Since beginning this journey almost 5 years ago and making my way “From Despair to Aware” I have seen some amazing things, learned from some amazing people and have expanded in my awareness beyond what I previously thought possible. Never more so then August 28th, 2011 when a Natural Disaster changed life as I know it.
I had been traveling the road to self-discovery, surrounding myself with and learning from some of the finest minds in the world of success and personal growth, AND had just published the raw version of my first book “From Despair to Aware”. I had been doing interviews, hosting “The Journey” for a couple of years, and had started creating videos for my Mind Grow Radio and LeadingEdge TV channels on YouTube…
I live in a small valley between two of Vermont’s Green Mountains, and on that morning, I was filming flood footage as Hurricane Irene swept through the main street of my town, her flood waters carrying away anything in her path.
(CLICK HERE FOR VIDEOS DURING THE STORM)
I had been at the local diner that morning, sitting at the counter, enjoying the best cup of coffee ever…. but the mood was somber that morning as the rain began to fall heavily outside the window. We all knew a storm was coming, and we knew it was going to be really bad. I sent silent prayers for the owners of Dot’s, (it’s one of those places that touches your heart once you walk through the diner doors, and it remains long after your meal is done, your coffee is gone and you are back home in your own space… there’s just a feeling you get at Dot’s…. and it was intensified by every heart who had been sitting at that counter with me.) We all knew if the water came over that bridge, this might be the last time we ever have this experience together….. and we were right.
Life had changed in an instant. People I knew had lost everything. Businesses washes away, homes destroyed, families displaced with literally only the clothes on their back. And then something amazing happened. Love, compassion and appreciation began to take over where fear and loss had been. Neighbors helping each other, strangers helping strangers and a community coming together, determination making them come back stronger, and with more heart than I’ve ever seen.
Signs began to make their way in every window…. someone’s imagination was at work.
And it caught on. I don’t know who began putting the signs up, but I knew it was a sign of Life.
Someone imagined Amazing back in Wilmington, and they shared the idea… and what I have witnessed in this small Vermont town….. is AMAZING and more.
Businesses are rebuilding, some have relocated and some have re-modeled but one thing is for sure…. the heart of this town is booming.
During this experience, 40 families were temporarily housed at a local lodge, and during the month I was there, I used my imagination ALOT.
I didn’t know what was going to happen, where we were going to go, or what we were going to do…. but I knew that NOW would be a really good time for me to apply what I had been learning!
So I began visualizing with deliberation.
Every night I imagined the feeling of going to bed in my own bed… then I began to imagine not the place where I would lay my head… but how it would feel to have a home. I would imagine waking up in the morning, smelling coffee brewing, hearing the washer and dryer running and the feeling of home. Faith was all I had left, and I believed that is where miracles happen. Right up until the day before I was to leave the lodge, I still had no destination, but I hadn’t lost faith. That morning Mary Jane who runs Twice Blessed the community thrift shop came to see me. She asked me what my needs were, I told her I need a place that will take my dog, and she brought me to meet a friend who just happened to have a place available. When I asked if it had a washer/dryer hookup (remembering my visualization) she informed me ” it has a Washer and Dryer” and it’s on Happy Haven Rd.
So if you think your imagination doesn’t pack a punch…. you might want to reconsider!
I know my imagination is powerful, but it wasn’t until this experience that I realized exactly how powerful. Since then I’ve been studying great minds like Dr. Wayne Dyer, and Neville Goddard, who confirm through their own experiences the power of imagination. If you haven’t heard of them, check them out. If you have, you know what I’m talking about.
BE AWARE of your imagination. When you worry, you are using it…. When you imagine the way you want life to be, you are using it. One way feels great and one way feels terrible…. and you are the only one who gets to choose. I was not always this aware of my imagination, and it took a natural disaster to bring it into my awareness in such a profound way, but looking back I have to say it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. You are more powerful than you think you are.
P.S – Dot’s is rebuilding, so if you have a chance to pass through Wilmington, Vermont…. feel free to stay for a while…. It’s where AMAZING Happens.
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