The Vision Workshop

Podcast #7 The DreamBuilder Workshop Part 1

This podcast is the first of a three-part series based on my Three-Hour Workshop.  And you are going to learn:

  • The foundational principles of the tested, proven, reliable DreamBuilderⓇ system and be given some  transformational exercises so you can see how it works
  • My story and how my experience has made me so passionate about  and committed to  teaching and coaching with the DreamBuilder System.
  • An inspiring story about an amazing 104 yr. old man that illustrates a foundational principle of DreamBuilding that you can realize a big dream at any age, under any circumstance, at any stage in life. 
  • The Transcendentalists, Henry David Thoreau’s experiment and the code he discovered that we can use to realize a dream of any magnitude.

Podcast #8: DreamBuilder Workshop Part 2, Mary’s Story


In the last episode I told you my story and how my experience has made me so passionate about  and committed to  teaching and coaching with the DreamBuilder System.

I shared an inspiring story about an amazing 104 yr. old man that illustrates a foundational principle of DreamBuilding that you can realize a big dream at any age, under any circumstance, at any stage in life. 

You learned about the transcendentalists, Henry David Thoreau’s experiment 

and the code he discovered that we can use to realize a dream of any magnitude.

To review this is what he wrote  

“I have learned this, at least, by my experiment. That if one advances confidently in the direction of their dream, endeavoring to live the life they are imagining, one passes an invisible boundary  all sorts of things begin to occur that never otherwise would have occurred. One begins to meet with a success unexpected in common hours. New, more universal, more liberal laws begin to establish themselves around this person, or the old laws are rearranged in one’s favor, nevertheless, one begins to live with the license of a higher order of being.” 

And I gave you a few exercises you could do to get started moving in that direction.

So in this episode, as I promised, I’m going to share with you Mary Morrissey’s amazing story the experience that set her on the path of helping so many people turn their dreams into reality. 

Mary’s story demonstrates the power of thought to change our lives for the negative as well as the positive how our thinking can often have devastating consequences and the power of visioning to turn it all around.

You learn that EVERYTHING is created twice — everything is first a thought before it can become a thing. Clearing up your problems and living your dreams, both depend on what you are thinking. 

Here’s Mary’s Story 

Mary grew up in Portland, Oregon. Her Mom and Dad were happily married. She had a great upbringing. She had one sister, eight years older, and she had a high school experience like most young girls dream about. She was class vice-president. she was on the drill team. she had a lead in the junior play, was homecoming princess AND at the end of her junior year in high school she was pregnant. 

Her high school boyfriend had gone off to college for his freshman year came home for spring break and Mary got pregnant. In May she had to tell her mother and father that she was pregnant. Her mother wept for her as if she had died. In her mind, all her dreams for Mary were dying. 

There was a very hasty ten person wedding. And a couple of weeks later Mary told one of her trusted high school teachers that she was now married and pregnant. The next thing she knew the principal of the high school, called her into his office and said “So is it true? Are you married and pregnant?” She said “Well yes I am.” He said ‘Well Mary  you have great academics and terrific honors, but I need to let you know that you will not be allowed to return here for your senior year in high school. It would be inappropriate for a pregnant girl to get mixed in with the normal girls.” This was back in 1966. 

Then he followed that with saying, “But we do have a place for people like you. It’s a high school. It’s not held during daylight hours. It’s after dark. It’s across the river.” 

This was actually in a part of Portland Mary hadn’t been allowed to even drive in after dark and it’s the place where the pregnant girls and the delinquent boys went to high school. So you can see the thinking of that era.  

Anyway, the next fall Mary drives across the river to the other side of Portland and parks her car in this part of the city  and she’s walking up to this big building, which is a normal high school during the day and Washington Evening High School for the pregnant girls and the delinquent boys at night. As she’s walking up to the school she’s thinking every girl here, either has a baby or is pregnant  and every guy here is some kind of delinquent. This is my new student body!

Her son was born during the winter of that time at Washington Evening High School and by May she had graduated.  In July she was in an intensive care ward at Portland Adventist Hospital having been diagnosed with fatal kidney disease. 

The tests said that one kidney was totally destroyed with nephritis. The other kidney had fifty percent destruction and active nephritis. 

She was told that if they could get the blood toxin level in her body reduced enough so that she could sustain a surgery to remove the right kidney, then maybe she would have six months to live. 

So here she is, her mother is watching her seven month old son, and she’s in intensive care and has just been told that the best shot she’s got is maybe six months. And she’s feeling devastated and desperate. 

As Mary tells it, the God of her upbringing was not really a friendly place to go when you felt like you had really messed up. she didn’t have a faith practice. she didn’t have a higher power to turn to that she really felt reliant upon or that she felt would be responsive to her.  

