This is the Hicks quote which bridges the gap between what I believe, and what I imagine the Law of Attraction to say. It is not just woo-woo, but a “spiritual-mystic” turning of ordinary understandings on their head, based in human psychology with a materialist-practical effect.
It is natural that by knowing what you do not want, you are able to clarify what you do want; and there is nothing wrong with identifying a problem before beginning to look for a solution. But many people, over time, become problem oriented rather than solution oriented, and in their examination and explanation of the problem, they continue the perpetuation of the problem. That which is like unto itself, is drawn—so tell the story you want to live and you will eventually live it.
Um. I wanted to make a man of myself, and I did not. I am not sure this is a refutation of Hicks, I think I did not really want to be a man, but something else. I do not really know what I want. A year ago I said I wanted to descend into, really feel, and work through my anger.
I held a discussion within myself when deciding to transition, with my male self, female self, inner rationalist and inner toddler. The toddler said “I want to wear skirts and I want to walk down the street and buy stuff.” I want to express myself female, for that is who I am, and I do. I want money, I am strongly materialist in that sense.
Other formulations I have do not work. “I want to be told what to do,” except when I am often I resent it and go my own way. Perhaps
I want to find a place where I fit
and that is a human thing, we are a social species.
I want to feel I am doing something useful, valuable and worthwhile
and I have managed that, in the past.
I want to be safe. I want to protect myself, because I hurt.
And that conflicts with
I want to be doing things, moving forward, achieving.
The depth of my hurt amazes me. I cannot quite believe it. So my desires conflict, rather than working together.
I want to heal
but I am not sure how, and I can’t quite trust that I am doing it naturally. Am I just ruminating and fading away?
I do not speak to my father for weeks, because I want something from him that he cannot give, and I cannot relinquish that desire. There. A nice formulation. I have several answers to that, I must accept reality, I forgive for my own benefit not for others’; and I do not. So I sit with the difficulty in unknowing- inner critic laughs, but I do- and I realise I have this voice in myself which stops it. That voice, which sounds very like the one I declared war on, says-
It's not right it's not fair he she they should have cared, thought, seen, acted-
Note the pretty script, for it is hard for me to respect this voice, which resents the world, lots of individuals and groups, and myself. For I should have seen things coming, acted otherwise, avoided particular consequences-
I need to listen to that voice. I need to hear and respect that in me. Not with the thought of taming it- certainly not at first, hold that thought at bay- I want to hear it, and worship with it. Or, I want to know what I am forgiving.
I honor, respect, and admire all of the you – as you have and continue to reveal yourself to us/me. You are brave beyond measure for giving voice to these dilemmas of humanity. I can’t wait to see what you make of this next. Healing, and learning to completely love and accept the complexity of ourselves is an evolving truth. I stand at your side in the not knowing place and love you for the courage it takes to continue.
Excellent quote and a good reminder. It is easy to find problems when you look for them.
Hello again, Westwood. Problems are OK when there are solutions. Though when they become a solution- I can’t do that so I needn’t try- it is a bother.
I feel your inner voices all working very hard to be heard, and in the hum of constant analysis, it is easy to imagine conflict. You say, for example, that your desires to move forward and to achieve, conflict with your desire to be safe, and to protect yourself because you hurt…..
But I don’t see that, really. Often, I am grateful that no-one else can really see my inner turmoil – what a lot of explaining and hurt that saves. Because when we remember to breathe and relax, we can laugh about it, a little, afterwards. The ego says that it wants to understand. Actually, the ego rejoices in complication and in never-ending loops of analysis and complexity. It never wants to resolve the conflicts.
None of which are really real.
The real you knows that you are love. The real you understands far more than she finds puzzling. The real you is safe, happy and totally secure, knowing that there is no competition, no need to prove anything. Just in remembering to be yourself, your security returns naturally and the drive to achieve comes easily.
Lots of love and hugs. XXXXX :-))