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Painting Goals in Broad Strokes

Synchronicity and Broad Strokes

I subscribe to “Messages from the Universe” which sends an email every weekday full of encouragement and positivity. Quite often, those messages go straight to my heart. The one for April 26th, is especially appropriate for me:

Expecting “end results” – such as wealth and abundance, health and harmony, friends and laughter – in broad brushstrokes, is part of the secret formula for manifesting the life of your dreams.

Expecting your path to follow a certain route – such as writing a bestseller to accumulate wealth, having a particular someone fall in love with you, or insisting upon this idea, that diet, or the other invention to be your deliverance – is just plain messing with the cursed hows and severely limits my options.

He would have to mention “writing a bestseller”, ensuring he had my attention on this one. As several friends share the messages from time to time, I know this is the same message everyone gets, but boy, did it hit home for me!

As often happens, when I get a particularly pointed message from the Universe, it’s repeated several times to ensure I’m paying attention and ready to act on what I’m hearing. I’m getting a similar message from the #HeartfeltAcademy suggesting I set goals and break them into smaller pieces which can be managed daily, weekly, monthly, or even quarterly.

Find a Goal and Break it Down

Of course, the hard part is not only picking one goal, but being realistic about what I can accomplish in smaller segments of time. For example, I’ve tried setting goals to re-write a chapter or two a week, but with other tasks I took on in the meantime, allowed that goal to slip away, not just for a few days, but for months on end.

I’m realizing though we need to pick one goal at a time to focus on, the rest of our life doesn’t come to a standstill while we’re doing it. In order to make those small steps work, we have to be conscious of the other commitments we’ve already made to ourselves; the other goals we are accomplishing every day.

I’ve established goals for my morning pages and gym visits which are now pretty much engraved in stone. Creating another daily activity involves more than just deciding to do it. It means managing my time more efficiently so I can add one more thing to my day or week. Admittedly, I sometimes get frustrated with it all and end up accomplishing nothing except what I was already doing anyway.

Focus on Accomplishments

Instead of beating myself up about it, I’ve learned to take a step back and look at the whole picture. I’ve done my morning pages every day. I’ve gone to the gym 3 times a week for the last couple of months (except the day I came home from the cruise, but as I got over 50,000 steps in 3 days, and the day I missed was leg day, I decided to be OK with a missed day). I also surprised myself by getting up earlier for the last few days as if in preparation for an increase in daily activity and expectations.

Sometimes we have to give our minds and bodies a little time to catch up with our new goals and plans. If we were only doing actual work for 4 hours a day, jumping into an 8-hour day (unless you have to drag yourself into someone else’s office to do so) is extremely difficult, at least on a regular basis. I know my mind is trying to adapt to the idea by getting bored more easily with hitting the snooze, forcing me to  get up after only swatting the obnoxious contraption one or two times instead of my usual five or six.

Also, the rest of the team doesn’t start making adjustments until and unless we prove we’re fully committed to the new demands on our time. My own system decided I was finally ready when I started committing to the homework assignments in the afore-mentioned #HeartfeltAcademy.

Commit First, Ask Questions Later

And yet, I haven’t clearly defined what those new commitments will be. It seems the act of committing to making a change is all it takes for the shift to start happening. Sometimes, taking small steps like choosing healthier food options, or increasing the amount of exercise you get, or even something as simple as setting your alarm can trigger positive changes.

The broad brush strokes we paint pick up on the modifications we make to our normal routine. They recognize our mental shifts even if we haven’t gotten up to speed yet. Which is exactly my point when I suggest setting goals as broadly as possible. The less we get stuck in the details, or as a former colleague put it, the weeds, the more opportunities the Universe has to bring us exactly what we need when we need it.

Of course, simply setting a goal is only the beginning. I’ve spent countless hours writing out what my future world will look like including sights, sounds, smells and tactile sensations. I’ve included little nuances that mean something only to me. I’ve written them longhand and read them out loud to myself and whichever felines choose to grace my desk and pretend to listen. Why? Because our goals begin to manifest from the passion we invest into the reality we envision.

Using the Laws of Attraction

As a firm believer in the Laws of Attraction, I see it as a simple but powerful formula.

