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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Create Your Own Good Fortune

Notice where the rainbow ends...my roof!


Yesterday I cradled a cup of warm tea between my palms while thunder clapped, wind howled, and rain fell from the sky in torrents. It was as though God had opened the valves on all the faucets in Heaven. Just before evening, however, the rain stopped and there was stillness in the air. The sky remained black, but everything seemed to be bathed in shimmering, golden light. Rainbow weather!

I grabbed my camera and ran outside. There were two vibrant arcs in the sky, one on top of the other. The brightest one reached across the width of the sky and seemingly landed at the roofline of my cottage. The end of the rainbow was my house! The pot of gold must be in my back bedroom. A shiver of excitement coursed through my body. What good fortune did this portend?

Lightning, viewed from my front porch
A few hours later, I received some very good news. A large payment I had to make would be a third of what I’d been told originally! The sun had barely set, and I’d already become hundreds of dollars richer. The pot of gold really was hidden beneath the floorboards of my home.

Recently, a friend told me that prayer should be like a grocery list. When you go shopping, there isn’t any doubt that you’ll get all the items. The list is simply a reminder of the things you need. When you approach your life with the same firm belief and intention as your grocery shopping, magic will unfold. Although I’d been concerned about the payment, the moment I saw the rainbow shining down on my home, I knew that blessings were coming my way. I didn’t doubt that good fortune would befall me, just as one doesn’t doubt coming home with eggs, if they’re on the shopping list.

I’m discovering that the more you know something to be true and not just want it to be so, the more likely it will become reality. When my mom and I were writing The Mystic Cookbook, we wrote many more words than dictated by our contract. Upon completing our first draft, we began slashing whatever was unnecessary. Despite our best effort, when there were only a few days left until our deadline, we still had too many words. But, we couldn’t find anything else to cut or refine.

Rainbow Blessings Pop
Every night before bed, I visualized our publisher telling us they liked the manuscript so much that they’d accept the current word count. I confessed this to some friends who happen to be well versed in publishing. Not wanting to get my hopes up, they assured me this was nothing but a pipedream. They said there was no way the publisher would bend on what was in our contract.

My mom and I delivered the completed manuscript to our editor with the caveat that we’d further reduce the word count during the revision stage. A number of weeks later, I leapt out of my chair and shouted when we received an e-mail from our editor. She said she really enjoyed the manuscript, and… the additional words had been approved. It was practically verbatim to what I’d been visualizing. Even though people had told me this wouldn’t happen, I continued to believe it was possible. And guess what?! It did.

When you see a rainbow ending at your roof, you can remark that the sun is reflecting off particles of moisture in the air giving the appearance that it’s touching your home, or you can take this as a sign the Heavens are blessing you. When someone tells you something isn’t possible, you can agree with them, or you can continue believing in your dreams. Often our prayers aren’t answered in the way we imagine, but if you approach your future like a grocery list and believe you can manifest your dreams, there’s no doubt you will. Even the darkest, most powerful storm will eventually be followed by sunshine. Here’s to believing in magic!


 Rainbow Blessings Pops

You don’t have to wait for a rainstorm. You can bring rainbow blessings to your home anytime you want.

Choose an assortment of fruit, cut into bite-size pieces, and line them up on a bamboo skewer. You could even consider briefly grilling them to caramelize the sugars in the fruit. (If you grill them, be sure to soak the skewers in water for 20 minutes beforehand to prevent them from burning.)

Consider the following fruit:
Red: strawberries, watermelon, raspberries, red apples, pitted red cherries
Orange: oranges, apricots, nectarines, peaches, mango, cantaloupe, papaya
Yellow: pineapple, yellow apples, banana, mango
Green: green grapes, kiwi, honeydew melon, green apple
Blue/Indigo/Violet: blackberries, blueberries, pitted dark cherries, purple grapes