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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Our Book Cover



It's  finally all done and ready for print!
It's taken longer than I thought it would... and I've found that all good things are worth waiting for.
You'll be able to order your copy soon.I'll be posting when and where right here.
To see more and read about the book go to my website: http://www.writtenbykatesommers.webs.com/
~Aloha








Today I appreciate everyone that helped make this dream of mine come true!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Believe...



Today is Fathers Day and it felt like a good time to tell my believe in your dreams story.
My mother and father married at a very young age, my mom was 15 and he was 17.
My mom was pregnant with my brother and then 2 years later my sister came along...then my father left our family when my mom was pregnant with me. He had met another woman and took off with her. They later married and had children together. I saw my father only once when I was a baby and then again when I was 3 years old. I remember that time vividly.While visiting my grandfather one day, with my brother and sister, he came by to visit and I sat on his lap. I remember thinking, He's not such a bad guy, he smells good and has a nice voice. He was nothing like how I heard my mom speak of him (even though I was only three years old I got it that my mom didn't like this guy much .)
I never knew any of the other children, and I never got to know my father. He disappeared and that was that.
My mom remarried and we all had a very nice life.
I always wondered where my father ended up and what his life was like, what he was like. I'd heard about the other family he had and was curious who they were and if they knew about us.
I started to look for all of them about 10 years ago. It was a little over 2 years ago when I was looking my fathers name up online, once again nothing came up. I decided to Google the name of the lady he married, her name came up under an obituary. Her stepfather had passed away and her name along with her sisters name was listed. Her sisters name was listed as living in Hawaii.
I live in Hawaii so I immediately looked her sisters name up in the phone book and found a phone number for her.
I called her and she told me about the other children my father had.There were 4 of them.
Three girls and a boy.She said that the oldest girl, Patti would be the most likely to want to contact me.
I gave her my phone number and she gave it to Patti. Within a few days Patti called me. We talked for a long time exchanging information. She had lived with my father up until she was 14 years old and then he left all of them. No one had any idea where he went or if he was even still living.It had been over 30 years since anyone had any contact with him.
It was nice to hear things about him that I never knew, that he was very artistic and could sing, and that they had horses and a boat and he liked to water ski.Patti loved her dad. (which was my dad too, but to me just biologically, since I really never knew him ) She was heartbroken when he left her and had been searching for him for years.
She had joined one of those sites online that gathers information about people and was hoping to find out something that way.I had been reading Abraham-Hicks and listening to their tapes almost daily for awhile. I just knew if I believed I would find my father, if he was still alive that we would reunite.
Once I found my sister Patti and we teamed up that desire felt even stronger.It was about a year after Patti and I had been talking on the phone that I got the call from her. She said "You're not going to believe this...I have a phone number for him and an address, remember...we had NO idea where he was or if he was even alive. She said. "He lives in Hawaii!" I could hardly believe it, but then again after being introduced to the Abraham material I could believe it.
I had been experiencing miracles (that I've come to realize are how life is meant to be) happening all the time, so this was in alignment with that.
I said okay, give me the phone number and I'll call. Patti wasn't ready to call him herself, she had a lot of emotions to sort out, so I was the one to contact him. I was excited at the prospect of satisfying my curiosity for the past 45 years. I wasn't angry or hurt just thrilled that he was still alive and I was getting the chance I had been wanting all of these years to meet my DAD...the other half, who helped bring me into this world. I figured if he created ME then he couldn't be all that bad, I turned out alright!
So she gave me the phone number and then the address. When I heard the address I just KNEW that The Law Of Attraction is real and that there IS a higher power and that we CAN create what we want in our lives because...
NOW GET THIS...my dad was living on the same Island that I was on and only 40 minutes away!
I called the phone number without any hesitation...HE answered...I told him who I was and he was floored! It seemed surreal.
We talked for awhile and then met the next day at his home. It felt natural and comfortable from the first time we re-united.
It was never awkward. I don't have the bond with him that I have with my mom, and I don't expect to.
It's probably more like someone that has been adopted, meeting their birth parents for the first time.
He seems familiar to me and also loving, like family...but more like an Uncle. He lives with a long term girlfriend, who is wonderful. I'm appreciating the relationship for what it is and that we get to have this time together.
So BELIEVE in your dreams everyone!
The Universe and Law of Attraction WANTS to give us what we want..what we desire and what we dream!
Happy Fathers Day.
~Aloha

Today I appreciate everyone I love and that loves me.
I appreciate my mom and her love and support.
I appreciate my step father who supported me.
I appreciate my biological father for getting me here.
I appreciate the law of attraction and all the fun I'm having.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Are You A Scanner?

