Publisher's Letter

Published on April 28th, 2017 | by Jerry & Pat Hocek

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The Dream Machine

I recently took a trip to North Carolina to visit some friends and family. My flight departed later than scheduled, so with some time to kill, I soon found myself chatting with my friendly server while having breakfast at one of the restaurants in the airport terminal—a young woman in her mid to late 20s from Jersey City. I’ll call her Julie. Our conversation had quickly veered to the topic of “letting go” and soon Julie exclaimed, “Oh my God, this is one of those coincidences!”

I said, “Yes, an obvious synchronicity ” She went on that she had just engaged in an involved conversation concerning the same topic the night before. I learned that her inner guidance or wisdom had been incessantly pulling at her to make a major life change, but Julie couldn’t make that big leap just yet. She was scared. I offered her my point of view on her dilemma and after my meal, we parted ways with a handshake and a smile.

People typically stay stuck because they are scared of the unknown; those familiar, mundane drills that we first learned in grade school had more than likely set the stage. I was fortunate. I didn’t let the school system or anything else stifle my highly inquisitive nature. “Seek and ye shall find,” rings true, and so does, “Ask and you shall receive.” More and more, I’m able to live in the moment and not focus on the past or the future.

Perhaps letting go, moving on and getting what we want out of life is easier than many of us believe. These days, I simply set some intentions and begin to move in the general direction of what I wish to see materialize in my life. What typically occurs next is a string of events that are seemingly unrelated to my desired outcome. What I learned from doing this exercise over and over is that what follows is not the object of my desires materializing, rather I initiate a process that facilitates the specific circumstances, people and other resources required for materializing the things I want.

This dynamic occurs only when I (with unshakable faith) commit to moving forward with an idea, thus placing the universe on notice. It, in turn, begins to orchestrate what is required to move the process along. All I have to do is keep my eyes open for those opportunities that show up and do my part to utilize them as I propel myself along.

Unfortunately, many of us never try what I just described because they typically can’t even move past the “cursed hows” (e.g., “How am I going to make this happen?”). You’re probably just stalling if you need to have all the answers before you forge ahead. They say that analysis causes paralysis.

The universe is a big dream machine, and it’s ready for your specific desires and your subsequent commitment to do your part. It tends to help those that help themselves. One other way to go about this is to not desire or go after anything specific, and in that case, still achieve something. However, your results will most likely be more random and resemble more of the same circumstances that you’re already experiencing.

Jerry & Pat Hocek, Publishers


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