“Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.”
I’m very pleased to feature a guest article today by Bruce D. Schneider, Master Certified Coach, licensed psychotherapist, and author of “Relax, You’re Already Perfect: 10 Spiritual Lessons… to Remember.” He is also the founder and director of the Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching.
You may remember that I shared Bruce’s article, “Are You Living Your Life Purpose?” last month. Today’s article, “Manifesting Happiness” offers us a terrific and simple three-step process for co-creating a life of happiness and abundance.
I’ve created a Visual Inspiration today for you, too, with a wonderful quote by author Steve Maraboli. Enjoy!
By Bruce D. Schneider, PhD
MYTH: “I will be happy when…”
What do you think would truly make you happy? Let’s suppose one of your answers would be to make more money. If you were given a million dollars but told that you couldn’t spend it, money would do you no good. If you were allowed to buy a house that no one could live in, you would find the house worthless, too. So what do you really want? If you don’t know, you’ll greedily pursue material things, thinking they will satisfy your needs.
What you truly desire is abundantly available and not limited to the resources of the physical world. Experiencing Love is all you really want. Money, treasures, even good health and better relationships are all things you think you need. But they are only strategies – means, not ends, and only a temporary part of a temporary physical world. They may be important in this dimension, but when you are completely awakened with Love, you realize you need nothing else.
Where are you looking for Love? Probably in all the wrong places. True Love, like true happiness, is abundantly available and comes from within.
This doesn’t mean you can’t work at a great job, have better health, or enjoy life’s material rewards. These things are for you to enjoy and experience only while you are here. Once you’re an awakened spiritual being, you’re free to consciously experience all of life’s physical rewards as an addition to your life, instead of believing you need anything for wholeness and happiness. You may say, “Yes, but love doesn’t pay the bills.” Survival is important of course, but merely surviving is not our purpose here. We’re here to enjoy this experience and remember who we are.
Three steps to abundance
“Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” –Mark 11:24
Step 1: Know what you want.
This means the feeling behind what an object or person will help you to experience, not the object or person. The Universe responds literally to your thoughts, so be as specific as possible. For example, don’t wish for a better marriage when you really want to share peace and Love with another soul. Don’t think you want better health when you really want more energy and the ability to experience life. Think carefully about what you really want, so when you program for it, you’ll create a clearer picture in your mind (and Universe) so it can more easily be manifested.
Step 2: Believe you can have what you want.
You can’t have something if you don’t believe you are capable of having it or deserving of it. It’s not enough to merely desire something; you must believe you are capable of owning it. If you’re 5’9″ and believe no one your height could dunk a basketball, you never will. (But no one told that to 5’7″ professional-basketball-player Spud Webb.)
Application: You deserve abundance
If you think you don’t deserve something, challenge this belief. Where did this idea come from? Is it a reality? Realize that you were created to experience prosperity and abundance in all things. There is nothing you don’t deserve.
It is said that anything you can conceive and believe, you can have. This is almost the case, but if you want help from the Universal Energy, there’s one more step.
Step 3: Accept that you already have what you desire.
Once you accept that you’ve already received what you created in your mind, the process is complete. If you sprain your wrist playing tennis, see it healed using a visualization technique. By creating in your mind that your injury is already healed, that image will be manifested in the physical world, and you will be back on the tennis courts much sooner. If you want to find a loving partner, center yourself and create an image of already enjoying your life with the person you desire. (It is not necessary to know who it is or to imagine a face.) If and when you are ready, the Universe will unite you!
Thought is energy. This form of energy is processed by your creative mind and printed out as your reality. If you’re centered, you co-create your printout with the power of the Universal Energy. Your thought will be much stronger, resulting in the creation of what you desire sooner…
Copyright Bruce D. Schneider, PhD. All Rights Reserved.
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