I watched a couple of older movies this week, Evan Almighty and Shrek. My husband is a huge fan of the Shrek movies, he enjoys the message of love and how Shrek overcomes his fear of it by taking action for love – for true love's kiss. He also likes, Jim Carey who plays in Evan Almighty. Here is a quote from Evan Almighty, it relates to today's article.
"Let me ask you something," God says. "If someone prays for patience, do you think God gives them patience? Or the opportunity to be patient? If someone prays for courage, does God give them courage or the opportunity to be courageous? And if someone prays for their family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or gives them the opportunity to love each other?"
I share this quote today as I wanted to also demonstrate how the Law of Attraction really works and to illustrate the importance of taking action in your life.
I have heard many a conversation about whether or not action is required when it comes to the Law of Attraction.
Here's how I am seeing it. When you seek to manifest something in your life, it's extremely valuable to notice the opportunities that come your way.
If you're seeking courage, such as in the line from Evan Almighty, then you might just find yourself in some situations that require you to act courageous. That doesn't mean that you'll magically 'have no fear' but rather that you learn to move past that fear and do what you need to do.
The same is true when you're seeking more love in your life – for singles or married couples or those seeking connection to others that is not of the romantic nature. Most of us have this desire and it is worth giving attention.
All 3 Shrek movies illustrate what would or would not happen based on whether Shrek chose to live with his fear of being unlovable or if he chose to take the actions that the Universe was orchestrating to find his true love. Because Shrek took actions toward overcoming the fear of being lovable and he believed in True Loves Kiss, he kept going and overcoming many obstacles until he was united with Princess Fiona. There are some very powerful scenes in this movie that will inspire and reinforce the power of love. My husband likes to tease me and say we are like Shrek and Fiona. You'll understand why as you keep reading.
Do you imagine that the Universe will place your perfect partner on your doorstep with a sign that says "This one's for you!"? Probably not… Nor will it send you an email to tell you that Mr. or Ms. Right will be at the local mixer on Friday night, (you can use this example for anything you desire in your life, such as the 'perfect' job too).
What will happen, however, is new opportunities will present themselves so you can achieve your goals and dreams. Depending on whether you recognize these opportunities and act on them, you'll be one step closer to turning your dreams into your reality.
This may sound obvious on the surface, but the truth is, many of us go through life ignoring and even complaining about the opportunities we're given. Most of the time, our disappointment is often the result of our own expectations and requirements of how they must show up.
Often, we don't act on the opportunities because we simply don't see them. As silly as it might sound, we are often just waiting for that big bellowing voice of God to say HERE IT IS!
It makes sense then, as we learn to change this behavior we can take advantage of all that the Universe has to offer.
But how do you spot those opportunities? And more importantly, which ones do you take?
Fortunately, we are equipped with a very precise and finely tuned honing device that illuminates our path anytime we need it. This honing device; also known as Spirit, Source or Inner Guidance, is your personal GPS to Life and everything in it. This is also what we refer to as our intuition.
Think back to a time when you felt torn between two possibilities: did your 'gut' give you an inkling as to which way to go? Did you feel drawn or pulled in one direction more so than the other? Well, that's your Inner Guidance at work!
Where we sometimes stumble is when we confuse this divine guidance with our preconceived notion of how things are supposed to show up. We are wanting things to happen but we often have expectations on how they are supposed to happen.
Unfortunately, what often happens is a missed opportunity.
Perhaps we want something that looks spectacular. You may have heard of the story about the old man lost at sea. The story unfolded with him dismissing two opportunities of rescue – a boat and a helicopter. Perhaps he was expecting something more grand, like God to reach down and scoop him up and carry him to dry land. Now that would have been spectacular and a miracle for sure, instead of looking like just another coincidental rescue from a boat.
But you and I both know that there are no real coincidences. Instead, that IS exactly what the Law of Attraction is about.
Think about it, oftentimes when you need something – there it is. That's more than a random chance, it's actually the Universe looking out for you. I also believe that sometimes, the 'something' that you most need isn't always tangible but rather a message to hear or a feeling to experience. Little signs might show up in the form of an unexpected phone call, an email you wouldn't normally open, or even a conversation with someone in the grocery store line about an event that you could attend. I am always amazed when these things happen and I can fully experience them, if I am paying attention.
