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Reinventing myself personal growth program
Description of Articles
Guided Meditation C.D.s
Now available in Paperback
Creative Visualization guided meditation techniques
How to Meditate, what is a healing meditation like
Weight Loss and  Emotional eating
Fear of abandonment
Stress reduction
Vital Energy oxygen therapy and breathing
Soul Mates and self love
arthritis chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
Self Esteem
heartbreak
White Light and healing energies
Spitituality without religeon
Happiness
what is love
Sex - What the women are saying now.
psychic Cords
Money Prosperity Wealth
Parents. Who are these aliens?
Incest
Living in the shadows
Affirmations and Mind Power
Words as Medicine
Absent Healing and Chakra Balance
Better Questions Better Solutions
Are we thinking our own thoughts?
Beauty Myth
bipolar
Inspirational quotes
Im right you're wrong
Letter to My son
responses to articles
Songs to make your heart sing
Contact Sonya Green
Articles by other authors
Sonya Green new articles
Reinventing myself personal growth program
Description of Articles
Guided Meditation C.D.s
Now available in Paperback
Creative Visualization guided meditation techniques
How to Meditate, what is a healing meditation like
Weight Loss and  Emotional eating
Fear of abandonment
Stress reduction
Vital Energy oxygen therapy and breathing
Soul Mates and self love
arthritis chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
Self Esteem
heartbreak
White Light and healing energies
Spitituality without religeon
Happiness
what is love
Sex - What the women are saying now.
psychic Cords
Money Prosperity Wealth
Parents. Who are these aliens?
Incest
Living in the shadows
Affirmations and Mind Power
Words as Medicine
Absent Healing and Chakra Balance
Better Questions Better Solutions
Are we thinking our own thoughts?
Beauty Myth
bipolar
Inspirational quotes
Im right you're wrong
Letter to My son
responses to articles
Songs to make your heart sing
Contact Sonya Green
Articles by other authors
Sonya Green new articles
Reinventing myself personal growth program
Description of Articles
Guided Meditation C.D.s
Now available in Paperback
Creative Visualization guided meditation techniques
How to Meditate, what is a healing meditation like
Weight Loss and  Emotional eating
Fear of abandonment
Stress reduction
Vital Energy oxygen therapy and breathing
Soul Mates and self love
arthritis chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
Self Esteem
heartbreak
White Light and healing energies
Spitituality without religeon
Happiness
what is love
Sex - What the women are saying now.
psychic Cords
Money Prosperity Wealth
Parents. Who are these aliens?
Incest
Living in the shadows
Affirmations and Mind Power
Words as Medicine
Absent Healing and Chakra Balance
Better Questions Better Solutions
Are we thinking our own thoughts?
Beauty Myth
bipolar
Inspirational quotes
Im right you're wrong
Letter to My son
responses to articles
Songs to make your heart sing
Contact Sonya Green
Articles by other authors
Sonya Green new articles
Reinventing myself personal growth program
Description of Articles
Guided Meditation C.D.s
Now available in Paperback
Creative Visualization guided meditation techniques
How to Meditate, what is a healing meditation like
Weight Loss and  Emotional eating
Fear of abandonment
Stress reduction
Vital Energy oxygen therapy and breathing
Soul Mates and self love
arthritis chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
Self Esteem
heartbreak
White Light and healing energies
Spitituality without religeon
Happiness
what is love
Sex - What the women are saying now.
psychic Cords
Money Prosperity Wealth
Parents. Who are these aliens?
Incest
Living in the shadows
Affirmations and Mind Power
Words as Medicine
Absent Healing and Chakra Balance
Better Questions Better Solutions
Are we thinking our own thoughts?
Beauty Myth
bipolar
Inspirational quotes
Im right you're wrong
Letter to My son
responses to articles
Songs to make your heart sing
Contact Sonya Green
Articles by other authors
Sonya Green new articles
One of the key models for goal achievement is that of cause and effect. This
model says that your goal is an effect to be achieved, and your task is to identify
and then create the cause that will produce the desired effect, thereby achieving
your goal.

Sounds simple enough, right?

However, the main problem with this model is that nearly everyone seriously
misunderstands it. And that misunderstanding comes from not knowing what a
“cause” really is.

You might assume that the cause of an effect would be a series of physical and
mental actions leading up to that effect. Action-reaction. If your goal is to make
dinner, then you might think the cause would be the series of preparation steps.

To an outside observer, that certainly appears to be the case. The scientific
method would suggest that this is how things work, based on a purely objective
observation.

However, within your own consciousness, you know that the series of action
steps is not the real cause. The actions are themselves an effect, aren’t they?

