Don’t know if I completely agree with the dictum “ask and it is given to you.” That’s certainly part of the formula, but not all of it. In my experience, it takes a combination of asking, asking at the right time, meaning it, and agreeing to take some concerted action toward that goal. Oh, and I should add suspending all sense of control over how “it” appears in your life.
I read a lot of people, and do healing work with a lot more each week. What the ones who enjoy successful outcomes all have in common? They are flexible about how something shows up in their reality. For example, you might really want to manifest a great mate — someone who will love you and have wild crazy sex with you and be your constant companion for the rest of your life. But then you get really fixated on one person, or a type of person, with only blond hair, and only green eyes, until you’re left with very few options to choose from, factoring in age, geography, etc.
The universe and our guides, no matteer what we think about it, always know what’s best for us. They’re moving billions of puzzle pieces around a gigantic board, trying to do the best things for the greatest number of people. They’re trying to find jobs for some, mates for others, homes for still others of us, all while creating situations that will challenge, amaze and develop us as souls.
So on this day devoted to gratitude (for the pilgrims I suppose it was just surviving a harsh journey and then in a new world filled with unfamiliar people and foods), I decided to reframe the idea of asking and then demanding that something be given to me precisely the way I want it. I thought about three things I really want to manifest in my life over the next few months or so, then saw them as balloons that I released into the air. As they soared high above me, my city and into the clouds, I imagined they were caught by some kindly helping being, who saw my intentions and thought, “How can I help her attain these, while never letting her lose sight of her humanity and her programming, to help alleviate suffering in this world?
I imagined this helping being thinking it over and them beaming in a bright, beneficent smile, having seen the exact way to make these things happen for me — as long as I cooperate, of course. :)