No sooner the want arises in us than we demand satisfaction. Whether it's a piece of chocolate, a new job,or a different kitchen.
Stimulated by the media and advertising, we're left feeling empty and dissatisfied if we don't have it NOW.
I watched Child of Our Time with Professor Robert Winston which included experiments in delayed gratification with the children when they were I think under five. Have one sweet now or wait a while and have several.
In our modern must have world, perhaps the delayed gratification trait should be taught as essential from birth. I'm no different. I had clothes catalogues back in my thirties that made my mouth water and want to spend money like it was going out of fashion. To stop myself I developed a delayed gratification strategy that consisted of making a list of what I'd like on the day I received the catalogue, putting it away for 48 hours then going through the list again.
It was guaranteed that I'd cross more than half the items off my list with that wait. So wait another 48 hours and by then I'd found reasons for not buying anything on my list.
That's our time - our human time. But what about Spirit's time?
It's different for sure and from our human perspective often seems endless - the wait between desire and fulfilment.
They say you should be careful what you wish for because you may well get it. Well you will get it, but it may not come in the form you'd thought. And in Spirit's time that sorting out of what we might really want can emerge more clearly than when we made the instant and maybe impetuous wish.
Clarity is vital when asking for help in manifesting something. Clarity and a humility that adds to the request, something on the lines of 'this or what is best for me and in the right time.'
Our vision is limited and narrow often; our wishes vague and unspecified. If we truly can't be trusting and relaxed about how something might be brought about there's a distinct possibility we might not receive the best possible for us.
I found a lovely quote from Julia Cameron recently,
'I am blossoming in Spirit's time. Knowing this, I turn to my inner flowering securely. Within the environment of my own heart, I enjoy the sunlight of safety, the warmth of harmony, the strength of right companions. My life is evolutionary. My attitude of openness, expectation, and observation, yields me a sense of abundance.'