“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.” – Karen Raun
I don’t know who this woman is, but she has written a beautiful message. I also wish I knew the artist who illustrated it – the fairy reminds me that there is magic in life, if we will only allow it to happen.
There’s no doubt about it: we create our own reality. People come from behind all the time. People with physical and mental handicaps transcend their programming. Young people and old people make their dreams come true, against great odds.
Only as high as I reach can I grow.
Great spiritual truths often seem to include paradoxes or contradictory statements, but that only reflects the dual nature of the physical world: positive and negative, good and evil, light and dark, etc. Duality is an illusion. You just have to learn to spot the illusion.
It seems paradoxical to say that we must always keep reaching higher. What about the statement that we should be content with what we already have? If you consider the meaning of the word “content” and substitute the word “grateful,” the paradox goes away. Of course we should be grateful for what we already have, but that’s not to say we should stop reaching for more. What are you grateful for? What else do you hope to accomplish in life?
Only as far as I seek can I go.
There is an element of conscious intent in the word “seek.” It’s possible to find things that we aren’t particularly looking for, but seeking involves having a specific goal in mind. If we are not seeking, if we have no goals, we won’t get anywhere. Oh, we might wander around a bit, but there will be no destination. What are your goals?
Only as deep as I look can I see.
Learning to look under the surface, between the lines, and behind the illusion is important. We must look with our heart as well as with our eyes. When we do this, we find that people don’t always say what they really mean, and their actions are often motivated by beliefs and emotions that they have never acknowledged. Often, the anger that seems directed at us is really not about us at all. It’s about the angry person, himself or herself. And behind that, it’s very often about fear: fear of the unknown, fear of loss of control, fear of rejection. When we respond to people’s real, under-the-surface emotions, rather than to what they are acting out, it’s possible to establish a deeper level of communication.
Similarly, when we see how people’s underlying beliefs dictate their actions and habits, their behavior no longer seems so unreasonable. We don’t necessarily have to agree with the other person’s beliefs; we merely need to try to understand where they are coming from.
Only as much as I dream can I be.
There are two meanings of the word “dream” that apply here. Dreams that we have while we are asleep are the play of Soul. Only the body sleeps. Soul never sleeps. The dreams that we remember are often symbolic, or filled with strange objects or events that don’t exist in waking life. Soul must process all of the events of the day, sort of like clearing off your desktop before you leave work and filing all your papers for easy access the following day. When this is done, Soul has learning experiences in the Inner Worlds. Some of them are problem-solving experiences that allow Soul to do a trial run for an experience that the person will have sooner or later in waking life. Some of the experiences are given to help Soul manifest qualities such as strength, patience, detachment, or courage. These learning experiences in the dream state are important, whether you remember them the next day or not, because they are extensions of what you are learning during waking life. Do you remember your dreams? What are they teaching you?
The other meaning of “dream” is a wish for the future, like having a goal, except that goals are a little more specific. As an example, I might dream of being a great ballerina, but my goals would be to find a great ballet teacher and take lessons, participate in dance recitals and amateur ballet productions, get into ballet school after finishing high school, and land a job with a ballet company. What is your dream? Have you already accomplished it? If not, why not? If you have accomplished it already, do you have any other dreams? If you have not accomplished it, are you sure that the dream is realistic for you? Might it come true if you altered it a bit?
Aim higher. Seek farther. Look deeper. Dream more. 🙂