When I am still, I am more receptive. When I let go of preconceived ideas of how things need to be, I am open. This allows me to see the messages and answers which are available in so many ways. ‘Ask and It Is Given’, the book by Esther and Jerry Hicks, kind of sums of this idea in the title. Whether the desire is an answer, and idea or an actual object, the first step is to make your desire known. Once you have done this (with intent), you have unlocked the energy for this to occur. ‘Allowing’ is absolutely the first step in this process. The next step is to release any preconceived notions of how the goal will be reached. Here’s an example of being open to signs: one day I was walking home from work when I wondered, out loud, whether I should pursue writing. Looking over at a wall I was passing, I noticed something; it was a package of unopened notebook paper. I took this as a definite sign to continue writing. Another example relates to my desire to be a published writer. I have wanted to do this for over ten years. Now I find that the on line journal I am doing,is allowing me to publish my writing. I never consciously said ‘Well, I will keep an online journal so I can be published’. What I did do was keep the vision of myself as a published writer in my mind. Perhaps, down the line a book or two will come about as a product of my journal, however in the meantime I am writing and publishing it. So state your intent (either out loud or silently), be open to the process and (most important) allow it to occur. It will.