Secrets of Magic 17: Flow with the Seasons

The environment around us changes with the seasons. Whether we live at the seashore, mountains, or desert, near the poles or at the equators, the phases of the year affect all the plants and animals in our ecosystem. That includes us!

The cycle of the seasons makes an annual pattern of renewal. Each year has a beginning, a growth, a harvest, and a time of rest before beginning again.

Spring brings new energy into the world. In the desert springtime may be a brief flowering, in the plains and mountains spring can come late in the year with the snowmelt, and at the seashore it may be marked by a letup in the winter storms. Plants poke out of the earth and unfurl. Geese and ducks head for their summer homes. Many animals give birth to their young in this season.

Summer is a time of growth and strength. In the plains and valleys, the breadbaskets of the world, plants shoot up, young animals learn to eat and to hunt. In the mountains, hibernating animals scurry to build up fat and food supplies for the long winter. The summer sun bakes the desert, while the seashore breezes provide welcome relief from the heat.

In autumn the decreasing sun and increasing cold trigger changes in all living things. Fruiting plants provide their harvest and begin to go dormant or die. Hibernating animals prepare their nests. The last few clear and sunny days provide a final burst of warm energy before the change of the season.

Winter is the time to rest. In the deserts, plains and mountains, animals and plants retreat before the snow and cold, while at the seashore the winter winds and rains drench everything. The energy of the earth contracts. Even in this season, plants extend roots, and animals grow, building a foundation for the activity of the year to come.

The affect of the seasons on us isn’t as obvious as it is on the other creatures of the world. Nonetheless we too respond to the changes in sunlight and weather. We can become conscious of this and synchronize with the season to tap into its power.

Spring energy revives us, helping us to heal and grow. We stretch ourselves with the new unfurling leaves. Humans feel the surge of the mating dance too! When we open our windows to the warming air, freshening houses that have been closed all winter, we let in the energy of the new year.

In summer we migrate outdoors, drawn to exercise the strength in our bodies. We enjoy the beauty of the plants around us, the flash of birds and butterflies, the long warm days. Summer is a time to build up our strength and enjoy the happiness of life.

In autumn we treasure each sunny warm day while noting the new chill in the air. We pay more attention to our houses, decorating them at the late fall and early winter holidays. This is the season to take stock of our health and prepare ourselves for the hardest season of the year.

Wintertime finds us largely indoors. We sleep longer, eat more, and struggle to stay cheerful. This is the storytelling season, time to rest, plan, and dream.

When we notice the changes that happen to our bodies and spirits in the seasons, we synchronize ourselves with the yearly round, harnessing the energy of the world like a boat sailing on the outgoing tide.

Affirmation

I tune my life to flow with the seasons.

Practice: Create the stages
Go outside every day for a week. Practice being present. Notice the signs of the seasons around you. Are the trees filled with spring blossoms? Is the summer sun high in the sky? Are autumn leaves turning color? Does winter snow blanket the ground?

Take a deep breath. Imagine the energy of the season filling your body. Now exhale, letting go of your tension and worry. Breathe in again, letting the air refresh you.

Secrets of Magic 16: Touch the earth

Humans are spiritual beings, but we are also physical creatures, with bodies, living in a physical world. When we remember to honor our bodies, our families, and our connections to the Earth, we tap into some of the deepest magical secrets.
Human life is embedded in the web of life that sustains the earth. Each of us depends on the plants, animals, and people around us to keep us alive. We tend to forget this while we are caught up in the busy detail of our lives. Our homes and workplaces, stores and entertainment complexes protect us from direct contact with the outside world. The turn of a tap brings water into the house. When we’re cold we crank the thermostat up a notch. After sundown the lights in our buildings let us go on working and playing around the clock. Only a major event, such as a storm that knocks down power lines, breaks through our very effective insulation.

Human genius has made it possible for us to keep ourselves warm and dry in the most severe conditions. We travel great distances easily. Our medicine restores our health and extends our lives. These are great benefits of our ingenuity and skill. However effective we are at taking care of ourselves and each other, though, we are still living creatures dependent on the world.

We are profoundly affected by the weather, the seasons, and the conditions in our environment. The amount and quality of sunlight we get every day influences our mood and our physical health. When the weather turns cold our metabolisms slow down, causing us to sleep more, and add body fat. Wind, smog, and mist affect air quality, which in turn affects our ability to breathe and to see.

