none of us are in perfect alignment with our intent every second of our lives

Let’s say that you’re tired of feeling fatigued and unhealthy, so you decide that you want to change the way you treat your body. If you remain at the level of jaguar, you’ll create specific goals of weight loss and exercise.

You’ll marshal your willpower and become determined to reach a particular number on the scale, vow to go to the gym and work out for 40 minutes three times a week, or swear off sugar and white flour. You’ll agonize over the slice of birthday cake presented to you at your child’s party and feel guilty if you don’t get off the couch and work out . . . and then try to alleviate that feeling by indulging in a big helping of comfort food. Whenever you notice that you’re not making progress toward your goals, you’ll fault yourself and try to recover your willpower to try again. Now if you install your dream at the level of hummingbird, you’ll establish the intent to experience a healthy body, and you will begin to vibrate wellness. Your emotions, thoughts, and actions will start to line up with your intent. You’ll discover that you’re enthusiastic about exercise class, in touch with your body, and attracted to fresh foods instead of fast meals. If you stop to eat a burger and fries at a highway diner because that’s your only option, you’ll naturally bring your thoughts, emotions, and actions back in alignment with your intent and take more healthy action. Each day you’ll be manifesting your dream, gently correcting yourself when you start thinking, But I’m not losing weight fast enough or I hate exercising. These are concerns that occur at the level of jaguar, where you write stories that turn into disappointments. When you dream, you’ll probably continue to experience judgmental thoughts such as these, but you’ll quickly correct them. Finally, with eagle consciousness, you’ll be able to hold on to the big picture of cultivating health and respecting your body. You’ll find the creativity to overcome all those obstacles you perceive at jaguar. You’ll remember that you’re on a hummingbird-like journey that twists and turns, and that none of us is in perfect alignment with our intent every second of our lives.

-Courageous Dreaming: How Shamans Dream the World into Being  by Alberto Villoldo

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