Red Thread Letter #882
Wishing Upon a Star – Exploring The Power of a Wish
I am thinking of you. Of us. To me, you are so very real, as real as family or water, or the wet ground from the rain outside the window. My love for you is as real as the hummingbird family tucking into the blooming orange tree as the rain comes down. My wish is that you feel this connection, here between us, as real. I feel it, as real, in real-time. This love is real.
Today I want to talk about the real power of a wish. What wish is whispering in your heart today?
When so many things are challenging in our outer lives, inner lives, and lives all around us, it can be a quandary about what to wish towards. We might even find ourselves thinking that desiring and dreaming are futile – when there is so much suffering in the world. I hear you. I have been there. I am sort of there right now if I am honest. Yet I am moving through because I am holding fast to the power of wishing and what that activates inside of me.
My own personal inner world wishes can seem inconsequential to the greater unfolding of the outer world. So then what should I do with how I feel and what I am called towards?
I feel almost allergic to most manifestation and law of attraction style messages that suggest that if you are fearful you are calling fear to you. If you are wanting abundance you are creating lack and so on. I find those thought forms missing a lot of essential ingredients and largely unjust. Perhaps as many say – we aren’t seeing the whole teaching. But it is the partial teaching out there that has been so propagated and makes people feel so sad and worthless that they don’t achieve their vision boards or manifestation plans. So what the heck do we do then?
I have had a lot of prayers go unanswered according to what I thought I wanted. And I have had just as many be answered. But my biggest ones perhaps, the ones most dear to my heart, were not answered – like praying with all of my soul to show me how to help and heal people who were dying. I never stopped trying the healings. Yes, I know the difference between healed and cured. And of course, I have no idea of divine will. All I knew is I wanted people I loved who seemed too young to die, to live.
Yet the dream of Love, with Jonathan, did come true. So I have evidence of so many things good, bad and otherwise and I have very little control of the outcomes – mostly I just try to show up for what I am present to.
After so many seemingly failed attempts, sometimes you stop wishing. This whole desire thing is complex especially if you also believe everything happens for a reason. I don’t. But many times a week, I encounter someone saying to me that it happened for a reason – maybe yes, maybe no – not a law.
For example, I wanted to have a home more than anything – and I got one, only it was in a fire zone and we moved out two years later because I could not handle the stress of the location regardless of it being my ‘dream home’. I can get discouraged like so many of you can. I am right there with you – and I bring it all to painting so it doesn’t internalize and combust – and I often share that with you as I am in it – real-time melt-down melt-through to break-through. Did we move to that house for some divine reason or is it climate change and mismanagement and I am in the midst of it with the rest of the world being impacted? It’s all a riddle…
Today I am writing because I want to invite our community to remember the power of the wish. Here’s why this feels important. A lot of new thought teachings say that the best way to invoke your desire of what you want to manifest is to create the feeling state. I have also taught this as a way to be with the potential and activate the sensation in your body. But is it the only way? And does it mean when we are so blue that we should force ourselves into that chosen state? That feels cruel to me. So only those able to feel well enough to feel the state they want are worthy of the manifestation work?
We all know our thoughts are causative, but what about when we feel really bad, and that is what we need to do – to go through that – not rush it – shame it or feel wrong for pro-longed sorrow or grief. There has to be another way, and I think there is.
I am sharing a personal unscientific opinion. I imagine that however the universe works is way more brilliant than we are giving it credit for if we believe that the universe only brings us what we are capable of dreaming and holding as so in our field. I think however the divine design is orchestrated has a nuance of energetic intelligence that isn’t punishment and reward-based. If I am afraid of fire, fire isn’t going to come to my door because I am afraid of fire. There are trillions of philosophical and scientific nuances and iterations to this conversation and I know many of you are well versed in it. I am not doing it justice, rather just making an attempt to encourage the strength of your cosmic wish muscles.
Today I am inviting you to consider that you can WISH from any place you are in your life.
That you can wish from despair and the blues. The universe may respond to the quality of your longing, not the lack of what you have. What could be wrong anyway with wishing from the pit of longing? Do we really think we will be punished with more longing? What kind of world would that be? Scientific, Spiritual or otherwise.
