Angela-PeregoffNone of us is short on desire, that’s for sure. And this is good, for as I tell my students all the time, fulfillment begins with knowing what you want. If you don’t know what you want, and would like to know, then you really do know: you know you want to know! And that is a good place to begin.

Once you know what you want, and have accepted things as they are for now — meaning that you have put down all resistance and have stopped trying to get rid of what you don’t want, you can take the next step, which is to “begin at the end.” Ernest Holmes always said you must become the thing you are searching for. This means you must begin by being who you want to
be — with who you believe you are going to be.

Beginning at the end, already having in consciousness what you want, means already being the one who has it, whose identity corresponds to it. Consider for one moment a version, or an aspect, of yourself that you claim when you identity with a problem. You want to be rid of the problem, but as long as you insist on being the version of yourself that “goes with” it, then you’re actually tying it to you with chains stronger than the strongest steel. Nothing will cut those chains but your own willingness to BE MORE, right then, regardless of the facts. You don’t deny the facts; you deny they have any authority. You deny them as a conclusion. You deny them as your belief. You withdraw your faith in them. And since the world manifests on faith, the facts must also withdraw. This is a subtle point: You don’t try to get rid of what you want to change. You accept it for what it is — the experience is trying to tell you something about what you believe to be true about yourself. Just don’t allow these illusions to dictate your identity.

Begin at the end. Rest there, stay there, and watch.