A few of my best friends and I will be working with one another this year, masterminding for each other in effort to follow what has been adopted as our motto for the year: 2007 - Nothing But Heaven! This is the part of Sandy's book that has inspired us to work together (and results will be posted in my LJ as well as here):
The following text has been excerpted from the book Journalution by Sandy Grason, Chapter 6 – Hopes, Dreams, and Visions.
Remember the scene in The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy asks Glinda the Good Witch how to get back to Kansas? Glenda tells Dorothy, “My dear, you’ve always had the power.” We all have the power to create a life we love. But often, like Dorothy, we look in faraway places for our answers when the real answers are in our own backyard. It’s tempting to look outside ourselves for answers to life’s big questions. After all, if we could just read a book or go to a seminar and discover our true purpose, it would make things so much easier. While the answers that others have found may inspire you, ultimately you have to answer life’s big questions for yourself, and your journal is the perfect place to begin figuring out your hopes, dreams, and visions. Think of your journal as your very own pair of ruby slippers.
Writing in your journal about what you really want will automatically attract circumstances that can arrange for those exact things to happen. That is why you must be very clear. They say “Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.” To some degree this is true, but in a good way; as these things you’ve always wanted begin to appear, you may realize that some are not so important to you after all. Your vision will begin to shift and develop into what you truly desire. In fact, your vision may change dramatically over time, so it is a good idea to consistently re-create and revise your vision in your journal. If you do so, it will always reflect what you want to attract.
Lessons in Manifestation
In 1992, a friend introduced me to the work of the best-selling author and self-empowerment guru Wayne Dyer. Dr. Dyer’s ideas – especially the notion of manifesting our dreams – really resonated with me. Eventually, he proved to me that we really can manifest anything. One day, when I was pregnant with our first child, my husband Rich and I were in the car listening to a tape of Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra. Dr. Dyer was telling a story about his wife, Marcelene, who was working on a book about spirituality and childbirth, and how she had given birth to seven children. He described her birthing process as being incredibly peaceful. Apparently, when she gave birth she would go into an altered state of consciousness and “become one” with the experience. At that point in my own pregnancy, about seven months along, I had read every pregnancy and birthing book I could get my hands on, but I was still in a state of complete fear. As Dr. Dyer continued to describe Marcelene on the tape, I said to Rich, “ I want Wayne Dyer’s wife to help me give birth!” We laughed. It was a joke.
About two weeks later, I received a call from my father-in-law, who had just purchased four tickets for a Wayne Dyer talk. This was completely out of character for him; he had never read or listened to any of Wayne Dyer’s material. The night of the event arrived, and as I attempted to make the extra fifty pounds I was carrying look cute, I joked with my husband again: “I want to meet Wayne Dyer, and I want him to tell his wife to help me give birth!”
That evening, I stood in line during intermission, along with approximately three hundred other excited fans, to get a signed copy of Dr. Dyer’s latest book. When I finally reached the front of the line, I asked, “Will your wife’s book on childbirth be ready in time to help me?” He said that her book wasn’t yet finished, but that she was nearby and I should go say hi to her. He added, “She just loves pregnant women.” I waddled over with my husband and introduced myself to Marcelene Dyer, then told her about my fear of giving birth and asked if she had any words of wisdom for me. She responded, “It is such a pleasure to meet you. I would be happy to help you in any way I can. In fact, if you would like me to be at the birth, I would consider it an honor.”
My jaw dropped. I stood in silence, completely stunned. I had joked about this ridiculous scenario several times, and now here was Marcelene Dyer offering it to me! I am grateful that my husband stepped in to exchange phone numbers with her, because I was still frozen. I called her later that week, and we talked about Marci’s childbirth philosophies.
Marcelene Dyer was with me when I gave birth to both of my daughters. My second daughter was born at home in the water, and I labored for two days. Marci stayed with me the entire time. She slept on my couch, held my hand, and talked to me about my strength and power as a woman. She has become a magical mentor in my life, my true soul sister. I am so blessed and grateful to have her as a friend. In fact, Marci was the first person to suggest that I would write my own book, which also seemed absurd to me at the time.
Until the moment when I met Marcelene, nothing that magical had ever happened to me. But it taught me just how powerful our words and thoughts really are. A simple statement, made out loud and with no attachment – “I want Wayne Dyer’s wife to help me give birth” – set events in motion, unbeknownst to me, to grant my seemingly ridiculous request. By reading Wayne’s books, listening to his tapes, and experimenting with his teachings in my own life, I serendipitously attracted an exemplary mother figure in Marci. Now I model my own mothering skills after her. I began to wonder: If my words and thoughts managed to deliver one outrageous request, what else could it manifest?
Apply This to Your Life
The arrival of Wayne and Marci Dyer in my life exemplifies the saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Can you recognize any teachers who are presenting themselves to you today? Are you keeping them at bay, or welcoming them into your life?
Imagine that you hold a magic wand that has the power to grant any wish. What is it that you truly want? Are you ready to tell me? I remember Wayne Dyer saying something that applies perfectly: “There is good news and bad news. The good news is that whatever you really, really, really want, you will get. The bad news is that whatever you really, really, really don’t want, you will also get, because that is what you are thinking about all the time.”
I challenge you to write a wonderful vision for something you want to create in your life. Call in the perfect teacher to guide you in creating this new life. Use your journal to do this. While journaling is a wonderful tool for working out your issues and problems, examining the details and decisions, the act of creating an inspiring, passionate vision will have the greatest impact on your life.