Vision + Passion + Action = Manifestation

In other words, you have to have a vision you can see, hear, feel, taste and touch which gets you excited just thinking, writing, or talking about it. The more you picture the life of your dreams, the more excited you get. That excitement attracts opportunities you might not even recognize as stepping stones to your ultimate goal. Regardless, you have to act on the opportunities which come your way, even if they seem, at times, to take you in a different direction.

Thinking about it, I probably should have included “trust” in the equation. You have to trust that the opportunities you’re given are going to take you in the right direction, albeit in a more circuitous manner than you’d have chosen if left to your own devices. But the circuitous path is there for a reason. In part, there are aspects which will hone skills you aren’t yet aware you’ll need. You may also find connections to like-minded people you might have missed had you stayed on a straight and narrow road.

Choosing Our Opportunities Wisely

In my case, I looked at a lot of opportunities for coaching and mentoring, and had actually narrowed my choices down to less than a handful. When an opportunity came to join a community which brought together a number of skills and services along with coaching, I realized it was exactly what I was waiting for, and without thought or analysis, jumped on it immediately. I know some of the changes I’m experiencing now are a direct result of that decision.

Since the life of our dreams is typically a moving target (who knows what we can have until we manifest some of what we think we want?) the process has to evolve as well. We may find we are part way to what we’d been envisioning and find something more exciting and fulfilling to aspire to. That’s perfectly fine, and in fact, it’s more than fine. It’s amazing!

Sometimes We Have to Get Out of Our Own Way

We’re only able to envision things slightly outside our own experience. When we expand our horizons, our visions expand as well.  Right now I may see myself living on a private peninsula overlooking the Pacific Ocean with my cats, a small rescue operation, groves of fruit trees, and cabins for my artist friends to use when they need a creative retreat. Who’s to say that vision won’t change when I see what else is available? For now, I see myself drinking my morning coffee on the west-facing porch with a cat or three at my side and my morning pages in my lap.

There’s a chef’s kitchen where I can either cook up messes with my daughter and son-in-law, or bring someone in to cook and clean for me. Of course, there’s a two-story library with a spiral staircase, loads of comfortable, well-lit seating, and at least a couple of shelves dedicated to my own published work. I even see myself standing on the staircase toasting a fellow author who got a plum of a book, or even movie deal.

I see it. I believe it. I feel the joy of having it all come true. And yet, there’s also a spark of unknown excitement for what I don’t even see coming yet. That spark keeps my passion alive even when things seem bleak, and I’m ready to throw in the towel and go back to doing something I hate, but which I know will pay the bills. That passion has me accepting new challenges and connecting with people when my introverted self would rather hide. And it has me sitting down at the computer, pounding out another 1500 words or so when, all too often, I didn’t have a thought in my head about what I wanted to write when I sat down in the chair and placed my fingers on the keys.

When our goals are fueled by passion, and we don’t sweat the small stuff, we move forward in spite of ourselves. We can’t stop the forward momentum without hurting ourselves in the process. And frankly, why would we want to?

Throwing in a Little Gratitude to Grease the Wheels

My gratitudes today are:

  1. I am grateful for the friends who have become family.
  2. I am grateful for dancing as it keeps me moving, brings me joy, and attracts all the best people.
  3. I am grateful for my writing. It inspires me, teaches me, and is my greatest commitment to myself.
  4. I am grateful for my cats who love me no matter what, keep me from spending too much time alone, and remind me to take frequent breaks, if only to give them attention or fill their food bowl.
  5. I am grateful for abundance; energy, love, joy, dancing, friendship, exuberance, silliness, supportive people when I need them, opportunities to give support, expanded horizons, peace, health, harmony, philanthropy and prosperity.

Love and Light

 

About the Author

 

Sheri Conaway is a writer, blogger, Virtual Assistant and advocate for cats. Sheri believes in the Laws of Attraction, but only if you are a participant rather than just an observer. She is available for ghostwriting to help your business grow and thrive. Her specialties are finding and expressing your authentic self. If you’d like to have her write for you, please visit her Hire Me page for more information. You can also find her on Facebook Sheri Levenstein-Conaway Author

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November 19, 2014 Ask and it is given #shericonaway

Life is a series of synchronicities

Today, I went to see my massage therapist after a months long hiatus…but let me start at the beginning of this particular sequence.

