February 18, 2023 by Molly Patrick
It's a little woo
For all the teachings of Pema Chodron, Tich Nhat Hanh, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Byron Katie, and Michael Singer I’ve absorbed in my life, uncertainty is currently kicking my ass.
I have picked up and developed many tools over the years to help me cope with being human in healthy ways versus falling into a smoldering vat of booze, cheese, nicotine, cake, pills, self-sabotage, hopelessness, and desperation.
One of the most steady and reliable coping tools I have is eating a healthy plant based diet. When I get hungry, I eat plants until I am no longer hungry. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. If you want the best thing out there to help you eat more plants, sign up for Plant Fueled Life ASAP.
Eating plants is my go-to and something I encourage everyone to do more of, but today isn’t about brown rice and blueberries.
Today, I want to share something I've been doing A LOT of that has nothing to do with plants and everything to do with trusting the universe.
It’s a little woo-woo, but stick with me. I’ve used this technique many times over the years. It’s hard to quantify the success, but anecdotally, my life has been more expansive and abundant since I began doing this.
Here’s what to do:
Visualize exactly what you want. Get as specific as possible.
Let’s say you want to buy a house. Picture the exact house you want. What color is it? How many rooms does it have? What do the light switches look like? Does it have wood floors? A giant pantry? Is there an island in the kitchen? Is there a swing out front, hanging from a shady maple tree? Really go there and visualize all the details. Use your imagination and have fun with it.
Let go and trust.
After you visualize exactly what you want, release, and hand it over to the universe. I like to picture this release like I’m planting a seed in the earth. I just transfer it over from my brain to the great and powerful unknown. And then I trust the magic of the universe to do the heavy lifting.
Pay attention and be open.
After one and two are done, all you need to do is continue to live your life the way you want, and pay attention to what happens next.
Ideas might come to you. Situations and opportunities might appear out of nowhere. You might bump into someone you haven’t seen in years. People might change their minds. Things will start to shift in seemingly random ways. Sometimes things might seem scary and hard. Sometimes people will tell us stuff we don’t want to hear. It’s all part of life rearranging itself for us. Keep trusting that the universe is working its magic to co-create the life you want.
When we know what we want, and we trust that it's coming, it's easy to see that life happens for us, and not to us.
Getting from where you are now to where you want to be isn't always an easy straight line filled with perfectly ripe peaches and fields of daisies and butterflies. Sometimes it’s a zigzagged, jagged tightrope that you find yourself traversing at twilight with steep cliffs on either side and venomous snakes hissing at your feet.
This is because oftentimes the things we want most require a tremendous amount of growth on our part. We can’t grow when we’re frolicking in a beautiful field with peach juice dripping from our chins and butterflies kissing our cheeks. Growth happens in the midst of discomfort, unease, and snakes at our feet.
In the midst of that discomfort, keep visualizing exactly what you want, release it, and trust that it will find its way to you. And then, go about your life and pay attention to what unfolds.
There’s something cathartic about this process that for me, lifts the weight of the world off my shoulders and veers me away from that smoldering vat. Maybe that’s why it works—anxiety and panic don’t typically lend themselves to excellent life choices. When I’ve done this consistently, life has given me exactly what I need to turn my visualizations into reality. It’s truly magic.
Have a beautiful weekend, my dear. Here's to trusting that what you want is not only possible, it's already headed your way.
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