A Scanner is the name Barbara Sher gives to describe people who process information and think the way I do.
Some may label us as eccentric, flaky, overly creative, ADD, or even misfits.
I've always been outside the norm...the black sheep. I've worked doing so many different unrelated things. After I got what I was wanting, mostly just the experience of knowing something new or trying out something different, I would move on.
I've worked as a cook for a bed and breakfast, and learned cosmetology, reflexology and studied natural hygiene.
I 've cleaned houses for a living, had a baked goods business for years, I've been a nanny, a caretaker for a woman dying, worked as a cashier, florist and Sou Chef. One thing I've always been consistent with is writing. I've always kept notebooks filled with my ideas, inventions, stories, future books, goals and dreams ever since I can remember. None of this ever made sense to me as to what I should/could be when I grew up until I came across Barbara Shers website. When I read about Scanners I was floored.My entire life instantly made sense! She described me and the way I do things.This information helped me to understand WHY I do things the way I do...HOW I am different and WHY it is wonderful!
I've always thought the way I did things was fun...it always felt good to me, but all of the remarks from those that do things the way most people do them, the way society says we're suppose to, gave me the message that I wasn't doing my life right. I got the impression that my ideas and actions weren't always acceptable. I felt the judgments but still did it my way. The remarks usually came from those that weren't really enjoying their lives as much as they'd like others to think anyway. I 've noticed that when people are truly enjoying their lives, they don't judge and are usually supportive of others endeavors , some will even get excited for you.
I am ETERNALLY grateful for Barbara Shers discovery of Scanners. Thank You Barbara!
To find out that there are others like me, that process information the same way I do has given me freedom and reassurance to keep on living my life the way I love and confidence in knowing that there's a reason why I do it differently. The world NEEDS Scanners.
I'm glad that I'm different, that I've followed my bliss and walked the path of my passions. So far it's been really, really good and it's getting better all the time!
Check out this link to view Barbara's book she wrote about Scanners called "Refuse to Choose".
It's an insightful and useful book if you suspect you may be a scanner and
it's packed full of information that's validating if you find out you ARE a Scanner.

http://www.amazon.com/Refuse-Choose-Interests-Passions-Hobbies/dp/B001810ZFA

Here's a link to Barbara Shers Scanner Forum:
http://www.barbarasher.com/boards/viewforum.php?f=30

Here is what Barbara Sher has to say about scanners:

Are You a Scanner?
By Barbara Sher


"I can never stick to anything."

"I know I should focus on one thing, but which one?"

"I lose interest in things I thought would interest me forever."

"I keep going off on another tangent."

"I get bored as soon as I know how to do something."

"I can't stand to do anything twice."

"I keep changing my mind about what I want to do and end up doing nothing."

"I work at low-paying jobs because there's nothing I'm willing to commit to."

"I won't choose a career path because it might be the wrong one."

"I think everyone's put on this earth to do something; everyone but me, that is."

"I can't pay attention unless I'm doing many things at once."

"I pull away from what I'm doing because I'm afraid I'll miss something better."

"I'm too busy, but when I do find time I can't remember what I wanted to do."

"I'll never be an expert in anything. I feel like I'm always in a survey class."

If you've ever said these things to yourself, chances are good that you're a Scanner, a very special kind of thinker. Unlike those people who seem to find and be satisfied with one area of interest, you're genetically wired to be interested in many things, and that's exactly what you've been trying to do.

