Monday, May 23, 2016

Bending Reality

A friend wrote me recently asking me how I've been able to bend reality to my favor. The comment made me smile because I had been thinking about making this post for awhile. This was my nudge.

I put a lot of focus and effort into getting where I am, but along with that effort, there were forces at work guiding me toward this reality. And along with the obvious efforts of budgeting, saving money, and doing massive amounts of research, there were a few other factors that played into it as well. I watched miracles unfold in my life those last few years in Santa Cruz that streamlined my life into one I only dreamed about years before when I initially set my goal to travel long term. In other words, I bent reality to my favor.

The Law of Attraction

We've all been exposed to the law of attraction in one form or another--from the Secret, to the teachings of Abraham-Hicks, to the Sermon on the Mount. The basic idea is to ask for something, let it go, and you'll receive it. It's the letting go part that tends to trip people up, but it's the most essential step. Once you ask for something, don't dwell on it or worry about it, don't beg for it daily, don't expect immediate results, and most importantly, don't demand a deadline.

Along with asking* you must also make an effort to continue working toward what you want because the secret is in the combined effort of believing that you will receive what you ask for while you work to attain it. Live as though it's already your reality. The moment you begin to sink into negative thought patterns of not having what you want you begin to push it away. As I worked toward reaching my goal, I watched as my path was cleared and obstacles vanished. People and situations and opportunities began to manifest in my life that guided, and in some cases, pushed or pulled me along the way.

This isn't the easiest process or the most comfortable. Things might get a whole lot worse before they get better. It might take a long while, it might not. Trust the process, don't resist it.

*pray, create a vision board, write a letter to your future self, make lists, keep a journal, practice visualization exercises

A Course In Miracles

One of those things that manifested on my path via the incredible world of networking and social media was a lady named Gabby Bernstein. She had just written a book called May Cause Miracles which is a condensed, easy to grasp version of A Course In Miracles. The book guides you through 40 days of practices that will change the way you see the world around you. It focuses on turning fear into love, forgiving (not just others, but yourself as well), living in gratitude, and becoming miracle minded. I didn't just do these practices for 40 days--I kept practicing them over the next several years, and I still do today.

Kundalini Yoga

I discovered Kundalini Yoga in a bookshop back in early 2003 when I was living in Montana. I found the book in the store's tiny yoga section. The moment I picked it up I knew I had found my path. I didn't think about it, I didn't question it, I just knew, and I began*.

Kundalini Yoga brings an expanded awareness and consciousness to your world. It clears your energy channels, raises your vibration, creates new neural pathways in your brain, and taps into the latent potential energy stored at the base of your spine. Over time with consistent practice, you'll begin to notice the world no longer has the same control on your mind it once did. Everything you experience is from a completely different perspective--one in which the Universe is conspiring in your favor. You will harness a kind of energy that makes you feel like you're a science fiction character born 500 years too soon. Or maybe even a Jedi.

*Those first few years were all reading and personal practice. It wasn't until early 2007 that I finally found a class in Santa Cruz.


It works. But, you must do it with ease and without expecting anything in return. Give back to the source which feeds you spiritually--not just any charity, but your church, your yoga studio, a spiritual teacher. If not ten percent, give five or three percent--put it in your monthly budget. Give back with gratitude, let it go, and watch miracles unfold.

Live with Gratitude

Be grateful for everything--the good, the bad, the ugly. Believe that God, the Universe, the Force, or whatever you'd like to call It is conspiring in your favor always.* If you're going through a challenging time in life (or have a rough life in general) or you're simply having a bad day, find a few things to be grateful for. Sit in silence and think about those things. Create a happiness jar. If you make this a daily practice, you'll start to notice more and more things you are grateful for until one day you're grateful for everything. And when you get to that place, you'll look around and notice you are living a life that you love.

*I wholeheartedly believe this. I also believe in string theory, extraterrestrial intelligence, and all kinds of magic and fringe. In other words, I believe in a world in which anything and everything is possible.

All of these practices work in equal measure--they complement each other and build off one another, they overlap and bind together. We are always manifesting our reality (and only ours) whether we are conscious of it or not. These practices bring an awareness to that process so instead letting life just happen to us,* we can co-create our reality so that it bends in our favor.

*This is the basis of karma. We are all born into certain circumstances--some of it favorable, some of it not so much. We can live out our karma, or if we are aren't happy with how life is unfolding, we can take steps to change it.

Have you ever bent reality to your favor? What practices helped you? Or if you are looking to bend reality, experiment with these, incorporate the ones that resonate with you into your life, give it time, and see what happens. Expect miracles.


Sarah said...

Lovely written post Sarah, thank you for sharing with us! I'd not heard of Kundalini yoga before, but am looking into it now. For years I felt in a rut, where everything that could go wrong, always went wrong. During my recovery from a bad case of anxiety earlier this year, and listening to my body, I'm starting to see all the light and love around me. We really do have the power to choose to be happy, to choose how we can shape our realities. Warm wishes to you! <3

Kate Evans said...

Law of Attraction brought us together, I have no doubt! So funny to think of us sitting in my office at SJSU working on your thesis..and now we are both living nomadic lives. Great post. I think it will be very helpful to many when you write it in book form!

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Sarah Seymour said...

You're welcome! And thank you for your response :)

Kundalini yoga can be life changing! Definitely find a class and see if it resonates with you. There are tons of books and youtube videos out there as well these days. One of my teachers from Santa Cruz has some videos--I'll try to find the link and send them to you. She's amazing! But there is nothing like being in the energy of an actual class so seek out a class for sure!

Sarah Seymour said...

I know! Being in the MFA program at SJSU and meeting you was totally meant to be. I don't think things could have aligned more perfectly.

And thank you! Hmmmmm, I hadn't thought about writing that kind of book, but you never know! Anything is possible :)

Sarah Seymour said...

Haha! I don't know...that was back pre/early Santa Cruz days. I probably didn't think about them as extensively back then, and it never really came up in many conversations I had--unless the other person brought it up. I'm still like that though...these things never seem to come up unless the other person asks me directly or it happens to come up in conversation. What did we talk about...? I can't even remember!