How To Not Manifest Your Dreams
As you've probably noticed, I'm pretty obsessed with the Law of Attraction. Since finishing Jen Sincero's book, reading other manifestation books, and tuning into podcasts like The Lively Show, I truly believe that we all have the potential to bring good fortune and positive vibes into our lives--without even having to do psychedelics or wear excessive amounts of hemp clothing.
But if I'm completely convinced, why am I doing such a shit job at actually manifesting anything of importance? I've had small success, such as thinking about how I wanted to reconnect with this awesome blogger and wellness coach I hadn't spoken to in awhile, visualizing the email I was going to send her, and *poof* I get an email from her in my mailbox, without even having to send my email. My vibes were out there and I manifested one thing I wanted.
The big stuff on the other hand? I can't seem to let go of my old ways in order to start "acting as if." The phrase "acting as if" is something you'll find in a variety of books, not just the new age-y ones. Even one of my favorite authors, Fiona Ferris, suggests it as a technique in her Thirty Chic Days book (which if you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it!). The main idea is that you start acting as if you already have your dream life and doing the things that version of you would be doing.
For example, the best version of Sarah Michelle would have wake up around 6:00 a.m., do some light stretching, take the dog for the walk, meditate, take a shower, go to the grocery store, and then spend the day working on her blog, freelance writing business, and her house. Doesn't that sound delightful?
In reality, my day was more get out of bed at 7:00 a.m. and immediately jump into the shower because my hair so greasy from not washing it the day before. Then check my phone for awhile before putting my wet hair in a bun and throwing a nice-ish looking outfit to go grocery shopping right when the store opened. Not too bad, but there are several key parts to my best life that aren't on that list.
The rest of the day deviated even further. I did spend some time on my blog, business, and cleaning, but not as much as I had planned. I also didn't eat as healthily as I'd have liked. Bryan and I ended up spending the afternoon with a bag of chips and salsa while watching Jessica Jones. And later we got Venti Frappuccinos for Frappuccino Happy Hour at Starbucks. But honestly, I don't feel that badly about the Frappuccinos because they were half price. What can I say? This girl loves a bargain.
I wasn't acting as if I was this happily centered woman in-tune with her heart and desires. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed my day, mainly because I got to spend it with Bryan and I'm always happy when we're together (gag, I know).
I know that by spending my days this way I'm not going to successfully manifest all the wonderful things I want in my future. Moving forward, I intend to work more on my visualizations and meditation. I feel like these two components will be key in my progress toward living my dream life.
If any of you lovely readers have hit a rough spot trying to adopt Law of Attraction principles, I'd love to hear how you overcame it. Let me know what you're manifesting in the comments, friends!