“You can be anything you want to be, if only you believe with sufficient conviction and act in accordance with your faith; for whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”
– Napoleon Hill
The first book that sparked my spiritual journey was The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. For those who are unfamiliar with this book, it is all about the Law of Attraction (LOA). The LOA put simply states that “like attracts like.” What you put out into the Universe is what comes back to you and you attract to you things that are of a similar vibration/energy as you. I read it during my freshman year of college and it completely changed my outlook on life. Prior to reading the book, I felt rather powerless. I believed that I would always be a victim of circumstance and that some people were dealt better hands (lives) than others. But reading this book empowered me and helped me to realize that I am creating my life every step of the way consciously and subconsciously. We are always creating our realities whether we are aware of it or not.
You may be saying, “I would have never created this illness that I have.” Or “There’s no way I created that situation that got me laid off.” The truth is that you did. Of course, not consciously, but on some level of your being you energetically allowed this to manifest in your reality. The thing to keep in mind is that all challenges serve as lessons for us to learn and all things happen for our highest good. Therefore, what appears to be a setback is really a blessing in disguise. I share this with you not to blame you for anything that you have created, but to offer you to come into acceptance of that truth. By taking responsibility for the things that we have created in our lives and by not blaming others, we can change our lives for the better. You must trust that whatever you have created in your life in each NOW moment is there to awaken you and serve as a tool for your growth.
As referenced in The Secret, the creation process follows the simple steps of “Ask, Believe, Receive.” Ask for what you want, believe that it is already yours, and be open to receive it. I’d like to breakdown this process a little further.
The three tools of creation are thoughts, words and actions. Everything begins with a thought. Before you do anything, you always think to do it. You can use your thoughts to get clear and focus on that which you’d like to create. One such way to focus thoughts is through creative visualization. Creative visualization is a process that uses the imagination to mentally picture ideal outcomes and circumstances. The more clearly and vividly you can imagine it in your mind and the more energy you give it in thought, often times the more easy it will be to manifest it into physical reality.
Words are influential because you can use them to speak things into existence. One of the greatest tools you have for creation is the phrase “I am…” It is the strongest creative statement in the universe. Whatever follows “I am…” is what becomes of you. When you say things like, “I am tired” or “I am so dumb” you get more of that energy drawn to you. Use the phrase “I am…” to draw to you and create positive circumstances and situations. Affirm positive things with it. Some of the “I am…” affirmations that I use are: “I am in perfect health.” “I am a divine expression of life.” “I am light and love.”
Actions are often the clearest way that people can see creative power. If you get up and do something, then you’ve changed your reality right in front of you. However, all three components are equally important. When our thoughts, words and actions are all in alignment, we have a greater ability to manifest things into our reality. It is important to be mindful of all the components because you are always in the process of creating something. Speak only that which you wish to be true and focus only on that which you want made manifest.
In partnership with thoughts, words, and actions is belief/faith. This is a key ingredient in the creation process. You cannot create something that you don’t believe that you can create no matter how focused your thoughts, words and actions are. Belief is everything. You need an unwavering certainty that your desire will be made manifest. No doubts. No second guessing. You must know that it is already done. With this knowing comes gratitude. Be thankful in advance for what it is that you’d like to create and feel gratitude for it as if it is already there.
If there is something that you have created that you do not enjoy, own it and do not condemn it. Simply send it love and create a new thing. To reject any part of it is to reject a part of yourself. While you cannot control everything that happens to you, you always have the choice to see it how you wish. By following the creation process, you can create the life that you always imagined. From there, you can use your abundance and well-being to serve the world by helping others create and live their best lives.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
Today is the last day of 2012 and what a year it has been! I hope this has been a good year for all that are reading this. It is often at this time of the year that things slow down. Semesters end, people take vacations from work, and it gives us an opportunity to reflect on the year and to see how things have changed from this time the year before. During this period of holiday downtime, as a part of my reflection I like to ask myself questions such as:
What can I be grateful for from this year? What exciting things have come into my life? What did I learn? How have I grown?
I often find that I remember a lot of special moments and small lessons that I haven’t thought about since they happened. This type of reflection helps me to put things into perspective and to make sure that I am continuing to progress and grow into the person that I desire to be.
Often around this time of year, many people make resolutions and goals to carry into the new year. I think it is helpful to do that at this time because each year is kind of like a new start. It is a fresh beginning and another 12 months to get closer to your dreams and to be the person that you’ve always imagined.
In order to move forward and progress in the direction of our dreams, we have to be willing to let go of those things that do not serve us in the highest way. The old habits, patterns, addictions, pain, and so on are the things that hold us back from being our full selves and from making those leaps and bounds forward. Along with the previous questions, I also like to ask myself:
What can I let go of this year? What limiting thoughts and beliefs am I holding onto? What things are holding me back?
This was a year of a lot of firsts for me. I traveled to Europe for the first time, I spent my first summer away from home working and living in Pittsburgh, I recorded a music project of six songs in a professional recording studio for the first time, and I made the Dean’s list for the first time in my college career. Each of these experiences also brought with them many other small feats and first-time achievements. In every way, I was able to step outside of my comfort zone, face some fears, and learn a lot about myself.
If there is one thing that I have learned this year, it is that dreams really do come true. I’ve achieved goals many times before in my life but this year really helped me to see that anything is possible. Your dreams are real. And everything that you want, wants you. But a dream can’t come true without a believer. That’s where you come in. BELIEVE IN YOUR DREAMS. Believe in yourself. Do your part and be ready to receive your dreams when the time is right.
All of the big dreamers know that their dreams are out there beyond their comfort zone. Those dreams rest in a space of uncertainty that’s just outside of our grasps. But all dreamers also know that they can make their dreams a reality.
For whatever your goals might be for 2013, visualize the best outcome imaginable. Detach from it and allow for it to manifest as it will. Do what you can to make your dreams a reality. And hold onto to your belief with unwavering faith. With a clear mind, consistent effort, and an openness to all possibilities, all dreams can come true. So whether you’re trying to get into law school or get an internship, start a company or start a car that you can call your own, let go of some fears or let go of some extra pounds, know that this year will bring many new opportunities and know that you can achieve whatever desires are placed in your heart.
I like to end each of my years by affirming that the next year will be even better than the one before it. I invite you to do the same. So I claim for myself that 2013 will be the best year of my life, so far!
Best wishes to you all and Happy New Year!