September 2008 Monthly Visions
Ladybugs and Fearless Faith
“Build it and they will come”. This was the main message carried by the Kevin Costner movie Field of Dreams and it definitely is the theme of the moment in our life movie. Everywhere you look, from The Secret to Esther & Jerry Hicks and Abraham’s Law of Attraction books and dvds, we are being reminded that not only do we create our own reality, but our ideal reality is already existent right in this very moment. All we have to do is bridge the gap between our perceived ‘here’ and ‘there’. What bridges the gap? Moving step by step up the emotional ladder, from frustration to hope to excitement, (well I’ve skipped a few rungs there but you get my drift) until we get to the holy grail of complete and total faith that whatever we have projected onto our mental movie screen will manifest, must manifest, in our physical reality.
Just in case I was having any trouble fully embodying this concept, I have been bombarded by signs and examples lately urging me and encouraging me to believe it, live it, and surrender to it fully without question.
I was given a book recently called The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn. It is a tiny little book, written in 1925, but carrying the same messages we are just starting to grasp on a mass level: see something in your mind, believe it to be so, and it must be so. Florence was an avant-garde metaphysician who shared this message with all of her clients. One woman felt she couldn’t afford Christmas presents that year. Florence advised her to buy the Christmas wrapping paper, with total faith and expectation that presents would come to fill them. She said to let go of even an ounce of worry or doubt that this wouldn’t happen. This was important. Total Faith. Sure enough an unexpected sum of money came to this woman a couple of days before Christmas and she was able to buy presents.
Another woman was in a shop when her child asked for a small toy. The woman said ‘No we can’t afford that’, walked away and then remembered what Florence had told her: That God (the Divine/Universe/Spirit/whatever your preferred name for Source) was her eternal and abundant Supply and would always provide all she needed. She realised she was buying into fear and a lack mentality so she turned right back around and bought the toy. On the way home from the shop she found on the ground the exact amount of money she had paid for the toy!
Florence reminds us that you cannot attract anything beyond which your mind has limits around. For example if deep down you really don’t believe you can possibly attract a Ferrari, well you probably won’t. It also may mean that deep down, a Ferrari is not so important for your soul anyway. She asks us to place special attention on those images that flit through our mind regularly, the book we want to write, the home we want to live in, the trip we want to take, the move we want to make, those things that our heart truly yearns for are the things that are there/here waiting for us.
I recommend this book to everyone.
One day last week, after my daily meditation that Christian and I have recently started to do, I was reading this book, and realized how it applied to my own life. Here we are in the US, with plans to travel through Mexico, Central and South America as well, with a return ticket dated sometime in 2009, having gone on complete faith that somehow this would be made possible, especially as far as finances go. The return ticket with a date far beyond any date a logical person would have chosen is our sign of faith to the Universe that we will be travelling for a long time so the Universe is responding by, one day at a time, making it possible.
I walked outside and ended up next to a little bush. On a leaf was a beautiful lady bug. Hmm, I thought, that feels like a good sign of something. I went inside to start some work for the day, and opened up a bag where I keep a lot of my computer gear. I reached in to get a particular CD I needed and felt my hand touch a tiny plastic ziplock bag. I pulled it out and to my amazement saw it contained a small, wooden lady bug! I have no idea how it got there. Curious as ever, I looked up the meaning of ladybug (thank you Google) and saw that it meant: wishes coming true, good luck, fearless faith with the expectation of receiving everything you desire. Indeed, a good sign.
I thought of that movie Under the Tuscan Sun, when the wildly exuberant forever youthful Katherine says to Frances “When I was a little girl, I spent all afternoon in the grass looking for ladybugs. Eventually I’d fall asleep in the sun and forget about them. When I woke up, I was covered in them.”
That afternoon I read an article in the launch issue of Empower Magazine about a couple who had tried everything without success to become pregnant. They got to the point where they surrendered to the possibility that they may be spending the rest of their lives alone with their dogs, yet still some unknown force compelled them to buy a 4 bedroom house. I believe their dream for a family was still alive and well in their hearts thus leading to the purchase of a family home. Three months after they moved in, the woman fell pregnant naturally.
Make clear your desired need, making sure to ask for ‘the right job/ home/ relationship/amount of money/situation to come in the most right and perfect way’, then let go of your grasp on the how, who and when. Frances Scovel Shinn keeps re-iterating that.
Just when I thought the messages of the day were done, having come loud and clear, the grand-daughter of the person we are staying with said: “I’m going to sit down and watch a movie, wanna watch?” “What are you watching,” I asked? “Under the Tuscan Sun” she replied, knowing nothing about the ladybug themed day I’d had. Of course she was watching Under the Tuscan Sun!
The movie is about Frances, a recently divorced woman who finds herself unexpectedly in Tuscany, then spontaneously buys an old, large house which she has to completely renovate. One day she has an emotional release in front of her supportive realtor, blurting out that she must be the stupidest woman in the world, buying a house ‘For a life that I don’t even have.” He asks her why she did it then and she replied ‘because I still want things. I want a wedding in this house. I want a family in this house.’ He tells her a story: “Signora, between Austria and Italy, there is a section of the Alps called the Semmering. It is an impossibly steep, very high part of the mountains. They built a train track over these Alps to connect Vienna and Venice. They built these tracks before there was a train in existence that could make the trip. They built it because they knew someday the train would come.”
Build it and they will come.
The Universe right now is trying so hard to get us to get this message. It is not a new message, but perhaps it is a new thing that more of us than ever before are ready to hear it, to believe it, to live it.
My day ended with a sense of awe and peace. Just before I went to bed I checked my Facebook, as you do. A friend had sent me a Ladybug.
Dana Mrkich (2008)
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