We’ve embarked on a new season of life with a tremendous amount of change in the world. We are experiencing a political divide like never before, a record high stock market, higher housing prices with increased homelessness, Mother Nature changing her cycle to provide devastating amounts of heat, rain, and storms throughout the year, and almost daily reports of terrorism. All of this change is making many people nervous and fearful, and they have begun to think about all of the worst case scenarios that could happen in the future. They are playing out these painful scenarios in words and pictures in their minds, and they are noticing support for their fears through the media reports and interactions with friends, family, and subject-matter experts. Our attention is being “hijacked” on a daily basis by the collective fear-based consciousness. Unfortunately, as we add our attention to the outcomes that are predicted, we’re actually helping to manifest what we don’t want to happen.
I’d like to help you to remember what you already know; you are powerful, and whatever you put your attention and intention on manifests more fully into your life.
We know this truth as the Law of Attraction or Law of Intention. We’ve proved repeatedly to ourselves that these laws produce the same result every time that we use them. If you know this to be true, then the question becomes; what do you really want, and are you willing to receive it?
Achieving what you want is not difficult, but describing properly what you really want can take some concerted mental and physical effort. Often, we are too vague or describe what we don’t want – then we’re surprised that we get more of what we don’t want. As you change your words to describe a completed goal with gratitude as though it is already manifest, you will start to see evidence of that occurring in your life. To make this a new habit, you will have to practice this behavior repeatedly.
One of my favorite teachers is an author named Florence Scovel Shinn who was writing in the 1920s. She said, “We can’t always control our thoughts, but we can control our words. And through repetition we impress the subconscious mind and then become masters of any situation.” Repetition of your words helps you to notice evidence of your words made manifest. Remember the last time you decided to buy a car and then started noticing it everywhere? Your subconscious filtered the hundreds of cars driving around and illuminated the ones that were consistent with your goal. If you describe a dismal future each day, you will notice more evidence of that occurring in your life. The same is true if you describe an abundant and hopeful future – you’ll notice more possibilities to make that manifest.
For example, in my neighborhood we had a number of homeless people that were camping under a bridge. Unfortunately, they chose to support their drug use and lifestyle by breaking into nearby homes and parked cars to obtain what they needed to live. The neighbors were quite upset after having their belongings stolen, and the police and other city and state agencies seemed to be unable to prevent future thefts. All neighbors were quite vocal in the online community and complained daily about the situation. Every day, I would wake up to see the neighborhood “news” posted about an increased number of break-ins and thefts. Over several months, it became like an addiction – I felt drawn to see what terrible news had happened over night. While in the middle of this, I didn’t realize that as I was expecting more of what I didn’t want to happen, I was actually attracting more of it into our neighborhood.
One day during my meditation, Spirit helped me to remember that I have the power to choose where I focus my attention.
Every morning from that point on, I chose to use a simple daily routine that I describe in my book, The Path to Wealth, to attract a different outcome. Each morning I wrote in my journal, “I’m so grateful that all people who live in and pass through my neighborhood are living happy, healthy, and safe lives with all of their needs met in lawful ways. All of us, our families, friends, neighbors, pets, and properties are divinely safe and protected at all times. We all treat each other with respect and live together in peace and harmony.” I then read this out loud with emotion to anchor it more fully within me and imagined seeing myself in this “world” that I created with my words. I also stopped reading the neighborhood complaints online and spoke my goal for a peaceful and lawful neighborhood and world throughout the day.
Within two weeks, I got an intuitive idea to bring all the governmental agencies together at a community meeting to discuss the problem and possible solutions to protect the neighbors and serve the homeless in a meaningful way. During the peaceful and orderly meeting, each of the agency representatives got clear on the issues and made changes necessary to serve all related to our neighborhood. The homeless were relocated to an area that had facilities that could serve them in a greater way. The neighbors felt safe. All related to this situation were blessed by it.
Consider the following:
Spend more time describing what your desired outcome is in any area of your life, and your subconscious and Spiritual intuition will guide you to receiving it into your life. Do these steps each day to live the wonderful life that you desire:
Implement a simple morning ritual to prime your brain for success.
Each day, have a meeting with yourself and write out your goals in every major area of your life; your health, finances, use of skills and talents, relationships, recreation, etc. Read what you wrote aloud and imagine seeing yourself in your mind’s eye having completed your goals.It’s important to describe your goals with gratitude as though they are already complete for your Spiritual intuition and subconscious to point the way for you to achieve your goals. E.g., instead of saying, “I want to live in a world that works for everyone,” describe what your experience in that world would be like; “I’m so grateful that I live in a world filled with peace and prosperity and that all whom I’m in contact with are happy and satisfied with all of their needs met in lawful ways.” Repeat your goal statements each day, and your beliefs will change and your conviction will grow. One of the greatest athletes of all time, Muhammad Ali, said, “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”
Stop complaining and stop listening to others complain.
Any time you feel your thoughts drift to focus on problems or what you don’t want, speak your goal statements out loud to take control of your thoughts. If you find yourself in a situation where others are complaining about problems, repeat your completed goals to yourself quietly so that you are directing your attention. If the complainer is someone close to you, ask them to describe what their life would be like if their problem didn’t exist. Encourage them to stay focused on that positive outcome. You can be helpful by adding your attention to their completed goals to attract them into their life sooner.
Cultivate your power – don’t give it away to others.
Many of us value expert opinions when we are searching for solutions and information. Be very careful about whose messages you believe. Often in the media we hear more opinions than actual fact. In order to achieve their goals for an increase in audience size and advertising revenues, media outlets will sensationalize their opinions to keep us addicted to hearing their stories, much as I was addicted to reading my community’s online posts about neighborhood robberies. Keep your power. If there is something that you want to know, get more information by listening to the source directly. Pull up a speech from a police officer, politician, celebrity, or community member so that you can hear what they had to say directly. Then, make your own decision about the matter. Use this information to help you describe a desired outcome where problems are solved and all are blessed. Stay focused on the outcome of your desired goals, rather than getting sidetracked into other people’s dramatic opinions.
Each and every one of us has the power to use our words, thoughts, and emotions to describe the life that we want to live. If we choose to do that for more than 50% of our day, we will begin to shift things and notice evidence that the life that we want is manifesting. As we do this, we will be in a better position to help others and change our world.
One of my favorite quotes is from an 1800’s politician, Jack Layton, who said, “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful, and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”
Let’s do it!
Since 1982, May McCarthy has co-founded and helped to grow seven successful companies as large as $100 million in annual revenues. She is an author, speaker, university lecturer, and angel investor and serves on business, philanthropic, arts, and university boards. She has become successful by implementing spiritual principles into her ventures, and she shares her wisdom in her best-selling book, The Path to Wealth: Seven Spiritual Steps for Financial Abundance (Hierophant Publishing 2015). To learn more success principles, visit www.maymccarthy.com
This article is a part of the Aug / Sept 2017 issue of Whole Life Times.