Want more prosperity in your life? One of the best and easiest ways to get the Universe involved in bringing prosperity to you is with the Placemat Exercise, a unique communication tool developed by Abraham Hicks. It’s called the Placemat Exercise because Jerry and Esther Hicks used to do it on restaurant placemats. It’s so easy you can literally do it anywhere. Here’s how:
- Daily (or weekly, or monthly even!) take a fresh sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle. On the left side of the page, write “Things I Want to Be, Do or Have Today.” or just 'ME'. On the right side of the page, write “Things I Want the Universe to Bring Me Today.” or just 'UNIVERSE'.
- Then on the left side of the paper write down all of the things that you are inspired to accomplish that day. The ones you are ready and willing to take action on immediately. The tasks that feel right and clear to you. On the right side of the paper write down all of the things you want the Universe to take care of for you. Things you are not exactly clear on, feel any kind of resistance to do, or items you haven’t even figured how to start accomplishing yet.
- Once you have completed your list, spend at least 17 seconds feeling pure positive emotion while focusing on each item. Feel what it would feel like to have those items on the Universe’s side of the page completed. Imagine having those things already done. The goal is to string together 17 whole seconds of pure positive feeling for each item on your list. This takes a little focus, and it’s worth it. Each 17 seconds of pure positive emotion is worth 2000 hours of physical work on the world plane.
It does not matter how many things you give the Universe (or your higher self, if you prefer) to do. Just know that you are not alone here. What you ask for you will receive. After a while you won't even need a sheet of paper, now I just do it mentally every day.
So as you write out what you want Universe to accomplish, act and feel as if it is without a doubt, going to be taken care of. Feel as if you just handed this list to the most reliable Manager you have ever met and that you are so confident that these things are going to be done, that you do not even have to give them a second thought.
You will be thrilled and amazed at how this works!
Now there is one last step to this exercise. As Universe goes about its business and accomplishes each of these tasks for you, it is important that you acknowledge it, be grateful for it and encourage more.
Anytime the Universe easily handles one of my tasks and I have clapped my hands together gleefully (and yes, there have been many times I have literally clapped my hands together gleefully) I always follow up with a “Thank You Universe and more of that please!”
It helps you to take notice of “who” is responsible for helping you out and reinforces the belief that you really can depend on it for the future. Plus when you say “more of that please” and you start knowing it is really coming, you get more excited about handing over the next task and watching with wonder to see how Universe will work it out.
Give it go and you'll see how the Universe starts working for you and your stress and worries start fading away on every step of the journey.