Two Women with a Map: An Excerpt from the Award-Winning Book Be the Magic

Do you ever expertise that the universe gives precisely what you want, precisely once you want it? Not earlier than or after, however precisely on the proper time?

Just a few years in the past, I went for a stroll within the Blue Hills Reservation simply outdoors Boston. Authentic house to the Nipmuc and Wampanoag peoples, with seven thousand largely undeveloped acres, one would possibly have the ability to think about what this land was like earlier than the colonists arrived.

I by no means took a map once I walked the reservation, regardless of its giant swath and 125 miles of trails. “It’s virtually within the metropolis!” I assumed. I imply, you may hear the highways from a variety of the paths. Plus, I’d all the time prided myself on my sense of path and “interior radar.” It will be inconceivable for me to get misplaced.

That exact day, I walked for 2 hours with out seeing a single individual and was headed again to the automobile. Or so I assumed. I’d left my mobile phone within the automobile so I wouldn’t be text-tempted and was feeling lovingly related with the land and the paths. Till I wasn’t.

Instantly, nothing regarded acquainted. The sky had simply turned deep overcast, and I couldn’t get a superb sense of the place the solar was to align my path. I rotated and walked again. After which did it once more. And once more. And realized I used to be stepping into circles.

I attempted to listen to the freeway to orient myself, however the wind was taking part in methods on me. I’d by no means been misplaced within the woods, and whereas I knew this was not deep wilderness, I used to be on my own in what appeared like an oncoming chilly thunderstorm and was disoriented sufficient to get anxious.

Gathering myself, I stood nonetheless, and with eyes closed and respiratory deeply, I requested the universe, “Which method do I am going? Level me in the precise path to get me house safely.”

I felt a tug to my left, then hesitated, as left didn’t really feel correct. Recalling a good friend who would ask my recommendation then argue with my response, I figured if I wasn’t going to take heed to the reply, I shouldn’t have requested the query! So left I went. 

Inside a couple of minutes, I began listening to voices—two ladies jabbering loudly and animatedly—the one folks I’d encountered in two hours. “It’s this fashion!” I heard. “No, that’s not proper. Get out the map!” the opposite demanded. I came across two ladies who appeared as stunned to see me as I used to be to see them. Aid washed over me as I regarded over their map and obtained my bearings.

“The place’s your map?!” the bossy one interrogated me. “You’re the primary individual we’ve seen in hours. What are you doing and not using a map?”

They’d simply taken a fallacious flip minutes earlier than. At exactly the identical time, I’d requested the universe for instructions. If I’d run into them quarter-hour earlier, I wouldn’t have recognized I wanted the map. In the event that they’d not taken a fallacious flip precisely once they did, our paths wouldn’t have crossed. We met, the three of us, within the midst of seven thousand acres at precisely the precise place and second. I obtained precisely what I wanted at precisely the precise time, not earlier than or after.

I attempt to bear in mind this once I’m confused and looking for solutions, once I’m feeling disoriented or misplaced in life, going round in circles, not sure what path to take. The system is straightforward; it’s simply the belief that may throw us for a loop.

  1. Get quiet. It may be exhausting to melt your thoughts once you’re feeling anxious. I do know! You may strive gently blurring your eyes, taking some deep breaths, and discovering some extent to flippantly focus your eyes on.
  2. Ask a direct query. The extra particular you will be, the simpler it’s for the universe to reply you.
  3. Watch for the reply. Are you able to calm down when you look forward to the reply and belief that it’s going to come? Ready for a solution in such circumstances generally is a bit tough. It’s a smooth however vigilant ready that’s wanted. It’s a must to calm down when you look forward to the reply and belief that it’s going to come. Typically it takes some time. Can you are taking your thoughts off the query whereas the universe arranges issues behind the scenes for you?
  4. Observe the breadcrumbs, even when your thoughts or your ego thinks it is aware of higher.
  5.  Discover magic and instructions to acceptable motion.


Two ladies with a map, precisely when I would like them, precisely the place I would like them.

Are you able to consider a time once you have been supplied with precisely what you wanted and couldn’t have deliberate it extra completely when you’d tried?

Is there one thing right now you would put that type of belief in?


Be part of Diane for the WBI/JCC On-line Optimistic Psychology Hour on Tuesday, Might 23, to discover how partaking in nourishing, small every day acts of grace can enable magic to bloom—in your life, the lives of others, and the world. Register right here for “Be the Magic—A Dialog to Open Your Coronary heart, Gas Your Goal, and Connect with Pleasure.” 

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