Finally the surgery was scheduled and the night before about ten o’clock that night  a woman walked in her room who identified herself as a chaplain in the hospital who was offering prayer with people who were going to have surgery the next day. 

She asked Mary if she wanted someone to pray with her. Mary was scared and so she said yes. The woman came over and stood next to the bed where Mary was laying and then she pulled up a chair and sat down. She didn’t begin with prayer. She began by saying, “So would you be willing to tell me what’s been going on in your life the last year or two?”

Now this was before the idea of the mind/body connection was in the common nomenclature. This was 1967. There had been no mind body connection book on the bestseller list. There had been nothing in Newsweek. You know that later there would be front page articles and cover articles about the mind-body connection. There would be a mind body clinic at Harvard Teaching Hospital. All of this would emerge but in 1967 it was very difficult to even find information about how our thinking affects what happens not only in our physical body but in the outcomes of our life. Most people had no idea of this.  

So when the Chaplain asked Mary to tell her her story, Mary did, because she was so scared. She told her what had been going on in her life the last couple of years. At the end of which the Chaplain looked at her very compassionately, looked in Mary’s eyes and said “Everything is created twice.”

Mary had a quizzical look on her face. “What do you mean?”

Then she said “The bed you are lying on, the nightgown you are wearing, the sheet covering you, the carpet, the floor, the ceiling, the walls, all this machinery, everything was first a thought before it could become a thing.”

Then she looked at Mary and said “You know this. You just don’t know the power of knowing this.” Then she said, “I hear how much you love your little boy but I also hear how much you’ve been hating yourself. You feel like you’ve shamed yourself, shamed your school, and shamed your family.  Now that you are considering the connection between thought and result, cause and effect that everything that is experienced first began in thought  everything that is created  first began in thought could you consider the possibility that there could be some relationship between this toxic thinking and the toxicity that’s in your body that is actually threatening your life?” Well, this was a brand new idea to Mary.

Is this a brand new idea to you? Or should I say, do you accept this as true? If not, I’d love to know why.  Perhaps you will share in the comments.   

While some part of Mary thought this made sense  she had no way to really validate this at that time. 

Then the Chaplain said to Mary, “In this universe, this uni-verse, (uni for one, verse for voice) there is one presence, one power, one life. It is ever seeking a freer, fuller, more expanded expression of itself and that’s happening in your life right now.  The toxicity that’s in your body can be released because it can be released in your mind.

In this universe  there is this exquisite  precise  balance and perfection. The mathematical precision with which everything is balanced  is so precise that even one trillionth of a trillionth millimeter difference in the balance of our solar system would cause the whole thing to blow apart.  That intelligence is at work right now. It’s everywhere present.

Could you believe it’s possible that if you were to align with that precision that is at work in you  that your whole body could actually respond to that and in the morning  the doctors would tell you that you don’t need surgery. You can get up and go home you are fine?”

She said, “Could you believe that that is possible?” Mary told her the truth  and the truth for her at that moment was no, she did not think that was going to happen for her. Mary believed way more in her pain in that moment than in the possibility.

She believed a whole lot more in the minor deities  the MD’s  than what she would later call the Major Deity.  She knew a minor deity when she saw one  because they had MD at the end of their name and therefore whatever they said was gospel to her. If they said it, it had to be true. 

So then the Chaplain said, “Ok  How about this? If you can’t believe you can be totally healed, then how about this could you believe it’s possible that everything that is the genesis of this problem is either in the kidney that is going to get removed or could be swept into the kidney that’s going to get removed so that when that kidney is removed from you so is the problem?  Could you believe that?” 

Mary didn’t really know what to believe but she could tell the Chaplain believed it, and that was the first time she ever consciously chose to believe in someone else’s belief, someone who had a higher domain of believing. So she looked at her and said “Well I don’t know if it’s possible or even probable, but I am open to it.”

The Chaplain said, “Ok. That’s all we need is one corner of your mind open to the possibility. Let’s work with that.”

Now this was before Talbot had written the Holographic Universe, before we understood how a higher domain thought always takes precedence over lower frequency thoughts. We didn’t know anything about that. But she said all we need is a corner of your mind open to the possibility. 

And that’s what I’m inviting you to do right now — is to give a corner of your mind open to the possibility that there is much more in you and for you than you have known and that by applying these simple principles and practices over a period of time that you really can build a field of your dreams. Absolutely.  

Mary said, “ok” and the Chaplain said, “Then let’s pray.”

Mary didn’t hear bells ring. The hair on her neck didn’t stand up, but she must have relaxed because the next morning  when she woke up  she realized that she had slept all night without waking. she hadn’t been able to do that in weeks because she’d been in so much pain. 

