I love synchronicity and coincidences and feeling like I’m on the right path as much as the next person.

I know when I am pushing and need to back off, take a break, wait for my mind to calm down and for my next steps to show up.

I believe there is so much more than we can see or know at work in the world. I mean, think about it, our very brains are mostly a mystery to us!

But in the midst of it all, there’s a whole lot of women who seem stuck on the next thing to do. On the next step to take. On the right path to follow. They seem to be waiting for the universe to explicitly tell them what’s the next thing to do.
They say things like:

– I am waiting for the right time.
– I am waiting for a sign.
– I feel like I have to start my business because it came to me in a dream even though the whole thing makes me exhausted and I can’t get any traction.
– I am doing this because I think the universe is sending these thoughts to me.

But in all of these, there is only one question:

what is it that you really want?

We hide our abilities and power behind the “universe”. We excuse our inabilities and mask our insecurities under the guise of “waiting for the universe to give us permission to act rather than taking responsibilities and acting based on the knowledge we have of our values, wants and desires.

Toni Morrison wrote,

“To get to a place where you could love anything you chose, not to need permission for desire, well now that was freedom.”

Of course, when we do that, when we stop seeking permission to desire, there is a risk it won’t work. We’ll get our hearts broken, we will fail, or be hurt. And that’s exactly why I believe we sometimes default to waiting for the universe to tell us what to do.

We avoid the risk but we may also miss out on the growth that comes from choosing.

We can end up drifting through our lives with nobody at the rudder.

I’m not saying it’s all about our ego-bound desires. We want to listen to what feels bigger, wilder, and truer, not just what we have scripted (or that was scripted for us), but that happens, I believe, through an active mature spiritual discipline, practiced with a trusted mentor or spiritual director or within a community. We need checks and balances.

So in the end, it is not all about what we listen to, but how we approach listening and what we do with what we hear.

So, what are you doing with all the thoughts the universe is sending to you?
When are you going to act on those desires that keep you up at night?
When are you going to start acting on those plans you’ve been on?

It doesn’t have to be perfect in the beginning.

Just start!

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