You are the next hot thing

If I knew then what I know now…

I would stop racing, stop competing – cuz it’s not a race.

I would devote WAY fewer journal pages to planning and scheming and WAY more to free associating and doodling – the kind of dreaming that leads, not to plans or short term goals but to vision. I’d sift through those old goal-stuffed journals for my theme: the ONE  story, the unifying vision that includes them all.

I would aim my whole life – every moment, every day – toward that vision.

I would let providence work its magic, delivering people and opportunities to my doorstep, laying gifts at my feet – because it would, it does.

The moment we align with a vision that’s worthy of us, providence aligns with it too.

With a pen and paper handy, I would ask myself these soul questions:

  • What do I obsess about? What keeps calling to me? What am I drawn to, in a way that I cannot explain? Are these obsessions in ‘shadow’ or in ‘light’? I would reverse shadow obsessions to light – and obsess about them that way.
  • What do I wish would happen? Is this a wish that I am hoping someone else will activate/make real? I would consider making my wishes happen myself.
  • Who do I envy – and why? I would make a “green list” itemizing every quality, material success, physical attribute and lucky break that the person I envy has that I don’t.
  • I would change the name of that “green list” to: What I want. I would send a beam of searingly cleansing gratitude to the person who inspired it for revealing – through their example -= a huge chunk of my own shadow vision to me. And then, I would ask the universe/God/the angels to bring some of that to me.
  • I would remember, every step of the way – including this one, that it’s not too late. It’s never too late. I would remind myself of the many great artists and creators who came to their great work later in life – and I’d let it inspire me to open to my own.

Today, I do these things. Today, success is pouring into my cup like champagne – all bubbly and golden and a little bit intoxicating.

I am sipping – not gulping – because I want, more than anything, to stay awake to what keeps coming, and…

… oh, wait..  there’s more on this list. See how it fills in, bubbling up from the deep inner spring that never stops gurgling.

  • I would pray more and plan less.
  • I would tune into the divine seed that lives inside of my heart and get to know THAT really well. And spend a lot less time trying to figure out what the market was doing; what trend was trending; what was the next HOT thing.
  • I would understand that I am the next hot thing.

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Andrea Maurer

Wow. Just WOW! Those might be the best three questions I’ve ever heard. And so here’s just a few of the answers that popped into my head… 1) What do I obsess about? Finding a larger audience, more connection points, a bigger, brighter platform. Some of that is definitely in shadow but much of it is in light. I can flip the switch for the rest if I try. And I will. 2) What do I wish would happen? I wish I’d “arrive”. I’m still focused on the destination even though I don’t really believe in destinations anymore. The key, I guess, is to get really clear on what I hope that destination will look/feel like and then move toward that in whatever way I can. 3) Who do I envy and why? Big people with big dreams and equally big platforms. Hmmm. I’m detecting a bit of a theme…

Thanks for so much food for thought on what was otherwise a very sleepy, subdued, lackluster Monday.

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Amy

Wonderful answers. A little feedback: 1) YAY! 2) I realized only recently that I could just arrive. I didn’t need a particular number of followers to know what I know. I didn’t need outside approval. Here you are, life said to me. Now what? 3) I envy those people, too. Let’s arrive together. :)

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Andrea Maurer

Sweet! I’m in. In the words of the person who brought us together (Martha), “We move at dawn.” Or next Monday if dawn’s too soon for you ;)

Susan

Love this!

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Fiona Leonard

Wonderful food for thought, Amy. I fill journal after journal and it’s frustrates me that they’re full of plans I never follow through on and structure I shy away from. (And yet I keep doing it…duh!)

I love your approach. Looking forward to playing around with it tomorrow.

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Marthe

So important, thank you for reminding me which questions I need to ask.

There is this urge to write a novel about a girl who runs away from home. This urge has been with me for almost 5 years now. She’s speaking to me and she won’t go away even when I ignore her completely. Why is she running away? I guess there’s only one way to find out…

I also like youre approach to envy vs. want. I want a well designed website with a thriving tribe of readers. I’m working on it. I also want to speak more languages. Starting today.

I feel so connected with you, Amy. I think it was meant to be that I stumbled upon your blog and post about anxiety and love just when the timing was right and I needed it the most. And now you keep on delivering widsom and insight just at the right time. I’m so grateful.

Marthe

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Amy

Maybe she is running toward something… :)

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Jessilicious

I would understand that I am the next hot thing.

Beautiful.

I LOVE this, Amy, and am going to spend some time journaling around these questions either later today or tomorrow morning. I have also done a lot of journaling of plans that never happen, and I forget to look at what that big vision is, what I want it to FEEL like, and what is the big theme running through it all… You’ve reminded me to spend more time on THAT, and less time on the scrambling and planning and scheming…

I love what you said about aligning with that vision and allowing providence to lay gifts at my feet. It’s about tapping into that bigger picture, that thing that makes my heart sing, and letting everything flow from there. Beautiful.

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Patti Foy | Lightspirited Being

Oh, I love this post, Amy! I think a lot of people never even consider this way of living as an option.

And as I read it, I feel so grateful… because I have managed to sculpt a life for myself where I get to live this very way. I just did a very free-form, fun, and liberating (for both of us) session with a client this morn, and afterward said to my husband (something like) how lucky I am to get to do this as for a living! I mean, really!

Thanks for a great post, as always. I so much enjoy visiting here!

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Nicola

I love this post, Amy. It moved something deep within me.

