When I was 14, I asked Father Galligher, “Can I decree a thing and make it happen, or is God the only one that can do that?”
“Most certainly you can decree a thing and make it happen, Bobby.” Father Galligher answered. “You are always decreeing what’s happening to you. You just don’t notice. It’s your attitude and how you behave that does the decreeing.”
I never quite grasped what Father Galligher was saying back then. Clearly, I couldn’t decree a thunderstorm into my day, no matter what my attitude might be. I couldn’t decree when the sun would rise and set, no matter how much I might chant to the heavens. And I couldn’t decree the moment that flowers would bloom in spring, or leaves would fall, come the fall season, in spite of my incantations.
However, now I can see that it is most certainly me that decrees how life responds to me, specifically. The company I keep, the successes I enjoy, and the failures I endure – all of these have everything to do with me, with who I’ve created myself to be.
Nothing ever appears in my world without me participating. Be it something good, bad or indifferent, if it shows up in my experience – no matter how hard I try to deny the fact that I had anything to do with it – I have to be vibrating “YES” to it.
What I’ve especially noticed, over the past decade, is that I don’t decree things to happen by force or by shouting. I decree things to happen by feeling as though it’s natural to happen, even before signs of it appearing have shown up in my world.
I remember when it felt natural to make my first million: I’d barely quit teaching school before a new feeling came over me. I remember when it felt natural to open my first restaurant: first, I flirted with the idea, and then it felt natural to act on the idea. I remember when it felt natural to write my first book. I began keeping a journal, and one day it felt natural to extend my writing into book form.
The ‘feeling of naturalness’ is the ‘act of decreeing’. After that, the unseen becomes seeable. Work on feeling natural about achieving your dreams – the rest gets real easy. If it doesn’t feel natural, all the hard work and strategizing in a lifetime won’t do it.