AND  after the doctors did the surgery they told her and her family that the one kidney was indeed destroyed with nephritis. They had removed it. AND  the other kidney didn’t look as bad as they would have expected with fifty percent destruction but time would tell. 

And time DID tell Instead of getting worse  Mary got better.  Within a few days she was heading home And she continued to get better.. and better and better. 

Even at a young eighteen years old that had caught Mary’s attention. Something was going on she was a part of something. And she became like a thirsty sponge for all the information she could find in the field of metaphysics philosophy..psychology  and science  to discover how it works in the universe  that everything really is created twice.  

And Mary has spent the last thirty-five years in what she calls the laboratory called life  searching for these principles, studying these principles, getting degrees in the application of these principles.  She got an undergraduate degree in education, a masters degree in counseling psychology, became an ordained minister, received an honorary doctorate in humane letters, she’s written a couple of books and she’s spoken to thousands and thousands of people all around the world. 

She has envisioned dreams, set intentions and applied these principles to the intentions and dreams of her heart. She’s manifested many opportunities as a result of applying those principles. 

  • Like being invited to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama which was a dream she had. 
  • And meeting with Nelson Mandela
  • speaking at the United Nations, and
  • Hanging out with Kenny Loggins. 

And so, I’m hoping that Mary’s story will inspire you to consider any possibility. Just open yourself up to the possibility that your imagination is a gift and that there is a place inside of you that is undaunted by circumstance. It’s not controlled by your history. It’s not defined by anything you’ve ever believed about yourself, and it’s absolutely available right now use it  consider all the unlimited possibilities for your life.

DreamBuilding starts with our thinking. Everything is created twice, first it must be a thought before it can ever become a thing. 

And negative thoughts and beliefs will manifest also. 

So the first step in DreamBuilding is to have a vision. You need to have a focus a vision to keep you “advancing confidently in the direction of your dream” and to activate that “higher order of being” that Thoreau discovered. 

Wallace Wattles wrote a great book called The Science of Getting Rich back in 1910! It was a major inspiration for Rhonda Byrne’s movie and best selling book, “The Secret.”

The ideas in it are also foundational to the DreamBuilder Program.  I highly recommend it and I’ll put a link in the show notes.

Wattles said that “thinking is the hardest work in the world, that’s why most people don’t do it.”    Of course he meant, focusing your thinking, getting control of that committee in your mind that tries to dissuade you. 

Focusing on your vision is the secret to manifesting a life you would absolutely love.

• Are you ready? 

• Are you ready to grow, to expand, and to have more? 

• Are you ready to use your thoughts to define your dream? 

Your Assignment For The Week

If you are, then your assignment for this week  should you choose to accept it is to begin to explore this question: what is the life you would love to live?  What would you love to be, to do, to give, to create?  If time weren’t a restriction, if education weren’t a restriction, if money, who you knew, age, all the many things that often build what we call a paradigm that blocks you, gives your power to the conditions you’ve known  and defines the possibilities you can or cannot have. 

If none of those were present for you  what would you love?  What would you love to be  or do  or create  to construct in your life. And you’ll begin to see the magic.

And by the way It’s common for many people to have difficulty remembering how to dream. It’s not encouraged when we grow up and it’s not encouraged in society at large. in fact it seems like we are thwarted all the time.

If that’s the case for you  there’s another way to get in touch with what you would really love.  Pay attention to your longing and discontent. That’s a way for you to connect with your higher self that’s nudging you to expand, grow and to have and be more.

Think about what would be the antidote to your longing and discontent.   In your journal or on a notepad, put a vertical line down the middle of a page and on one side make a list of things you are longing for and discontented about and on the other side write down what you would love instead. 

I’m eager to know how this works for you and would love it if you would post in the comments on my blog or on Facebook.

In my next podcast, I’m going to lead you through a powerful visioning exercise that will give you clarity on what you would love so you can successfully create it. 

Ways To Share And Connect With Me

If you are raring to go and don’t want to wait, sign up for my free video training at The exercise is in there. I’ll put the link in the show notes.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or epiphanies you’d like to share post them in the comments on the blog page for this podcast at 

or my Facebook Page, 

Or in my private Facebook Group  Women Over 60 Seeking More.

The transcript for this podcast, the practice assignment, and links to other things mentioned are posted below.

Time Machine

I hope you’ve found this helpful and that you will join me next week for The Time Machine Visioning Exercise.

Now, as you go, remember There’s a power within you greater than any circumstance, situation or condition and you can use it to create a life you absolutely love living!

Thanks for listening and I hope you’ll tune in again next week.

Bye for now!

