You may have heard of the tradition of assigning a name, or a word or phrase, or even affirmation to the new year that sets the intention of what you want the year to be like. Borrowing from my Catholic upbringing, I’ve often “christened” this name on January 6, known as Epiphany, or the day Jesus was named.
Here’s how well last year’s name stuck: I don’t even remember if I gave it one. And having undoubtedly been the most difficult year of the decade, perhaps that says a lot.
This year, however, I knew I was going to be completely intentional. 2020 not only marks the beginning of a new decade, but it’s also the year I turn 50 (in just a few short weeks, actually). So, yeah, it’s kind of a big deal for me. I’ve been spending the past two weeks reflecting on what I’d like the name—and the year—to be like, especially coming off a year of loss, letdowns, and looking for a new direction. It was a year of grieving, but it was also a year of learning. When I thought about what I wanted to manifest in 2020, one phrase kept coming to mind: perfect vision.
After all, that’s what 20/20 is, isn’t it?
“Perfect” in this context isn’t necessarily literal—for one thing, I’m not expecting to not need glasses anymore, and I’m not wishing for superpower X-ray vision (although hey, I wouldn’t turn them down, either). In this context, perfect vision is a kind of partnership with the Universe. It’s trusting in divine clarity when my own is blurry. It’s trusting in the clarity of my intuition. And it’s fine-tuning my intentions and putting full faith in them where fear once lived. As the late Wayne Dyer said, “You’ll see it when you believe it!”
So we’re all set, I thought. And yet, I wasn’t 100% sold.
I try to do daily oracle and/or tarot card readings, selecting one card from a chosen deck. I then log them in my journal. In the final week of December 2019, I drew the same card from the Akashic Tarot deck three times: Wishes Fulfilled.
The third time, the past tense it finally hit me: It’s already happened.
Whatever I desire is already on its way. Like when you place an order online. Once you’ve paid for it, you know it’s a matter of time before it arrives. You may get excited and check your mailbox each day, but you don’t doubt whether it’s going to show up. You don’t attach expectations to how it will look, or worry that the company will botch your order. You don’t obsess about the possibility of it getting lost in the mail, or broken or stolen, etc. You make room for it, be it in your closet or your kitchen or your bookcase. You think about how excited you’re going to be when it arrives. You picture yourself using and enjoying it.
Wishes Fulfilled requires the same allowing and patience and faith. Your order has been placed and it’s on its way. True, there’s rarely a timetable, but you don’t need to worry about that. Your job is to get ready and get excited. Make room in your life for it.
When it comes to manifesting—be it a new job/career, success, health, relationship, etc.—it’s so easy to ask for what we want. It’s so hard to allow or receive it without attaching expectations to the forms they take or the time it takes for them to arrive. It’s hard to believe in what you can’t yet see. Because we forget that it’s already been fulfilled.
I knew 2020 needed two names, that they went hand-in-hand, like a first name and a last name. Perfect Vision and Wishes Fulfilled. The second is the consequence of the first, and vice-versa. Moreover, it puts 2019 into perspective—I was making room. Getting ready. Letting go.
And now, I’m excited. It’s all on its way.