From an intellectual and emotional perspective, I might ask myself to look at what is causing the effect of being so blue. Instead of just being in being blue – we all do that – look at the why. But what if we can just embrace being blue, sing the blues, and see what wish arises out of the authentic being with where we are.
So today I am wishing and I am inviting you to a wish too. My renewed respect for the power of the wish is inspired by Mitch Horrowitz, a maverick in the New Thought world. His new book, Daydream Believer, coming out this summer begins with his support of the wish!
Me and Mitch Horowitz recording teachings for our 2022 Maverick students. To me, he is an innovator of the new thought movement with his alt fashion choices and maverick perspective on manifestation, causation, desire and how the mind works. He has the kindest heart and I am so excited to introduce you to him and his work!
Today the Intentional Creativity Museum is launching Episode Three of Power Creatives TV – Muse & Maverick! Complimentary cool-cat conversations with controversial characters. Yes, it has been on hold due to the Covidian era but we are back with both virtual and in-person conversations. I am never one hundred percent behind all that my guests are teaching even though many are my teachers. I rarely agree fully with anything I hear. Rather I am in dialogue with how they are, where they are, why and their wisdom from their perspective. Like usual, I never ask you to believe what I am saying but to allow it to provoke your own understanding. Many of the talks were recorded in 2020 and 2021 and many are live and coming up. I kept the show going but just didn’t publish it until today!
I have an advance copy of Daydream Believer by Mitch Horowitz. I will be in conversation with him later today and you are invited to come. If you don’t know about him I encourage you not to google – but to wait until he is live with me for our community today! This will also be recorded for those who can’t come live. Here is a quote from Mitch
“…A longstanding belief found and argued for in New Thought literature is that the “master key” to mental causation is adopting the feeling state that you have received your desire. Hence, countless spiritual writers, including my intellectual hero Neville Goddard, have argued that if you can assume the emotional conviction of your wish fulfilled, often through using a mental scene or picture, you are enacting the selective forces that I have just described. I honor that idea.
I have long experimented with it and found it possessed of validity, if unevenly. But I also have a serious problem with that approach. And since I cannot imagine that my life or experiences are exceptional, you may recognize this same problem in your own practice. *
Neuroplasticity, referenced earlier, uses brains scans or MRIs to track the manner in which sustained thoughts alter the neural pathways through which electrical impulses travel in the brain.
When I am in a state of anxiety…I find it nearly impossible—and sometimes even ethically undesirable—to assume the emotive state opposite of what I am experiencing. I cannot always picturize or persuade myself—and, perhaps more importantly, I do not always want to persuade myself—of a different feeling state.
Happiness is not the only emotion toward which I strive. The passion that arises from the drive to correct a sense of injustice may, for example, convey the same vigor of life that happiness does. The reparative impulse is an impassioned force. Its myriad forms are not always to be tamed or contented through amending moods. Hunger commands variegated satiety. You would not eat the same meal every day and expect to find it satisfying. Since I am discontented with, and sometimes even opposing of, adopting a feeling state that may run counter to where emotion finds me, I wondered: Can a wish—even though expressed in future versus present terms—activate the mental selectivity I am describing, and thus heighten the prospect of desired ends?”
I talked to Mitch yesterday and thanked him for this one idea which I learned from him back in November and I have used many times since then. The ability to wish from right where I am instead of where I want to be. I feel like I was already doing that – but almost privately. If you tell anyone you feel so bad but you have a dream, so often people will tell you to “Cheer up” “Chin Up” etc. and try to make you change where you are. In Intentional Creativity I don’t want to just change where I am – I want to DIVE into the deep end and come up for air when I am ready. But before I go down, I will remind myself that air is possible at any time and I can choose breathing from any depth.
So dear hearts, what wish do you have today? For just today perhaps think of a wish and see what happens….there is a lightness to wishing. Like when you blow out the candles on a cake, or hold your breath during the tunnel or find a four-leaf clover. The wish feels different to an aching soul than the language of dreams. And perhaps, like me, you spend a lot of time wishing for things outside your influence, but what if you wished for something within your influence? Something you could almost reach. Maybe you will want to draw a picture of the wish and share it with us or add stardust to your paintings.
Let’s wish upon a star today.
I hope to see you later on.