"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like."~ Lao Tzu
My last post The Deferred Life Plan...it doesn't work set my mind thinking. It wasn't something specific, but some general thoughts that have brought about a new perspective and a profound realization about my life.
I have long been a proponent of going after what I want. I am ambitious, and I have more goals in my mind than I could ever have time to accomplish...at least in the way I currently approach them. However, in light of my new thoughts, I have taken a new approach...or at least I am thinking about things very differently.
As I said, I am ambitious. I want so many things to change in my life. I want so much more. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with this, but I now question my perspective on it.
I have always thought, "I'll be happy when..." and you can add in any goal that I have ever had. Even though I have often suggested to others that this is not a good approach to things, that they can be happy when they choose to be happy, in the back of my mind, I have held this belief myself.
My dreams and goals have enabled me to think that I have wanted a different life. I want so many things to be different that it seems like I want my entire life to be different. But this new shift in perspective has me questioning this.
Do I desire a different life?
Now that I give this some attention, I don't think so. I am happy with my life. I like the way I am. I like how I feel about things. Now don't get me wrong, I am not saying that I desire my life to remain as it is. Of course I want change. I want things to move toward my preferences...but that just means that I desire my life to be different...not that I have a different life.
I am starting to appreciate the fact that I enjoy having unfulfilled desires. I like having things out of sync with my ideal life. I know it sounds crazy, but just think of what that means to me. It means that I have something to live for. It means that I have something to strive for. It means that I am alive and doing my part to expand the Universe.
The Universe is unlimited, ever-expanding, and always answering our desires. There are only two steps to manifesting anything...1. Ask. 2. Receive. It really is that simple. However, I have been stuck in the asking phase. Every time I think about what I want in my life, I think about it from the perspective of something that I don't yet have. That is from a lack perspective...that is asking.
Before we can receive, we have to get into receive mode. If we are going to think about what we want, we must think of it from the perspective of how nice it will be when we do receive it on our physical plane. It is the emotional aspect of how we will feel that will attract and allow what we want into our lives.
So my plan is to stop asking, and to start allowing and receiving. I have asked already, and I need not keep asking for the same thing...it is arranged for me, as soon as I allow it.
I am setting my sights on deciding to be, and remaining happy. That is ultimately what I want anyway, so why not allow it. Happiness is a choice, and so I choose to be. I choose happiness.
Do you feel that you are stuck in the "asking" mode? If so, I encourage you to find a way to release the asking. Take a different perspective. Choose to be what you want. Choose to be happy (I am sure you ultimately want this anyway.)
Leave a comment here for the community. Let us know if you are stuck asking. Let us know if you have found a way to change. Help others as they struggle to find their way to let go and allow. We're listening.