You Have To Be Willing to Believe

You Have To Be Willing to Believe

Last week I had an appointment at the dental clinic at the University of Florida. As the dentist finished the initial consultation, he told me I’d have to schedule an appointment for a full set of dental x-rays. Now, since I have a 3-hour round trip drive to get to the clinic, I asked if it would be possible to do the x-rays immediately to avoid a extra trip.

He said that the x-ray department was really booked ahead of time and even the clinic across the hall who also did x-rays was also booked solid ahead of time, but he’d ask.

While I was still sitting in the dental chair, I said to him, “I’m really lucky, so they may be able to see me this morning.” Then I paused and realized that I did not feel comfortable attributing the outcome of the request to luck, so I rephrased it. “Well, actually, it’s not really luck. I simply trust the Universe to take care of me.”

He said he’d see what was available, and walked me over to the appointment counter. He mentioned the situation to the girl at the desk, and she said, "well, they’re short-handed today, so I doubt it, but you can go ask them". As the doctor headed to the x-ray department I called out after him. “Do you want me to go with you so I can charm them with my smile?” (Hey, I’m a Libra. We major in charm, LOL). He said that wasn’t necessary, and that he’d be right back.

In the meantime, the girl at the front desk had picked up the phone to call the department across the hall to see if they would be able to see me right away. She said to me that it probably wouldn’t happen, but she was asking anyway. I just stood waiting, confident that the Universe was in charge and that all would work out.

As she talked on the phone, I heard her confirm that the department across the hall could see me right away. At the same time, the dentist came around the corner and said that this department would be able to take the x-rays in 5 minutes. So! Not one but two openings for immediate x-rays when they had “predicted” that both departments were overbooked and wouldn’t be able to see me immediately. How that for Divine order? (Thank you Universe!)

Is It Luck or the Consequence of Beliefs?

Now you might say it was just a fluke... and I’d say, well maybe, but TWO openings in two different departments at the exact minute I needed them when apparently they’re always overbooked? That seems to me more than coincidence and more than just being lucky. That seems outright like a manifestation of the title of Wayne Dyer's book, “You’ll See It When You Believe It.”

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I believed it was possible even though they said it wasn’t probable, and sure enough, it was possible... not once, but twice. My belief was that with two chances of getting in right away, I was bound to get one. And the Universe apparently had a point to make. It showed me that nothing is too big or too “impossible” for it to handle. It not only arranged for one “impossible” opening, but two manifestations. Hey, no miracle is too hard for the Universe to handle!

What I realized is that many times we block our good from coming to us by not even being willing to expect it. If I had simply agreed with the dentist when he said the x-ray department was really busy and I’d have to schedule an appointment in a week or two, the Universe wouldn’t have been able to work its magic. But since I was not willing to take no for an answer, and since I was willing to believe that what I desired was possible regardless of what I was being told, I opened the door to the miracle, and there it was! Well, actually two miracles! You’ve got to hand it to the Universe! It really knows how to impress a girl!

First you have to believe! Unfortunately many of us believe in the “wrong outcome”, as evidenced by the bumper sticker, “shit happens”. We believe in the inevitability of problems and struggle, but not in the inevitability of success and happy outcomes. So many of our common sayings reflect this lack of faith: “Something is bound to go wrong”, “It’s too good to be true”, “I knew it wouldn't work out”, etc. Now those are some very negative expectations and miracle downers.

What we need to realize it that a negative belief is also a belief. Believing that something will not work out is just as powerful as believing it will... but the outcome is not usually a joyous one.

What Are You Expecting to Receive?

The power of our mind and of our thoughts is amazing! But we must be willing to drop our attitude of powerlessness and victimhood as well as our lack of faith in order to manifest or witness miracles in our life. And it may not be so much that we manifest these wonderful things, but rather that we open the door to their appearance in our lives.

This reminds me of an old joke (one that made an impression on me since I still remember it after many decades). If you’ve already heard it, read it anyway, as there is a moral to the story.

This fellow died and went to heaven. As God was giving him the grand tour he showed him a room filled with wondrous items all piled up and gathering dust. Each item had a name tag with someone’s name on it. The fellow was a bit upset with God that all these things were just sitting there when people on earth could use them. Then he noticed a beautiful BMW. When he looked at the name tag on the car, it was his name! He looked at God with an expression of disbelief. “Why did I never receive this car if it has my name on it?” God smiled and said, “You kept asking for a Volkswagen.”

And there it is! When we ask for less that what we really desire, that's what we get -- not what we really wish. The things and events and people we really want are ready and willing to come to us, would we only be willing to believe that we not only deserve them, but they are ours for the asking.

So many times we close our own doors by not being willing to believe that something can happen... whether it is healing, a relationship, a job, an appointment, or whatever. Even Jesus is reported to have said, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there’ and it will move; Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:14–20).

Allow the Universe To Work Its Magic

So the next time you need an appointment, or a new job, or whatever, be willing to believe that you can get it even if others say it’s not possible, or difficult, or that the odds are against you. If someone tells you it's a hard job market and jobs are hard to find, tell them "I only need one." If someone says rentals are scarce when and where you're looking, tell them "I only need one".

Whatever it is that people try to limit for you, do not accept their negative projection. After all, it’s your life, your reality, and you need to be willing to believe that it can be all that you dream it to be.

Let the Universe work its magic in your life by opening your heart and your mind to believing that it’s all possible. Every time a doubt comes up just say "no", and once again choose to believe that you can get what you desire. Choose to be “ye of big faith” rather than “ye of little faith” then step out of the way and let the magic begin.

About The Author

Marie T. Russell is the founder of InnerSelf Magazine (founded 1985). She also produced and hosted a weekly South Florida radio broadcast, Inner Power, from 1992-1995 which focused on themes such as self-esteem, personal growth, and well-being. Her articles focus on transformation and reconnecting with our own inner source of joy and creativity.

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