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Philosophy 
 
The philosophical foundation behind My Career Plan is one of knowing yourself, your dreams and ambitions and using this knowledge to create your career goals.  This usually takes some time as we are not a society that spends much time looking inside ourselves.  This why we have designed this exercise as a course.

The Dream Catcher legend is a great example of this philosophy.  Only through knowing yourself well can you find a truly satisfying career.  This version of the Dream Catcher is used with the permission of The Navajo Store, see their site.

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  Dream Catcher
  Legend
Long ago when the world was young, an old Lakota spiritual leader was on a high mountain and had a vision. 

In his vision, Iktomi, the great trickster and teacher of wisdom, appeared in the form of a spider. 

Iktomi spoke to him in a sacred language that only the spiritual leaders of the Lakota could understand. 

As he spoke Iktomi, the spider, took the elder's willow hoop which had feathers, horse hair, beads and offerings on it and began to spin a web. 

He spoke to the elder about the cycles of life ... and how we begin our lives as infants and we move on to childhood, and then to adulthood. Finally, we go to old age where we must be taken care of as infants, completing the cycle. 

"But," Iktomi said as he continued to spin his web, "in each time of life there are many forces -- some good and some bad. If you listen to the good forces, they will steer you in the right direction. But if you listen to the bad forces, they will hurt you and steer you in the wrong direction." 

He continued, "There are many forces and different directions that can help or interfere with the harmony of nature, and also with the great spirit and-all of his wonderful teachings." 

All the while the spider spoke, he continued to weave his web starting from the outside and working toward the center. 

When Iktomi finished speaking, he gave the Lakota elder the web and said..."See, the web is a perfect circle but there is a hole in the center of the circle." 

He said, "Use the web to help yourself and your people to reach your goals and make good use of your people's ideas, dreams and visions. 

"If you believe in the great spirit, the web will catch your good ideas -- and the bad ones will go through the hole." 

The Lakota elder passed on his vision to his people and now the Sioux Indians use the dream catcher as the web of their life. 

It is hung above their beds or in their home to sift their dreams and visions. 

The good in their dreams are captured in the web of life and carried with them...but  the evil in their dreams escapes through the hole in the center of the web and are no longer a part of them. 

They believe that the dream catcher holds the destiny of their future. 
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The legend is a metaphor for the fact that each of us needs to watch the things that enter our life.  We should pay attention to our interests, values, and aspirations, and measure what we do to make these vital parts of our personal life come true.  My Career Plan makes this legend work for you today.
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