When I was 20 years old, I dreamt I was standing on a cliff on the island of Oahu in Hawaii looking out at the ocean.
At this point in my life, my ultimate fantasy was to live at least six months of the year on a tropical island. Due to my financial situation, living in Hawaii felt as possible for me as being able to levitate.
If you want more magic in your life, it’s up to you to create it.
Seven years later, by a generous miracle from a yoga student of mine who donated her frequent flyer miles to fulfilling my unrequited dream, I was able to visit Maui and the Big Island before settling in Oahu. This was a huge leap of faith for me, the BIGGEST STEP EVER to realizing a fantasy that I considered only available to the wealthy. This was the first time I had ever left mainland America.
And two days before I left Oahu, I saw the place I was standing in my dream when I was looking out at the ocean. I felt I had somehow arrived. I was HOME.
Yet after five weeks in Hawaii, I couldn’t find a job, or a place to live. I felt confused, heartbroken and penniless.
I ended up calling a friend collect to buy me a return ticket back to Seattle.
BUT- I WAS SMITTEN!
I was SOOOOOOO in love with Hawaii! Her lush green hills, big,fat,red butterflies and rainbows. Her bright blue skies and blazing sunsets captured my soul. I prayed to the ocean at Waikiki Beach I would return to Hawaii. And in one year’s time I did. This is how I did it.
Set your intention.
When I returned, I vowed to woo the heck out of Hawaii. I would relentlessly pursue Hawaii like the love of my life. Like Romeo and Juliet.
Do or die.
Create a relationship with the person, place or thing before you begin.
At night before I fell asleep, I would send Hawaii love and gratitude and set my intention to manifest it in my dreams.
I would see myself there, hear the ocean waves crashing, feeling the wind caress my skin, the smell of gardenias filling the air, and the roosters crowing at dawn, (was much easier for me now since it was no longer categorized under “IMPOSSIBLE”). Imagining myself playing in the ocean, swimming with turtles, joy, joy, joy was the name of the game.
Nurture the relationship on all levels.
I continued to love up Hawaii throughout the year. I started to concentrate on what I would consciously contribute to the community, how I wanted to connect with the Hawaiian people and performed shamanic journeys to the islands to investigate the soul-pull it had on me.
Even though I was pretty in love with Pele and the Big Island, I chose to move to Maui because my spiritual brother moved there with his husband six months before me and because it made the most sense.
Be present enough to recognize when the thing loves you back.
I became overwhelmed within my first week on Maui.
Everything on Maui was wilder and more powerful than I had remembered.
Its presence rushed towards me like waves crashing against the shore.
The sounds were louder, the wind stronger, and the pulse of the land buzzed. It was much more RAW and VOLCANIC than the mainland US.
Then it finally dawned on me that I had created this.
I had spent all year romancing Hawaii and now Hawaii was welcoming me back. With wide open arms. And a whole lotta’ aloha. Mahalo!
Even though these principles of manifestation are well known, very few actually consider applying these to the natural world.
I focus on cultivating my relationships with nature on a regular basis - particular landscapes, water, a forest or a neighborhood park. You can as well. Apply these concepts to anything you wish to have a more magical relationship to, for example, a new creative project, a job, new relationship, a vacation, or new home.
Everything is a part of you.
- Create an alter to a person, place or thing you wish to heal or cultivate more love and/or prosperity with. This is a great first step if you don’t feel able to work internally doing the same thing. Light a candle everyday. Send gratitude.
- Treat the place or thing like a lover. Be a healthy lover- free, generous, appreciative and humble. Listen with your heart. It will speak to you.
- Write the person/thing love letters and burn them. Express your passion, desire, love and gratitude BEFORE it begins or happens.
- Serenade it, with all your heart, out of tune, in the car, while walking the dog or working out. Anytime, anywhere. That thing or person you want so much? Well, like I said, it’s you.
- Create a piece of art that expresses what you wish to experience with/from the thing. Don’t get caught up in how “good” the piece is. Rather do it with joy and authenticity, not control or neediness. No lover wants either in their relationship. Keep it for a awhile. Maybe give it as a gift. Or when you feel ready to release it, burn it on the full moon.
I would love to hear from you. What insight or takeaway meant the most to you and why?
Please share what tips you resonated with the most in the comments below.
Thank you for reading and being part of why I do what I do. Blessings and Love.