Instead of writing a letter to any one person, in particular, today I really feel like writing a letter to the Universe. Take that how you’d like. For me, it’s an invitation to something new and a request to live (like, really LIVE). Specifically, I’d like to thank this universal source/energy for another chance to do, have, and be what I know is possible for me.
“Perhaps the world isn’t giving you what you want because based on all your distractions and lack of discipline it’s simply unclear what you are asking for.” — Brendon Burchard
How clear are you on what you want in life? How clear are your requests for living the way you want to be living? Are you continually focused on what happens to you or are you intentional about what you have to bring to the situation? How is your energy—how does it feel when you’re thinking about and talking about what you want?
If it feels good to think and talk about what you want, that’s good! If you concentrate on what you want and feel a sense of lack, frustration, doubt, or despair, your energy is, again, doing your “asking” for you. The point is that we’re always asking for (attracting) the kind of experiences we want in this lifetime through how we feel, through the energy we’re bringing to life.
It’s one thing to know what you don’t want (and that’s a good thing to know) but it’s quite another to deliberately focus on what you do want. What I’m trying to say is, it takes a whole lot of awareness and diligence to first get clear about how you want to live your life and then to activate what you’re asking for by feeling excited about it.Enthusiasm is a high point of attraction. It is a state that gives birth to more of itself. Click To Tweet
Every single time I’m in a state of inspired joy and life feels like it’s living through me (and not the other way around), it feels like I’ve turned the magic key that unlocks the doors to the secrets of life: I’m here to be alive. Fully alive. Not just partially, not halfheartedly but with all the might of this source that I can feel flowing through me. It just feels really good to be here.
I don’t always feel enthused, of course, but when I do feel that way the memory of it lingers. Even as a particularly rough emotion or fear is running its course through me (aka, I am miserable or depressed or anxious or anything of the sorts) that memory stays with me. I remember how inspiration feels. I practice clinging to nothing, but I do keep that memory close in times of doubt.
What does any of this have to do with a letter to the Universe? Why am I thanking the Universe for another chance? Another chance for what? Well, for life. Gratitude is one of the best “elixirs” that lines me up with inspiration. It helps me get back to enthusiasm, where everything feels possible, right on time, and worthy of my joy.Gratitude is alchemy. You understand that on a deep level when you start prioritizing gratitude. Click To Tweet
Since gratitude produces the necessary environment to experience life in a whole new way, let’s talk about this letter thing. Writing is powerful (hence why I’m always writing to you). This letter is a declaration of my heartfelt thanks for the many chances to focus on what I do want.
Remember: Focusing on what you do want, and feeling good during the process, is how you ask for what you want. Knowing what you want without complaining or crying or getting stressed about not having it isn’t asking for what you want: it’s asking for what you don’t want because your ENERGY is doing the asking for you.
Gratitude helps us feel the way we want to be feeling first so that we can better ask for what we want from a place of “already in love,” “already enough,” “already excited about having.” That’s the kind of enthusiasm that attracts love, abundance, and joy.
If you want what you want, don’t focus on not wanting what you don’t want. Focus only on what you want. Sounds rudimentary, but you MUST be aware and diligent about your energy.
Here’s one way to let gratitude guide you into enthusiasm, the most inspired and trusting and certain and beautiful place to be if you want to receive what you’re asking for: a letter to something larger than yourself.
Here’s my letter. I guess it’s more like pieces of gratitude all thrown together, but gratitude is gratitude as long as you feel its “magic.” Whatever this means to you, my intention is, as always, to be of healing service: May you heal from whatever has left you feeling broken or lost, and keep the memory of joy close.
Dear Universe: Thank You for Another Chance to Live How I Want to Live
Thank you for another chance to see things that would normally be blocked by a painful perspective.
Thank you for another chance to understand what it means to be totally conscious, awake and alive in this body, on this earth, for this sliver of eternity, as I am.
Thank you for another chance to view my writing as love instead of something to do.
Thank you for another chance to change my mind about whatever was clouding my joy before.
Thank you for this new breath—no, really: Thank you for breathing me.
Thank you for another chance to be who I know I can be and live more closely aligned with who I know I am.Experiencing what you don't want is another chance to get clear on what you really want. Click To Tweet
Thank you for another chance to see the miracle in every normalized phenomenon like the stars, the way a smile leads to another smile, and how something invisible like the wind makes a huge maple tree move.
Thank you for another chance to feel my brother’s and father’s presence, even when the physical world would tell me they’re gone.
Thank you for always being here, unaffected by anything that happens, reminding me that there’s something in me that can’t be destroyed. (I love that feeling.)Gratitude is how you tap into the underlying essence of everything you want in life. Click To Tweet
Thank you for the gift of renewed energy and passion every time I remember that the clock is not my creator.
Thank you for another chance to simplify my life.
THANK YOU for another chance to heal, because healing is the walk back to love after I’ve detoured away from it in some way, and it always feels like I’m going back home again.
Thank you for another chance to show love to the people in my life.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for this wonderful opportunity to strengthen my relationships instead of seeing them as distractions. (Productivity is not God.)
Thanks, again, for reminding me that my work thrives with a little breathing room.
If you could thank the Universe for ONE thing, what would you say “thank you” for?
Please share your thoughts, grateful sentiments, favorite segments from my letter (or your own), and any inspiring stories of transformation with me in the comments.
Pass along the enthusiasm (because it’s contagious); send my letter to a friend to inspire their own gratitude.
To receive what you’re asking for in life, first ask yourself: “Am I giving what I’d like to live?”
P.S. I had no idea how this letter was going to turn out. It just kind of happened. It was so easy to write (which doesn’t always happen). *I* flowed. It felt so good! I was in that state of inspired joy. I was in gratitude first. Things just kind of flow when you’re grateful… Thank you.
P.P.S. If you’re in the United States with me, happy Thanksgiving!