I picture in my imagination what chocolate chip cookies will taste like when they are perfectly baked.
Me: “The satisfaction of the smell. The warmth of the oven. Tasting the cookie dough… Feeling so satisfied after eating several freshly baked cookies, the chocolate chips all melty, the dough soft and squishy.”
Universe: "Satisfaction. Full. Enough. Plenty. Ease."
Now that I have that nicely imagined, I can easily find the bead of that energy. What I’ve done in the past is create a combination of obstacles that stopped me from receiving the most satisfying experience.
Me: “I’m imagining the cookies, but I don’t have chocolate chips and I think the eggs are too old. I have to go to the store. It’s snowing out. I’m fat anyway. My brother used to tease me about putting on weight. I can barely fit in my jeans. But I really want the chocolate chip cookies! This is so frustrating. I don’t know what I should do.”
Universe: “Strong desire for cookies! Here’s an obstacle. Here’s another obstacle. Hate myself. Dissatisfaction. Victim. Powerless. Strong desire for cookies! Doubt. Confusion.”
This isn’t helpful if I’m trying to consciously manifest. The obstacle isn’t the lack of chocolate chips and fresh eggs and horrendous weather. The obstacle is my attention to the obstacles. You are ALWAYS the obstacle. Not in a punitive sense, in an empowered sense. If I control the playing field, I control the outcome.
Another common issue sounds like this:
Me: “I really want chocolate chip cookies. I can smell them, I can taste them, but they’re not here. Where are they? I want them but they’re not here yet. When will they get here?”
Universe: “Confusion. Doubt. Strong desire, no satisfaction. Struggle. Stress.”
One way to help soothe that noticing is to figure out how to enjoy the journey to my creation. So I know that I will be happier in the having of what I want, can I enjoy the trip there? Why is this important? Because I can’t have a shitty journey and cross the finish line happy. An integral key is being able to enjoy the way to the prize. It really is about the journey.
Me: “I know how to make chocolate chip cookies. I’ve made them a lot. I love the simplicity of following a recipe and watching all these separate ingredients come together to make something wonderful. I REALLY love it when the timing is perfect and I’m ready to put the cookies in the oven right when the oven beeps that it's reached the right temperature. I love cleaning the bowl and spoon—yum-may!”
Universe: “Satisfaction. Pleasure. Joy. Satisfaction. Ease. Delight. Perfect timing. Satisfaction. Joy.”
I don’t introduce any thought or conversation that makes me less than satisfied. If there are obstacles, I wait until I am in a happy mood and can really feel the joy of cookies and then from that high-flying place I can see the obstacles in a way that make them a part of a fulfilling journey:
Me: “I need to get chocolate chips and eggs. The store isn’t far away. It won’t take that long. I have a prescription at the store that I need to pick up, that’s actually really convenient. I like when I can kill two birds with one stone. I feel efficient.”
Universe: “Strong need. Soothing. Ease. Soothing. Simplicity. Inspiration. Satisfaction.”
What’s interesting is that when I do go to the store, instead of seeing this as, “One more frickin’ thing that needs to get done,” I’ll run into wonderful people. I’ll remember that we needed chips and guac, I’ll remember that I love driving our car. I’ll enjoy seeing the snow clinging to the mountains like an Ansel Adams photo. The more I can learn to enjoy the journey, I know the cookies will be amazing. I know because I’m already happy and satisfied.
Suggestions: Don’t start with the biggest “issue” you have. The largest
obstacle to your joy. Start manifesting with things that sound interesting but you feel like you can achieve. Milk your successes. Focus on when something happens that is satisfying. Bask in delightful moments. Soothe yourself when you’re not feeling it. You’ve got this. You’re doing great. You can’t get it wrong. You’re an amazing person who makes amazing chocolate chip cookies.