Regardless of how the message arrives, the fact that it has crossed your path should be enough to warrant notice and this is where many of us 'miss' the signs and in hindsight, I've noticed where I too have missed opportunities. But I have come to learn that the Universe isn't an 'in-your-face' kind of communicator but more so delivers the message in a natural occurrence or a whisper rather than a rocket.
The Universe is gentle but persistent and will keep delivering us guidance until we get it.
The more open you are to these messages, the more clear they will become and the question then becomes, what do you do with the opportunities in front of you
I know many of you also believe that reaching your goals requires action. It's the type of action that deserves the clarity. In other words, when you put something out into the Universe, it responds by presenting you with a series of opportunities, each designed in some way to bring you closer to your desired goal. Some
of the opportunities may not be exactly what you had in mind while others are right on target, but the really exciting thing is the Universe presents opportunities that it will adjust as you do.
When we first set out to manifest something in our lives, we typically have a grand but somewhat vague idea of what we want. Money, for example, a new job or a new love. We are always presented with the opportunity to grow and gain clarity. Even when we don't believe a particular situation serves us, it does.
What I mean by that is, we must realize that to get from where we are – to where we want to be – we must 'travel' that distance. We can become millionaires but we need to actually do something that will help us to create the millions. We can change careers and have the job of our dreams but we might want to expand our knowledge or attend that dinner party instead of sitting in front of the tv, you never know who just might be there.
If we want to manifest a new love in our lives – a perfect love – an amazing love a soul mate kind of love – first, we need to build a relationship with someone before that love can blossom. Maybe takes steps toward developing ourselves somehow or modifying our lifestyle so that we are ready for the relationship when it shows up!
So, to turn our dreams into reality is about listening and moving with the guidance we are given – all precise directions to get us from where we are to where we want to go. That's why the people you need to meet or the events you need to experience seem to just fall into your lap along the way.
It's also important to lean in a bit closer as you are listening and decipher what message you are receiving internally. Is there something you can do better 'within' in order to reach your goal? Perhaps there is an old belief that is holding you back and hindering your ability to manifest.
The truth is, you are perfectly designed. If you want something different, you can have it. Dance the dance and pay attention to the steps the Universe presents to you.
I always wanted to go to Africa as a young girl and a few years ago I acquired a very deep urge to go now. I thought it was to be part of a charitable organization servicing African children. Before long, a friend from London and I planned to go to Tunisia. We began using travel vacations every few years as our way to see each other, so Tunisia was our way to vacation, to 'check it out.' and to ask the embassy about the organizations. It was quite an ordeal to plan this trip, as you can imagine. A few days before we were scheduled to leave, my friend's mate became extremely ill, and had to cancel. Well, my intuition said to go ahead on my own, however, I was a bit scared to go alone. A few interesting things happened that lead up to my final decision to go and ….ultimately a really BIG thing happened. I listened and I overcame my fear which lead me to meeting the love of my life, my now husband, Riad. Yes, he was there in Tunisia! This probably would not have happened if my friend and I traveled together, certainly wouldn't have happened if I cancelled too. You see, unrelated to the the trip to Africa, I was open to finding new love; true loves kiss, as Shrek would say (and so was Riad). I didn't expect this to be how it would happen but I was following my internal guidance that said, 'go.' The Universe surprised me with a great experience! Oh, and about the desire to serve African children? Riad did take me to the embassy in Tunisia. Also, this desire is the reason why I named my business Empower The Dream. When we give to ourselves, we have more to give to others – empowering within helps to empower out there in the world. In the near future, I will offer ways to support charity organizations that service the children and women of Africa.
Our internal guidance or intuition knows all these desires and fears. It will give you support and opportunities to clear internal 'blocks' or gain new perspectives so that you can continue to move forward. If you resist, you'll keep replaying the same circumstances over and over – not because you need to "learn a lesson" but because you simply can't move forward without the belief of attaining what you say you want.
So go ahead, try something new… venture outside your comfort zone and open yourself up to the possibilities. Instead of approaching things from a "this will work, that won't" state of mind, try saying "let's see what happens…"
And then watch in amazement as your dreams begin to unfold!
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Teresa is an empowerment coach and founder of Empower The Dream, www.EmpowerTheDream.com. Teresa’s coaching style is a combination of professional education and personal life experience that teaches and inspires people from all walks of life. This is done in part by implementing positive changes and eliminating self defeating behaviors. She is also a law of attraction trainer and public speaker. Teresa spent over 15 years in corporate America managing operational departments, developing successful teams in the US and abroad, handling worldwide data communication projects and nurturing million-dollar client relationships.