New Years’ resolutions`are a common cornerstone of our experience at this time of year. It’s like we feel naked without them. They are a placeholder to hang our hats and say we’re starting anew, completely fresh. We’ve gotten through the tough spots last year (we’re over it), and we’re ready to greet the new year with action and vigor.
The problem is our resolutions quickly lose steam by winter’s end, and self-criticism takes up residence. While there are no perfect formulas for creating and attracting the changes you desire in your life, the idea of manifestation and allowing goodness to flow into our lives, rather than resolving and “making it happen,” is more aligned with creating desires that actually show up and stick in our physical lives. Manifestation has become a big buzzword in New-Age circles thanks to books like The Secret, but what is commonly misunderstood about manifestation is that things don’t magically appear from midair through intent alone. Rather, it is a process of continually coming into greater and greater alignment with the things that you desire and signaling to the Universe your persistence and strength in your belief that they are already flowing to you at all moments in time.
I find that the better I get at allowing rather than doing, my path to manifestation becomes clearer and clearer. Seeming “coincidences” appear that push me down the right path, even if I never knew that path was available. It still never happens with a snap of the fingers. The process requires that I constantly bring myself back to a place of inner stillness, clear away old fear beliefs (that seem to be a bottomless pit) of not being worthy of or able to receive the biggest things that I want, and reassess what it is that I actually want or why I am “striving” for it.