Originally posted May 14, 2010
I’m sitting in row 20 seat E. That’s the middle seat at the back of the plane. This morning, not knowing what seat my assistant had booked me for this trip I wrote in my intentions, rather spontaneously, “I am so thankful to the universe for providing me with first class seats on the way up and back to Seattle this week… or something better!”
This isn’t normally something I spend too much time manifesting as I practice being in a state of Ridiculous Bliss where ever I am, regardless of the circumstances. But I know what my clients would say, “Where is your manifesting now, Mr. Smarty Pants?” The answer is easy and complex.
The easy answer is that something better is on its way and at this very moment I have no idea what it is. The complex answer is that this situation is apparently better for all. Now that I say it, I can see that I am writing about this experience, which is a contribution to the global understanding of The Law of Attraction and the power to manifest. It’s also giving me a chance to be in a state of perfection as I’m squished into my seat, elbows tucked tightly into my sides computer screen tilted slightly down so that I can barely see it because the person in front of me has their seat all the way back.
The complex answer is that I cannot possibly understand the state of perfection that I’m in. The Drunk Monkey in my head has only my five senses to bring in information to which it correlates its past experiences and comes up with a hypothesis, a hallucination about what this moment is and what it will be. The truth is much broader and more expansive then I could ever possibly imagine. The Drunk Monkey can only speculate that because its expectations have been broken and that the seat is less comfortable than other seating arrangements, that something must be wrong and NOW is not good.
If I allow The Drunk Monkey to run the show I don’t feel good. It’s like being trapped in its cage. Instead, I meditate, focus on what I’m grateful for, appreciate the design of the plane, appreciate the backs of the heads that I can see, notice how interesting the two very “engrossed in their own stuff” people are to my left and right. I will find the joy in this moment via the most powerful state I know… Appreciation. When I stay committed to being in a good place no matter what the circumstances are, everything turns out better than The Drunk Monkey could have imagined.
Thank you so much for your words of wisdom. They resonate with me, and I’ve been needing to read what is on your site. Everything you say is doable and seems to be essential for happiness. I usually live in a state of fear and anxiety and sometimes I feel like giving up, because I don’t know what to do… mostly, I just don’t know how I am supposed to think. I’m so busy trying to “perfect my thinking”. In reality, what I’ve needed to do all along is to just stop thinking that everything I think is correct or even how things really are. I’ve successfully reached a blissful state in the past by actually refusing to think and by only allowing positive thoughts… but, I haven’t been able to do it since (that was years ago). Reading what you have wrote, has given me new found hope, though. Thank you.
I have been working on this too. Before everything was controlled by the drunk monkey.but now i lokk at all outcomes as perfect
Dearest Matthew, Thank you for this email. I woke up this am thinking of all the things that have not manifested in my life and found myself getting so angry. This is ridiculous to think that I could manifest anything. Then, a light went off. Sherry, I said to myself , think of all the miracles that ARE manifesting in your life and think of how this non manifesting could be for the highest good at this time. After much resistance of turning my thinking around I finally surrendered and started writing down all the good things about this situation. It was really hard at first, but the more I wrote the better I felt until I actually felt peaceful instead of angry. Now I am thinking of all the wonderful things that I are manifesting in my life, especially. your emails. Thanks, Again
This morning I awoke to all of my life’s situations that went to bed with me the night before. Fighting at first consciousness to achieve my goal of beginning the day speaking to myself with positive words, I was acutely aware of two voices in my head battling for attention. The first voice started with a moan to which I replied, good health, happiness, love, success, prosperity and money. These are words that I picked up from another person’s video and have them written on my mirrors in my bedroom and bathroom. Then I heard, “yeah, yeah this isn’t helping.” The Drunk Monkey moaned and mocked my efforts to feel good and I listened to him and stopped trying. As I went to my email hoping for some good news of any kind I began deleting my disappointments one by one until I came to Matthew’s email offering- 7 Steps to Happiness & Success & e-course, which I signed up for and took the first step, which felt great and was a real eye opener for me. These events have lead me here to this blog page and it’s been a true blessing to read these posts , especially the one posted from 2010 from Row 20 seat E. Thank you Matthew, thank you one and all!