Recognizing that we live in a living world can profoundly change our lives. When we trace the connections between ourselves and the sources of our food, water, and shelter, we recognize our debt to the living things that help us to live. When we trace the connections between our homes and the systems that sustain them, we learn about the shape of place we inhabit, and how we in turn affect the land.

Our knowledge of the physical sources of life helps us tune into the energic sources of our life. The natural world provides tremendous energy that we can tap to heal our bodies and renew our spirits. The more we learn about the world, the more we learn about ourselves, and about the sources of magic.

Affirmation
I am a living being in a living world.

Practice: Create the stages
Go outside every day for a week. If you can, get to a park where you can walk around, even for a few moments. If you are not physically able or free to move around, have yourself moved outside for a few minutes in the day.

Practice being present. Notice the sky: are there clouds? What is its color? If you can see the sun, where is it in relationship to the landmarks around you? Take a deep breath. Notice the energy that floods into your body.

Lean down to put your hand on the ground. If you can, take off your shoes and walk on the ground barefoot. What do you experience when your bare skin touches the earth?

Make a note of your observations and experiences in your journal. If you have been keeping a daily journal recording the weather and your mood, read through the journal. Is there a correlation between what is happening outside and what you have been feeling?

Secrets of Magic 15: Make space

However small or big the changes magic makes in our lives, any change requires some scope to manifest. We can help the magic manifest the change we want by making space for it.

Here is a simple example. Suppose we decide we want a new stereo system. Where will we put it once we get it? We decide where in the house it will go. Then we move everything else out of that space. The empty wall is a vacuum that calls the new stereo into that space.

Magic brings new things into our lives. When we stretch our magical muscles, we find ourselves exploring new ideas, traveling to different places, making new friends.

These new things may fit easily into our lives. We may also find that our lives are too crowded to let in new energy. The process of exploring our dreams may spotlight the ways in which we have let our lives drift away from what we really want. Some decisions may seem less wise in retrospect, or we may find ourselves chafing at restrictions we had previously accepted.

It is very normal to re-evaluate our lives when the energy of possibility begins to make changes for us. We might re-affirm the decisions we have made with a new enthusiasm, directing our magic to energize what we already have in our lives. We might also decide to move in a new direction. We might end a relationship, move to a new town, change careers, go back to school, devote ourselves to art or music. Each of these changes makes space in our lives to manifest the results we have dreamed.

Affirmation

I make space for magic to manifest in my life.

Practice: Create the stages

Make physical space in the place that you live. Clear off one shelf, or clear out one drawer, or a section of a closet. Live with the space for a time. What new thing will that space bring into your life?

Reread your answer to the question in the Dream Big practice section. Is there space in your life for that dream to manifest? If not, what can you do to clear the way for that dream?

If you want to learn to paint, you might find a corner for your supplies, and set up a table in that corner. To encourage yourself to learn an instrument, set up a music stand, and fill it with the music you want to play.

The space you need to clear may not be physical. You may need to clear time as well. For example, suppose your big dream is to make a certain salary each year. You have researched positions that draw that salary and decided one of these seems very interesting. A vocational school can teach you that profession at an affordable price. However, you volunteer three nights per week, so that you do not have time to attend school. The volunteer position may provide you with friends and emotional support that are more important to you than increasing your salary. Or you may be able to limit your volunteer activities to one weekend day per month, redirecting your time to learning your new profession.

You can jot a note about the space you clear in your journal. Later, it will be interesting to re-read that note and discover what changes have happened in your life because of that simple practice.

Secrets of Magic 14: Take it in steps


Some of us have great imaginations and a lot of self-confidence. We can take large steps toward achieving our dreams. For others of us it is hard to accept a large change in our lives so quickly. For example, imagine a future in which you have won the lottery. Do you see negative as well as positive impacts to your life? Our objections automatically work against the manifestation.

It takes much less energy to manifest a small step than a big one. We can go from mail room clerk to CEO, but we probably aren’t going to do it overnight. It’s hard to imagine sitting in the CEO’s chair—it’s too far from our own experience. It’s much easier to imagine being the manager of the mail room. We already know how the mail room works and we can observe what it takes to manage the place.

Whatever the change is that we want in our lives, it almost always breaks down into smaller, more manageable stages. We can focus on each of these stages in turn, building from one success to another, until we arrive at the result that we want.

Affirmation

I take steps to achieve my goals.

Practice: Create the stages

Reread your answer to the question in the Dream Big practice section. Think about the steps that can move you toward that dream.

