In my last post I discussed how our beliefs determine how we create our life. As we become clear of our belief system and personal values, we create a foundation to build our life upon. By asking ourselves questions like "what do I value?" and "what do I want most for myself?" we can begin to create our most ideal life. Here are some practices to help you create a vision for your life, and to put that vision into action, or manifestation.
Maintain a positive attitude toward your life. - How you are describing your life is how you are manifesting it. Pay attention to your thoughts, reactions, and the way you speak about your life. Are you expressing gratitude for what you do have? Or are you feeling discontent about what you don't have? I suggest writing daily in a journal to listen to your inner voice. We gain emotional intelligence through processing our thoughts and feelings on paper. Journaling is a daily practice for me and because of it, I feel more intuitive and connected to the inner workings of my daily life. Try adding a gratitude list to the end of each entry. Then the next time someone asks you, "How's it going?" you can share what you are grateful for, and express from a space of love and gratitude. This adds positive momentum to your life.
Create a vision. - Get clear and as specific as possible about what you want to manifest in your life, then create a visual representation that you can look at every day. I suggest getting crafty and creating a vision board with words and images that inspire you and remind you of what you want in life. Cut magazine clippings, or get your paints and markers out, and create your work of art. This can also be as simple as writing out a list in your journal and revisiting it daily, or hang your list somewhere where you can see it. Even a post-it note on the bathroom mirror is a great place for daily inspiration. The more you think about and visualize your ideal life, the more potent your power of manifestation becomes.
Visualization Meditation. - Daydreaming is potent medicine. Close your eyes and visualize what you want in life. How do you see yourself? Who are you with? How does it feel to live the life that you want? Spend time visualizing your manifestation as if you already have it. Imagine you are already living the life of your dreams. The power of visualization resides in our third eye, the ajna chakra. This chakra is referred to as the window of our soul, our direct connection to God and Higher Consciousness. Let your imagination flow.
Prayer. - Speaking of God, when is the last time you asked him for what you want? We live in a "yes" world. God is always in favor of giving us what we want, or more importantly, what we need. So don't be shy. Next time you are praying tell God what you want and ask him for it. Be as clear as possible, as we don't want to confuse the Higher forces at work. So long as it aligns with His will for you, He will work out the details. Trust that you are cared and provided for. Remain open to receive all the blessings that are available to you. God's love is infinite after all.
"Do your work." - Our ability to manifest the life of our dreams lays within our own efforts. What can you do today to create a better tomorrow? Take one small action everyday to support your manifestations. As quoted from the Bhagavad Gita, however great or small, "no effort along the path is wasted". Take time each day for your manifestations. Your happiness is your priority.
The potency of our creative power depends on our spiritual connection. When we are living in alignment, in the flow of life, we attract synchronicities. What we want begins to fall into place and our life transforms into our ideal. By maintaining a daily yoga practice, praying often, and expressing gratitude for our life, we will be more in tune with what God is offering us. We will be less likely to overlook His blessings, and rather we will see opportunity each day.
And a final note. Accept that life will not always work out as you expect it to. Try not to resist unexpected events, and rather see them as an opportunity to grow and create deeper understanding. Life lessons and challenges give us strength and help us to build character. Sometimes we need to learn something before we can take the next step in life.
In a meeting of recovery someone once shared, "If I got everything I wanted then I would be selling myself short." This really resonated with me. If I only got what I asked for in life, then I would be missing out on everything that God can offer me. His scope is much wider, His power much more potent than my own. By remaining open to what God has in store for me, my life has taken beautiful and unexpected turns.
From my experience, so long as we are actively and consciously creating our lives from a space of gratitude and openness, our Creator will always meet us where we are and help us to co-create our most ideal life. Life is full of discovery, opportunity, and the unexpected. As you create, allow Grace to work with you. Be flexible and maintain an open heart, and one day you will look back and see that your life is your greatest master piece.