Follow the Signs

The other night I played a game with a love interest called the “Back Reading Challenge.”

It’s where you spell out words on the other person’s back with your fingertip and they try to guess the word.

Whoever wins the round (we each get three words per round) gets 5 minutes of the other person doing their bidding.

For our last challenge I went 8-0 and scored a 5 minute shoulder rub, a foot rub, a scalp massage, scruffing the cat so I could clean her ears, sorting through my stack of mail, a lower back massage, 5 minutes of sweet nothings whispered in my ear (which was hilarious: “You have a nicely shaped scalp”), and emptying the dishwasher.

I am good at this challenge.

What makes me good at reading words written on my back is the same thing that makes me a good manifestor.

Let me back up …

Remember how Bashar tells us the simple formula for manifesting what you want is to follow your highest excitement?

And Abraham agrees it’s a matter of letting our Inner Being guide the way to what we want?

Right. They’re saying let inner inspiration lead us to our manifested dreams.

Sounds simple enough, but anyone who’s tried it on a regular basis knows it can be easier said than done.

Mostly because we have trouble hearing inspiration above the noise of our own monkey mind trying to figure things out ourselves.

So when you’re creating a successful business and you get in the way of inner inspiration by anticipating that you’ll need a niche, and a catchy tag line, and a good optin for growing a list, etc. you’re drowning out your ability to hear true inspiration, which might very well be different than what you were expecting.

Or when you’re creating a true love relationship and you think you should post a profile online, and start going out more, maybe let friends introduce you to other single friends … you know what? Maybe that’ll get you there. Maybe not.

You don’t really know unless you’re letting inspiration guide the way.

And if you’re not letting inspiration lead, you’re handicapped.

That’s why I won 8-0 last night, because I know how to set my monkey mind aside and listen for the rest of the clues.

Here’s what I mean …

When someone’s spelling a mystery word on your back, the tendency is to try to figure out the word as soon as you have the first few letters.
And that messes you up for catching the next ones.

Example: as soon as I “read” C, O, and N my mind started racing to come up with potential words: contact, construction, conflict, connoisseur … but when the fourth letter was a c, my brain got even more tangled up trying to think up conc- words, which it had trouble with. (It was thinking hard c, which didn’t make sense.)

That’s the same way your brain gets tangled up figuring out how to make money or move across the country or whatever your current manifestation project is.

When we get inspirations that don’t make sense, we tend to ignore them and move forward with what we think the answer should be.

Like, “This is where I offer a group program,” or “Maybe it’s time to hire a matchmaker,” or “What if I just buy more lottery tickets?”

That is not the way.

If those instructions aren’t from inner guidance, there is a guaranteed better way to what you want!

The only actions to take are the ones inspired by the part of you that knows the way there. Not the ones conjured by your manipulating monkey mind.

When we stop trying to figure it out on our own, and listen for the next clues, we’ll have a much better track record.

Which is why I reminded myself to stop trying to guess the word and just pay attention to the next letter.

The word was conscience. Which I was able to get because I was listening for the next letters rather than concluding or guessing what the word was.

“Just let it come to you,” I self-coached. “He’ll give you everything you need to know.”

Contrasted by when I gave him a word, he got distracted by thinking up words that fit and missed important letters as a result.

Even after I told him what was tripping him up, he still didn’t bank a win. Because it’s just not that easy to pause the mind’s turning wheels if you’re not already practiced at it.

Admittedly, he almost had me when he started using words I didn’t know.

(“Omophagy,” really?!)

But I know how to trust what’s given to me.

And when guidance says:

  • “relax” even when it seems I should be hustling, or when inspiration is to
  • “read fiction” when it seems like I should be catching up on Abe material, or when it says
  • “pass on that interview” even though I love talking to new folks, or
  • whatever doesn’t make sense to my logical mind …

I know how to trust what inner knowing puts before me.

