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Ask, release and let go

Posted on March 18 2013

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My mother says that I discovered the power of prayer at the age of 4. I remember fervently asking for my heart’s desires every chance that I got and I believed they would all come to pass. If they didn’t, I believed that it was for the best. I may not have understood why they weren’t happening, but in my mind, it didn’t matter.

At 22, I discovered the Law of Attraction. Learning that I attracted whatever I put out into the Universe was life changing. Understanding that like attracts like and that positive thoughts attract positive outcomes was a defining moment. I started to devour every book that I could find on the subject. Everything that I read suggested that I could ask for anything that I wanted and the Universe would provide it. No questions asked.

At 25, I was surrounded by vision boards, dream journals and images of things that I wanted for my life. I thought about these things constantly. To say that they consumed me is an understatement. I put specific dates and time limits on when these dreams of mine would come into manifestation. I told the Universe how things should happen, even sometimes where they should happen. I was very specific. After all,  I’d learned that the more specific you are with God, the better the chance your miracle had of happening.

At 28, I’ve realized that things are a little more complicated than our physical minds can even begin to comprehend. I’ve learned that you can’t control the “how” of things. It’s my job to ask and believe that if what I’ve asked for is meant to be a part of my journey, then it’ll come to pass. If it’s not meant to be, there’s a reason why and sooner or later, something of equal or greater value will make its way into my life. I’ve learned not to hold on so tightly to my desires and aspirations. I’ve learned to let go and let God.

As an adult, most of the things that I’ve asked for in the past few years have actually not happened. What has happened is that I have found myself on the most beautiful path that I could never have imagined for myself. The most unexpected surprises and successes have made their way into my life and they fit so perfectly in the journey that I’m on. 

One more thing, I haven’t stopped asking. I still have a vision for my life. What I’m learning to do is to release my wishes and let go of their possible outcomes. Instead, I’m striving to be excited about the pieces of the puzzle that my mind has not even had the chance to anticipate. As Douglas Adams once said, ‘I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.’

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