Several people around me are in the dumps because they have not manifested what they were visualizing and affirming. I wanted to explore to see if we actually manifest things in our lives or if we simply choose from what the Universe offers.
Embrace the simple act of shaping things as they come
I no longer visualize a future goal or work to manifest things. I simply observe and shape things as they come – allowing each moment to offer a new opportunity for me to consider and choose.
Here’s the quote from Stephen Mitchell’s translation of the Tao Te Ching that started me on the path of letting my life unfold:
The Master allows things to happen
She shapes events as they come
She steps out of the way and lets the Tao speak for itself.
That quote totally changed how I was living my life. I stopped planning and simply watched while interesting opportunities showed up.
I find it awesome to simply trust, to allow ideas and circumstances to show up. And then be aware enough of who I am and what I want at this moment in time that I can simply take what I want and need in the moment – shape things as they come. I’m letting my life unfold and this is taking me to unexpected places that are exceptionally rewarding.
You are manifesting, whether you want what you get or not!
A friend of mine was very discouraged because she thought that she had lost her ability to manifest what she wanted. She felt helpless and discouraged.
But I’ve been watching her progress and she’s now manifesting awesome things that point to her new path. She just can’t see them in this moment. But I can. She is indeed drawing to her what she needs next.
She quit a high-profile corporate job to start her own business. It was taking longer than she expected. But each week when we spoke I got more excited about the ideas and concepts and interpretation she has to offer. She can change so many lives. It just doesn’t look like she thought it would, so she thinks she’s not succeeding.
That’s the key – you are manifesting things all the time, it just may not be taking you where you thought you were going and in the manner you had imagined.
You have to look at yourself in a fresh way. Your skills, your passion, the wisdom of this time in your life are all components that factor into your choices. If you ignore your inner growth, that ongoing change within you, you may still be seeking things that you have simply outgrown. Identify your inner desires.
Learn to trust your own intuition and insight. Learn to trust that the organic, ongoing unfolding of your life will bring to you the perfect opportunity. Then trust that you’ll have the wisdom to act from your own inner awareness.
Chose and explore
Back in the days when I used visualization, I understood there were some major reasons that things didn’t show up. It’s possible that what you’re visualizing is not what you need at all. You may be destined for something else.
Another reason some things don’t show up is that the time isn’t right or, something better is on its way to you. If you committed to the thing you want, you wouldn’t be free to take what is intended for you. Be patient with the unfolding process.
What is your calling today?
I didn’t visualize where I am now, I simply adjusted and adapted and listened and made choices. I’m now in my early eighties, and oddly enough, I’m putting out some of the most profound work of my life. I’m feeling rewarded and satisfied, entertained and enlightened. I didn’t plan this – it evolved.
I don’t know where I’m headed. In fact, “future” is not in my thoughts. I stay in the moment of exploring and discovering and sharing what I discover. It’s an exceedingly strong calling. I am not doing the business thing of trying to serve a specific target audience; what I am doing is writing from the heart and sharing it. People are finding me – the right people, at the perfect time in their life – like you and I have connected.
Each moment is filled with undreamed of opportunities. Our choices shape our journey.
Can you let go and simply shape things as they come?
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Hold the Space for Things To Change
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