Because your behavior is unfamiliar -- even unsettling -- to the people around you, you've been taught that you're doing something wrong and you must try to change. But what you've been told is a mistake -- you have been misdiagnosed. You're a different creature altogether.

What you've assumed is a disability to be overcome by sheer will is actually an exceptional gift. You are the owner of a remarkable, multi talented brain trying to do its work in a world that doesn't understand who you are and doesn't know why you behave as you do.

And unless you know who you are, you're going to agree with them! Not only would that be unfair and inaccurate, it could prevent you from developing your gifts and making your contribution to the world. The stakes are very high.

Identifying yourself as a Scanner means changing the way you see yourself in the world. It starts with understanding that you should stop trying to fit into the accepted norm at once and begin learning about who you really are. To help you build the productive future you were designed for, you need a set of instructions. That's what I've tried to create in this book.

What is a Scanner?

Scanners love to read and write, to fix and invent things, to design projects and businesses, to cook and sing, and to create the perfect dinner party. (You'll notice I didn't use the word "or," because Scanners don't love to do one thing or the other; they love them all.)

A Scanner might be fascinated with learning how to play bridge or bocce, but once she gets good at it, she might never play it again. One Scanner I know proudly showed me a button she was wearing that said, "I Did That Already."

To Scanners the world is like a big candy store full of fascinating opportunities, and all they want is to reach out and stuff their pockets.

It sounds wonderful, doesn't it? The problem is, Scanners are starving in the candy store. They believe they're allowed to pursue only one path. But they want them all. If they force themselves to make a choice, they are forever discontented. But usually Scanners don't choose anything at all. And they don't feel good about it.

As kids, most Scanners had been having a great time! At school no one objected to their many interests, because every hour of every student's school day is devoted to a different subject. But at some point in high school or soon after, everyone was expected to make a choice, and that's when Scanners ran into trouble. While some people happily narrowed down to one subject, Scanners simply couldn't.

The conventional wisdom was overwhelming and seemed indisputable: If you're a jack-of-all-trades, you'll always be a master of none. You'll become a dilettante, a dabbler, a superficial person -- and you'll never have a decent career. Suddenly, a Scanner who all through school might have been seen as an enthusiastic learner had now become a failure.

But one thought wouldn't leave my mind: If the world had just continued to accept them as they were, Scanners wouldn't have had any problems. With the exception of learning project management techniques, the only thing Scanners needed was to reject conventional wisdom that said they were doing something wrong and claim their true identity. Almost every case of low self-esteem, shame, frustration, feelings of inadequacy, indecisiveness, and inability to get into action simply disappeared the moment they understood that they were Scanners and stopped trying to be somebody else.

It appears that Scanners are an unusual breed of human being. One reason they don't recognize themselves is that they don't often meet people like themselves.

How do you know if you're a Scanner?

Maybe it would be useful to first discuss who isn't one.

Who isn't a Scanner?

Well, specialists aren't Scanners, obviously. If you're someone who is happy being completely absorbed by one field, I've labeled you a Diver. Some clear examples of Divers are professional musicians, scientists, mathematicians, professional chess players, athletes, business owners, and financiers. These people may "relax" with a hobby, but they're rarely passionate about anything but their field.

In fact, Divers often wonder how people can be interested in anything but what they're interested in. Sometimes they even make fun of themselves for it, like the racing bicyclist Tim Krabbé described in The Rider, who glances up from his gear to look at people walking and says, "Nonracers. The emptiness of those lives shocks me."

By contrast, Scanners rarely think what other people are doing is empty. They're always curious to know "what's out there" and love to poke their noses into just about anything. A Diver rarely spends a moment wondering what he might be missing when he's totally absorbed in his field. On the other hand, 99 percent of Scanners spend a lot of time scanning the horizon, thinking about their next move.

Many people look like Scanners, but aren't

People who continually move from one idea to another often have very different reasons for doing so. Some are simply trying to make up their minds, and when they find the "right" choice, they can easily give up all the other ideas they considered.

Others move between ideas for reasons that surprised me when I first heard them. Here are some examples.

