What You Want, Wants You

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What you want, wants you…

is a reminder of how Universal Law works.  It means that those deep soul desires and the things you’ve been wanting to create are actually available to you.  It means the thing you  want most is also wanting to come into your life.

All week long this message has been popping up in my mind, and it has been just the encouragement I needed to keep going.  This is often the kind of thought that inspires me to create, and as I worked on this piece the other day, I felt this message go deeper into my bones… so I wanted to share.

“All things are one. And when you want something, all the Universe conspires in helping you achieve it.” -Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

In the past, I had trouble believing this.  In fact, I’d say a lot of the time I felt like I was having to push and struggle and strive to get what I wanted.  I felt like I had to justify wanting it, deserve it, work hard for it… and even then, I might not get it.

This is the way we’re often taught to approach life – and this is exactly what we end up getting:  struggle and disappointment.  It creates a lot of blocks in our flow.

When we live like this it causes a misalignment with our soul and a deep misunderstanding of our power.  It’s also very common… so many of us keep struggling away.

What you want, wants you is telling you that your desires are little love letters from your soul.  They are the glimmers and clues of what is there to be explore and uncovered. 

For example:  If you have been dreaming of being an artist… on some level you know it.  Maybe you’ve always found it interesting.  Or you’ve always lit up in art supply stores or have always wanted to write or draw or paint.  Even if you don’t believe you’re particularly talented at art yet…you keep thinking about it and have a desire to make things.

If you have a desire – you also have the gifts and means to manifest it.

We don’t have desires for things that are out of alignment with our souls… the Universe doesn’t work that way.  If you have a soul desire for an experience – then you already possess the keys to opening the door to that experience.  You still have to start where you are though.  You may have to learn something new, take new action, or put forth effort to develop a skill set.

Manifestation always requires effort, but a soul desire tells you that there’s something worth investigating and trying out, and there will be pleasure and empowerment in that effort rather than hard work and struggle.  

You’ll know it’s a soul desire because these are the things you deeply want to create {you know, the stuff you keep dreaming about, putting on your vision boards and taking classes to learn more about, etc}.  Your soul generates those desires because it’s whole purpose is to have experiences that give you an opportunity to expand and use your soul gifts.

Of course the ego can want stuff too… but there’s a big difference in an ego attached goal and true soul desires.  Usually an ego goal involves pleasing other people, getting another person to do something or doing things that aren’t a good fit.  Ego goals don’t light us up, they don’t energize us, they don’t inspire us.  In fact, ego goals usually take us out of our “zone of genius” and often don’t take into consideration what brings us joy.

Reminding yourself that what you want, wants you can actually help you work through the very real ego resistance that often kicks up when we start taking action to realize our soul desires.  It’s a promise that it’s worth the effort to align with your soul gifts because they aren’t separate from you.  Your soul gifts ARE YOU.  Your soul desires ARE YOU.  So you really already have them and they simply want to be uncovered and put to use.

The Universe IS YOU too… and it is conspiring in your favor.  So listen to those little messages, follow those breadcrumbs and take action on those inner nudges from intuition.  You are amazing and powerful – you can create anything you want, but you have to believe it and support it.  Your desires don’t come TO you… they come THROUGH you.

“Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do… begin it, because action has magic, grace and power in it.”  -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

 

Magical Thinking versus Believing in Magic

Magical Thinking2What is the difference between magical thinking and believing in magic?  Let me begin this by making it really clear what I mean when I say “magic”. I’m not talking about pulling rabbits out of hats or Harry Potter. I want to talk about the energy of magic and the 2 ways I notice people embrace it. One of these mindsets can be beneficial and the other is disempowering… so let me explain:

Believing in magic resonates with the vibration of expansion and possibility. When we can embrace possibility, all kinds of manifesting magic starts to happen.

We get into a state of wonderment and faith. We try things out, follow our intuition and meet life with curiosity. We notice synchronicities, we have our eyes open to beauty and we’re able to delight in these things when we find them.

I’m a big advocate of believing in magic… because it brings fun, whimsy and open-heartedness to our experiences. You hold the door open for good things to happen… and very often good things walk right on in.

But there’s a big difference between believing in magic and magical thinking.

Here are a few phrases that illustrate magical thinking:

“It was meant to be. The Universe will save me. The Universe will make things happen. If it’s meant to be, the Universe will deliver it. The Universe must have had different plans for me…” You get the gist.

Now I realize that there are a lot of romantic, faith-promoting themes found in this mindset, and it’s often part of the soul purpose journey to start seeking the signs, looking for the synchronicities and having faith that the Universe, God, the Divine (however you like to think of it) has your back. The Universe does have your back, but it’s a co-creative force that works with you… it doesn’t grant wishes like a fairy godmother and it’s not the boss of you.. it responds to your will.

Magical Thinking can be quite disempowering mainly because we end up waiting. (cue Disney’s Snow White singing: “One day my prince will come… “.)

We don’t set intentions, we don’t take the actions we need to take, and we often miss opportunities.

We also don’t give ourselves credit for the amazing things we do create. I’ve watched people work their butts off to meet an amazing goal only to say when it all came together…”(sigh) it was just meant to be.”

We can miss the real magic that’s happening because we’re distracted by trying to figure out what that random meeting with a person we knew in college was all about. (Sometimes it really is just a random meeting- maybe the real gift was that it was a nice surprise) We misinterpret the impulses of our intuition and end up undermining our security or creating a lot of drama with an ungrounded leap of blindfaith because we expected the Universe to catch us.

You are the creator of your experiences and believing in magic helps you get into a dance with the Universe and collaborate. Magical Thinking often leads to abdicating responsibility and hoping that some magical force of good will come in and rescue you.

As an empowered creative soul, embrace the magic… but remember that the Universe responds to your will and you’re in the driver’s seat of your life. You can go anywhere you choose, but you have to take the wheel.