Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams by Mike Dooley remains one of my favourites. It is an easy and powerful read, always uplifting with the perfect message for the moment. The writing flows, moving naturally and with ease from one topic to the next.
Like many good books, Mike Dooley’s own journey is weaved into the pages. Personable and approachable. The reader is drawn in, as if listening to stories a friend is sharing.
Sharing his own challenges adds that personal touch that makes him human, and not a guru, some distant consciousness avatar on a impossibly high pedestal. What he writes about is not lofty spiritual concepts, attainable by endless meditation and clearing of karmic debts. People like you and me can also live our dreams.
The basis of the book is “thoughts become things”. The life of our dreams is completely possible and that there is no competition for it. These are not new ideas, by any means.
First published in 2009, Infinite Possibilities is as relevant then as it is now. The story of a tax accountant on his spiritual journey is important in a time when more people are seeking a different or a better (read: more aligned) way to live. This book offers practical guidance, like reverse engineering your future by believing and living your life as if you are already living the life of your dreams. This long-winded statement is actually simpler than it sounds, and definitely not woo-woo, esoteric, or pie in the sky. Our mind does not differentiate between what’s “real” and what’s “imagined”.
Chapter ten is the go-to chapter for techniques and tips, including advice for “when life “isn’t” working”. For those who think life isn’t fair, check out his perspective.
Actually, life isn’t “fair” when you consider that we are each inherently born to thrive and that ultimate failure is impossible. Truly, the cards are stacked in our favour!
Chapter 11 is the Q&A section. Mike Dooley answers common questions like “I don’t know what I should be doing with my life!”, “How do I deal with all the uncertainties in my life?”, and “How can I better cope with the pain of disappointment?”
You see, Mike’s been there. He’s had quite a journey himself. As a featured teacher in The Secret and the author of Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley is well-versed with living his dream. Peppered throughout the books are inspirational thoughts. [Notes from the Universe is a free app! Get it for your daily inspiration]
“Since the material world is simply a reflection of an inner world, it’s the inner world that needs adjusting, tweaking, and plucking when the outer world fails to please us” but “The starting point in not that you don’t have any and you just want a little; it’s that you have everything and you just want a little”.
Who is Infinite Possibilities For?
Anyone who needs a little bit of inspiration to change their beliefs to finally live the life of their dreams. It’s about choosing it.
Some of you reading this may think, “well, I don’t choose this painful experience or this difficult life”…On some level, we have all chosen the life we are living this moment. Most people live from hidden self-sabotaging and fear-based beliefs. This could be inherited, modeled to us, learned from traumatic events, or a deep overcultural programming. Perhaps this way of thinking and behaving was needed when we made the choice to experience it. Perhaps it was a defense mechanism that worked well for us once. Maybe it is no longer necessary, or aligned with the truth of who we are.
So yes, we chose it. The good news is – we can always choose something else. It’s about taking responsibility. By taking responsibility, we take back power.
The practical tips and exercises in Infinite Possibilities will help those who need a more structured “plan” than just going on “thoughts become things”.
Some people have found the book repetitive. I find that there are many layers and the reader gets what he/she needs with each reading.
Depending on your belief system, some of the ideas and concepts may seem far fetched. It’s time to get out of your comfort zone. All growth comes from stretching a little.
If you are wondering how you can live the life of your dream (or even better), maybe it’s time for you to pick up your copy of Infinite Possibilities by Mike Dooley and like Rumi suggested, remove the barriers. Our world does open up in ways previously unimagined when we shift from a fear-based to a possibility-based thinking and approach. When we change how we perceive ourselves, others, and the world around us, we too can have stories just like Mike Dooley.