This is such a simple question and yet you might be surprised at how difficult it is to answer. You can answer the question at this very moment, of course. If you're walking around outside and the weather is cold, you could say, "I want a warm winter coat." You can also answer the question from a longer-term view. You could say, "I want to be in a happy relationship with my soul mate." At the same time, you might say, "I want to advance in my career."
Do you see how all three of these answers come from three different parts of yourself? The part that wants a warm coat is the physical side of you. The part that wants a happy relationship with a soul mate is the emotional side of you. The part that wants to advance in career position is the intellectual side of you.
If you take all three sides of you, you get three answers to a single question. Sometimes that's just fine. But at other times, the three goals contradict each other. For instance, career ambitions and ecstatic relationships often conflict with each other in terms of time and attention. You might be able to manifest a rapidly advancing career, but your soul mate might depart for greener pastures in the meantime.
But isn't this all so silly when we're talking about magic. Magic is, after all, magical, right? Magic is supposed to be able to accomplish more than what we can ourselves achieve. So by rights, magically we should be able to wear warm clothing, have a great career, and go home at night to a cuddly soul mate. Right?
Right, but (there's always a but, isn't there?) in most spiritual practices it is said that all goals must ultimately be sublimated to a single goal, else nothing will be achieved. Even in magic attention and intention must be focused in a laser-like fashion to create miraculous effects.
So how could you specify one goal that would help you achieve all the other goals? Well, there are lots of ways to go about it, magically and shamanically, but if you want a laughably simple method try this:
Stop your dislike.
Whatever it is in your life that you dislike, stop disliking it. You don't have to love it, you don't even have to like it. You just have to stop disliking it. Dislike has a way to stopping magic in your tracks because it drags your level of being down to such a low level that you can't see the miracles even as they occur.
There's really no substitute for experience and observation (the definition, by the way, of knowing in magic). So if you're game and you really want your life to change, do this for 40 days:
Stop disliking things.
Every time you find yourself disliking something, stop it. Put your attention on something else. Stop thinking about it. Don't touch that topic with your mind. Jog around the block. Do whatever you have to do to stop the dislike. You will amaze yourself and you will see the magic happen. But it's a 40 day commitment and that's a biggie because we soooooo enjoy our dislikes.
Are you up for it?
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