There are many out there promoting goal setting and manifesting your desires. And there is good value in some of that content. But the part you have to be careful of is trying to control the way the results show up.
The Bhagavad Gita famously says “You have control over Action alone, never over it’s fruits.”
Letting go of control can be very difficult for the ego. But eventually, the ego itself lets go. Then the habits of control fall away over time.
Learning to trust nature, that you’ll be fine, can take time. And support may well show up up in ways we don’t anticipate or in forms we may at first reject.
But if we stay open to the possibilities, the results can be beyond what we might imagine. Our life takes on an air of miracles and we feel blessed. But only in places in our life where we can let go.
Occasionally what this means is it can be like spinning your wheels. Your attention is focused, the desire is clear, you are acting towards it, but things keep being delayed. This then is a time for patience, a time to continue but not force, a time to check in to see if there is another variable at play or something that hasn’t been noticed yet.
When I talk of allowing though, this doesn’t mean sitting and waiting. You must act. But in acting, watch what unfolds. Is there resistance? Is that coming from you? Or is this about timing, a not yet? Or is it because your attention is going in the wrong direction?
You’re not going to find answers out there to these questions. You’ll just notice it’s going well or it’s not. This is where the fine feelings come in. Some may describe this as intuition or even discriminative intellect (but not the judge). If the way is smooth, you know you’re on the right track. For now. You’ll find doors keep opening, sometimes in places unexpected.
Buckminster Fuller described it like this:
“I assumed that nature would “evaluate” my work as I went along. If I was doing what nature wanted done, and if I was doing it in promising ways, permitted by nature’s principles, I would find my work being economically sustained — and vice versa, in which latter negative case I must quickly cease doing what I had been doing and seek logically alternative courses until I found the new course that nature signified her approval of by providing for its physical support.”
I have found this more than true. The more flexibility I have when I act, the easier the outcome. In some cases, the results begin to come even before the impulse to act begins. Simple attention facilities it, then acting puts things in motion.
“The action of great men gains success through Sattwa —purity of consciousness— and not from the means of action.” – Smriti
What this means is that when we become a clear channel for the flow of attention, action finds few impediments to success. At a certain point, the whole process of action itself becomes one of growth and purification. From the Gita again, “Yogis, abandoning attachment, perform action for self-purification.”
Purification also means resolving old karmic obligations. Putting down the load.