Blasting Through the Ceiling on My Imagination

Recently I had a dream where I triumphantly declared, “I’m a billionaire!!!”  I felt so happy, and so, so relieved.  When I woke up immediately afterward, that feeling of delight enveloped me.  And then I realized – I’d never ever before imagined myself as a billionaire. A millionaire, I’d dreamed of.  But never higher.  Even my dreams tend to be practical.  What could happen if I started dreaming bigger?

A few days later, I dropped by an open house, just for fun.  As I walked through each room I thought, “This is where I’d love to live.”  Before then, I’d never dreamed of living in a house like that.  I hadn’t even imagined one.  The house wasn’t particularly big or fancy, but it was laid out in a unique way that seemed to perfectly suit my family’s needs. Even better, it was situated very close to a dear friend and in a top school district.  Once I had that visual, I started imagining the three of us moving to such a home.

That same afternoon I began my scheduled spring vacation, all by myself.  Have you ever taken a solo vaca?  I never had.  Let me tell you, it was DELICIOUS.  For five days and five nights, I did what I wanted, when I wanted, where I wanted.  I read, rode my bike, took a tennis lesson, sat on the beach, shopped, sat in the outdoor hot tub, had a mani/pedi, ate well, wrote in my journal and slept tons.  My rejuvenating retreat was a dream come true.

Being away from my daily routine and usual environment freed my brain. I felt different.  The billionaire dream combined with seeing my ideal house seemed to blast an invisible ceiling on my imagination.

As soon as I returned from vacation I received this Note from the Universe:

The real reason your brain is so large, compared to most of the other blessed creatures dwelling in time and space, is so that you can vividly imagine all the exquisite, exciting, and enthralling details of your heart’s desires; not so that you can figure out who you need to meet, when you need to meet them, where you need to be, or how you’re going to pull it all together. Your brain’s not nearly that big.

But mine is,

The Universe

Just days later, I received this Note:

A main “Criterion of Consciousness” for the human experience is never having all you want. For as one dream comes true, another swiftly takes its place. Not having all you want is one of life’s constants. And learning to be happy while not yet having all you want is the first “Criterion of Joy.”

Thanks to this series of experiences, I get it now!  My role is to dream as vividly as possible, as big as possible, whether I’m asleep or awake.  It is NOT to figure out the “how” all by myself.  And the fact that I currently have dreams that haven’t come true yet is absolutely no indication that I’m incapable of having dreams that become reality.  With this newfound wisdom, I feel happier and more excited about life!

What are your biggest dreams?  Could you dream even bigger?  Do you ever doubt that your dreams could come true because you don’t know how to bring them to fruition?  Please, share below so we can support each other.


  1. Bryn Johnson

    oh this is BRILLIANT… I got chills Debra.
    I once did a visualization that left me feeling like the life I would live in 5 years was ridiculous and the visualization must be wrong. But 5 yrs almost to the day, my life looked exactly like the world I had imagined.
    Think it might be time to write about that… you have inspired me… and made me tear up reading the happiness that came through in between the words.

    • Debra Woog

      Bryn, THAT's beautiful! I'm thrilled to hear. I'd love to hear about what you write!

  2. Debra Woog

    Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Joy Lynn! No worries that I thought the Universe might overpower ME! 🙂

    I am indeed part of the greater whole. At moments I forget that and think it's all up to me to figure out what's possible. So happy to have been reminded in these beautiful ways!

    My recent post Blasting Through the Ceiling on My Imagination

  3. Joy Lynn Rosser

    I love the way you communicated your revelation. You took ownership of yourself and your dreams. But your notes from the Universe show that you acknowledge that you are a part of the greater whole. You didn’t need to compete with the greater whole, just as the Universe is secure enough to help without overpowering you.

    Thank you for the sharing.