which is the place of true Being and in that place it is known…….. so thank you again for all you offer us, you are just sooooo special and an example to us all…Bless You.

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Christopher Foster March 10, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Denise, I want you to know what a blessing you have sent my way with your kind words. I read your comment aloud to my wife, along with other comments to this post, and said, “It makes it all worthwhile.” And it’s the truth. We need each other, don’t we? We’re all in this together and we need each other. Love and blessings to you. Be well.

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John March 10, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Try to live a life with as little complexity and less problems as possible —
and it is in your hands.
by Osho
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Christopher Foster March 10, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Hi John, many thanks for sharing the lovely quote from Osho. Best of luck to you.

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Diane March 10, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Good comments.

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dahlia March 11, 2013 at 10:33 am

Hi Christopher,
A friend shared this post with me and I wanted to thank you for it.
Here is a beautiful buddhist mantra: Om Svabhava Shuddha, Sarva Dharma Svabhava Shuddho Ham. It means, “Absolutely everything, including you, arises out of fundamental purity.” It expresses this same notion that we are unflawed, really perfect, right from the start.
With love for us all,
Dahlia

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Christopher Foster March 12, 2013 at 3:09 pm

What a lovely quote Dahlia. Thanks so much for sharing it. Keep up your beautiful work.

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Wendy March 11, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Hi Christopher – my Mother passed away last month and somehow your lovely words have eased my grief just a little
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Christopher Foster March 12, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Thank you for your comment, Wendy, and for sharing about your loss. I send you condolences and love. Remember my wife’s favorite maxim, “one step at a time.”

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Jeffrey March 12, 2013 at 5:54 am

Great wisdom words. I love what you say about being your own self.

I have wonderful childhood memories where I had the most fun in everything and held no fear.

Thanks for giving us hope and sharing the dream that life is for us to enjoy and fulfill.
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Christopher Foster March 12, 2013 at 3:22 pm

It’s good to hear from you Jeffrey. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and memories. Best wishes and take care.

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Jack Ray March 12, 2013 at 6:22 am

Thank you Christopher for this lovely inspiring post. This is my second time at your blog and each time I feel a great mesmerizing effect after going through your writings. Take care & I’m very much looking forward to your next post!
Best regards,
Jack

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Christopher Foster March 12, 2013 at 3:24 pm

It’s a pleasure to hear from you Jack. Thank you for your words and you take care too, okay?

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Ansh March 13, 2013 at 2:32 am

Hi Mr. Christopher, Thankx for the great advice.
I am surely going to work on this to achieve my dreams..
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Christopher Foster March 27, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Hi Ansh, Thank you for your kind comment, I’m so sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Best wishes and good luck.

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Shawn March 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I love this quote in your post!
“The sense of greatness and boundless destiny we may have glimpsed for a moment when we were young is with us still.”
This is easy to forget sometimes when there are so many things in the world that can bring our self esteem down and distract us from our true dreams.
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Christopher Foster March 27, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Hi Shawn, I’m sorry for the delay, but I want to thank you for your comment. It was good to hear from you and I wish you all the very best as you pursue your dreams. Take care.

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Milos Vasic March 28, 2013 at 5:44 am

Great article!

Unfortunately a lot of people are lost and have difficulties to get in touch with there true selves. Poisoning their mind starts from the moment they are born, first by the parents who does’t give enough space for the children to be what they want to be, and by the society which always wants more and more.
Thanks for inspiring thoughts
Best , Milos
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Christopher Foster March 28, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Good to hear from you Vasic. Thanks for your comment and keep up the good work, eh?

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Jacob April 4, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Hat’s off. Well done, as we know that “hard work always pays off”, after a long struggle with sincere effort it’s done..One major thing that stands in between you and the fulfillment of your dream is the willingness to start, the courage to move ahead and the faith to finish.

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Christopher Foster April 9, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Good to hear from you Jacob. Right on. Willingness to start, courage, and faith; Thank you and I wish you all the very best on your journey.

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Christopher Foster April 10, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Thanks for your comment and I send you a ton of good wishes.

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Christopher Foster April 10, 2013 at 1:17 pm

thanks for your comment Tog, best wishes to you.

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Danilo Consulenza April 22, 2013 at 8:54 am

This is one of the most inspiring posts about dreams that I have ever read!

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Christopher Foster April 22, 2013 at 11:25 am

Thanks so much for your kind comment Danilo. Much appreciated. It looks like you’re in Italy. Whereabouts in Italy do you live?

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Christopher Foster April 22, 2013 at 11:26 am

Thanks so much for your kind comment Danilo. Much appreciated. Best wishes to you. Whereabouts in Italy do you live?

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Christopher Foster May 4, 2013 at 10:18 am

Thank you for your kind words. I send you blessings and love.

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Roger September 30, 2013 at 3:05 am

Thank you for waking me up again. I wish your all dreams will come true in future. Wish you a good day with good morning.

Cheers…

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Christopher Foster March 12, 2013 at 3:02 pm

It’s good to be in touch with you Bea. Blessings to you.

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