For example, say you make $10,000 each year, and you want to make $100,000 each year. Can you imagine yourself making $100,000? You might be able to make that jump in a single step.

If you find that you have a hard time accepting that you can make that much tomorrow, find the number that you can accept. Can you imagine making $25,000? What would it take to increase your income to that amount? Do you need to move from part time to full time work, or simply work for another company?

What is the next step you can imagine? Can you jump from $25,000 to $40,000 per year? That might take a change in career. You might attend night school, or apprentice to someone who is working in the field you want to enter.

Do you know someone who makes $100,000 per year? How did they obtain their position? If you don’t know anyone who makes that much, ask people around you if they know someone, or do an internet search for the types of positions that draw that salary. What career path leads to that position?

This is one example. We can do the same practice to move ourselves toward working from home, finishing a marathon, bringing a child into our lives, writing a book or painting a picture, or whatever we can dream.

Secrets of Magic 13: Dream big


Life presents us with many challenges. We might be struggling to regain our health, recover from a bad relationship, take care of people who depend on us, move out of poverty, establish physical safety for ourselves and our families. These immediate needs focus our everyday efforts and energy.

Magic helps us to meet those challenges. As we begin to hook into the power of the universe, we direct that power to help us heal, care for our dependents, get ourselves and our families into safety, and generate prosperity in our lives.

Whatever our situation, all of us have daily needs to meet. We must eat, sleep, work, play. At first we naturally direct our magical efforts to meeting those needs more quickly and effectively.

Magic also presents us with the opportunity to expand our limits and create an entirely new life for ourselves. We have already learned the practice of asking ourselves, “If I could do anything I want right now, what would I want?” Our answers might be practical and small at first.

  • “To sleep through the night.”
  • “To pay off my credit cards.”
  • “A babysitter for the kids next week.”

Magic doesn’t care whether we think small or think big. We can’t manifest what we stop ourselves from imagining. If you could do anything you want, what would that thing be?

For some of us it may be very easy to dream big. Others might have a harder time answering that question. We might cut ourselves off immediately, objecting that there are too many obstacles between ourselves and our biggest dreams. Or we might just be unused to exercising our imagination in this way. Here are some ways to explore and expand our dreams:

Ask your friends and family if you have ever talked about a dream for your life. Your closest circle might be aware of desires that you are unconsciously shutting down.
Remember a dream you had as a child that you have not yet manifested.
Think about a person whose life you admire. What do you like about their life?

Affirmation

I dream big.

Practice: Dare to dream

Look at all the answers you have written to the question, “If I could do anything I want, I would…” What is the most outrageous answer you have written? Now think of something even bigger. If you haven’t answered the question yet, write an answer to that question now.

Do you love to travel? Imagine traveling the world. Where would you go? If you are an artist, where would you like to perform or display your work? Imagine winning a prize. One way to get ourselves to dream big is to think about winning the lottery. Imagine winning a MegaMillions jackpot. If you won the jackpot, what would you do?

Secrets of Magic 12: Frame and focus


One of the secrets to creating powerful affirmations is to specify the result that we want and leave open the specifics of how the affirmation will manifest.

Suppose you want a new job. You look in the paper and find a job that you think is exactly right. You make an affirmation, “I get the job.” You phone for an appointment, send in a resume, interview for the job, and then discover that someone else got the position. How disappointing! Why didn’t the affirmation work? The affirmation narrowly specified the way to get the result, not the result itself, so the affirmation didn’t have scope to manifest.

It is also possible to make an affirmation that is too general. The affirmation “I own my own house” vastly expands the scope of possible houses to own. However, it is so general that the house we end up with may not fit all of our needs.

The secret is to narrow down the characteristics of the result we want without specifying exactly how the result is to happen. “I own my own house with shade in a quiet neighborhood with a mortgage I can afford” creates the shape of our dream house without limiting the way the house will manifest for us.

For example, to find a new job, we can list the qualities we are looking for in a new position.

  • A short commute
  • On a bus line
  • A chance for promotion
  • More money than I’m making now
  • Enough money to pay my expenses
  • A manager who appreciates me
  • Flexible hours

Once we have the frame, we can work to focus the affirmation on the result that we want. Often we fix on one specific thing that we think will improve our lives. If only I weighed ten pounds less, I would be more attractive. If only I had finished college, I could find a better job. If only I won the lottery, I could do anything I want.

