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Don’t let your next great idea slip away. Follow these seven steps and weave your dreams into reality.

This article appeared in our August 2004 issue. How many cures, solutions, inventions, and humanitarian projects languish in the shadows of possibility, waiting for us to weave them into reality? What if Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Clara Barton, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Susan B. Anthony, to name a few, entertained their thoughts, then had second thoughts and in the end decided, no way. What do we do with our inspirations? Is it enough to mull over them, daydream about how we or the world might change, and then allow them to evaporate? Or are we to weave them into reality as part of our spiritual journey? Several years ago, I grappled with these questions and an idea so small it seemed almost ludicrous to pursue it, especially since it revolved around a slender thread twirling between my fingertips. I envisioned gathering threads from people around the world, tying them together, and weaving them into a cloth that would celebrate the boldness of our cultural diversity, while demonstrating the strength and beauty of global unity. Deciding that no idea, if heartfelt, is too small to follow, I foun …

Terry Helwig writes, lectures, and leads workshops on personal growth and spiritual development. She has studied transpersonal psychology at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, and has an M.A. in counseling psychology from the College of New Jersey.  


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