Links To The Things Mentioned:

Free Video Training with the Time Machine Visioning Exercise

Link to last episode 

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles

The Secret by Rhona Byrne

The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot

Facebook Group: Women Over 60 Seeking More 

Facebook Business Page

This podcast is the second in a three-part series based on my Three Hour Workshop. In this episode, you’ll hear Mary Morrissey’s amazing story, the experience that set her on the path of helping so many people turn their dreams into reality. 

Mary’s story demonstrates the power of thought to change our lives for the negative as well as the positive how our thinking can often have devastating consequences and the power of visioning to turn it all around.

You learn that EVERYTHING is created twice — everything is first a thought before it can become a thing so clearing up your problems and living your dreams, both depend on what you are thinking. 

Podcast #9 DreamBuilder Workshop Part 3: Your Vision…What Would You Love?


So, are you ready to use your thoughts to define and manifest your dreams — to create a life you absolutely love and to not settle for just good enough? 

OK.  Now…when you are defining your dream, the most important question to ask yourself is WHAT WOULD I LOVE?

Pay attention to your Longings and Discontent. Sometimes your longings will speak louder, and sometimes your discontent. 

There is a bigger YOU seeking to emerge through you. It is seeking an ever, freer, fuller more expanded experience and expression through you.  Just as the acorn has the oak tree seeking fuller expression in it. 

Both our longings and discontent are important signals and are to be heeded. Isn’t that an amazing and liberating idea?  To realize that discontent is not a bad thing to be rejected and covered up…but something to be used to make our lives better!

In fact it’s really difficult to ignore because WHAT YOU RESIST PERSISTS.

If I say DON’T think about the Statue of liberty, what are you thinking about? Are you seeing her out in the harbor, her arm in the air holding the torch?

If I say, “imagine yourself sucking on a lemon right now?  Is there an image and even a physical response in your body?

Yep…we think in pictures, so when imagining the life you would absolutely love, you’ll want to paint as vivid a picture as you can. Let your imagination go wild!

Occasionally people will say that they can’t come up with a vision.  If you believe that, then think about a time when your partner, or your child was hours late and you couldn’t reach them.  Did you start to see vivid images and scenes of potential outcomes? Fear certainly gets the imagination revved and running wild!  

And we can use it!

THE SECRET is to state your dream as approach goals vs. avoidance goals.

Just say

  1. Live in financial abundance rather than Get out of debt. 
  2. Move with comfort and ease rather than  No more back pain. 
  3. Enjoy living at my ideal weight rather than Lose weight. 

Right now, are you thinking of some things that you don’t want, that can be stated as what you do want?  Great!

Now, We’re going to do an exercise in which we become more conscious of our dreams 

I invite you to close your eyes if you are somewhere right now where you can. Take a deep breath.  Imagine that in your lap is a book. Every single page is a day of your life. There are lots of pages on the left side and on the right side. The pages on the left are written on. The pages on the right are blank.  See all those blank, white pages. You have been given the power, the authority to write the story on these pages.  Will these pages be written by design or by default?

This is your moment. Gazing from the highest point of view you can take. Look down upon the landscape of your current life and we’re going to explore what you would love in the 4 major domains of your life. 

1. Health  Just for a moment call forth the image of your health. What is your image of your health? 

  • How do you feel in your body? 
  • What activities do you engage in? 
  • What do you eat? 
  • What does your skin look like? 
  • What is your weight?
  •  What would you love? 

2. Relationships — Deep loving relationship.

Are you longing to deepen an existing relationship?

More harmony?

What would that relationship be like? 

Is there discontent? 

Is there any discord that needs to be resolved? 

What would you love? 

3. Financial freedom – What would you love in terms of the flow of money in your life? What would you do with that money? 

Go on a trip? 

Have the home you’ve always wanted? 

Give in the ways you’ve wanted to give? 

What would you love?

4. Creative expression — career, volunteer work or passion projects

What kind of work would you love to do in the world?

How do you see yourself expressing your talents?

Sharing your unique abilities? 

What would you love? 

Now bring yourself back to the present and open your eyes. 

How was that?  I’d love it if you would share in the comments on my blog page for this episode, or my Dream Big And Bloom Facebook page or in our private group, Women Over 60 Seeking More.

Partner Exercise

Now, if you were in one of my workshops, you would pair up with someone and do an activity where you would have an opportunity to share your dream out loud with another person who sees you as a powerful being who can bring about anything you desire. 

This activity is designed to help you tweak and refine your vision and anchor it in your mind.  Since this isn’t a workshop with a group of you, I’m going to give you the instructions so you can replay this later and do the exercise with a friend or relative.

• Decide who will be partner number 1 and who is partner number 2. 

• Partner number 2, you are going to be sharing your dream first. 

• Partner number 1, you play a very important role.  You must keep in mind the power of someone offering their dream to you and consider that it’s in a fragile state. 

