Make Believe. Wanna play?

Make Believe by RubyBlossom

Kids get a lot of things right.
My of-the-moment favorite?

Make believe.

Of course ya’ll know I love the deliberateness of it. They are making beliefs. Like little architects of imagination, they build fantasy worlds one play session at a time.

And they rally their friends to join with the simple phrase, “wanna play?”

This week I’ve been playing some make believe of my own through a new practice of saying affirmations.

“An affirmation is a strong, positive statement that something is already so. It is a way of ‘making firm’ that which you are imagining,” writes Shakti Gawain in her book Creative Visualization which inspired my recent practice.

Here’s the thing: Our mental chatter is going to happen anyway.

We are constantly having thoughts, many of which we aren’t consciously aware of. By saying affirmations, we are introducing new, positive, empowering thoughts into the mix of our mental chatter. It feels more powerful than the background chatter of rote self-talk, because we are conscious and intentional (one might say deliberate) about these messages.

Said with conviction, you’ll likely even begin to make new beliefs.

Wanna play?

photo credit: RubyBlossom

Enough.

“When we follow our intuitive sense of what’s true and right for us, and do what we genuinely feel energy for, we always seem to have enough money to be, do, and have the things we truly need and want.”

Shakti Gawain from “Creating True Prosperity”

Skakti was writing about prosperity so it makes sense that she writes about money in the quote above. When I read this quote I sometimes plug in the words “resources,” “energy,” “support,” “courage” or “conviction” in place of the word “money,” because it feels more expansive to me.

Do you ever walk into something you are obligated to do, but strongly do not want to do and notice that things just seem to keep getting worse? That’s how we got the expression, “When it rains it pours.” In both cases, the same principle applies.

So I guess the question is, what’s it raining?