That’s the Universe’s Job

I’ve been doing a lot of visualization lately. Not just mentally seeing what I want to manifest but feeling it with every fiber of my being. But what happens when what you visualize fails to appear? You can see it. You can taste it! But what happens when three-dimensional reality hasn’t yet caught up to your perceived success?

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You’ve by now no doubt heard about the guy who searches for years for the woman of his dreams and gives up looking, only to find her a few weeks later. Or the woman who for so long tries to get pregnant, adopts instead, and then becomes pregnant.

There seems to be an element of “letting go” to manifesting, doesn’t there? It’s like when we want something too badly, when we’re visualizing it and feeling it to such a degree that we hold on to it, it doesn’t appear. But when we give up, let go of it, something magical seems to happen. What we wanted for so long suddenly appears.

Here’s the quandary: If we really want something, if we really feel that burning desire, how do we let it go? You can’t just pretend to let it go, pretend to give up, because that’s not really letting it go, is it? So, what do you do?

The secret about working with energy is trusting The Universe. To do that you have to make the distinction between your job (visualizing what you want) and The Universe’s job (bringing it into reality).

So, you’re visualizing. You’re seeing it. You’re feeling it. But you’re a writer, right? It’s your job to make things plausible. So, you don’t just visualize what you want, you visualize how it happens. This agent is going to say yes! This editor is going to request the full manuscript! You follow along with the steps of attaining your success exactly as you would outlining a novel.

By doing this you’re breaking the rules. Bringing what you want into reality, the how part, is The Universe’s job. And so that agent doesn’t say yes, that editor doesn’t request the full manuscript, because that’s not how The Universe is going to make it happen. There is a better path ahead, you just can’t see it at the moment. But it’s out there.

Here’s the key: Trust. Don’t become attached to the how part. Get a rejection? Don’t give it another thought. That’s not how it is supposed to happen. Trust that The Universe knows the most effective time and means to bring what you want into reality. Refocus on the what, let The Universe take care of the how.

When you go into a restaurant and order food, you’re not worrying about if your order is going to arrive at the table, are you? You’re not focused on how the tomatoes are diced or how the vegetables are sautéed. You sit back, enjoy the company you’re with, and trust that the meal you’ve ordered has been successfully conveyed to the chef, and that before long it will be placed in front of you ready to consume.

This isn’t always easy. It takes practice. We’re writers. We want to want to make it believable, at least to ourselves, but resist the urge.

Trust.

This blog entry was originally published for Author Magazine‘s Author Blog.

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Brian Mercer is the author of the supernatural YA novel, Aftersight (Astraea Press, 2013). He is also co-author with Robert Bruce of Mastering Astral Projection: 90-Day Guide to Out-of-body (Llewellyn, 2004) and The Mastering Astral Projection CD Companion (Llewellyn, 2007). A board member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and senior editor at Author Magazine, he lives in Seattle with his wife, Sara, and their three cats.

 URL: www.brianmercerbooks.com

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Weighing in on eBooks

Those of use who have been writing for a while and making efforts to find an agent and get our work published are faced with a plethora of choices now. After years of trying to slip past the gatekeepers of the publishing industry, we now have folks like Amazon and other eBook and publish-on-demand vendors enticing us to use their services like Darth Vader before the chasm.

“Come with me, Luke. It is the only way…”

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To eBook or Not to eBook

I first faced this question with something more than passing speculation a few years ago at a writers’ conference in New York. Indie publishing and services like Create Space were really starting to take off. Agents and editors were freaking out. “What does this mean for our industry?” Writers were freaking out, proselytizing like Amway salesmen. “You better get in on the ground floor of this thing before everyone does it and the market gets saturated.”

I started to get caught up in the panic and began looking into what it would take to make an eBook happen. It sounds surprisingly, almost disconcertingly simple at the outset, but the more I peeled back the layers, the more complicated the endeavor seemed.

Is this really what I wanted to do?

“Luke, it is your destiny…”

Are eBooks Right for You?

There is no one answer for everyone. Yes, the publishing industry is changing. But, you know what? It’s always been changing. Perhaps it’s changing now at a faster rate and making a lot of people feel uncomfortable, but it has always been in a state of evolution.

The answer to whether eBooks are right for you lies within. For me, every time I thought about or looked into indie publishing, the sicker and more nauseated I felt. And it was that feeling, that internal barometer, that made me realize that it’s not right for me. If I did it, I would be acting from fear, not because it was something I really wanted to do.

In the end, I think about the keynote speaker at that conference, an agent from a large and well-established agency. “Calm down everyone,” he told a ballroom full of industry insiders that morning at breakfast. He outlined for agents, for editors, for authors how things might change.

For writers he said, “Focus on the writing. Truly create a superior product, and the success you’re looking for will come.”

Are eBooks right for you?

“Trust your feelings. You insides serve you well.”

This blog entry was originally published for Author Magazine‘s Author Blog.

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Brian Mercer is the author of the supernatural YA novel, Aftersight (Astraea Press, 2013). He is also co-author with Robert Bruce of Mastering Astral Projection: 90-Day Guide to Out-of-body (Llewellyn, 2004) and The Mastering Astral Projection CD Companion (Llewellyn, 2007). A board member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and senior editor at Author Magazine, he lives in Seattle with his wife, Sara, and their three cats.

 URL: www.brianmercerbooks.com

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Your Feelings are the Warning Light

At the outset, thinking positively 24/7 seems like a tall order, especially when negative people and circumstances are in your face, tugging you away from what otherwise might be a happy, Zen-like state. Sure, things might be fine day-to-day, but what happens when that rejection letter hits your In Box, or your compatriots from your critique group inform you that the cherished opening chapters of your novel should probably be cut?

The secret I’ve found, after doing this for several weeks, is that you don’t need to monitor how you’re thinking all the time to determine if you’re staying positive. The key is to focus on how you’re feeling.

How are you walking? How you sitting? How are you breathing? For me, I noticed when I start to sink into a negative space, I tend to sigh a lot. Before, it would go unnoticed. Now, after a single sigh, I notice what’s happening as surely as if the Check Engine light has fired up on the car dashboard.

“Check Thinking.”

checkengine2Recognizing negative thinking is two-thirds of the battle. Once I’ve made what was otherwise unconscious thinking into something conscious, it’s just a matter of turning it around. Like anything else, thoughts are energy. I don’t think of it so much as thinking positively anymore. I think of it as tuning into the right frequency.

Sometimes it’s just a matter of changing my focus. Other times, it’s changing my perspective. Perhaps it’s just looking at the same situation and trying to find an opportunity where previously I perceived loss. More often than not, I ask myself, “What would it feel like to be a fabulously successful novelist?” I can vividly imagine what that feels like, so putting myself in that state is pretty easy for me. When I feel like that, I walk differently. I sit differently. I breathe differently. Then I ask myself, “Okay, how long can I maintain this frequency?” and challenge myself to tune into it for as long as I can.

So what happens when, like this week, my agent tells me that have to cut the cherished opening chapters to my latest novel? Okay, I still haven’t figured that one out yet. But I’m working on it.

This blog entry was originally published for Author Magazine‘s Author Blog.

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Brian Mercer is the author of the supernatural YA novel, Aftersight (Astraea Press, 2013). He is also co-author with Robert Bruce of Mastering Astral Projection: 90-Day Guide to Out-of-body (Llewellyn, 2004) and The Mastering Astral Projection CD Companion (Llewellyn, 2007). A board member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and senior editor at Author Magazine, he lives in Seattle with his wife, Sara, and their three cats.

 URL: www.brianmercerbooks.com

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