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Manifesting Happiness
by Bruce D Schneider, Ph. D.

MYTH: "I will be happy when..."

What do you think would truly make you happy? Letís suppose one of your answers would be to make more money. If you were given a million dollars but told that you couldnít spend it, money would do you no good. If you were allowed to buy a house that no one could live in, you would find the house worthless, too. So what do you really want? If you donít know, youíll greedily pursue material things, thinking they will satisfy your needs.

What you truly desire is abundantly available and not limited to the resources of the physical world. Experiencing Love is all you really want. Money, treasures, even good health and better relationships are all things you think you need. But they are only strategies Ė means, not ends, and only a temporary part of a temporary physical world. They may be important in this dimension, but when you are completely awakened with Love, you realize you need nothing else.

Where are you looking for Love? Probably in all the wrong places. True Love, like true happiness, is abundantly available and comes from within.

This doesnít mean you canít work at a great job, have better health, or enjoy lifeís material rewards. These things are for you to enjoy and experience only while you are here. Once youíre an awakened spiritual being, youíre free to consciously experience all of lifeís physical rewards as an addition to your life, instead of believing you need anything for wholeness and happiness. You may say, "Yes, but love doesnít pay the bills." Survival is important of course, but merely surviving is not our purpose here. Weíre here to enjoy this experience and remember who we are.

Three steps to abundance

"Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."
Mark 11:24

If you are ready, you can get anything in this fantasy world in only three steps.

Step 1: Know what you want.

This means the feeling behind what an object or person will help you to experience, not the object or person. The Universe responds literally to your thoughts, so be as specific as possible. For example, donít wish for a better marriage when you really want to share peace and Love with another soul. Donít think you want better health when you really want more energy and the ability to experience life. Think carefully about what you really want, so when you program for it, youíll create a clearer picture in your mind (and Universe) so it can more easily be manifested.

Step 2: Believe you can have what you want.

You canít have something if you donít believe you are capable of having it or deserving of it. Itís not enough to merely desire something; you must believe you are capable of owning it. If youíre 5í9" and believe no one your height could dunk a basketball, you never will. (But no one told that to 5í7" professional-basketball-player Spud Webb.)

Application: You deserve abundance

If you think you donít deserve something, challenge this belief. Where did this idea come from? Is it a reality? Realize that you were created to experience prosperity and abundance in all things. There is nothing you donít deserve.

It is said that anything you can conceive and believe, you can have. This is almost the case, but if you want help from the Universal Energy, thereís one more step.

Step 3: Accept that you already have what you desire.

Once you accept that youíve already received what you created in your mind, the process is complete. If you sprain your wrist playing tennis, see it healed using a visualization technique. By creating in your mind that your injury is already healed, that image will be manifested in the physical world, and you will be back on the tennis courts much sooner. If you want to find a loving partner, center yourself and create an image of already enjoying your life with the person you desire. (It is not necessary to know who it is or to imagine a face.) If and when you are ready, the Universe will unite you!

Donít ask!

Thought is energy. This form of energy is processed by your creative mind and printed out as your reality. If youíre centered, you co-create your printout with the power of the Universal Energy. Your thought will be much stronger, resulting in the creation of what you desire sooner.

"You can never get what you want, but you can love all you have, and you can have everything."

Sounds like a riddle, doesnít it? By understanding and applying its secret, you unlock your potential for abundance? You can never get anything you want, ask for, or "pray" for, because your body and the Universe knows only how to give you more of what you already have. Nothing more, nothing less. Getting confusing? Hang in there.

When you ask for something, what message are you giving the Universe? The Universe hears, "I do not have what I want!" If you tell the Universe you want more money, youíre really saying, "I want more money because I donít have enough." Why else would you ask for it? If you had enough, you wouldnít need to ask for more. When you ask or pray for more money, you are programming the Universe to create (or maintain) your not having enough money! By telling the Universe that you already have what you desire, (i.e., enough money), you program that thought. "I have enough money" is exactly what will be printed out for you.

The printout you see could be a "coincidental" financial gain, or maybe an advantageous business opportunity. Perhaps you will "out of nowhere" gain a feeling of peace and security with what you already have.

For whatís really important, it is an abundant world. Once you remember who you really are and how much creative ability you have, you can realize all your desires from within, and find the peace that had been once thought to be achieved from outside yourself.

Adapted from Relax, Youíre Already Perfect: 10 Spiritual LessonsÖ to Remember, copyright, 2000 by Bruce D Schneider, Ph. D., reprinted by permission of Ebb/Flow Publishing.

Bruce D. Schneider

Bruce D Schneider, Ph.D., MCC is a Master Certified Coach, licensed psychotherapist, Reiki Master, and author of "Relax You're Already Perfect: 10 Spiritual Lessons... to Remember." He is also founder and director of the Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching (www.IPECcoaching.com).





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