There is much talk of manifesting the life you want to live in popular culture with such books as The Secret by Rhonda Byrne or Law of Attraction by Michael Losier. The truth is self-evident that this power is within each and every one of us, but very little talk goes into the practice required to elevate one’s frequency and vibration to trigger the Universe to respond accordingly. There’s generally a mismatch between what we want and what we get. This is because the Universe responds to our vibration much more than to our inner dialogue. Change your frequency, and the Universe responds.
I have worked with hundreds of men in the past 25 years in the field of addiction and recovery. Once they experience relief from that prison cell of addiction, they soon come to find out that addiction was but a symptom of deeper issues. They become face to face with themselves - maybe for the first time - and the daunting reality settles in that their lives up to this point have been run on obsessive worrying, fears, and resentments and fueled by a myriad of defects within their character such as low self-esteem, people pleasing, fear of financial insecurity, and not trusting the Universe…to name a few. As a result, their lives become small, and the Universe reflects back to them what they live with internally every day. Fear-based living contracts, while heart-centered living expands. They do not have a deep relationship with Self or with what some may call “God”. Rather, they see and experience life through a prism of an unchecked mind and inner turmoil rooted in defects of character. They can’t wish these defects away any more than one can will the ocean tides not to break.
So what to do?
This guided journal is meant to cultivate a living practice which will lead to insights and facilitate change - or rather growth - which naturally takes place as you develop more self-awareness. Through daily meditation (which I call the ‘furnace of change’) and through a series of guided introspective journaling and actions, you will become more heart centered. Change will naturally take place, and you will become more and more clear on your heart’s true desires as well as your purpose. Then and only then do we embark on manifestation - creating the life you envision from the purest field of your heart rather than your unchecked mind.
All this insight was spoken in poetry and volumes of works over 745 years ago by a Sufi mystic which is what this guided journal is draped i… the timeless works of The Mevlana, Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī…better known in the West as Rumi.
My wish is that you use this journal as training wheels as you learn to move closer and closer to your heart. Then burn it one day and paint your life out loud.
"Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about." Rumi
Amir Khalighi lives in Los Angeles, CA and is an Iranian-American actor, director, and poet.
He is the founder of BelovedPoetry.com, a sacred space dedicated in offering the spoken word of the masters of the heart and love (Rumi, Hafiz, Kabir, Neruda and more) accompanied with enchanting music.
He is also the director of the critically acclaimed Los Angeles premier of RumiNation based on the works of Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī which Broadway World called, "An extraordinary 50 minutes of bliss."