Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired. -Martha Graham
When I interviewed people all over the world about their experiences with the Law of Attraction, I began to see a common thread. Many of them had a daily practice that helped them to keep their vision clear and bright in front of them.
These daily practices were as varied as the individuals who created them. Some were morning rituals that started the day off with resetting the intention. Some were end of day practices like writing a gratitude list. One thing that was common to all of them was the importance that the practitioners placed on their daily practice.
Michelle Tucker is one person I spoke to who has a morning ritual. She starts with meditation and then voices an open prayer, expressing trust that whatever she is waiting for is on its way to her, saying thank you and instilling a ‘knowing’ in her heart that her vision is fully formed and waiting for her.
Michelle uses a magnetic photo album for her visual prayer. She is constantly surprised when not only do the images in her vision book show up in her life, they are always right on the money. For example, long before she met her husband, she had a picture of the engagement ring she wanted. When her future husband asked her to marry him and presented her with a ring, it was almost identical to the one in her vision book.
Edie Weinstein, a freelance writer, starts her day by setting an intention before she even gets out of bed. Her intention is very simple—it’s to connect with amazing people and have extraordinary experiences. In the realm of amazing people, the Dalai Lama is right up there and Edie was able to manifest a meeting with the Dalai Lama himself.
Although, as religious editor with the Philadelphia Enquirer, she had interviewed famous spiritual and thought leaders, including Jack Canfield and Michael Beckwith, the Dalai Lama seemed to be out of her reach. She admits that even after working behind the scenes for ten years to make her dream come true, when it finally happened, she was overcome with doubt and suffered from the ‘Imposter Syndrome’. She had asked and been turned down for an interview several times but never gave up or let go of her dream. So when she found out that the Dalai Lama was coming to Philadelphia, she asked yet again, only to again be told there was no chance.
Only two weeks before the event, she received a call. She was told she could set aside the time during his visit and perhaps she’d be able to talk to him. In the end, she was one of only two people permitted an interview. Edie always says, “Delays are not denials. You must always be prepared to step up to the plate when the Universe presents the opportunity.”
Mary Pitman not only has an evening ritual, she turned it into a product that is available on her My Spiritual Affirmations website. Mary was stuck, mired in doubt and procrastination. She had come up with an invention, a new type of window blind that would keep out the heat and keep the warmth in. She knew what she had to do to take it to market, she was being presented with opportunities, help and people, but she just wasn’t taking action. So she came up with affirmations and, with the help of a musician friend, set them to music and turned them into cd’s to be listened to before bed or in the morning. Listening to her affirmations as part of a daily practice helped her to overcome her hesitation and get moving on her dream.
To create your own daily practice, choose a time that works for you and make it a sacred part of your day. It might be as simple as sitting quietly with a cup of tea when you first wake, looking through your vision book and setting an intention for the day. Or perhaps evening works better for you. Then you may want to turn the lights down, light a candle, review your day and recognize and give thanks for all the blessings you received.
You can even set aside a special place for your daily practice, creating an altar where you keep reminders of your dream. That might be a touchstone, your vision board, a photograph, your Ideal Day writing, or a journal. It could be in your house or even outside in a sheltered spot. Perhaps your ideal sacred place is a quiet spot under a tree where you can see the sun rise.
I have a chair halfway down my garden right beside the lilac bush, where I have a tall chair and a small table with a candle in a glass container. My chair faces the rising sun and sitting there creating a vision of how I want my day to unfold is a perfect way to start my morning. Unfortunately, because I live in an area where the temperature on a winter morning can drop to minus 30 degrees, it’s strictly a summer place for me. Sitting in front of my fireplace in the evening, with quiet music in the background, and writing in my gratitude journal is my favourite winter ritual.
This past winter, I created a new daily pratice that started my day off beautifully and calmly. Each morning, I got a tall glass of cool water, put on one or two coats, depending on how cold it was, and my big boots and went outside with my dog. I would walk down to the big Colorado spruce just beyond the halfway point in my garden. Stand there for a minute looking toward the rising sun and setting an intention for the day. Then I would walk back. I called it ‘walking my back forty’ because it was exactly 40 steps to where I would stop.
What would be the ideal setting for your daily practice? What rituals will you create to help you stay focused on your dream? It is up to you because it’s your personal daily practice. Take the time to make it perfect for you and then do it, and keep on doing it.
Design a daily practice that works for you.
What time of day is best for your daily practice? Where will you carry it out? What ritual will you include?
I suggest you include a review of your dreams. Perhaps you can read or rewrite your Ideal Day or gaze at your Visual Prayer.
One of the most important things to do each day is visualization. Spend some time imagining, in all its glory, the life you are creating up ahead in the future. See yourself walking through your day. Feel the joy; feel your heart expanding as you experience it in your mind in anticipation of the reality.