Trains and cake. These two simple things were my granddaughter’s heart’s desire on her third birthday last weekend. Of course, there were birthday presents, family members, beach play and singing, but those seemed to be extras in her opinion. Her wish was streamlined: a train ride and a piece of birthday cake. She relished both with every ounce of her being.
Our children are such wise teachers. My granddaughter innately knows what I’ve been trying to re-learn for years–to manifest what I want in life, I simply need to listen to my heart’s desire.
I hear a lot of talk about manifestation, and of course there is a lot written about it. Much of it includes setting an intention, visualizing yourself achieving it, and using positive thoughts to attract what you want to you. And there is nothing wrong with that. But it’s pretty hard to do.
What if it were easier than that? What if you only had to note your heart’s desire (aka what your soul wants), then let go of trying to reel it in and just allow yourself to flow toward it? That’s really how it works, according to spiritual teacher Sara Wiseman. The Universe already provides what you desire. All you need to do is follow the synchronicities that lead you to it. I tend to agree with her. Like Rumi said, “what you seek is seeking you.”
So simple. No need to feel bad about not-so-positive thoughts. No need to visualize yourself having what you want. No intense meditations to try to call something in. Just a knowing and a letting go into the mystery. To me, this seems like following what feels natural with absolutely no burden of having to get something right.
While thinking about all of this today, a line from Mary Oliver’s poem Wild Geese came to mind:
“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.”
This line and the whole poem has always made me feel simultaneously peaceful and exhilarated, like when a flock of wild geese suddenly flies overhead. Or when I’ve gotten what my heart desires, like riding a train and eating a huge piece of birthday cake.