Expectation and Anticipation

Expecting to receive what you desire is vital to getting it. A heightened sense of expectation intensifies the vibration of your thought whenever you dare to expect that the thing, person, or circumstance you desire is yours to be had. Allowing yourself to feel a sense of expectation reinforces the attraction or pull of it to you.

Expectation evolves into a sense of anticipation when you believe so strongly that what you desire is on its way to you that you accept it without doubt. Pleasure levels rise within you. You are excited, eager, and happy.

Consider the following example of simple pleasure: A toddler, separated from his loving parents during their long workday, looks up to see one of them entering the room. The child's sudden recognition causes him to feel happiness.

When your anticipatory feelings of expectation coincide with the actual event finally occurring, a heightened state of pleasure sets in. Think of a time when something wonderful happened to you. When you recall that experience, how do you feel? Happy again? Now think about something you deeply desire that you know at some point is going to show up in your life — for example, getting a promotion with a huge pay increase, finding the love of your life, conceiving a child, receiving a scholarship, or buying your dream house. The happiness grows in intensity, doesn't it?

When working with the Law of Attraction, whether you simply imagine positive feelings or really feel them doesn't matter. But if you spend five minutes imagining the elation you'll feel at getting your heart's desire and then 55 minutes of every hour doubting that the law is really going to work, you are sabotaging your efforts. Further, you are blocking the manifesting of what you want. Feelings of failure, fear, worry, and resentment may remind you that it's always been that way and nothing you can do can break the cycle of negative bondage. Such thinking has resonance in the Greek mythological story of Sisyphus.

In Homer's The Odyssey, the tale is recounted: He engaged in chicanery and trickery with the gods and they punished him by forcing him to eternally roll a huge boulder up a steep incline. Each time Sisyphus neared the top, the stone toppled back down, forcing Sisyphus to begin again. He was doomed to a life of frustrating repetition without ever reaching the goal.

Test for Emotional Ability

Close your eyes and imagine a tragic event — the loss of a loved one, the hurt of rejection, or the suffering of a pet or your child, for example. Think of a future event that could also make you heavy-hearted. If you felt your eyes welling with tears, a lump in your throat, heaviness in your chest, and unmistakable waves of sadness washing over you, the good news is that you will also likely be able to feel the opposite emotion of happiness, joy, and delight.

Release, Replace, Repeat

You can call up a negative emotion, examine where it came from, try to understand what it might be teaching you, and expel it from your subconscious in numerous ways, including EMDR, self-hypnosis, dream work and lucid dreaming, art therapy, mask-making, and other self-help methods. Replace patterns of thinking such as self-doubt or self-criticism with appreciation of your body and mind. Practice self-forgiveness, self-patience, self-understanding, and self-love.

Get Ready for Limitless Potential

The limits of your abilities, according to many psychologists, are based on your limiting beliefs. The good news is that you can challenge those beliefs and replace them with more empowering beliefs about yourself. Think of expanding your brain in a way that allows your imagination to stretch and set goals that you may have once believed unattainable. Then let your thoughts create the optimum environment for manifesting those goals from the storehouse of the universe.

Being established in truthfulness, the yogi gets the power of attaining for himself and others the fruits of work without the work. By being established in non-stealing, the yogi obtains all wealth. — The Aphorisms (Yoga Sutras), Patanjali, sutras 36–37

Use Self-Help Tools

The average person uses only about five to ten percent of his mind, mostly for thinking, feeling, reasoning, and storing memories. With the aid of some techniques for developing creativity and intuition along with other New Age tools — such as lucid dreaming, psychic development, and energy manipulation for healing, yoga, meditation, and communication with higher consciousness, among others — you could use more of your mind for self-discovery, innovative and new ideas, and personal growth.

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