A very talented artist emailed me this week expressing her frustration at not manifesting what she wants. “How can I ask God who I sincerely believes wants me to excel, and exceed, and go beyond, and loves me deeply to assist me in making this happen? How can my GodSelf mirror into my GodAll so that manifestation happens effortlessly and in evident providential timing?”

My reply:

First, you are talented, precious, and amazing. That is a fact. That is real. And anything that does or does not happen in your life will not alter that.

Second, this may sound like jibber-jabber, but I think what you want is closer than you realize, and you just have to get out of the way, so it can happen.  There is a context I’d like you to consider that may bring answers, comfort and relief. It was those great spiritual leaders, the Rolling Stones who proclaimed it in the middle of the 20th century when they sang, “You can’t always get what you want, but ….yada, yada….. ya get what you need.”

Before I put you to sleep, let me switch over to the “I” voice. As much as I would like to think I can get to a place of complete control over my life and future – I never will. It always has and always will be a co-creative endeavor. God is a major player in my life, but I keep forgetting this ’cause my ego is an atheist (bless his heart).

Does this mean I put aside “what I want?” Hell no! But to maintain peace between my ears,  I must remain open to the reality that as much as I want my future to turn out a particular way, God has her plan, which is usually more elegant and in line with my purpose on the planet – anyway. This is why I always add the proviso “this or something better, for the highest good of all” to any vision of the future, or heart-felt desire I broadcast.

Does this mean I sit on my ass doing nothing, while waiting for God to do her thing? Hell no! She will only interpret that as my desire to remain comatose. And that’s exactly what life will deliver.

So what do I do? Well, in no particular order,….

1. I listen to my heart.

2. I take action based on what my heart desires, knowing that the future will reveal itself on it’s own terms.

3. I accept the results of taking action, without judgment and look for the lessons learned.

4. I choose another action based on what I’ve learned from the last.

5. I acknowledge the fact that it’s all a co-creation and that every person and event in my life is a reflection of my relationship with myself therefore,

6. I try my best to be loving to myself and others, in that order.

7. I ask God, “What would you have me do? What would you have me say? And to whom?”

8. I try to be serving someone or something in some way – all the time.

9. I give voice to my dreams, fears, and other thoughts with someone I trust and who “sees me.”

10. I say these 3 prayers a lot: