This is the time of year when I like to sit and contemplate what I want for next year. It is time to plan.
How do you plan? Do you prepare a vision board? Do you journal? Do you take time out to just sit and think about what you would like? Or do you just go from one day to the next, one year to the next without deliberately creating the future that you want?
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Journal appreciation about the year gone by
This is a pretty straight forward exercise of just sitting down and listing the events that happened in the year gone by that made me really happy. I also like to go over my “book of appreciation”. Sometime back I started listing synchronicities that happened in my life to show me the evidence of the law of attraction as well as little everyday events that I appreciated. This evolved one year when as I sat to journal my appreciation of the year gone by, I could not remember more than a few little things about it having trained myself not to hang on to the past. Going over my list always makes me feel good.
Here are the steps I follow:
1. Journal appreciation about the year gone by
2. Meditate for 15-20 minutes
3. Think about what I want to achieve
4. Pre-pave the feeling of how I want to feel
5. Visualize feeling the feeling
6. Journal appreciation about where I am today about the things I wish to achieve
7. Put everything away
8. Take time out to relax and have fun
These are a general guideline. I don’t always do things in this order – because there is no one right way of doing things. Sometimes, I start with meditation, other times I start with identifying things I want, sometimes I start by appreciating where I am today.
I don’t always complete this work in one sitting – sometimes I do and sometimes it is spread over many days.
There are many variables in each step that can vary, so below I am going to expand a little on each one of these steps. Links to a webinar I held on this subject are given at the end of this blog post.
Abraham says that meditation will always raise our vibration a couple of notches. They also say that any action taken from a place of feeling good will bring better results. So I always like to combine appreciation with meditation, so that I can kick up my vibration a couple of notches. Even to the extent that in my meditation class, I like to go around the room and ask each person present to share what they can appreciate about the week gone by, before commencing meditation. I like to pre-pave my meditation by saying things like “I want my inner guidance to lead me towards my greater well-being, I want all good things to come to me, I want to allow ease and flow in my life”.
Journal appreciation about where I am today about the things I wish to achieve
Journaling my appreciation about where I am today helps to close the vibrational gap – it makes me feel that the things I want are totally possible, and not only possible but probable. Increased probability leads to expectation and expectation leads to manifestation. As long as there are no active negative beliefs on the subject, a feeling of expectation accelerates the creation process. This is why Abraham says that we have to have “belief boards” that match our vision boards. My journaling process is very much like a focus wheel or a rampage of appreciation.
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Think about what I want to achieve
This is planning in the traditional sense; that is, setting up goals. The important thing here is to know how specific to make those goals. Abraham says that it is better to be general in setting up our goals, and to get specific only in those cases where you can feel the done-ness of your goal. So for me this part of the work is really all over the place, because on some subjects I can get really detailed and specific and on other subjects I cannot. When talking about goals that feel vibrationally distant, I like to reach for the feeling place of how I want to feel rather than what I want to achieve. I like to list my goals in point form and in writing. I like to list them under four areas of life: career success and money, home and possessions, relationships, personal health and beauty.
Abraham teaches pre-paving as a process and over the years this process has become an integral part of my life. Pre-paving is simply laying the emotional foundation for the things we want to achieve. So reach for the feeling of how you want to feel by achieving the things you want to achieve. I do this in writing, and simply by writing a sentence about each goal that starts with the words “having this will feel like …” and taking a moment to actually feel that feeling viscerally.
Visualize feeling the feeling
Sometimes I close my eyes and imagine the scene that signifies the end result (visualization), and sometimes I write it out. Usually, I pick a person that I want to celebrate my achievement with and then imagine that I am with them sharing my news, and feeling the feeling of joy and success.
For some things I like to involve my children and we co-create a holiday that we all want to take. Then we collectively prepare a vision board with pictures from our chosen destination. Creating a vision board is one way to visualize, and if you find this a fun activity, then by all means do a vision board – just remember to close your eyes and feel the feeling of having achieved your objective.
Put everything away
Attachment to the outcome is a form of resistance that keeps the very thing that we want away from us – attachment is the process of asking the question “where is it?”, “why isn’t it here?”, “when will it come?”. Knowing what I know, once I complete my exercise, I want to forget all about it! So the first thing is to just put all my writings in an envelope and seal them – to be opened around new year next year – if I want. Mostly, I don’t. I don’t open the envelope because I have found that the feeling of comparing what I asked for with what transpired is a waste of time – because it really doesn’t matter. Where ever I am today is good, I cannot go back, all I can do is start from where I am today and create my future. Not only that, what I want is continuously changing so what I wanted in the past is no longer relevant.
Abraham often says that everything we want is because we think that the having of it will make us happy, so why not just be happy today – why put happiness on hold? And I have found that I want many things, but not really, most of the things I want are just fun to own in my imagination. And I have found that that is what the process of creation is all about. Just enjoy giving birth to new desires and allow the Universe to deliver to you that which you are ready for. It is a much easier way to live life than to keep waiting for things on a list to manifest before you can feel good.
Enjoying life is the end objective, and we can enjoy life in every moment. Why make happiness conditional on the manifestation of things, people and events? Life is now, now, now, now, now.
Much love and appreciation,
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