I spent years frustrating myself and everyone around me with my constant jumping from one thing to another. What I learned about myself eventually is that I knew deep down what I should be doing all along, but was simply too scared to commit myself to it. The constant stream of alternative ideas was simply an advanced avoidance technique.

I think I've always avoided what I really want to do because I was afraid I'd be mediocre, or fail completely, so I'd keep changing my mind before I produced anything that could be judged.

Depressed people often make the mistake of believing they're Scanners. Depression can create a fractured consciousness that doesn't allow one to pay attention to anything for long, and some depressed people believe that the cause of their depression is their inability to find something they can care about intensely. But the reverse is usually true: They can't care about anything because they're depressed. One of the main symptoms of depression is the inability to feel desire. A woman who had experience with depressed people told me:

The types of attention span problems that have to do with depression are quite different than job-interest attention spans. When you get so you can't read a book (and even newspaper articles are too complicated to remember from start to finish), you can't pay attention during a conversation, and you have no idea where your keys and wallet are when usually you know exactly where you put them, then you need to talk to somebody about therapy and medication, both of which work wonders.

And then we have ADD. Before knowing who they were, many Scanners assumed that their "problem" might be attention deficit disorder (ADD), simply because everyone assumed that being interested in lots of things was a form of distraction. In my experience, I've found that many Scanners actually do have ADD, but they are true Scanners all the same. I've also met people with diagnosed ADD who appear to be Scanners but are not. Once you understand that a bona fide Scanner has no problem with the normal ability to focus (as opposed to ADD-style hyper-focus), the confusion with ADD usually clears up.

I'm a Scanner and have been diagnosed with ADD. And I can tell you that nothing is clearer than the difference between feeling stuck because I'm having an ADD attack -- that is, my mind is in a fog and I have trouble remembering what I'm doing -- and being stuck for the typical Scanner reasons of being attracted to so many things that I can't figure out which project to reach for next.

Of course, there are many people who are quite content in their fields and have a few normal interests in addition, such as a lawyer who enjoys cooking and travel, or an advertising art director who collects antiques. But there's a noticeable difference between someone with a normal range of interests and a Scanner.

Who is a Scanner?

Intense curiosity about numerous unrelated subjects is one of the most basic characteristics of a Scanner. Scanners are endlessly inquisitive. In fact, Scanners often describe themselves as being hopelessly interested in everything (although, as you'll find out, this isn't so). A Scanner doesn't want to specialize in any of the things she loves, because that means giving up all the rest. Some even think that being an expert would be limiting and boring.

Our society frowns on this apparent self-indulgence. Of course, it's not self- indulgence at all; it's the way Scanners are designed, and there's nothing they can or should do about it. A Scanner is curious because he is genetically programmed to explore everything that interests him. If you're a Scanner, that's your nature. Ignore it and you'll always be fretful and dissatisfied.

It's a whole new way of thinking, I know. And much of the world doesn't see Scanners' behavior as admirable or even acceptable. But it wasn't always this way.

A recent change in fashion

Scanners are the victims of a fashion change in history, and a recent one at that. Until the technology race with the Soviet Union after World War II changed our views, the kind of people I now call Scanners were admired. But by the mid-1950s, a dramatic change had occurred.

When Russia launched Sputnik, the first-ever satellite to be launched into space, the United States went into shock. Immediately our resources were devoted to catching up to and passing Russian technology, and everything else became secondary. University faculties turned into specialized training centers; science and technology -- the realm of specialists -- reigned supreme.

Departments of literature, the humanities, even history were seen as irrelevant luxuries. And with that decline in respect came a radical change in the stature of Scanners. No longer described as "well-rounded," "Renaissance people," or "erudite," almost overnight they were seen as irrelevant, silly, irresponsible. Now, regarding Scanners, this change in thinking is complete. Almost everyone in our society takes it as a self-evident truth -- obvious, simple common sense -- that Scanners are doing something wrong. Unfortunately, that has come to include Scanners themselves.