Recognize the gift that this is and the responsibility you have, when you behold someone’s dream.  You are a mirror for them.  One of the ways to help facilitate that is to look at your partner and remember the deeper truth of who they are. They are a great soul in an earth Suit. They are a luminous light being. 

Remember The movie “Cocoon” when the captain was looking through the peephole at that beautiful woman? He’s hoping to get a glimpse of her when she takes her clothes off, and he gets a great surprise, because she takes her whole body off. And she is this luminous light being.

The person in front of you is a luminous light being and there is nothing they could tell you that is beyond their capacity to bring about.It may beyond their known ability, but it is in the field of their potential. And it assists them greatly if you can stay in that place in you that remembers that. Renowned psychologist, Carl Rogers called it “unconditional Positive Regard”.  Fill the room with Unconditional Positive Regard.  See the potential in your partner.  Don’t see them in their problem. 

And be aware that you don’t have a right to tell anyone about your partner’s dream. It’s their dream. 

So Partner #1, turn to partner #2 and assure them, “your dream is safe with me.” 

Partner #1 – your job is to hold that space of unconditional positive regard, welcoming any image of possibility that your partner is creating.  This is a monologue. Only partner #2 is speaking, and if they finish before the 3 minutes, partner #1 is to remain silent. Give your partner the gift of silence

OK, set a timer for three minutes and Partner #1, tell Partner #2, “Please tell me your dream.”

Now Partner #1 Reflects Back The Dream

Partner # 1 you’re going to reflect back #2s dream to them. 

#2, you are going to remain silent. This is your partner’s gift to you. You want to listen for what gives you life and what does not feel quite right. You will be tempted to make corrections, but for now, just remain silent.  Take it all in. This is their gift to you. 

You may notice something is missing but, for now, just listen as #1 mirrors back to you your vision. 

Start a timer for 2 minutes and then Partner #2 say, “This is the dream I hear you having” and repeat back what you heard to the best of your ability

Now, Partner #2 Clarifies their Dream 

Now Partner #2, you are going to have 1 minute to refine your dream.

At this stage, your dream is very changeable.  You’ll want to change it now rather than a mile down the road. 

Set a timer for 1 minute and then say, “To clarify my dream, the dream I’m really having is… 

Sometimes this exercise brings up tears.  Most of us haven’t been this in touch with our real self, in a long time. And we haven’t felt this or seen or heard it in a long time — if ever. Tears are a natural outpouring when our heat opens. 

Mary tells a story of an 8-year old who came up to Mary after her talk at chuch and the little girl said, “I noticed that some people cried when they heard you speak. And Mary said “yes, that happens sometimes.” And the little girl said, “I guess it’s just that, when your heart opens, your eyes leak.”

Partners Trade Places 

Now you are going to trade places and Partner #1 is going to share their dream.

So Partner 2, remember to really see who it is who is sitting in front of you.  

Assure partner #1 that their dream is safe with you. Say, “your dream is safe with me.”

Now set the timer for 3 minutes and tell Partner #1, “please share your dream with me.”

Now Partner # 2, reflect back #1s dream to them. 

#1 remember to remain silent. This is your partner’s gift to you. You want to listen for what gives you life and what does not feel quite right. You will be tempted to correct, but just remain silent. Take it all in.  This is their gift to you. You may notice something is missing but for now, just listen as #2 mirrors back to you your vision. 

Start the timer for 2 minutes and then #2 say, “This is the dream I hear you having” 

Partner #1 Clarifies the Dream 

Now Partner #1 you are going to have your chance to refine your dream. 

At this stage, your dream is very changeable and you’re going to change it now rather than a mile down the road. 

Set the timer for 1 minute and say, “And to clarify, the dream I am really having is… 

Testing Your Dream

Now, you may be asking yourself questions like: 

  • How do I know this dream is right for me? 
  • Is it worthy of my time and energy? 
  • Is this the highest possibility for me? 

The next step in dream building is to test your dream.  Here’s how we do that.

Imaginally step inside the dream and ask yourself these 5 questions:

1. Does it give me life? 

When you step inside that dream imaginally do you feel an amplified aliveness? You want a yes to this question. Your life force will never lie to you. If you imaginally move into a dream and you feel containment or constriction, it’s not your dream. Now you may have a worthy goal, like my dream is to get the garage cleaned out. Well that might be a worthy goal to get your garage cleaned out but it’s not really your dream. Your dream is for a more expansive expressive life and the forms of that will be unique to each one of us. The creativity and the lens through which that is expressed is as unique as our thumbprint. But that it gives us more life is universal. So when you imaginally put yourself inside the dream do you feel more alive? Do you feel more expansive? You want a yes to that question.

