Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Beware of Your Hidden Plans

Beware of your hidden plans.

Most of you know the basic The Law of Attraction theory that says, “What you focus on grows.”

That’s why it is important to know what you are really planning for. The inspiration for this message came from a dear friend and former student. He has faced tough challenges in the recession as he watched the market for his small business dry up like the legendary dust bowl of the 1930’s.

He did not lack courage or resourcefulness. He relocated to a more promising area. So did the downturn. He got a job. He got laid off.

He told me, “If they don’t extend un-employment benefits, I’m afraid I’ll be on the streets.”

See the painful plan? My friend is planning to remain unemployed and without income several months from now. He is afraid of what will happen when he follows his plan.

Another student told me about an exciting performance coming up. “After that, there’s nothing but the boring holidays to get through.” she said.

Another lives in fear “my credit card will max out and then what will I do?”

These people are smart, talented, and creative. Each one has read the top-selling books about consciousness, prosperity and spirituality.

The problem is that they are executing hidden plans. Plans that even they do not know the have placed in operation.

Our unemployment guy did not notice that he made up a future that contains no new opportunities, insights, breaks or sources of income.

Our performer did not notice that she created a future with months of boredom out of memories and thin air.

The credit card guy did not notice the he was planning for a future devoid of new opportunities.

I catch myself living by those dread-full secret plans sometimes too. I suspect we all have them.

The problem is that as we follow our secret (from ourselves) unconscious plans we prepare for disaster by kicking in the fight or flight response. But our plans do not include a predator to fight or an escape route to run through. We are left with only the adrenalin splashing into our system, the subsequent depletion of energy and ongoing fear, anxiety and dread.

There is a way out! The truth will set you free! Noticing (becoming aware and conscious) that you are making up a scenario you do not want to live out and that you plan to follow it is an excellent first step.

The next step is to make up an outcome you would like. Focus on that. You may not have all the details in place. I actually prefer a wide focus to an overly narrow one that leaves so many infinite opportunities out of range.

For example you can focus on desire for inspiration, support, new information, new opportunities, unexpected income, fortuitous connections, restorative sleep – whatever your heart desires.

If you could expend as much emotion and energy on what you do want for one week, I’ll bet you would see some miracles.

This experiment does not require you to believe it will work. Try it and see. I’d love to hear what you come up with.

Wishing you happy plans and prosperous outcomes.