Do you like to know how things are going to work or how they’re going to happen?
The practical side of me wants to know the exact steps from A to Z and everything in between. I think I get this from my father who was in charge of logistics in the Army. Forget spontaneity. You can’t go anywhere or do anything without a good plan.
Often this need to know stands me in good stead. Marketing, writing, and business development all require structure and know-how. Without them you’re apt to flounder and spend too much time, money, and effort.
Sometimes, though, this need to know gets in the way, especially when it concerns spiritual practice. The Law of Attraction tells us to imagine what we want, visualize it in great detail, feel ourselves having it, and then let go. Completely. Trust that it will manifest at the right time.
That letting go and trust part . . . yeesh! Not so easy. And it can be incredibly difficult for control freaks like me. But in order for the Universe to get the attraction generator cranking, you have to let go. You have to trust. You have to be open to whatever and be ready to take action.
Recently one of my F.A.I.T.H. authors posted on Facebook, looking for places for speaking engagements, and a woman responded with a mention about the Conscious Living Center. The name intrigued me so I looked up the woman and the Center, and the more I read the more I kept thinking this could be perfect for F.A.I.T.H. I messaged Hope, the founder, and told her briefly about the book and that I’d love to talk with her. She emailed the following day with “Call me. I’d love to talk.”
That’s when I got nervous. Sending email is pretty easy for me. Talking on the phone takes another whole level of courage. Besides, what would I say?
I let it sit for a day and the following morning I picked up the phone. I asked my angels for courage and dialed and started the conversation with, “I’m feeling a little lost here, but I really wanted to get in touch with you.” We both laughed and the discussion began. Hope’s warmth and friendliness put me at ease. She talked about her Center, her property, the different kinds of events that are held there, and eventually asked the question I was dreading. “So what do you think you’d like to do here?” I told her I had little experience with workshops and classes but that I was open to finding something that would fit. Her intuition suggested she mention the idea of a panel and I got excited. A panel! I’d been wanting to be on a panel for years and I’d thought of a writing or editing panel. But a panel for the F.A.I.T.H. authors. What a great idea!
When I got off the phone I had no idea what topic we would use to draw a crowd. I told my husband about the conversation and he said why don’t you talk about how you all followed your hearts—“finding answers in the heart.” Well, of course.
I beamed and clapped my hands like a little kid, full of joy and promise. And all because I let go and trusted and was open. When you do that, miracles happen.
P.S. – The F.A.I.T.H. panel is scheduled for August 23. Stay tuned for more info.
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