In your journals, you can collect visions of how you would like your days to unfold. Reflect on them often. Meditating on these visions and imagining that you are living them will help attract the circumstances to create them. As you get clearer and clearer about your life and your dreams, paths will appear. You may find yourself fielding invitations that are exact manifestations of the perfect days you wrote about.
The Manifesting Game
Pick one thing you would love to manifest in your life right now. It could be a new job, a relationship, or even a new car. Write a vision for this thing or experience. First take a deep breath and get yourself centered and calm. Then, from this calm, quiet space, write your vision exactly as you would like it to unfold. Be as descriptive as possible. Imagine ho wit will feel when you have this thing you want. After you have written your vision clearly, post it in a place where you can read it daily. Close your eyes and smile after you read it each day. Really see your vision coming true.
Jokes from the Universe
You may be surprised by the humor in the universe when it comes to manifesting your visions. I have a funny story about that to share with you. In South Florida, where I live, there are free outdoor concerts in the springtime. While my husband and I were at one of these concerts, I noticed the schedule of upcoming artists. The following month, David Cassidy was coming to play. As a little girl, I worshipped David Cassidy. I grew up watching The Partridge Family every day, and I had posters of him all over my room. I remember dancing to his music alone in my room and dreaming of him, as millions of little girls did. When I discovered that he would be playing a free concert, I excitedly ran to tell my husband, who did not share my overwhelming enthusiasm for Mr. Cassidy. I put the date on my calendar and began counting down the days.
During this time, our apartment was on the market, so our realtor would come and go, showing it as needed. Two days before the concert, I received a phone call from our realtor, saying that someone wanted to see the apartment and they would be there in fifteen minutes. I told her it was impossible; I had just gotten home from a weeklong trip, so the house was a disaster and I was so exhausted. The realtor interrupted me: “Wait, before you say no, let me tell you who it is – David Cassidy. Do you know who he is?” I squealed like a schoolgirl. “Do I know who he is?! He’s coming to my house??!!”
I opted to spend the next fifteen minutes fixing my hair and makeup rather than straightening the house. David Cassidy spent about five minutes looking around, then left. Upon reflection, I probably should have put my energy into cleaning the house. When my husband came home and I told him what happened, he said, “Sandy, you really overshot your manifesting powers this time. You didn’t realize when you said ‘I want to see David Cassidy’ that you would actually draw him to our home!”
Who knows the power of words? If you step back and look at your life as a huge creation, what have your thoughts and words created so far? How does your life look as a big picture? Can you see the circumstances that your thoughts and words have brought about? What would you like to create right now?
When you really want to turn up the heat on manifesting your dreams, you will want to add masterminding to your journaling practice. Masterminding is an alliance of two or more people working together toward a goal or vision. When you mastermind, you hold a vision for someone else and they do the same for you; you use your combined energy to attract and create your dreams. The power to manifest these dreams is multiplied when you write them in your journal and share them with your mastermind group. Napoleon Hill wrote in 1927, “The ‘Master Mind’ may be defined as the coordination of knowledge and effort in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people for the attainment of a definite purpose. When a group of individual brains are coordinated and function in harmony, the increased energy created through that alliance becomes available to every individual brain in the group.” From ancient times, people have changed the course of history by applying the mastermind principle.
When I began the process of writing a proposal to get this book published, I kept hearing this word masterminding in books I was reading and tapes I was listening to. It was a new concept for me, but it sounded like something I wanted to try. I found three other women who were excited and intrigued by the idea of masterminding, and we began to meet every Wednesday at my home. We named ourselves M2M, which stands for Masterminding to Manifest, because our intention is to manifest our dreams together. The number two signifies the energy that is created when two or more people gather together in the spirit of harmony for a greater purpose.
The most wonderful thing about masterminding is how empowering it feels…
I believe that when you discover the radical and possibly revolutionary change you can create when you mastermind with others, you will harness the power to change the world. Can you imagine groups of people coming together around the world, supporting each other in living their dreams? What amazing things can we accomplish together by masterminding regularly? Now it’s your turn to use masterminding to create the life of your dreams.
Identify a friend or colleague who is interested in masterminding with you. Ask your friend what one thing he or she would like to have happen: a new job, relationship, home, or whatever. Invite this friend to write an affirmative sentence that expresses gratitude for the fulfillment of that dream. Then write your friend’s sentence in your journal.
For example: Emily wants a new career, but she’s not sure what she wants to do. Emily writes: “I am so happy to have work that is emotionally and financially rewarding, fun, inspiring, and helpful to others in the community.” Her friend writes: “Emily is so happy to have work that is emotionally and financially rewarding, fun, inspiring, and helpful to others in the community.”
Now write a sentence in your journal about what you want to have happen in your life, and have your friend write your sentence in his or her journal. Agree to look at these sentences each day and visualize the events happening. When you do so, take a deep breath and feel, in your body, what the experience will be like when these goals have been accomplished. You and your friend might even write the sentences in your journals each day and look at them several times.
When you exchange mastermind visions with at least one other person, you open yourself to the magic in the universe. You may find that, as you read your passionate sentence each day, it takes on more life. It may even change or become more specific. Rewrite your sentence as it changes, and let the vision keep growing in your mind and in your heart.