To you, the powerful awareness of your dreams is
lodged in your thoughts, your heart, your very essence. Maybe you practice creative visualization as you keep an eye on the horizon, expecting your dreams to grace you with their presence. Only it's not happening . . . . This all describes me in my mid-twenties. I realized my dreams, and you can, too!
The idea of writing books, developing classes, and working with others as a spiritual counselor was crystal clear to me. I dreamt it, felt it, thought it through, over and over again. I wracked my brain to understand why this was taking so long! I sensed the Universe was not saying "no" to my vision. More like, "not now" or "do this first." From the perspective of today, now that I'm living my dreams, let me share three of the biggest reasons manifestation can take an uncomfortably long time to arrive.
REASON #1 The world is not ready.
The manuscript for my first book baked in the top drawer of my desk for two years before it went to a publisher. Today, my third book is fresh off the presses of Hay House—and some of my notes for it are 14 years old! Had my work hit the shelves 10 years ago, no one would have read it. In the marketplace of unfolding ideas, one awareness follows upon another. Respecting the natural flow of events in the Universe just makes good sense.
When my first book, How to Read the Akashic Records, was released in 2009, it was the only one in existence offering practical instruction in connecting with this valuable spiritual resource, a vibrational archive of your past, your present, and your future possibilities as a human being. A few books talked about the Akasha, but none shared "how to." Since then, my third book, Discover Your Soul's Path through the Akashic Records: Taking Your Life from Ordinary to ExtraOrdinary, has been published, and many other resources have surfaced. This suggests it wasn't time for this resource to be accessible on a wide scale before 2009. And now, the field is expanding with a variety of interpretations, offering various avenues of growth to a full spectrum of people. In 2001, it never occurred to me there was a relationship between my personal readiness and the collective's readiness—but my 2015 self knows it is essential!
REASON #2 Other life circumstances are more important right now.
Spending time with my son as he was growing up, and caring for my parents in their elder years, constituted not-to-be missed, never-to-come-again, life opportunities. I'm so grateful to have had those chances to participate so fully in their lives. While I was involved in the daily unfolding of those commitments, I did not abandon my dreams. Rather, I did what I could, when I could. And now, I am at a place in my life where my parents have passed on, and my baby boy is a 21-year-old, and my dreams of teaching and writing are in full bloom. As I live my life, care for those I love, enjoy my everyday life, and tend to the vision embedded in my heart, it all comes to pass.
REASON #3 Effective manifestation requires skill-building and training.
I'm embarrassed to admit that I thought I could side-step developing skills necessary for effective delivery of my natural talent—because my vision was so clear. But there are no shortcuts. Focus is an energetic powerhouse for manifestation, but as my life has progressed, I've learned that time, effort, and education are also my allies. As my skills have improved, my fears have dissolved and my appropriate confidence has increased. Every element necessary for the best presentation and enactment of my vision eventually found me. What I originally perceived as punishment or persecution by the Universe was its most merciful hand leading me to become someone who can actually demonstrate her vision with grace.
My advice to you: Keep looking expectantly at that horizon, and realize that time is a friend of heartfelt desires. Remember to honor your own process and values as a privilege and a joy. If you are struggling with urgency to realize your destiny, consider the three ideas I have shared. Continue to work hard, relax as you can, but by all means—enjoy your journey! It is an adventure with its own perfect timetable. For more guidance, see my book Discover Your Soul's Path through the Akashic Records.