I've been making a sincere attempt to increase my personal holiness. It's baby steps, and sliding back is part of the deal. But I pick myself up and say, "Sorry, God, that I'm so bad at this," and keep trying.
And it's starting to have real-world effects. Things I've been asking for during prayer time come pouring in... and things I've never asked for happen all on their own.
For example, I've started to attend Adoration and Mass several times a week before work, which makes me half an hour late for work but is so worth it.
I came home this morning to frantic bosses and coworkers who were all on a conference call. An ongoing marketing campaign needed to be changed ASAP because the data showed the sales figures were in decline.
Normally, I would have been just as frantic and flustered—especially since I missed part of the conference call that kind of centered around me as the copywriter, oops—but today I was as cool as a cucumber.
I usually panic easily, which is why you don't want me around in a real crisis situation, but this time I was as calm and composed as can be... and the problem ended up being resolved in under an hour.
So, my point here is, if you make your "Holy Manifesting" goal HOLINESS instead of any of the other, smaller, purely materialistic goals, you will get everything.
Remember, God created us for Him, and as soon as you start turning to Jesus and ask Him to help you live out the purpose you were created for, suddenly your life will begin to WORK.
The 21-Day Holiness Challenge
Yesterday, I saw a YouTube video where a Romanian priest talked about how you can literally become a saint by incessantly praying the Jesus Prayer. It's very short and goes like this:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
When I was still a New Ager, I used to sing affirmations in the shower and found this a powerful method to manifest. For some reason, the sung word seems to penetrate much deeper into our subconscious than the spoken word—maybe because it circumvents the analytical mind and directly feeds our soul.
Recently, I found out that the Divine Mercy Chaplet (that I now pray every day, together with the Rosary) can actually be sung... and when I heard about the Jesus Prayer, I wondered if I could sing that too.
Immediately, the traditional English folk song Greensleeves popped into my head, and guess what, its melody and rhythm work perfectly with the "lyrics" of the Jesus Prayer. I tried other songs later, just to see if this was a coincidence, but none of the others worked as well.
Here's the melody if you want to try it. Just repeat "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God" 3x and then "have mercy on me, a sinner."
Then, this morning during Adoration, Jesus made this 1960s pop song pop into my mind, with one small change:
"Bend me, shape me, any way you want me;
as long as you love me, Lord, that's all right.
Bend me, shape me, any way you want me;
you got the power to turn on the light."
Here's the original song if you need the melody.
He does have a sense of humor, that's for sure.
I know this may sound crazy, but I dare you to sing either one of these songs—the Jesus Prayer or "Bend Me, Shape Me"—in the shower, in the car, when you're washing the dishes. Sing it all day long, whenever you get a chance. Nobody else has to hear it.
Do this for 21 days, and I bet you anything you will be a changed man or woman at the end of those 21 days.
I'd love to hear your updates on how the Challenge goes! Send me your thoughts and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.