Losing ten pounds and finishing college are worthwhile goals we can manifest. But is that really what we want? If our goal is to be more attractive, instead of making an affirmation to lose weight, we can create the affirmation to generate the actual results we are working to manifest. “I am attractive. People around me tell me how nice I look.” Then we can think about many ways to improve our appearance: dyeing our hair, buying new clothes, even standing up straighter and walking more confidently.

Lack of focus is why affirmations like “I win the lottery” almost never work. It is actually a method masquerading as a result. We probably don’t want to win the lottery with all our hearts. We want what winning the lottery will get us. It is a means to achieve our goals. We can refocus this affirmation by thinking about the things we would do if we won the lottery, and making affirmations to achieve those results.

Affirmation

I create affirmations to achieve the results I want.

Practice: Creating focused affirmations

Is there an area of your life you would like to make better? Do you want a house, a job, a car, a new friendship? Create an affirmation to manifest that result. To create the affirmation, list the characteristics you want that result to have. For example, if you want a car, here are some questions you might consider:

Can you afford a car payment? How much? If not, do you need to own the car outright?
What do you want the car to do? Are you commuting to work, or driving the kids to their activities, or just taking the occasional trip out of town?
Is it more important for you to drive a safe car, or a fast car, or a roomy one?

Answering these questions helps you craft the affirmation. Different answers to the same question result in different affirmations. Here are some examples:

  • I have a fast sporty car, with payments I can afford, that gets great gas mileage for my commute.
  • I own a roomy car to drive to the beach.
  • My car has the highest safety record to keep my kids safe as I drive them around town.

Secrets of Magic 11: Act as if

Affirmations often make statements about things we want to happen in the future. Even though the events haven’t happened yet, we frame them in the present tense, as if they have already happened. Instead of saying, “I become the weight that is most healthy for me,” we say, “I am the weight that is most healthy for me.” If we frame the affirmation in the future, we put ourselves in the place of going in a direction but never arriving. Saying that the event has already happened creates the energy in the universe that manifests our goal.

This secret works for all the magic we create. Suppose we make the affirmation, “I acquire the money I need to buy a plane ticket to London.” Now we act as if we have the money, by scheduling our vacation, researching plane flights, and buying a London guidebook.

This secret also works for every magical skill we learn. Suppose we make the affirmation, “Writing in my journal is easy and fun.” For some of us that may be immediately true. For others it might feel almost like a lie the first time we say it. We might have unpleasant memories of journal writing assignments from school. Journal writing might feel like a chore at first. To act as if, we make the affirmation, and then pick up our journal and start writing, just as if we were excited and happy to be making journal entries. Over time the emotion we are pretending becomes more and more real. The skill we are practicing becomes easier and easier. Faster than we thought possible, the affirmation becomes a reality.

Affirmation

I can do anything I want to do.

Practice: Planning the steps
Reread the journal entry you made to answer the question, “If I could do anything I want, the thing I would do is…” If you have been answering that question every day as you write in your journal, pick one of the answers to work with in this practice.

Now think about the steps needed to make that thing happen in your life. For example, you made the affirmation, “I take a trip to London.” You have imagined the future and worked through any objections you have to the trip. You acted as if by buying a guidebook and researching the sights you want to see.

What specific steps do you need to take to make the trip happen? You might need to: apply for a passport, request your vacation days, and pick an airline. Each of these steps is an opportunity for an affirmation.

  • “My passport application is processed quickly and my passport arrives on time.”
  • “My employer approves my vacation request.”
  • “I find exactly the right airline with a fare I can afford.”
  • Each small step takes us toward achieving our goal.

Secrets of Magic 10: Affirm the positive

Another way to say this is, don’t use negatives! Affirmations are one of the most powerful magical tools in existence. Every magic spell or ritual has a statement directing the magical energy to a particular end. Although it is helpful to use tools to achieve a magical result, the root of any magical act is the affirmation. If the affirmation is clear, and we want the result of that affirmation with all our hearts, the affirmation itself is all we actually need to accomplish the result.

Affirmations work by creating a clear image, feeling, and statement about what it is that we want. We use all three senses, sight, feeling, and sound. For example, when we say, “I fly to London,” we visualize ourselves getting on a plane, feel the excitement as we know we are heading to a great city, and firmly announce our intentions to the universe.

Negatives don’t work well in affirmations because they actually invoke the thing that we are trying to avoid. First, we have to make the image or have the feeling, then we try to erase that. For example, if we don’t want to walk home, and make an affirmation that says “I do not walk home,” we first make the image of walking down the street. If we say, “I am not afraid,” we first generate the emotion of fear. Then we have to figure out a way to erase the image or the feeling.