2. Does it align with my core values? 

Now you may not know what 86 your core values are and that would be a good exploration. When it all is said and 87 done and when you put your head on the pillow for the very last time — and you will — what will have mattered to you? What matters most?  This life is precious and fleeting. When it’s all said and done what will have mattered most to you? Those are your core values. It may be relationships. It might be family. It might be giving your gift to the world. I don’t know what it is for you but I know that you need to know and you want to align your dream with your core values. And here’s the truth, your real dream will never ask you to be out of alignment or to compromise or ignore your core values

3. Does it cause me to grow? 

The Talmud says every blade of grass has an angel leaning over it whispering grow, grow, grow. That same pull of becoming is in you. Your dream is going to require that you step into a larger dimension of yourself. Now does it mean that you know how to do that? No. Does it mean that you know all that is required? No. But can you see that to live a larger life you are going to have to grow? Grow in understanding, grow in awareness, grow in action, grow in the many different things that will be required to anchor and secure a larger experience of aliveness and demonstrate it in your life. So does the dream require that I grow? You want a yes to that question. 

These choices put you in harmony with the way the universe works. Does it give me

life? Does it align with my core values? Is it going to require that I grow?

4. Does it require a power bigger than me?  

Another way to ask this question is do I know every single thing that needs to be done to bring about this dream. If I know every single thing that needs to be done to bring about this dream then the dream isn’t big enough. It’s just a worthy goal. It can be a really worthy goal. But if you already know everything there is to do to bring about the dream it’s not big enough. Because here’s how it works, your dream actually pulls you into a larger dimension of who you have been created to be but you are not yet aware of it. My dreams have pulled me into larger dimensions of awareness about who I really am, who I have been created to be. That dream is the future pull of the discovery of the authentic self. Now part of that is exploring in the unknown aspects of really who you are. You have to allow the dream to build you, not just you build the dream. I talk more about this in my DreamBuilder Program, but for now the question is do you know every single thing that needs to happen? Do you know exactly how to build this dream? Do I need help from a higher power? And where is this higher power? It’s this infinite mind. It’s everywhere present. It’s the land of the solution. It’s just not in my awareness yet but I have access to that because I am a child of this universe. I am a child of the infinite. I am part of it. Do I know exactly how to get all that? No, not yet. But again that is not my business. My business first and foremost is to create the blueprint. It’s to make a decision for a life I want to create and a difference I want to make. 

Does it give me life, this dream? Does it align with my core values, this dream? Is it going to require that I grow? Do I need help from a higher power? You want yeses to all those questions.

5. And the last question is does it have some good in it for others? 

Even thought the universe is expressing a fuller, freer expanded experience of life

through you, it’s not just about you.  We are all connected. There is one presence, one life, one uni-verse. So in order for your dream to be aligned with the full support of the universe, it must in some way, make a difference for others. 

Now if part of your dream is that you really want that intimate relationship that has seemed so elusive, you may wonder how is my having my soul mate, my ideal partner, going to be a blessing to others? Here’s the truth, when two people have a loving relationship and demonstrate what real love looks like, they are a blessing to every person who knows them. If your dream is about growing a garden, you are either going to produce food or beauty. There is definitely a blessing in that. 

So your idea of good for others does not have to have some unusual merit to it.  It’s just a matter of being able to look at it and know that there is a blessing in this dream for others. There is good that will come from this to others.

So, to recap the five point test then on your dream. Remember, you are not asking am I worthy of this dream. You are asking is this dream worthy of me trading my life for the building of that dream. Again, you are going to trade your life to build something by happenstance, or by conscious design. 

So you are creating a rich, powerful design for your mind to go to work on and create a life that you would absolutely love. You can fall in with this idea. Does it give me life? Does it align with my core values? Is it going to require that I grow? Do I need help from a higher power? Is there some good in this dream for others? If you can answer yes to all those five questions then this dream is worthy of you moving toward it. 

Now you may get redirected along the way to some higher order dream, but for right now I am inviting you to decide for a dream.

Now, what if your dream did not pass the five point test — it isn’t quite in alignment with your core values or it’s not big enough because you already understand exactly what needs to be done, then go back to the dream chamber. 

It isn’t that there isn’t’ a dream for you. It’s just that the discovery of it isn’t yet complete. So do whatever is required to complete your vision statement because you need to have a dream in mind before you can take the next step which is to commit to it.

That next step is “deciding for your dream.

Jack Canfield, author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books and one of the people featured in the movie The Secret, tells an wonderful story about the power of deciding for your dream.  He says, 

I have a friend named Monty Roberts who owns a horse ranch in San Ysidro. He has let me use his house to put on fund-raising events to raise money for youth at risk programs. The last time I was there he introduced me by saying, “I want to tell you why I let Jack use my house. It all goes back to a story about a young man who was the son of an itinerant horse trainer who would go from stable to stable, race track to race track, farm to farm and ranch to ranch, training horses. As a result, the boy’s high school career was continually interrupted. 

