The Lucky Few

I know I’m probably the only one who ever wonders why it seems to take so long to see dreams come true. Those fairy tales we’ve read or had read to us really mess with our minds. One wave of a magic wand and Cinderella’s on her way to the palace. Aladdin rubs a lamp and gets instant wish fulfillment. Jeannie . . . Samantha . . . Harry Potter and friends . . . all make it look so easy to make it so.

Then to make matters even more perplexing for the diligent mystics among us . . . there are the lottery winners . . . the Publishers Clearinghouse Prize Patrol targets . . . the writer whose first novel hits the bestseller list . . . the homeless guy who comes up with a multi-million dollar idea for insulated cardboard boxes and ends up telling his story to Oprah.

Meanwhile, here I sit . . . practicing my affirmations and doing my daily visualizations and wondering, “Where’s my stuff?” So I asked The Shower Team, what takes so long? What separates us from the ‘lucky few’ who seem to stumble onto the manifestation fast lane?

The thing you so often lose sight of is how you have trained yourself into the ways of thinking that you have about things working the way they do. You practice thoughts over a long period of time—usually based on what you’ve heard–where you limit or restrict what you believe or expect will come to you.

You hold the view that those sudden or dramatic or ‘miraculous’ breakthroughs or turnarounds or windfalls are random and rare occurrences, available only to that “lucky few”. You train yourself into the belief that “that’s not how things work,” that for most people, good fortune comes only through toil and trouble.

So in order for you to receive in those more rapid or remarkable ways, you have to buck a pretty seriously ingrained pattern of thought—or in some cases, to get so down and out that you let go of all your preconceived notions and essentially surrender any or all efforts to try to get things to go your way according to any prescribed view of how things work.

This is the reason why we so often encourage you to turn and go with the flow by reaching, one thought at a time, for what feels better. It is so that you can begin to experience more immediate, if less striking, evidence of your progress. It is not because more powerful manifestations are unavailable to you. It is not because you are not allowed to experience more dramatic turnarounds or to receive what you ask for more quickly, it is only your expectation—and the degree to which you are resisting—that sets any limits around your receiving.

No one else dictates that to you. No one else operates the command center where decisions are made about what gets doled out to whom and when. It only feels that way to you because you are not fully conscious of the ways that you limit what comes to you by virtue of your limited or guarded expectations.

You could decide at any time to open up to unlimited and unrestricted receiving of anything you are asking for, but more often than not, it is easier for you to let it in a bit at a time, easier for you to believe that that is the way it works and therefore, easier for you to expect it in that scaled down way. When there is no reason for you to doubt the immediate or the dramatic—the “miraculous’ manifestations that you sometimes see happening to those ‘lucky few’ . . . then you become one of the lucky few who have nothing standing between their desire and the fulfillment of it. The fewer reasons you have to doubt your good fortune, the better your fortune will be and the faster it will come.

“Easy for us to say,” you say. And we say, “Easy is as easy does. Or more to the point, “Easy is as easy is expected.”


Great. Now I’m channeling Forrest Gump. Next they’ll be telling me life is like a box of chocolates.

I wish it felt a little easier to believe that the things I want are as easy as I expect them to be. Sometimes easy feels hard—and I can see why. I’ve been believing it’s hard for a lot longer than I’ve been wondering if it could get easy.

I used to run around saying, “It’ not easy being me.” Talk about a hard luck story.

So maybe it won’t be easy to believe it’s easy, but believing it’s hard hasn’t been easy either. Who knows—maybe I’ll get lucky. It’s enough to keep me trying not to work quite so hard at believing it’s hard for all but the lucky few. It leaves me thinking that it could be easier being me—and somehow that makes it a little easier to feel, for the moment, complete.

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About Dan

Published novelist, poety, essayist, photographer and college educator. Visit me at www.firstadream.com.

Posted on October 4, 2007, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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