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Fear is another thing that often defeats our efforts. Let's assume you've identified employment as your need, and you are middle aged. Throughout your life, you've worked in a certain field and have become an expert in that field. You now find yourself unemployed. How do you go about petitioning for employment?
In this illustration, it is not easy to approach petitions without filling your mind with all negative thoughts: "Who will hire a person of my age," or, "Would it be difficult for someone of my age to find a job?" "How can I compete with all these young people?" "I can't do anything else," or "Doing so or so is all I know how to do." You may unconsciously fail before you start by placing a severe limitation on what you want done by thinking, "I have to find a job in my field."
To avoid sabotaging your efforts, it is important to reexamine your identified need. Ask yourself what being employed would do for you. Is it possible you miss your morning routine of waking up at a certain time in morning, dressing and leaving house for work? Is it possible you miss being in a work environment where you are constantly in contact with coworkers? Is it possible you miss sense of accomplishment you had when you were employed?
After reexamining your need, you may discover being employed is not what you need; you need those benefits being employed brings to your life. You should then visualize yourself enjoying very things you want from being employed. Again, it shouldn't matter if someone calls you up and wants services of a very experienced person like you on a consulting basis. It shouldn't matter if a nonprofit organization needs a mature, experienced individual like you to advise them on certain aspect of their business. You shouldn't care how you once again enjoy things employment brings to your life, and it doesn't have to be in same field.
UNCONSCIOUS PETITION MANIFESTED
Here is a story of someone I've known for years. She was a very healthy lady in her sixties when she lost her job through forced retirement. She had worked in same job for a very long time. Being very active and having financial obligations to meet, she didn't want to retire just yet. When I talked to her before her last day on job, I asked her,
"What are you going to do now?" "I don't know," she replied, "but I know I have to do something."
Think about her response again. You can't get any more positive, more determined, and full of confidence than this. It doesn't matter if her positive attitude, determination, and confidence were driven by fear or need. I was very happy for her, because I knew then she was on right track and her needs would be met. I knew then she had triggered an unconscious petition, and her positive attitude and confidence were an outward confirmation of a petition granted, whether she realized it or not. It's one thing to proclaim how positive we are, but it is another thing to live positively and let our positive outlook on life radiate and shine through when faced with difficult situations.
The next day following her last day on job, this wonderful lady was back in building where she used to work. She attended and sat through all public meetings as she did when she worked there. A few days later when I saw her, she handed me a nicely done business card with business name, "I-Search." During breaks, she would stop to talk to consultants, lawyers, and business people she had known while working at place. She would hand them her business card and let them know she no longer worked in her past position and could do research for them. Who wouldn't want an experienced, dependable person like her to do research for them? This lady's story should serve as an inspiration to many. She continues to enjoy contact with her former coworkers and associates while working in a different capacity and is being paid for it.
She may not have recognized it, but in her moment of anxiety, she obviously triggered into motion certain natural forces, which in turn, generated ideas she needed. Ideas are just that - ideas, and are meaningless until they are put in action. If she didn't follow up on these ideas as they occurred to her, she probably would still be waiting for answers to her needs, and wondering why they were not forthcoming.
What would you do if you were in this lady's situation? Would you limit yourself through negative thoughts of your mind? Would you recognize an answer to your petition when you receive one? For a detailed discussion about subject of petitions, please see another one of my books, Seeds of Luck: The ABCs of Creating Your Heart's Desires.
A lifelong student of Christianity, spirituality, metaphysical traditions, and traditional African religions, Isaac Nwokogba has written three books and published many articles on various aspects of spirituality. Seeds of Luck focuses on the cosmic law of manifestation and America, Here I Come examines the law of compensation. His latest book, Voices from Beyond: The God Force, the Other Side, and You is scheduled for release in May 2004. http://www.voicesfrombeyond.com