“My ability to receive is measured by how much I practice good feeling thoughts,” Gabby Bernstein, Super Attractor Deck. This message has come up for me a lot. I never looked at manifesting as receiving. I know that’s silly, but I always looked at it as creating or working with the universe to bring something to fruition. I had to learn that manifesting, while it is about co-creating, IS about receiving. It is also a gift in itself.
Moving forward into the new year is all about maintaining control. Emotional control, that is. It’s about understanding that it’s necessary to cultivate a sense of awareness that allows you to decide your state at all times. It’s understanding that our decisions take us where we want to be, not what happens to us. When you have that understanding you know you can choose your thoughts.
This is an art that does require practice—and I am guilty of allowing myself to get carried away with what I’m feeling in the moment. A lot. I have become acutely aware that if I want to make progress that I need to take charge of the things I can control—and the only thing that any of us really have control over are our actions and emotions. Even if there are thoughts that come to mind, we can take the time to acknowledge them and move on. It’s a lot of effort but it is effort well worth it. Liz Gilbert speaks of her friend Richard from Texas in Eat, Pray, Love and how he told her that you have to select your thoughts the same way you select your clothes and I love that.
Cultivating good feeling thoughts allows the space for our deepest desires to come to life. It allows the space for the things we want to manifest in the world. This happens because when we feel good we are in alignment with our purpose and that purpose brings us fulfillment. It also shows trust in the universe because we are being playful and going with the process, knowing that the process will get us where we need to be.
So the goal is to practice, practice, practice those good feeling thoughts. Learn to recognize what helps us illicit that emotion and how to leave behind the things that don’t. The things we want are on the other side of what we are afraid of. They are on the other side of what we are afraid to let go of. They are also on the other side of what we are afraid to admit to ourselves. Learning what works for us, what feels emotionally good to us, helps us to discover the things we really want rather than constantly doing what we think we have to do.
Once we accept that we are meant to feel good and that we are meant for more than we have ever been told, we will see the results begin to shift in our lives. We can learn to work through challenges because we see them as opportunities or we move onto something that is better for us. Feeling good is the start. Make the choice to feel good mentally and to maintain emotional control and watch what happens.