The Gestational Period
Sometimes when you really want something specific in your life, the waiting can trigger frustration and you may begin to doubt that it is ever coming. Those times are periods when you must learn to trust that the universe is doing its work. Your desire is known. Your intent has been proclaimed. When you cook, isn't it true that some types of dishes take longer to prepare than others? When you write an e-mail, isn't it true that some compositions take longer than others?
Part of working with the Law of Attraction is letting go of the need to control the time frame during which your desire manifests in your life. You have the capacity to let go of that compulsion, and as the noted psychologist Carl Rogers once observed, “You can't push the river.”
The Law of Attraction works with momentum. Things can manifest instantly or take a long time. Why? The reason has a lot to do with the strength of your desire, the clarity of your vision, and the power of your intention. Remember that the universe is rearranging itself to bring you what you want but that it also allows you to wrangle with your choice and all the different aspects, elements, and options your mind conceives.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. — Ecclesiastes 3:1–2
For example, you may be thinking you want something and then later experience doubts about having it. Let's say you have always wanted a dog. You begin thinking about what it might feel like to own a dog. You might smile whenever you think of the happy yelping welcome when you get home each night. You imagine warm fuzzy feelings just thinking about him curling up with you on the couch. You even have a name for him — Mr. Peabody.
But while cutting flowers in your garden one day, you begin wondering how Mr. Peabody would like the flowers. What if he digs around your flowerbeds, chews on the sprinkler heads, chases away the ground-feeding mourning doves? You begin to wonder if having a dog is such a good idea. What if he destroys your garden, your sacred place of peace and renewal? Suddenly you ask yourself which is more important — a beautiful garden with wild creatures or the company of a pet? Why hadn't you thought of these things before?
Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, warned that indecision and doubt work together to become fear. The process or blending of the two, though steady and insidious, may not be obvious to the conscious mind. The end result is fear. But fear is a state of mind that can be altered by conscious thought.
Your indecisiveness and fear block the pet from your life. The Law of Attraction allows you to change your mind or shift your desires around. Perhaps you decide a bird might make a better choice for a pet and eventually you greet the new parakeet that has made its way into your life. The Source has brought it to you because you abandoned ambivalence and instead formed and held a clear vision for the bird that was so strong it became your reality.