What’s the real cause? The real cause is the decision you made to create that
effect in the first place. That’s the moment you said to yourself, “Let it be” or
“make it so.” At some point you decided to make dinner. That decision may have
been subconscious, but it was still a decision. Without that decision the dinner
would never manifest. That decision ultimately caused the whole series of
actions and finally the manifestation of your dinner.

Where does that decision arise from? It might arise from your subconscious, or
in the case of conscious decisions, it arises from your consciousness. Ultimately
your consciousness is the greater power, as it can override subconscious
choices once it becomes aware of them.

Missing this very simple distinction has contributed to quite a number of failed
goals.

If you want to achieve a goal you’ve set, the most crucial part is to DECIDE to
manifest it. It doesn’t matter if you feel it’s outside your control to do so. It
doesn’t matter if you can’t yet see how you’ll get from A to B. Most of those
resources will come online AFTER you’ve made the decision, not before.

If you don’t understand this simple step, then you will waste a lot of time. Step 1
is to decide. Not to ruminate or to ponder or to ask around and see whether or
not you can do it. If you want to start your own business, then decide to make it
so. If you want to be married and have a family, then decide to attract a mate. If
you want to change careers, then decide to do so.

It blows my mind that people think that something else has to come before the
decision. People waste months trying to figure out, “Is this goal possible?” And
this makes a lot of sense to do so if you’re at a certain level of consciousness.
But all you’re really doing is creating delay, and you’ll simply manifest evidence
to suggest that the goal is both possible and not possible. You think doubt in your
head, you find doubt in the world.

Time and again I’ve seen evidence that not only people, but the universe itself,
can sense a lack of commitment to a goal. Have you ever heard someone tell you
about a goal of theirs, and you can just sense how wishy-washy and uncertain
they are about it? They say things like, “Well, I’m going to try this and see how
it goes. Hopefully it will work out OK.” Is that evidence that a clear decision has
been made? Not remotely. Are you going to help this person? Probably not —
who wants to waste their time on someone who isn’t committed?

But what happens when you sense total certainty in the other person? Will you
help them if they ask for it? You’re far more likely to help a committed person
because you can tell they’re eventually going to succeed anyway, and you want
to be part of that success. You even feel more energized and motivated yourself
to contribute to the success of people who are very clearly committed to a goal
that resonates with you and which is genuinely for the greatest good of all.

Don’t you think this process works the same way within your own mind? If
your consciousness is divided against itself, do you think it will commit all its
internal resources to your goal? Will your subconscious give you all the energy
and creativity it possibly could, or will it hold back? Think of your subconscious
mind as a multi-tasking computer processor. What percentage of resources will
it devote to a task that you’ve told it to execute with the words, “Run this for a
little bit and see if it works, but quickly dump it if it seems too difficult”? Now
what if you gave that CPU a process labeled, “Run this now”?

The universe itself works on the same principle. Think of it as the
superconscious mind. When you’ve made a clear, committed decision, it will
open the universal floodgates, bringing you all the resources you need,
sometimes in seemingly mysterious or impossible ways.

Whenever you want to set a new goal for yourself, start by setting it. Take the
time to become clear about what you want, but then just declare it.

Say to the universe, “Here is the goal. Make it so.”

Do not ask the universe for what you want. Declare it. Don’t ask. This is very
similar to prayer, but you are not praying FOR what you want. You are praying
WHAT you want. You are simply saying, “Here it is. Make it so.” It is like
planting a seed in the ground. You do not say to the ground, “Here is the seed.
Please, can you make it grow?” You simply plant the seed, and it will grow as a
natural consequence of your planting and tending to it. It is the same with your
intentions. Simply plant them. There’s no need to beg.

Intend that your goal manifest in such a manner that is for the greatest good of
all. This is very important, as intentions that are created out of fear or a sense of
lack will backfire. You may get what you want, but it will yield a bitter aftertaste.
Or you may get the exact opposite of what you want. But intentions that are
genuinely made for your own good and the greatest good of all will tend to
manifest in a positive way.

After I declare my intention, I wait for the resources and synchronicities to
arrive. Usually they begin to manifest in 24-48 hours, sometimes sooner.
Sometimes these synchronicities appear to be the result of subconscious action. I
just happen to notice things that may have been there all along, but now I see
them in a new light, and they become resources for me that I never noticed until
after I declared my intention. But many times it’s nearly impossible to explain
such synchronicities as the result of my own subconscious action, even if I step
back and try to look at them purely objectively. Sometimes they come in such
unusual avalanches that I can only explain them as the result of superconscious
action. On some level the universe itself is aware of my intention and is doing its
part to help manifest it. I also find that the more inviting I am of these
synchronicities, the more easily they flow. Right now I typically experience
about 10 per week on average, and I think that’s because I have many different
intentions in the process of manifesting, so there’s a constant flow of resources
coming to me.