Over the last week or two, I had put out the thought that I really wanted a massage again. My body needed it and so did my spirit, for many reasons. Part of it was the unique connection that has developed with my massage therapist, both through shared concepts of spirituality and research and because we shared a very intense experience in a healing class last year. I think, in hindsight, that just as the Universe provided a reason for me to contact her again, it had also provided a scenario which caused me to stop my monthly massages for awhile.

As we spoke at length about what we’d been doing, what we’d discovered and just spirituality in general (though is it ever really general?), it occurred to me that after spending many months in a very intimate, intense program, we both needed a break from each other to process what we’d learned about ourselves, the Universe and each other. We needed a time to use some of the tools we’d learned and investigate what we’d discovered about our own personal beings. We both needed time to follow our artistic, creative hearts. And so, we did.

As we came back together today, after the Universe kindly presented me with an aching shoulder and neck as an opportunity to reconnect, we shared our successes and our progress, but also some of what we’d learned over the last few months. A subject which has been of interest to me since my early teens (at least as much as I remember) came up in our conversation, and she recommended a YouTube video to me. Not only did she recommend it while we were talking before she did some energy work for me, she made a point of reminding me of the title as I was leaving.

When our Guides and the Universe feel something is important to our growth, they will do whatever is necessary to ensure that we follow through.

After a quick stop to pick up groceries, I came home and immediately brought up the video knowing that if I didn’t, the Universal head slaps would begin until I complied. It was very clear to me that watching the video was more important than anything else at this moment in time.

I have always been fascinated by people who channel, and somewhere, deep in my subconscious was a little seed that said I was needed for this task as well, but I had no idea where to even begin.

After watching only part of the video, I copied the link into a new blog post as well as to my Facebook page. I just felt that I needed to share it. Even more interesting (at least to me) is the fact that I had not yet written today’s post (I even double-checked as I was surprised at the discovery). It seems that not only was I meant to learn about this video today, but I was also meant to share it today and my blog post was intentionally delayed as a result.

I have, in hindsight, had a feeling for at least a few days now that I was about to hit a turning point, though there was no indication what part of my life would be affected. After watching the video which I’ve linked to this post, it is clear to me that the turning point will involve channeling in some way. I don’t know yet whether I will be doing the channeling or supporting someone else. I only know that it is something which is to become a large part of my life. If I were to guess, though, I’d say that whoever is waiting to be channeled will do so through me. But time will tell. I only need to leave myself open and available to the possibilities.

As I was watching the video, I was guided to begin this post, and guided to give synchronicity credit for my decision. Not two minutes after I typed the headline about synchronicities, one of the speakers began speaking on that exact topic.

Opening to the messages from our guides is the single most important thing we can do for ourselves.

In the past 15 or 20 years, I have, slowly but surely learned that my guides are there to help me, and that they will communicate with me in any way they can, often via emotions and their physical manifestations. It is only when we begin to follow their guidance that we begin to achieve our heart’s desire; that we begin to live the life we were meant to live; that going where we want to, accomplishing what we desire is simply a matter of accepting the help we’re offered after we’ve sent passionate messages out to the collective consciousness about what it is we truly want.

Now, I have to caution you that this video is not going to resonate with everyone. It challenges the concepts of religion and the One God, as well as the concept of Jesus or any other single being people are told to worship. If you will be offended by these concepts, I wouldn’t recommend watching the video. But if you can watch it with an open mind, knowing that you don’t have to agree with everything the channelers say (though I will tell you right now, there wasn’t a single thing they said to which I wasn’t able to say “Oh, yeah! That’s what I’ve been talking about!), please give it a chance. You might find your mind blown, just as I did.

I owe a HUGE debt of gratitude to my guides, Barb’s guides, the Universe and all who made sure I watched this video tonight. This entire process was the finest example of synchronicity I’ve seen in my life so far, choosing to quit my accounting job to write included!

My gratitudes tonight are:
1. I am grateful for Synchronicity.
2. I am grateful to my Guides for giving me signs, usually small, discreet ones, but occasionally, like today, gigantic, flashing neon ones.
3. I am grateful that my life has been blessed by people who teach me new things all the time; about the world, about myself, about possibilities.
4. I am grateful to my daughter for getting me started as a blogger so I could share experiences like this.
5. I am grateful for my ability to indulge in an abundance of random acts of philanthropy.
6. I am grateful for abundance: synchronicities, gratitude, guidance, learning, human evolution, expanding wisdom, joy, love, peace, harmony, friendship, health and prosperity.

Namaste

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