When he was a senior, he was asked to write a paper about what he wanted to be and do when he grew up.  “That night he wrote a seven-page paper describing his goal of someday owning a horse ranch. He wrote about his dream in great detail and he even drew a diagram of a 200-acre ranch, showing the location of all the buildings, the stables and the track. Then he drew a detailed floor plan for a 4,000-square-foot house that would sit on a 200-acre dream ranch. “He put a great deal of his heart into the project and the next day he handed it in to his teacher. 

Two days later he received his paper back. On the front page was a large red F with a note that read, ‘See me after class.’ 

“The boy with the dream went to see the teacher after class and asked, ‘Why did I receive an F?’ 

“The teacher said, ‘This is an unrealistic dream for a young boy like you. You have no money. You come from an itinerant family. You have no resources. Owning a horse ranch requires a lot of money. You have to buy the land. You have to pay for the original breeding stock and later you’ll have to pay large stud fees. There’s no way you could ever do it.’ Then the teacher added, ‘If you will rewrite this paper with a more realistic goal, I will reconsider your grade.’ 

“The boy went home and thought about it long and hard. He asked his father what he should do. His father said, ‘Look, son, you have to make up your own mind on this. However, I think it is a very important decision for you.

Finally, after sitting with it for a week, the boy turned in the same paper, making no changes at all. He stated, “You can keep the F and I’ll keep my dream.” 

Monty then turned to the assembled group and said, “I tell you this story because you are sitting in my 4,000-square-foot house in the middle of my 200-acre horse ranch. I still have that school paper framed over the fireplace.” 

Deciding for your dream requires a commitment and a willingness to get bigger than your circumstances, and bigger than what those around you may say. 

It requires a willingness to live from the larger truth of who you are (from the greatness within you), rather than from the circumstances of your life.

Are you ready now to make a commitment to your dream? Are you ready to sign your name to it? Are you ready to let go of the old stories and ‘take up your bed and walk’? 

If you are, then the next step is to write down your dream, sign it and date it as a symbol of your commitment to it. 

Put on your favorite inspirational music and write it all down.  In my workshop,, I like to play the song  “Miracles” by the Jefferson Starship.

So we’ve defined our dream, we’ve tested it to make sure it’s worthy of us, we’ve decided for the dream and signed our name to it, now, the next step is to actually step into our Dream.  As Mary says, “You cannot get TO your dream, you must come FROM it.”  We must “put on the Dream.” 

Here’s how to “put on your dream:”

One way is to begin tuning your whole body to the frequency of your dream — like a tuning fork.  You do that by ‘five sensorizing” it. 

  • Use all five of your senses to put on that life. 
  • What does it smell like, sound like, feel like, look like, taste like?
  • Allow yourself to feel this in your whole body. 

Then allow yourself to ‘put on’ that life… 

  • What does that person do, say, eat, wear?
  • Who do you hang out with, what kind of conversations do you have? 
  • How does that person walk out the door in the morning. 
  • What does that person watch on television?
  • What does that person read? 


The Time Machine Exercise

Another powerful way to put on your dream is an exercise that we do in my workshops called The Time Machine Exercise.  I’ll explain it here so you can do it with your partner after you do the visioning exercises together.

This is going to give you the opportunity to put on your dream in your imagination. You’re going to step into your life 3 years from now. Imagine that this is 2023 (or 3 years from now if you’re listening to this podcast much later) and you have miraculously bumped into the partner that you worked with (or should we say played with) during the visioning exercises and you haven’t seen each other since that day. You are so excited to share with them what’s going on in your life and to find out what’s going on in theirs. 

Stand facing each other. You are each going to take five steps counter clockwise and when you come back around, it’s 3 years later, and, miraculously, you bump into your partner on the street and you tell them all about your life and what’s happening. Give yourselves 5 minutes to catch up with one another on your life, 3 years from now.  

Set a timer for 5 minutes and take turns.

And here’s a follow up question… 

If your future self could speak to you right now, what would she say?  What would she want you to know?  

Now, what are the next steps? 

The next step is to start living as if your life has already transformed. Just start from what you can, from where you are with what you have. 

Ask yourself each day, “What’s one thing I CAN I do today to take a step in the direction of my dream?” “What would I do if I didn’t believe it was impossible?” And then take that step. Taking even just a baby steps every day will have a huge impact on your life.

I’d love to know how you’re doing with these practices and I invite you to share on my blog page for this episode, or on my Facebook Page for Dream Big and Bloom or my private Facebook Group, Women Over 60 Seeking More.

