At every beginning of the year, everyone sets goals for the coming year. Whether one does this on the night of the year, with a glass of champagne in one’s hand, whether one is alone and meditating or discussing with his family, friends or collaborators, everything in the first part of the year is about goals.
There is nothing wrong with that! As matter of fact, I am one of the supporters of the planning and I consider that a list of objectives is like a kind of itinerary that helps us not to get lost during our lives.
In my opinion, they have to be clear, a little more above the present possibilities (to be challenging), they must have a time limit and, depending on the circumstances, an attached budget.
Then you have to make the necessary effort to meet them and do not get hurt in front of the obstacles.
But that’s me!
That is why I confess that I was intrigued by the way others establish their goals and how they think they will be fulfilled.
There are quite many books, not to mention many videos on www.Youtube.com, where the authors talk about the fulfillment of our wishes by “Universe”, “infinite intelligence” or other such entities.
The principle is simple: you have to know very clearly what you want, write it on a piece of paper in a predetermined way. Wishes must be expressed at the present time as a form of gratitude, as if we had already received the things we want, but which we are supposed to receive.
In other words, in the present moment, you thank to the Universe for what you have already received (so it is about an action that happened in the past), but the action of getting what you thanked for will happen in the future. Does it seems logical? … That’s what I was saying!
I say that I am intrigued by these beliefs, because the Christian perspective is different. It involves a clear intention, but also an effort on the part of the one who asks something along with the belief that God will help him achieve his goal.
The condition is that the fulfillment of one’s desire is beneficial for both, the persons who asks the favor and others, as well. (Now, do you understand why God did not fulfill your request, when you were only 12 years old, to drive your parents’ car?)
Indeed, Christianity also speaks of the faith that one has to have when she/he asks something from God. In this sense, Christ tells us very clearly: “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
But He does not tell us to thank for something we have not received, but just to believe that “we have received.” Why? Is not that similar with what those, who say the “Universe” or “infinite intelligence” fulfill their desires, speak of?
At first sight, it would seem so! There are, however, some details that could better clarify this matter!
The first of these refers to the guidance that Christ gave us in the Sermon on the Mountain: ” Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
So, God focuses primarily on our interest, which means eternal communion with Him, and not on our desires that often are not consistent with what is good for both, us and others.
In other words, what we need from the material perspective (food, clothing, dwelling etc.) is already in God’s attention. And we should pray, in particular, for what is useful to us in building up the soul.
Normally, that does not mean that we can not pray for anything else, but God first considers our spiritual needs and then the material needs.
Coming back, it means that when Christ tells us that we have to believe that the things we ask for we have already received, He firstly refers to spiritual matters and then to material matters. Indeed, the spiritual qualities we need to progress, we have all of them since birth. So, we can think that “we have received them”.
So, in fact, we ask God to find for us the best options to acknowledge and develop these qualities. Once we have achieved this, we will surely come up with results on the material realm, as well.
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This idea is very clearly exemplified in the Old Testament when God asked King Solomon what he wished, and he only required wisdom to be able to lead his people properly, and God gave him, besides wisdom, other gifts that had connection with the material part of life.
For Christians, there is no “Universe,” “infinite intelligence,” or other entity is waiting to fulfill our desires. For Christians there is only God! Because we believe there is no one out there except God!
Therefore, the terms “Universe” and “infinite intelligence” can only be accepted as names that some people use when referring to “God”.
It is He who helps us to fulfill our desires, as long as they are in our interest and those around us. For our part, He only requires faith.
No matter how intense our desires are, if we do not work for them to be fulfilled, they will not be fulfilled. When we act to fulfill them, God will help us.
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The writing down of our goals is only the first step, only the first action we take to reach our goals, which involves a certain degree of acknowledgement from our part. This is why this is recommended by management or self-help specialists.
However, from that moment on, we must constantly strive for the fulfillment of our goals. Over time, we will realize that, as we get closer to meeting our wishes.
We transform ourselves, we think differently, we have another daily routine, we have other concerns and we activate in a different environment than the original one.
In other words, we evolve! We become different people! And this has always been God’s plan for each of us!
 Niculina Gheorghiță, Bucuria de a trăi în și cu Dumnezeu, Studis, Iași, 2013.
 Napoleon Hill, De la idee la bani (Think and Grow Rich), second edition, Editura Curtea Veche, București, 2013.
 The belief on which such practice is based on is that our desires are energetic vibrations that propagate in ether, and the “Universe” or “infinite intelligence” receives these vibrations and acts accordingly.
As soon as we have formulated our intentions, “the Universe” already ” gives orders in its kitchen” to prepare the ingredients for the fulfillment of our wishes.
There is a need for clarity in the way expressing our desires in order not to create confusion at the universal level and it is necessary that our objectives be formulated in the way I have spoken to you earlier. After that, we have to keep our firm conviction that we will get what we want with intensity.
The intensity of our desires is also important, because when two or more people want the same thing, the one who does this more intensely will receive what he has asked for.
 Gospel according to Mark, chapter 11, verses 24.
 Gospel according to Matthew, chapter 6, verses 31-34.
 God will not make us famous and will not give us a fancy car or nor will grant us that dream holiday, but will help us to acquire the qualities and mentality necessary to fulfill such desires as well.
So if you want to be world champions in a certain field, most likely this will not happen overnight. But you will be helped to continually gain the perseverance, discipline and other qualities that will help you fulfill your dream.
Once you get to the first stage of the podium, the cars and holidays will also come.
 The First Book of Kings, chapter 3, verses 5-14.