Updated: Feb 12, 2022
One of my morning rituals is to read my horoscopes for the day, for both my sun sign (what many of us call our star sign), and for my ascendant (the constellation that was rising in the east at the time of my birth).
I read my horoscopes, appreciate something in them, and promptly forget what's written. Alright, let's call it what it is - a habit!
This morning, I read the following, and it made me think about our human belief in wish fulfillment:
"Neptune turns 'direct' on the 1st of December and is unleashing the power of the 'dream-come-true' fairy. As we speak she is waving her wand in your direction." (Oscar Cainer)
As a Catholic, I was raised to pray - for what I want, and for others in more need than myself. But I also had the benefit of lots of books to read, as a child, many including fairy tales.
My experience led me to believe in a form of cause and effect, which didn't include my taking action, until my mother started instilling her words of wisdom:
"The Lord helps those who help themselves. "
Which transformed, during my adolescence, into:
"But the Lord help those who get caught helping themselves!"
At some point, we need to learn that life rewards action (as Ben Harvey would say). Without taking action, what opportunities will blossom in our lives?
Can you imagine living a life, in which you sit around waiting for life to happen to you? I can't think of anything more boring or unfulfilling.
Not only that, it would be incredibly disappointing. Your faith in the wish granting fairy would have to wear pretty thin.
Now, I've already mentioned the idea of intention setting in a previous post. This puts your desired result (goal) in a happy statement that is written in present tense (as though you have already achieved that goal), and relates the goal AND THE FEELINGS directly to the action that you intend to take. On the other side of the card, you write questions that ask your brain how to continue that goal fulfillment. Overnight, your brain goes into action, working to find answers to those questions - so you awake with a clearer idea of what to do next.
The thing about intention setting, is that it doesn't work without you taking action.
Without action, it's just ink on cardboard.
It's the same with prayer. During my adolescence, I learned something that St Paul was attributed as saying "Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart." (Philippians, 4:6, Good News Translation).
"When you pray, pray with a thankful heart."
For many, this is as hard to do as intention setting can be. For starters, you have to see yourself - feel yourself - in the outcome you desire. Oh, and it's all about that thankful heart ...
It's even harder to do, if something has happened to rock your faith. And frankly, that happens to all of us. Even the most religious among us, will have their stories of when their faith was shaken.
Maybe it comes back to those fairy tales of our early childhoods, in which good defeated evil, and even the most secret wishes of escape were granted by an outside force.
I'm not saying that it's crazy to believe in God. I still do believe.
What I am saying, is that we need to help our spiritual helpers out, we need to put ourselves in the way of the opportunities we want, and we need to be grateful for what we already have.
"Serendipity is where hard work and opportunity collide. It's where the impact is felt." (Mary-Claire Hanlon, 2018).
Ask yourself, "Do I want every aspect of my life to be a 10/10?" Well, it's never too late (unless my diary is full).
Now, maybe you need different tools - such as books, meditations, meditation school, a tarot and oracle card reading, or to consider what kinds of strategies you need in your life (Ahem. I am Certified Results Coach, and you can book a free strategy session over the phone, anywhere in the world).
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