5 Steps to Creating Your Dream


Have you got a big audacious dream? Cool. Me too.

My dream hatched in me many years ago. When Janet and I first realized the power of writing down a vision for your life and made “Your 100th Birthday Speech” part of the Passion Test process, my speech included “building conscious Sthapatya Veda communities” around the world. In case you don’t know, “Sthapatya Veda” is the science of building in accord with natural law according to the ancient Vedic tradition of India.

If you haven’t done the 100th Birthday Speech exercise, it’s a powerful way to get clear about what you want to create in your life. Or you could say, creating a vision for your life.


Step 1: Write your 100th Birthday Speech

Imagine it’s your 100th birthday. All of your dearest friends and family are gathered to celebrate your century of life. Your spouse or child or best friend is getting up to give a speech about how you have impacted the people in your life.

You’re going to write that speech for them. Write in 3rd person (it’s easier to write about yourself if you don’t take it personally). Then write out what you would love for someone to say about you at the end of your life. How have you impacted others’ lives, what have you accomplished, what recognition for your work have you received, what legacy have you left for others. Just let your imagination run wild and have fun with this.

By creating your life’s vision, you have taken the first step in creating your dream by giving it form and structure.

From Imagination to Reality

Timing is everything.

Just because you write your vision down doesn’t mean it’s going to manifest right away. As Janet and I like to say, “Let me be open to God’s timing, not mine.” This is one of the principles underlying Nature’s Guidance System.

After writing my 100th birthday speech, my dream of building conscious communities lay dormant for more than a decade. We were busy sharing the Passion Test and it didn’t seem time. Then a couple of years ago my wife and I began thinking about where we wanted to send our now 5 year old daughter, Sophie, to school.

We’re a little particular and public school wasn’t an option. My wife has been very clear about her desire to stay in Europe (she’s from a little village near Hannover in northern Germany). So we started traveling all over Europe visiting a variety of alternative schools.

As we traveled, we thought more and more about what we really wanted to create. We realized that both of us love living in connection with other people. We like having our private space, and we love being able to be with others at the same time.

We heard about a community in northern Italy near Torino called “Damanhur.” Created by a small group of visionaries in the ’70’s, Damanhur has grown to about 50 communal living groups of 20 – 25 people, called “nucleos.” Over 35 years Damanhurians have been been building a massive underground temple structure that is absolutely amazing. Here are some photos:


With love


Janet Bray Attwood