To create strong, successful affirmations, we figure out how to put what we want to say in a positive way. We say, “I take the bus home,” or, “I am filled with peace and courage.”

This secret of magic challenges us to think again in terms of what we want. Instead of saying, “I do not get sick,” creating a magical image of ourselves being unwell, we say, “I remain well,” creating a magical image of ongoing health.

Affirmation

My life is filled with positive energy.
Write this affirmation on a sticky note or 3×5 card and put it where you can see it every day. Repeat the affirmation every day for a week.

Practice: Reframing negative affirmations

In your journal, list negative statements that you give yourself. Leave lots of space between the statements so you can write beneath each one.

  • “I’ll never be able to visit London.”
  • “I’m so fat!”
  • “I’m never going to amount to anything.”

Underneath each of these, reframe them in positive terms.

  • “I fly to London.”
  • “I am exactly the weight that is most healthy for me.”
  • “I am worthy and accomplished.”

Secrets of Magic 9: Enlist your subconscious mind

The amazing human mind is the last great frontier. Western science has only been exploring this terrain for a little more than a century. There is much we still don’t understand about how the mind works. We do know that our beliefs powerfully affect what happens in our lives.

Consciousness is a tiny fraction of our total mind. We most commonly use the word “subconscious” to describe the entire territory of our minds outside consciousness. The word has a lot of limitations which mislead us about the true state of the mind. When we say “subconscious” we make a mental image that puts consciousness above and the rest of the mind below:

CONSCIOUS MIND

SUBCONSCIOUS MIND

The image implies that the rest of our mind is younger, stupider, weaker than consciousness, and that consciousness is in control of our minds. In fact we know that the “sub”-conscious mind controls almost all our actions and responses. That’s a good thing too! If we had to consciously remember how to walk, breathe, read, or drive, we would soon be paralyzed.

The word “subconscious” also leads us to believe that there are two parts to the mind–the conscious part, and the subconscious part. That simple model works to point out to us that consciousness isn’t the whole mind, but it isn’t very descriptive of what actually happens with the rest of our minds.

Psychological disciplines have developed many metaphors to describe our total minds. These metaphors may change within a discipline over time. Each of them helps us to understand ourselves in a slightly different way.

One way to think of our total mind is as a machine which can be programmed. We might talk about the rest of our minds as being composed of many parts, like people, who get together in a room to talk. Or we might think about the whole mind as a vast dark library, with consciousness being a flashlight which briefly illuminates one book among all the stacks.

Our mind contains all our memories, all our experiences, all our skills. It is a storehouse of all the messages we learned as children, and the messages we continue to receive every day, about ourselves and our world. Our mind is shaped by the expectations and customs of our families. We absorb the prejudices and beliefs of the culture in which we live. In contrast, consciousness can keep about seven (plus or minus two) things in view at any one time. It is as if our total mind contains the entire phone book, while consciousness holds onto one phone number!

As we learn, we pay conscious attention to what we are learning. When we first started to read, we memorized the letters, then learned to put them together in sounded-out words. Now reading is completely automatic. We no longer recognize individual letters as we read. However, our mind is still processing that information. All our automatic actions are being performed by other parts of our minds.

Consciousness is the manual override of the mind. We use our consciousness to acquire information and skills which become automatic, that is, are accessed by other parts of our minds. We can also use consciousness to screen out false or harmful ideas.

What we mean when we say that we must know what we want and want it with all our hearts is that the conscious mind and the rest of our mind must agree that this is an outcome that will happen. Sometimes consciousness wants something that other parts of us reject as being impossible or bad for us. Sometimes old programming in other parts of our mind that no longer helps us limits us from achieving our dreams.

Magic teaches us to bring consciousness into dialogue with the rest of the mind. We can approach our total minds with conscious respect and gratitude for how well our minds help us function in the world. We enter into a partnership to override negative programming and overcome limitations. We can also tap into the sources of deep wisdom to help consciousness to better understand what to pay attention to in our lives.

Affirmation

I harness the power of my total mind.

Write this affirmation on a sticky note or 3×5 card and put it where you can see it every day. Repeat the affirmation every day for a week.

Practice: Reinforce positive affirmations
Bring out the 3×5 cards which contain your affirmations. If you’ve been reading the cards and saying them to yourself every day you should have them memorized by now!

Here is a simple exercise to reinforce the positive affect of the affirmations.