1. What do I obsess about? What keeps calling to me? What am I drawn to, in a way that I cannot explain? Soul, connection, Source, the everyday Divine, woo woo and metaphysics. Teaching, teaching, teaching. I just feel a deep seated need to teach things I know and to provoke discussion around those topics. To share amazing discoveries and to teach. Did I mention teaching?!

2. What do I wish would happen? Is this a wish that I am hoping someone else will activate/make real? To learn to express all the things in my head more clearly, to trust that someone else out there wants to hear all the woo woo that spins around my mind. Yes, I do wish someone else could make it happen but in the words of Working Girl, “I make it happen”.

3. Who do I envy – and why? Anyone who finds their bigness easy to express. That’s definitely one of my life lessons! And it’s also what I teach!

Yes, I agree with Andrea – three amazing questions.

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Amy

I see you teaching. Yes.
Someone (me) wants to hear all the woo woo that spins around your mind.
Your response to Q 3 tells me you are ready to be big. What if I told you you are already big. What if I gave you permission, with my magic wand, to simply begin?

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Nicola

Sounds good to me! Imagining some magic wand waving!

Shareen

I LOVE YOU! Every time I read one of your posts I feel like this is the one written just for me. Then you go and write another one that is written just for me. I cannot express to you how unbelievably meaningful they are to me. I’m printing this one out and am going to reread it to myself throughout the next few days, weeks, months, years – throughout my lifetime. I thought Erma Bombeck’s list of “If I Could Live My Life Over” was good but this is just beautiful. Thank you a million times over.

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Amy

I love that you love my work (and me… blushing in a grateful sort of way.)

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Dawn Gorman (@urbanhippietwst)

Amy,
This is such a great post! And I love, love, love the title! That is going on a card next to my computer! Best affirmation ever! This whole post just reaffirms what I am trying to do in my life. It also is a great reminder of what to pay attention to and what not to get stuck on. And the prompts are great. “Who do I envy and why?” That one really caught my attention. A few people came to mind right away. They are people who are doing what I want to do. I could be doing it too. I envy their action, I believe. But I want to write on that one for awhile, and see what it brings up for me. Hopefully good stuff. Thanks for setting something in motion.

Dawn

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Jude Spacks

Oh, this was so fun to read. Thank you!
Yes, me too: more dreaming and doodling, less figuring out.
Now, not later. When else?

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Bea Baechle

I was directed to your blog for the first time today, and I really needed to read the message. As you know, there are no accidents. It’s time for me to dream. It’s time for me to pursue a vision I am truly passionate about. My co-workers in Silicon Valley would see the authentic me, and say, “Wow. That’s who Bea truly is.”

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Amy

I think that most people sense who we really are. But in polite society, we allow one another to pretend, to conceal, to hide. Try this: Imagine that they are seeing the authentic you today. What are they seeing? Who is she? How does she behave/dress/speak? What if you pretended to be her today? If you can’t do so with them present, could you imagine it when you’re alone? Try revealing her gradually, taking off one veil at a time. See what happens.

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Nancy Myrland

What a beautiful post Amy! All of your points are perfect, and are a good lesson for me, and for all of us. Thank you for sharing. :-)

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Cherry Woodburn

Wonderful Amy,

You are not the NEXT hot thing – you are THE, NOW, ALWAYS hot thing.

Another post where I’ll take the questions and apply them to me. I know there will be new revelations and confirmation of others – both of which are good for me. Thanks so much, Cherry

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Megan Matthieson

Love this Amy! This fits so perfectly with the place I’m in now. Looking forward to pondering these questions. And meeting you for tea! (although mine will def be coffee) xoox

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Elizabeth

Just wonderful. Adding these questions to my list, especially curious what I obsess over including shadow obsessions.

I’ve looked at who I envy and what qualities are at the essence of that envy every so often, but I really like the idea of sending searingly cleansing gratitude to the source.

Thank you.

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Dawn Waldron

When I really really think about it, and I have been, I obsess about being allowed to help other people become successful. Limelight successful. I don’t want that sort of success for myself, I’m happy in my little life. But I’d love to be the ‘come see’ person who gives everyone a helping hand along the way.
I ‘wish’ that more people would come to see me to get that helping hand and that I would become both more recognised (sort of famous but in a reclusive way) and valued (sort of better off so I didn’t have any money worries but not loads of money) .
I envy people who can just float…be…trust…relax…dream…and succeed on those terms.
That’s really powerful.
That’s what I want.
I’m doing it already.
I’d just like to do it a bit more.
Oh yes… I’d like the people I help to be the people making the difference out there, while I’m making a difference for them, in here.
Thanks Amy.

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Dawn Waldron

PS And I’d like to be with you and Andrea on Monday :-)

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Nicola

Me too!

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Amy

Next time :)

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Brenda Northway

Dear Amy,
WOW, this site is more amazing than I could imagine. As I came to it last night I was so intreged to read more and more. I grabbed me in a way i can’t describe, it was if when I was about to leave the page, something drew me back to look at something else. Without a doubt, I was meant to come to this site and to continue coming to this site. Thank you for all you do in helping others open their hearts and minds to see/hear signs of their angels. I know my son is watching over my from heaven. God Bless you.

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Sabrina at MyMiBoSo

I see I’m a year and a half late to the game, but a friend just forwarded this to me, and I LOVE it. YES, YES, and more YES. I especially love the vision of “sipping” rather than gulping it down…what an amazing reminder that EVEN THIS is meant to be enjoyed. Actually, ESPECIALLY this. The only real time is the NOW.

Thank you for sharing this from the depths of your soul so that it can be so lovingly received by those who need to hear it…myself included!

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Amy

Thank YOU for arriving (never late) and leaving a note so I knew you were here. :)

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