For more information on Scanners and Barbara Sher go to:
http://www.barbarasher.com/

Today I appreciate being different.
I appreciate the Scanners in the world.
I appreciate all of the fun choices I have available to me.
I appreciate this wonderful life that I've created and get to live!

I Appreciate My Readers!

I want to thank all of you readers whoever you may be.I don't have the time to respond to comments but I do read them and appreciate getting them.
I'm signed up with Google ads and have been making some money from having this blog!
So, thanks again for helping me get paid for doing what I love...writing.
Keep on visiting AND clicking those ads. As many as you'd like and as often as you can!
I certainly appreciate it and I know Google does too.
~Aloha, Kate

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Transcendental Meditation

Meditation can mean different things to different people.
It can be used as a term to reflect, a way to gain insights or even a way to escape.
Since my book Danny and the Dolphin is about a journey into meditation, I wanted to write a little about what my definition of meditation is.
The Transcendental Meditation (TM) program is a simple, mental technique, which gives a unique quality of rest to the mind and body. It allows stress and tiredness to be released in a natural way, resulting in greater energy, clarity and enjoyment of life.
I learned to do TM in 1974, when I was 11 years old. I've always been a bit different from the mainstream, not fitting into the norm. Even as I age my life continues to be off the beaten path.
I like to see it the way Abraham-Hicks does. They call it "Being on the cutting edge."
While my grade school friends thought it was cool that I meditated, my sister made fun of me telling all of her friends that I was a nerd. My mother actually learned the TM technique herself.
Apparently I really didn't care what anyone thought because I kept on doing it.
I lived by the saying "If it feels good do it." So I did.
And 36 years later I'm still doing it...amongst other things that feel good!

TM may be partially responsible for the influence of some of the best music we have today.
The Beatles cemented Maharishi in pop culture when they traveled to his ashram in India in the late 1960s. At the time, anything the Beatles did prompted thousands to emulate them. Consequently, the practice of TM and Maharishi’s other teachings spread rapidly through Western Europe and the United States.
Soon, other musicians and celebrities practiced TM, including the Beach Boys, Donovan, The Rolling Stones, and Stevie Wonder. Even famed football quarterback Joe Namath took advantage of transcendental meditation’s benefits.
Today, many individuals in entertainment credit the practice of TM for helping them find true creativity and peace, including actor Stephen Collins, actress Heather Graham, and filmmaker David Lynch.

Here are some of the wonderful benefits of practicing TM:

• Reduced stress
• Deep relaxation
• Inner peace
• Improved health
• Greater creativity
• Increased efficiency
• Better relationships
• Improved sleep
• Clearer thinking
• Improved concentration
• Greater confidence
• Energy and clarity
• Reduced biological ageing

For more reading on this subject go to:
http://www.t-m.org.uk/benefits/

and to:
http://www.maharishi.org/

Today I appreciate inner peace
I appreciate my mind and the fascinating ways to use it
I appreciate having tools that help me to grow and have wisdom