Before you go, I want to share a story that’s a metaphor for stepping out of our comfort zone and stepping onto the water of possibility.  You may be familiar with the story of Jesus of Nazareth and the 12 disciples that went out in the boat on the sea of Galilee. Jesus appeared to them, walking on the water, and of course it freaked them out. And Jesus even invited them to step out of the boat and walk to him. The disciples must have thought, “Are you crazy?” 

This becomes a metaphor for stepping out of your comfort zone and stepping onto the water of possibility.  There were 12 disciples in that boat. Peter was the only one who had the courage to get out of the boat. 

Most people’s dreams stop at this point, when it requires taking that first step out of the old paradigm and into unknown territory. Peter DID step out, and as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus – his teacher and mentor, who represents the possibility of something greater – Peter’s vision, his dream, the greater, freer, fuller, more expanded expression of his life – he was fine. But as soon as Peter started looking at the water (the conditions) around him, he sank. 

The same is true for you – As long as you keep your eyes on your vision, on the TRUTH, instead of focusing on the conditions (the facts), you will continue to be pulled forward. But as soon as you start to focus on the conditions, you will sink. 

The most vulnerable place for your dream is right in this spot – when you have a clear vision of what you want, but you aren’t living it yet. You are in the gap.  And this is when having support — mentoring and coaching — is most critical. Peter sank, but the thing that saved him is that he looked up and asked for help. He put his eyes on his teacher and his vision again, and asked for support. 

Wrap Up

I’ve really enjoy making this podcast for you. I love teaching this material, breathing life into your dreams and holding a safe space for you to Dream Big and Bloom into the full potential that Life offers you. I hope you have found it helpful and that you will share your results (or any questions you may have) in the comments on my website or Facebook pages.

At the same time, I know from years of experience in this field, that life happens, people get busy, and over the next year, 80% of the people in a workshop, will create a life very similar to the life they have now. 

However, some of you KNOW you are ready to invest in your dream. So, for YOU, I’d like to offer some one-on-one time with me — where you can get my eyes on your dream. Schedule a complementary Discovery Session with me. It’s a $250 value and we’ll spend about an hour, getting clear on exactly where you are now, where you would love to be, and the next best step you can take to move you forward. 

You can schedule a complementary Discovery Call on my website, or by clicking the link on the blog page with this episode, or on the Dream Big And Bloom Facebook Page or my private Facebook Group, Women Over 60 Seeking More. Women Over 60 Seeking More.

Thank you for listening. It has been my joy to serve you and I hope you will tune in again next week. Bye for now. 

Ways To Share And Connect With Me

On my Facebook Page, 

Or in my private Facebook Group  Women Over 60 Seeking More.

Links To The Things Mentioned:

Schedule a Complimentary Discovery Session with Mardi

Details About The DreamBuilder Coaching Program

Free Video Training with the Time Machine Visioning Exercise

Link to the Previous Podcast Episode

Chicken Soup for The Soul by Jack Canfield on

The Secret by Rhona Byrne

The Story of Jesus and His Disciples on the Sea of Galilee,

Facebook Group: Women Over 60 Seeking More 

Facebook Business Page

This episode is number three in a three part series based on my Three hour workshop.  If you have listened to the first two episodes (#7 and #8) 

  • you have been considering a dream. 
  • You have been exploring the possibilities and
  • learning about how dreams work
  • You understand that everything is created twice, that thoughts held in mind reproduce after their kind, 
  • you are a creative presence and power and you don’t get a choice about that
  • you will DESIGN a life or you will continue the patterns you have had
  • you are choosing to explore possibilities, entertain ideas, move into the imaginal realm and construct a thought form of possibility that you are in love with.

In the last episode of this podcast, episode #8, I shared the inspiring story of Mary Morrissey’s life-altering experience of overcoming fatal kidney disease with the help of a healing prayer practitioner who understood the mind/body connection back in the day when it was not as well known as it is today. 

Now you understand why dream building starts with our thinking.

Now can you appreciate the benefit of monitoring our thinking and focusing on what we want rather than what we don’t want?

And in addition to its effect on our stress level, is the fact that our thinking actually CREATES things in our lives can be used for our benefit.

So, now are you ready to use your thoughts to define and manifest your dreams — to create a life you absolutely love and to not settle for just good enough?  In this episode you’re going to create your vision for the life you would absolutely love?

Here Are The Next Steps You Can Take

  1. Join the conversation in the comments and post any questions you have.
  2. Be a guest on the Podcast This is great way to get a feel for the process in a friendly environment. Coaching women just like you, to use the DreamBuilder principles and practices to overcome any challenge and achieve any dream is one of my favorite things to do. To be a guest just visit
  3. Book a complimentary Discovery Session on my calendar.  We’ll get clarity on exactly where you are now, where you would love to be, and the best next step you can take to move you forward.