Whether you are religious, spiritual or agnostic, the holidays can inspire a rebirth of our spirits as we look towards the new year. The cultural fad of making resolutions leads to a myriad of responses, and outcomes, few that go beyond hail Mary hopes and dart board dreams that have no root in reality.
Arianna Huffington and Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra are among those who talk about the power of tapping meditative energy, which has far more potential than resolutions.
Visualize the life you want to lead.
Hold the first image as a snapshot. Click on it to unleash the mini movie of your life to see what frames come next. Edit out what has never worked before, the inauthentic, replacing a rejected frame with one that resonates more deeply, because you can sense the properties of making it manifest.
Replay your new visualization, imagining through your mind that you can attract, create and start imprinting what you want for yourself in your brain as code that sticks.
Close your eyes and run it again.
It's not enough to dream.
How do you react to the video playing across your brain? How does it make you feel? If happiness isn't a component, scrap your visualization and begin again.
Ask yourself why your initial visualizations didn't bring you joy. Was it a compilation of what others want for you? Was it unrealistic and loaded down with the prospect of way too much effort to make your life enjoyable? Did your visualizations seem impossible to manifest?
Your deadline isn't Jan. 1, 2015, which is the beginning of this process.
Embrace that being happy on the way to getting what you want is a catalyst to creation. Spending your days in dreary duty of paying the bills will not help you manifest your heart's desire unless you also appreciate that your every day work is only a temporary passage to get where you want to go. You're not stuck, you're doing what it takes. But to manifest something beyond your daily work life you also must play instigator to your own liberation.
Resolutions won't get you there.
Visualizations ride on the magic carpet of intentions. They begin where you are right now. They inspire you to formulate a pathway to the next step of getting what you want. It's all predicated on energy that is inspirational, electrically charged with hope, while being grounded in the knowledge that what you're visualizing is true to who you are and not what someone else wants for you or expects of you.
That means that if there are people in your life pushing you in a direction that doesn't resonate you must distance yourself from their input and coercive influences, because they are drowning out your voice, even if they have the best of intentions.
Resolutions more often shadow us, mocking our efforts to take flight at the moment the New Year opens up opportunities to set us free from the past.
When we fail at living up to our resolutions the trail is lost.
Visualizations are alive. They aren't part of a static, numbered or ordered list.
Resolutions are rules to follow.
Visualizations are our instincts seen as a map. Sure, we'll get lost at times, but the route remains, because it's formulated from our heart's desires, which never abandons us.
Resolutions are like pills, things prescribed, but which inevitably smack up against an expiration date, even if we don't acknowledge the date they disappear.
Visualizations are predicated on passion. The one thing we always return to in yearning, because it's the one thing we need to thrive and be happy, the most important things in life that lead to where instinct lives and intentions manifest.
Striving to accomplish, whether it's through resolutions or goals, clutters passageways where attraction flows.
Visualize the life you want. Play it over and over again until signs start showing up that you're telling the story of the life you want. You can edit what's playing in your mind, but don't ever give up.
What you've created is a meditation for happiness and purpose that won't ever expire.
Taylor Marsh is an author and speaker living outside Washington, D.C. She is the author of The Hillary Effect, with her latest book on relationships and getting what you want titled, The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen -- Relationship Secrets from the Trenches.