Friday, June 12, 2009

You've Got The Whole World In Your Hands

I was touched by yesterdays Oprah Winfrey Show.I don't usually spend much time watching television, I think most of it is nonsense, but I will occasionally tune into a program or two.
Yesterdays Oprah Show was about how much we all consume and waste in a day. She had two families take a challenge for a week to reduce their carbon footprint on the world. It was shocking and very confronting.
Oprah's office staff used $40,000 worth of paper cups in a year. She's committed to having all of her staff bring their own cup now. It really CAN be that easy if we all help out.
Together we can make a HUGE difference.
Oprah is using her money and influential power wisely. I see her as one of the guardian angels of the universe. She has introduced mainstream America to so many topics that make a difference in all of our lives. Thank-you Oprah, for having the desire to generate more good in the world, for reaching out and making a difference, and for using your time and money generously and wisely.
It seems that most Americans have become spoiled and lazy in the way we treat the planet, and also in the way we treat ourselves and each other.
We take things for granted and have become accustomed to instant gratification with practically everything.
Heaven forbid if the internet speed isn't fast enough or if the coffee you just ordered at Starbucks isn't just right. Instead of appreciating the incredible ways we have evolved with technology and even global consciousness, it appears we have bad habits of looking at what doesn't quite measure up to our expectations. We want more... faster and better.
For this, we pay the price on many levels. Our planet pays a big price.
It's time we ALL take more responsibility for what we contribute to the condition of OUR planet.
It's not just "them" it's ALL of us.
When you live your best life, a conscious life, and take responsibility (or at least admit you have an influence) for creating what you have in your world, then globally you will want to do all you can to insure you leave a better, cleaner planet for future generations.
The best way I've found to have less waste is to eat the way nature intended for us to eat.
What grows on a tree and in the ground...and compost the waste, which feeds the planet.
This has a huge effect ecologically.When you're growing some of your own food and shopping locally at farmers markets, then the fuel and packaging is all eliminated.
The magazine Vibrance (formally Living Nutrition) is packed full of ways to live a simple, natural lifestyle.
Here's a link: http://www.livingnutrition.com/
We don't want to be the rude, sloppy house guests that leave this place trashed and ruined for everyone else do we?
Let's all pitch in and make it better than the way we found it. Show our appreciation and love to the creator. We REALLY are just guests here, we don't own the place you know!
Look at ways YOU can make changes in your daily life, ways that will contribute to a cleaner, healthier planet.

Here are some easy things we can all do to help our climate:

  1. Travel light. Walk or bike instead of driving a car. Cars and trucks run on fossil fuels, which release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In the United States, automobiles produce over 20 percent of total carbon emissions. Walk or bike and you?ll save one pound of carbon for every mile you travel.
  2. Teleconference instead of flying. For office meetings, if you can telephone or video conference, you will save time, money, and carbon emissions. Airplanes pump carbon emissions high into the atmosphere, producing 12 percent of transportation sector emissions.
  3. See the light. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. These energy-efficient bulbs help fight climate change because they reduce the amount of fossil fuels that utilities burn. You will save 100 pounds of carbon for each incandescent bulb that you replace with a compact fluorescent, over the life of the bulb.
  4. Recycle and use recycled products. Products made from recycled paper, glass, metal and plastic reduce carbon emissions because they use less energy to manufacture than products made from completely new materials. For instance, you?ll save two pounds of carbon for every 20 glass bottles that you recycle. Recycling paper also saves trees and lets them continue to reduce climate change naturally as they remain in the forest, where they remove carbon from the atmosphere.
  5. Inflate your tires. If you own a car, it will get better gas mileage when the tires are fully inflated, so it will burn less gas and emit less carbon. Check your automobile monthly to ensure that the tires are fully inflated. Follow this tip and save 300 pounds of carbon dioxide for every 10,000 miles you drive.
  6. Plant native trees. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the air and use it as their energy source, producing oxygen for us to breathe. A tree in the temperate zone ? found between the tropics and the polar circles?can remove and store 700 to 7,000 pounds of carbon over its lifetime. A tree that shades a house can reduce the energy required to run the air conditioner and save an additional 200 to 2,000 pounds of carbon over its lifetime.
  7. Turn down the heat. Heating and air conditioning draw more than half of the energy that a home uses in the United States. Turn down the heat or air conditioning when you leave the house or go to bed. You can easily install a programmable thermostat that can save up money and carbon.
  8. Buy renewable energy. Electricity generation produces 40 percent of carbon emissions from the United States. A growing number of utilities generate electricity from renewable energy sources with solar panels, windmills and other technologies. If your utility offers renewable energy, buy it. If not, send them a message asking for clean energy.
  9. Act globally, eat locally. If you shop at a supermarket, the food you buy may travel in a plane from the other side of the world, burning fossil fuels the entire trip. Shop at a local farmers? markets and you will find fresh and healthy food, and help save our climate.

