Spiritual lifestyle advice and guidance for modern women from bestselling author Alice Grist.
I'm writing this on the back of a very personal situation. Being a spiritual author who does usually practice what she preaches, I recently found myself hugely challenged. You see I'm pregnant. And just when I was getting used to that idea and starting to get excited, I was told in no uncertain terms that the pregnancy had problems. My husband and I were placed in a grief room and given very little hope. We then waited five days for more tests. What happened in those five days changed my life and reignited my spiritual flame.
This has more to do with my mind than it does my womb. So let me assure you now, thankfully, baby is ok. We came out the other end relieved and transformed. The journey is what I wanted to share with you.
When given the frightening diagnoses I would have thought my reaction would be to dig deep into my spiritual tool box and come out fighting. But I didn't. Instead I did something very unlike me. I started preparing myself emotionally and mentally for the worst case scenario. I placed myself in a state of grief and I got on with being miserable.
In doing so I felt I was protecting myself, donning my armour, reasonably preparing for the inevitable. In doing this I was on some levels rejecting all I believe in. But my beliefs were out the window. I was not even entertaining them. I was choosing instead to be in a morose limbo.
But then a few days into this zombie like state I received a powerful sign. Whilst driving along the road, feeling sorry for myself, a van drove past with the word HOPE emblazoned upon it. This changed everything in a split second.
I'm a sucker for a sign and this one swept me up. Yes, I thought, but of course. Hope. What else is there?
From here on I literally turned my grief on it's head. Instead of preparing for the worst case scenario, I chose to envision and believe in the best case scenario. I realised in doing so I was giving the situation a chance. My turnaround felt powerful. I felt lifted. I felt I was tuning into exactly what the universe wanted and the flow was right. Suddenly I was empowered and dare I say it... Happy.
I realised too that you cannot prepare for the worst case scenarios. That shit is always gonna hurt. But by planning for the best case scenario, even if it doesn't happen, you know in your heart you tried. And you tried on every level available to you as a soulful being.
There was also a part of me that felt the universe, divinity, my spiritual world was waiting for me to pick up and move on. I can't help but feel deeply that the happy outcome that eventually came was in no small part caused by my internal turnaround. We create the world through our thoughts. I knew that before. But now, now I have lived it. I have lived it in a miraculous way, above and beyond my usual minor requests to the universe. This was a gravely serious matter and I am convinced the choice to prepare for the best helped the spiritual axis of the world shift in my favour.
Preparing for the best is a powerful spiritual practice. It is something that will infuse my life forever more. I am grateful to the universal prompt I was given and I share it with you in the hope it can instil itself in your difficulties. It is as simple as a choice. Whilst preparing for the worst may feel like protection, the most powerful armour you can wield is a faith in the power of you. In your own positivity you will find a reservoir of possibility. When your hope turns to faith, faith turns to love and your love can flip over into a little miracle. Prepare for the best and change your life!
Alice Grist is a spiritual author of four books, a soul coach and Intuitive tarot reader. Find out more about her work at www.alicegrist.co.uk
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