  1. Sit comfortably in a chair. Take a few deep breaths. Close your eyes. Count backwards from five to one.
  2. Repeat your affirmations silently to yourself.
  3. Count from one to five and open your eyes.

The first time you do this, you might feel a great relaxation and a sense of well being. You might be puzzled and wonder if you have done the exercise correctly. You might fall asleep! All these responses are normal and well within the range of expected results. Just breathe deeply, close your eyes, count, and say the affirmations. Over time you will come to recognize the sense of relaxation and calm that lets you know you have slowed down your mind.

Practice: Rewrite negative programming
Just as before, sit quietly, close your eyes and count from five to one.

Imagine a room filled with books and recordings. These are the old messages you have received that limit you in your life. Take a moment to read or listen to one of these. You might hear the voice of a parent saying “You’ll never amount to anything!” A schoolteacher might tell you, “Boys don’t cry” or “girls don’t play sports.” You may tune into the internal voice saying “I’m lazy, I can’t succeed, nothing will ever work out.” Take these negative messages off the shelves and stack them by the door.

Now see yourself picking them up and toss them. You might throw them out the window. You can drop them into a chute that leads to a basement incinerator. You can toss them into a river, or you can put them in a rocket to shoot out into space! Move the negative messages out of your life.

Secrets of Magic 8: Want it with all your heart

The first step in getting what we want is to figure out what that is. In Secret 7 we thought about dreams to explore: taking a trip, going back to school, starting a business. The next step is to identify the obstacles between us and what we plan to do.

Some obstacles to achieving what we want are obvious and external. To jump on a plane to a distant city, we need to have the money for the fare. To go back to school we need to organize the time and pay for the classes. If we’re going into business, we’ll need to make a business plan and then secure the funding from a bank or people we know or borrow against our own savings. If we have children or other dependents we need to include them in our plans. Will they come on the trip, is there child care at the school, can they be involved in the business?

Some obstacles are less obvious. We might be reluctant to stay away from home overnight. We might be afraid to try to navigate in a place where English is not the first language. Or we may just be unable to decide what city we want to visit! Going back to school means figuring out our major and what we’re going to do with it. What kind of business appeals to us and what would we be good at doing?

We can tackle any of the external obstacles, by taking each problem in turn and solving it, and by using magic to overcome the more difficult problems. First, though, we have to be sure this is the thing we really want. Our own ambivalence will torpedo any magic we do to achieve a specific result. Thinking about steps we need to take to achieve what we want will uncover the reservations we may have about doing that one thing. We might figure out that the internal objection is too strong to overcome. If we don’t like spending the night away from home, we may decide to read about travel rather than traveling ourselves. Maybe we’ll wait to go back to school until the kids are older. We might continue to save money to buy a business later.

We can also figure out ways to do the thing we want to do that addresses our concerns. If we’re worried about traveling to a place where English is a second language, we can pick a destination, like London, where English is the language of the city. A life coach can help us decide what path our schooling will take. We can talk to people who own businesses like the one we are considering to ask them how they got their start.

Once we have thought through the steps we need to take, we have a plan that we can put into action in our lives. Let’s say we have obtained the money and the child care, and we’ve settled on London as our destination. We have arranged for our passports. We can imagine ourselves buying a plane ticket, boarding the plane, and getting off in a new city. We have thought through our concerns, so that imagining going to London fills us with excitement. Going back to school means making a schedule to make sure we get to class on time and everything else in our lives gets done. We can decide on a business name and logo and use these in our affirmations and visualizations.

Now the only thing left to do is take the plunge! Book the tickets, sign up for the class, sign the bill of sale for the business.

Affirmation

I know what I want and I want it with all my heart.

Write this affirmation on a sticky note or 3×5 card and put it where you can see it every day. Repeat the affirmation every day for a week.

Practice: Imagining the future
Write a journal entry to answer the question, “If I could do anything I want, the one thing I would do right now is…” (If you have already made a journal entry to answer that question, re-read your answer).

Imagine yourself doing that thing. See yourself boarding the plane and getting off in the new city, or sitting in the classroom, or opening the door on your first day of busienss.

If you find you have many objections to doing that thing, evaluate where those objections are coming from. Do you see many external obstacles? List them. Do you worry about what people who care about you will think if you get what you want? List those fears. Have you had second thoughts about what you want? Exploring these may help you refine what you want to make it easier to do, or may help you decide that what you actually want is something else altogether.

Once you know what you want, and know that you want it with all your heart, you know what direction to point your magic.