The mental and physical planning and action steps come later. That’s how I
organize the resources that have arrived. Once enough resources have come to
me, I can begin to see how they all fit together to achieve the goal. But if the path
seems too complicated or difficult and I don’t like what I see, I put out some
new intentions to make it the way I want it to be. I declare, “Let it be simpler.” I
again wait for the synchronicities to arrive, and a simpler approach becomes
clear. Usually for an approach to be simpler, it means I have to get past some
personal block within me. I have to grow on some level in order to be able to
take advantage of a simpler solution. Or perhaps I have to learn a new skill first.
So while it might be simpler, it might also be harder on a personal level. For
example, by putting out the intention to do more to help people, I had to develop
my communication skills. That makes the goal easier to achieve, but it’s more
work up front.

It took me a number of years to be able to trust this approach before I could
begin to use it as my default manner of goal achievement. I have to be open to
achieving goals in unusual ways sometimes. I get what I intend, but not always
what I expect. So when the synchronicities begin dropping me clues, I do not
always understand how they’ll be part of the path to the goal. But invariably
there’s an intelligence at work, and if I trust it, it will work just fine. Usually it
will bring me new information first, so I can raise my own awareness and
knowledge to the level required to achieve the goal.

For example, if I you declare your goal to become wealthier, within a few days
you might see all sorts of synchronicities related to spirituality. They may seem
to have nothing to do with wealth whatsoever. So you figure it’s just a
coincidence, and the approach isn’t working. But the approach is sound, and it is
working. Most likely it’s a signal that the path to wealth first requires you to
improve your consciousness. This is especially true if your intention was for the
highest good of all. If you become wealthy before your energy and
consciousness have reached a certain level, then greater material wealth may only
feed your problems — your goal cannot yet manifest for the greatest good of all.
But if you first learn to use your energy and consciousness positively, then the
greater resources that wealth provides you will be a positive manifestation instead
of a negative one.

In truth this is a simple and direct process. But our minds are so cluttered with
the flotsam and jetsam of social conditioning that we have a hard time thinking
on this level. We get so attached to seeing our goals manifest a certain way
because that’s how they manifest in TV shows or in movies. Or maybe that’s
how our parents or friends did it. But this attachment to a particular “how”
blocks us from allowing our goals to manifest far more easily. If we could
loosen up a bit on the “how” and just learn to allow the manifestation to occur in
its own perfect way, goal achievement would be far easier.

So often I see people sabotage their own goals because they do not understand
the power of intention. Realize that EVERY thought is truly an intention. Every
thought. So most people manifest a cluttered mish-mash of conflict in their lives
because their thoughts are in conflict. They simultaneously set a goal and then
unset it. “I want to start my own business.” “I wonder if it will work.” “I
wonder if I’ll succeed.” “Maybe this won’t work.” “Maybe John is right, and
this is a mistake.” “No, I’m pretty sure it will work just fine.”

If you are trying to achieve goals on the level of action-reaction, meaning that
you’re purely focused on the action steps, while at the higher level of intention-
manifestation, you’re putting out conflicting thoughts, then you’re sabotaging
yourself. If you go on a diet and exercise like crazy, while all the while thinking,
“I’m fat. This is hopeless. This is taking too long,” then your higher level
intentions will override your actions, and negative or incongruent results will
follow.

If you want to achieve a goal, you must clear out all the “hopefully” and “maybe”
and “can’t” nonsense from your consciousness. You cannot allow yourself the
luxury of a negative thought, and that is an intention to manifest what you don’t
want. This takes practice of course, but it is the essential art of learning to use
your consciousness to create what you want. When you are congruent in your
thoughts, your goal will manifest with ease. But when you are incongruent in
your thoughts, you will manifest conflict and obstacles. As within, so without.

Why is it you’re able to do this? Because you have that power. Not believing in
yourself simply means you’re using your own power against yourself. You’re
like a god saying, “Let me be powerless,” and you don’t even realize it. If you
think/intend weakness, you manifest weakness. If you project your power
outside yourself and onto the external world, you lose your power.

You don’t need anyone’s permission to do this. It is a natural human ability. But
it takes practice to develop your consciousness to the level where you can apply
it and especially to learn to trust it.

What happens if you decide to manifest a really, really big goal, one that seems
physically impossible? The process will still work. It’s just that there will be a lot
more steps, and you may be led through various synchronicities for years before
you’ve reached the point where your ultimate goal can manifest. It might take
longer than your human lifetime if the goal is so big. But you will certainly make
progress if you use this approach.

So what is your goal? Say it out loud right now, and let it be for the greatest
good of all. Then say to the universe, “Make it so.” Wait for the synchronicities
and unusual coincidences to arrive. Follow them where they want to lead you,
even if it seems strange at first. Allow your goal to manifest.

Steve Pavlina
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