Here's a link to a website that explains more about how to contribute:

http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/carbon_footprint/


There's a group of folks at THE COMPACT committed to doing their part.
Check them out at:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thecompact/


Today,
I appreciate clean air and water.
I appreciate organic, natural foods.
I appreciate happy, loving people.
I appreciate people that care and make a difference.
I appreciate positive media that reaches people.
I appreciate the experience I'm having on this planet and the knowing that I can make a difference.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Believe In Your Dreams

I just watched a movie called "Have Dreams Will Travel."
It was a bit sad but inspiring in a way that shows we can manifest our desires if we believe.
I grew up hearing "Oh, quit Pipe Dreaming!"
I use to tell my mom my ideas and dreams and she would let me know her reality on the subject...that life is hard and we don't always get what we want in this lifetime.
I let this go in one ear and out the other and set out to prove I could have my life be good and have my dreams come true even if she didn't believe it.
This is what my book "Danny and the Dolphin" is about...creating your life to be what YOU want regardless of what others believe.
Here's a link introducing my book :  :http://www.writtenbykatesommers.webs.com/

I've heard the expression "Pipe Dream" all of my life and never really knew where it came from or what it really meant.I just knew it was an expression that didn't resonate with me and my goals.
Here is what Wikipedia's definition is:
A pipe dream is a fantastic hope or plan that is generally regarded as being nearly impossible to achieve.

Another description I found online:
An unrealistic hope or fantasy.
Origin
pipe dreamThe allusion is to the dreams experienced by smokers of opium pipes. Opiates were widely used by the English literati in the 18th and 19th centuries. Samuel Taylor Coleridge was one of the best known users, and it would be difficult to claim that the imagery in surreal works like Kubla Khan owned nothing to opium. Lewis Carroll, although not known to be an opium user himself, makes clear allusions to drug use in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has his hero Sherlock Holmes visit an opium den - although that was for research rather than consumption.
I've had SO many ideas and dreams.I've believed in my dreams and have led a life that most wouldn't attempt or even want.I think as a writer, I've needed the change and unusual experiences I've created for material! I've lived in so many different places and situations, from being a couch guest in a friends living room, being a nanny two different times, a roommate numerous times, living in a communal household with ages from 6 months to 82 years and then packing up everything I owned into a U-haul and driving across country with my daughter and my cats to my sisters house in Minnesota where I'd never been before.I've lived in Co-housing twice in two different states and also moved to the middle of the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii when I had never even been on a plane before.I was born to explore, try new things, and meet new people.Life has ALWAYS welcomed my dreams and desires.The Universe has shown me opportunity after opportunity again and again.It's fun, exciting and also a spiritual experience in a way for me to see how I am blessed with it always working out.Usually there was a reason I was in the place I wanted to go.I either met a lifelong friend, was available to help someone or they helped me somehow or I grew in a way I wouldn't have had I stayed in only one place.

Life is for living, loving, playing, and exploring. As Abraham-Hicks says, "Life is suppose to be FUN" They also say "Life can be an open ended ticket to a lifetime of adventure and fun!."Sounds good to me...I'll take that!
Abraham-Hicks videos and CD"s help one to see the results of co-creating your own reality.For clips of some of their teachings go to: http://www.abraham-hicks.com/lawofattractionsource/index.php
Over at Co-Creating Our Reality, they are helping people discover their dreams and actually achieve them.They offer tools, support and testimonies that show you HOW you can design your own life through your desires and dreams.

You CAN achieve your dreams with the right tools and with belief.It's not just a pipe dream!
Here 's a link to CCOR:



Here's a link to a fun movie called Pipe Dream:



This is a cute musical animation video called Pipe Dream, that shows how a musicians mind works...everything is an instrument!



This is a nice inspiring article on believing in your dreams:



I LOVE the way I get to live my life and I LOVE the things I've experienced and the people I've met.
Life keeps getting better and better and I'm so excited to see what good is going to show up next.


What dreams do you have?
What steps are you taking to make them a reality?


Today I appreciate all the co-creators of the world.I see them as the angels of dreams and desires.

I appreciate the Universe hearing and answering my desires.

I appreciate the manifestation of my dreams showing up at the perfect time!

I appreciate the fun I have in my life and the wonderful ways it continues to show up!

I appreciate seeing the contrast of how others view life and realizing that I can CHOOSE to live the way I believe and in a way that works for ME.