Receiving Support is partaking in the flow of Life. Before we were born, as we grew in our mother’s womb, we received all the nutrients, warmth, and support that we needed–without efforting to make it happen.
But as children, many were indoctrinated to believe we won’t receive the support we need–or that we’ll have to DO so much to get it that it won’t be worth the effort. These very beliefs impede our progress and we do well to release them and actively cultivate being in what I call “Receive Mode.”
To be in “Receive Mode,” we must:
1. know what we need
2. acknowledge what we need in ways that activate both hemispheres of our brains
3. ask for what we need
4. create space (in our minds and hearts and our schedule) to receive the support
5. give gratitude for all we’ve received
6. pay it forward… share with others and give what we’ve got!
Number 2 is crucial. Acknowledge what we need in ways that activate both hemispheres of our brains. You see, if we stay in left-brain thinking mode, there is no way we’ll be able to create anything different than what we’re now experiencing!
Einstein said “A problem cannot be solved at the level it was created.” In order to receive the support (seen and unseen, tangible and intangible) we need to up-level our lives, we must activate our right-brain capacities:
• our imagination — to create the idea of what we want and the belief it can happen
• our will — to take the leaps of faith that will be required
• our tenacity and faith — to overcome discouragement
• our ability to FEEL our connection to the Divine, to all of Life — to receive guidance from our intuition, to notice and say YES to the opportunities flowing our way
SO, how do we activate our right brain?
With images that tell the story we want to create. That’s why, every January I create a Vision Map of what I want to create in the coming year. I’ve used many different formats but the one that works the best for me is to use the Feng Shui Bagua as a template.
The Bagua is an energy grid, or map, that depicts the 9 staging areas of life. When all 9 areas are activated, we find ourselves in the flow of abundance and joy. The Bagua can be superimposed over the floor plan of your home, your workplace, your desk, your mirror. And it works as a great template for a Vision Map. After aligning with my husband Ed and making our list of goals, I sorted them into these 9 areas:
This year I decided to use blue foam poster board. I knew I’d want to put our Vision Map in the Abundance area of our home, to hold the frequency of what we’ll be creating, and in this home, our Abundance area is our laundry room.
So I had to trim the poster board so it would fit nicely on the shelf. Then I measured and scored it so that the sides would fold in, so it would stand on it’s own.
Then, I gathered images and words that represent our goals for the year.
I took some time to look over our Yearly Plan and feel WHY we really want to create our goals. What is the end result we want to be experiencing? Then I allowed my intuition to guide me as I placed the images and words where I felt they belonged. This is what our Vision Map looks like:
The Partnership area is an Earth element, so the image I chose is of my husband Ed and me in nature (a photo taken on one of our first trips together while we were dating, sitting on a tree very special to me):
We have an image of childlike joy and wonder in the Children/ Projects/Creativity area:
In our Helpful Friends/Travel area (which is a Metal element), we used images of an (metallic) angel and a map:
These are the images (and shells) I used for the Water element area of Career/Life Path. They reflect our belief that our work in the world is aligned with our Soul’s purpose, and brings a flow of abundance to us and to those we work with:
These words and the Energy stone anchor our (Earth element) Health/Unity goals:
This is a bit hard to see. It’s a lovely image of a star-studded night sky with the words “The Power of One… lit from within” which illuminates our Fame/Reputation goals:
Our Abundance/Prosperity (wood element) goals are illustrated with the word “Bountiful Dreams Coming True” glued over images that represent joy and abundance to us:
For our Family/Community area (wood element), a lovely flower, an image of two sisters and the words “make once-in-a-lifetime into once-a-year” anchor our intention to host another a.m.a.z.i.n.g. family reunion again this year:
For Knowledge/Wisdom/Self Improvement, we used an image that represents peace, centeredness, strength, and discipline:
If you decide to create your own Vision Map, I recommend you put it in the Abundance corner of your home. That’s the area we want to activate with our goals. For those of you who want to use this idea in your workspace, here is a Bagua Vision Map I’ve created on the wall in my office:
I used heavy brown wrapping paper tacked to the wall as the background. I change the images to reflect my monthly goals (except for the vision statement for my business in the center –that will stay all year). I love walking into my office and seeing the bright creative images that are activating my right-brain abilities to receive all the support I need to make my goals my new reality!