Be Where You Are, Not Where You Think You Should Be

08.05.13 // My Mondays

Be Where You Are, Not Where You Think You Should Be

BY DR. DANIELLE DOWLING
AUGUST 5, 2013 8:00 AM EDT // MindBodyGreen
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I hear it every day from my lovely, clever, go-get-’em clients: Why isn’t this happening faster? I’m doing everything right – I’m sick of waiting. Let’s gooooooo! 

Here’s the thing:

The universe has a better plan. One that’s better than the one we have. 

Whatever the “source” is for you: God, The Universe, Allah, Spirit – it doesn’t matter. What matters is the fact that we lose perspective from time to time. We want to tell the universe when and how we want things to manifest in our lives.

We live in an age of “instant.” If we want it, we can get it – almost immediately. We’ve become accustomed to having nearly complete control over our lives. We’ve started to believe the universe should be working on our schedule. 

We’re missing humility. Plant the seeds of your desire in fertile soil. Take a deep breath and give the Universe a chance to do its magic.

Respect that 50% of the plan we do not have control over. It’s out of our hands – and for a good reason.

There are spiritual lessons that must happen in order to raise you to a higher consciousness. But those lessons? They probably won’t happen on your schedule.

It’s not about the Universe giving you what you want, when you want it. It’s about the Universe training you to be who you are. Assisting you in winning back the knowledge of who you REALLY are. Powerful. Whole. Abundant. Worthy Enough. Safe. Guided We might think we have problems, but the only real problem we have is that we are disconnected from our source.

The universe will occasionally bring us to our knees, not as punishment, but to show us a better way. Unfortunately when things we have placed our trust in are taken away, we believe the universe is pitted against us. But the universe is, in fact, rooting for us. We think we’re being punished. We’re wrong. We’re being enlightened.

It’s the Universe’s way of teaching us that we already have all we need.

Our job: Stay available. Stay open. Stay patient. And know that the answer will most likely be revealed and in a way you haven’t considered. Trust that life is unfolding at a pace that meets your best and highest development.

You control what you can control and let the Universe do the other 50%. If things aren’t happening how and when you want them to – smile. The Universe is at work trying to show you a better way.

So while you’re waiting: live with gratitude live with patience live with humility. And say to yourself: “I trust that I will be given everything I need and in far greater ways than I can imagine.”

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About the Author

Dr. Danielle Dowling

Dr. Danielle Dowling is a writer, blogger, life coach, and founder of SOUL CANDY. She holds her doctorate in psychology and is an intuitive strategist who works with women leaders who are ready to stop comprising on the things that matter most — self-realization, soulful companionship, and accessing innate power. Her goal is to inspire women to live inspiring lives; to help them experience a life better lived and to help women achieve their dreams whatever they may be.  Connect with Danielle on Facebook. Dress up your sparkle; wear your soul on your sleeve, and snap up your Soul Candy tee here: SHOP

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Learning to be patient, to solidly just go with the flow and allow the Universe’s timeline to take priority over the one I have concocted in my own head — this has been an incredibly trying lesson for me to learn . . . and while I am definitely still learning it, the progress I have already made has been incredibly valuable to both my life’s circumstances, and my own well-being.

So, repeat after me: I am exactly where I am supposed to be. Once you get to a place of bona fide believing that statement, your entire world will shift in some truly amazing ways.

Stay available. Stay open. Stay patient. :)

with passion & gratitude — jennifer

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One thought on “Be Where You Are, Not Where You Think You Should Be

  1. Philosophy Professor : The reason why I refuse to take existentialism as just another French fashion or historical curiosity, is that I think it has something very important to offer us for the new century. I’m afraid we’re losing the real virtues of living life passionately in the sense of taking responsibility for who you are, the ability to make something of yourself and feel good about life. Existentialism is often discussed as if it’s, a philosophy of despair, but I think the truth is just the opposite. Sartre, once interviewed, said he never really felt a day of despair in his life. One thing that comes out from reading these guys is not a sense of anguish about life so much as, a real kind of exuberance, of feeling on top of it, it’s like your life is yours to create. I’ve read the post modernists with some interest, even admiration, but when I read them I always have this awful nagging feeling that something absolutely essential is getting left out. The more you talk about a person as a social construction or as a confluence of forces or as fragmented of marginalised, what you do is you open up a whole new world of excuses. And when Sartre talks about responsibility, he’s not talking about something abstract. He’s not talking about the kind of self or soul that theologians would argue about. It’s something very concrete, it’s you and me talking, making decisions, doing things, and taking the consequences. It might be true that there are six billion people in this world, and counting, but nevertheless -what you do makes a difference. It makes a difference, first of all, in material terms, it makes a difference to other people, and it sets an example. In short, I think the message here is that we should never simply write ourselves off or see each other as a victim of various forces. It’s always our decision who we are.

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