Conscious creators know how to leverage this inner resource, too. It’s why we can manifest dreams come true more easily than those taking the muggle approach.

Another helpful hint (for manifesting success as well as back reading challenges) is not to skip ahead thinking I know how it ends before it’s done … like the way I tricked him into guessing Halloween when I’d only drawn the H, A, L, L, O, W, E. (The last letter was D, but he lost when he guessed wrong. I had my heart set on that foot rub!)

Ok, I’ll confess – I’ve done that in my manifesting work before. (Skipping ahead thinking I knew what guidance was going to say.)
But I’m learning how not to.

The mind tries to make sense of things. It wants to know in advance.

That’s our downfall in conscious creation as well as in back reading challenges, because we aren’t supposed to figure it out for ourselves. We’re just supposed to follow the signs.

Bashar says the physical mind isn’t supposed to know what the higher mind does. We need to stop listening to our physical (limited) mind for day to day guidance toward our biggest dreams and desires.

When you know how to curb your brain’s tendency to try to figure it out, you give yourself a tremendous manifesting advantage.

It works for conscious creation as well as back reading games. 🙂

Be willing to not know in advance, pay attention to the next clue being offered, even when it doesn’t make sense, and trust you’ll find your way there.
It’s a winning formula all around.

  • July 4, 2017
  • John says:

    This blog is incredible! It inspired me to write down some of my thoughts and start a blog as well. Would he honored if you checked it out, as well as any feedback!

  • Anthony says:

    The fourth letter would be “s”.

    • Jeannette says:

      Ha! Look at me go! Guessing it right even when it’s spelled wrong! lol

      • Anthony says:

        I enjoyed reading this post, but the c instead of the s had me a little perplexed! lol
        What I really loved about your writing here is that I’m a huge fan of Back Pictionary (same as your Back Reading Challenge, but with objects instead of words), yet I don’t have anyone to play the game with. A worthy opponent would be my number one manifestation goal! hehe

  • Mia says:

    Great post, Jeannette! I always especially enjoy it when you talk about inspired action. It inspires me. 🙂
    However, I, too, find it pretty difficult to hear my inner guidance. I feel so stuck. Whenever an idea or inspiration comes to mind, it is usually immediately followed by a thought like “I’m not sure this would work” or “I’m afraid this might be a mistake (just like last time)”, etc. Does this mean it isn’t true guidance? Would I feel completely confident and sure about my decisions if it were?
    At the same time I would so love to go forward, to do more, to tackle new projects – I feel the enthusiasm but the insecurity about my inspirations and ideas blocks everything. I feel like a car stuck in mud – when you try and try and want to go forward so badly but you only make things worse.
    Does this make sense? Andy advice? As always, I’d appreciate it! 🙂

    • Jeannette says:

      Is it just gremlins spoiling your party, Mia? You might want to practice tuning them out.
      I think it’s important to know how to not let true inspiration get spoiled by fearful thoughts – which starts with knowing the difference.

  • Love this, Jeannette. I’ve always loved back reading, and what a great metaphor to stop working so hard.
    I’m getting better and better about choosing better feelings and going with the flow. Good things are showing up.

  • Christy says:

    Thank you so much, Jeannette. I so love this post as I’ve been learning to follow inspirations and I am getting really good at it. And I find that it’s really fun to follow signs!! No more guessing, just relaxing and allowing inspirations to come. So much fun!! 😍😍

  • QueenDani says:

    Great advice but my question is how do I know I’m being guided by inspiration? And what if I’m not feeling inspired at all? I want to be a model and actress and I can’t think of any actions at all to lead to that outcome and I’m so afraid of forcing the action that I’m not doing anything at all except for occasionally imagining life as a movie star.
    I want to be an author but every time I start writing I always end up stopping. I tell myself I should write every day but then if I don’t feel like writing (and I rarely do anymore) does that mean I’m forcing myself to act or is this inspired action?

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