5 Things to Consider When Chanting for a Goal (2)

President Ikeda, author of many books on Buddhism and the leader of the Nichiren Buddhist movement for 60 years, points out in his Clear Mirror Guidance, the universe acts as a mirror, when we are chanting for a goal, and reflects our state of mind back to us.

Let’s look at some states of mind we might be projecting to the universe and ask ourselves.

  •  Am I chanting as a Buddha or a beggar?

If you are confronting a difficult challenge, the temptation is to chant as a beggar, please let me keep my house, please let me…. Chanting as a beggar sets you up as being weak, depending on an outside force to solve the problem. You hope but don’t really believe that the solution to the problem lies within your hands.

In fact, you have the Buddha nature within. This means you are connected to universal energy and intelligence and can bring them out to tackle anything which might come up. When you chant based on the Mystic Law of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, (link) you tap into everything you need to resolve any challenge.

So chant as a Buddha with the absolute determination that this end result will come about. See the desired end result clearly in your mind. Let the universe know that you are resolved to do anything necessary to bring it to fruition.

  • Am I focusing on the end goal or on the obstacles to reaching it?

When you focus on the obstacles you are projecting them to the universe and they will be reflected back to you. Keep your attention on the end you want and let the positive forces in the universe work out the path to get there.

You will never be deadlocked if you base everything on the Mystic Law of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. You will discover ways around obstacles or they may just disappear. As a matter of fact it’s a great adventure to see how the steps to your goal work out. Completely unexpected twists and turns can occur.

  • Am I trying to force my goal?

You don’t have to force anything. Just let your attention be on your goal when you sit down to chant and then let go. Chanting for a goal is an interesting balance between being in charge and letting go. You are in charge when you set the direction you want – the end goal. You let go when you relax and let the positive forces in the universe work out the path. Trying to force a goal doesn’t let that behind the scenes activity work in the way it should.

  • Am I strategizing or chanting with the end in mind?

Most of us have been taught that we have to have a plan. But in Nichiren Buddhism that is putting the cart before the horse. When you chant with the end goal in mind first, then ideas, people and circumstances will come to you to work out your goal. You don’t need to work out a plan all by yourself.

  •  Am I chanting with desperation or gratitude?

When you chant with desperation, you are letting the universe now that you don’t believe this goal can be achieved. You may be focusing on the obstacles rather than the end result.
When you chant with gratitude you have relaxed, letting the universe know that you absolutely believe this goal is going to come about.

These five considerations can make the difference between chanting like a Buddha and achieving a goal or struggling with disbelief and mixed results. Give it a try and see.

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This is the third post in the series on goals.

  • s says:

    What if you don’t believe it will work for THIS problem? Then I’m chanting out of disbelief and will get poor results or none. Can you discuss belief and non belief? How long should it take to get my answer before I realize 5 years later the answer is NO ?? How do I know I’m on the right track to my benefit? I’m full of unanswered questions. Thanks Margaret!

    • Margaret Blaine says:

      Hi Garmony,
      It’s good to get these questions sorted out.

      Doubt is a crisis of belief. When this happens we fundamental darkness is obscuring the truth of our lives, that we have the Buddha Nature and have everything we need within us to overcome this obstacle. If this is happening, and it happens to everyone from time to time, I would do whatever is necessary to strengthen your faith.
      • I would study the promises For example, See WND, p. 345. See WND, p. 412. Read Faith into Action on Goals and Determination. Check the index.
      • Make sure you attend meetings on a regular basis so you can hear and be inspired by the experiences of other people.
      • Chant until you can feel your life condition become more positive and confident
      • You might want to get a chanting buddy to allow you to put in more chanting time if you aren’t feeling your life condition rise in the time you are chanting.
      • Remind yourself there are lessons to be learned when confronting obstacles. One of them is perseverance no matter what. This question, how long should I wait before giving up came up at a meeting with two SGI leaders. They responded immediately, “Never give up.”
      Hope this helps. Send me your other questions and I will try to answer them in the blog or in an e-course I am putting together on dealing with difficult obstacles.
      Margaret

  • Sherrie Spocchia says:

    At present, and for the past 3 months I have been chanting for a house we love. We are moving and have been for over a year, we have had 2 buyers and been let down by both. Trouble is when we had buyers, we put an offer in, which was accepted, for a house we love, since then our buyers have let us down and we are now holding on day by day, hoping that the agent dosn’t re-market the property we love. It is so hard to focus at the moment, because we are desperate not to lose the house and also because my daughter who also practices nichiren buddhism, is suffering a miscarriage with a much longed for baby, I have been with her every step of the way and this is why I am having trouble with focusing. I have been practicing since December 14′ and received Gohonzon on May 3rd, I have read both of your books but could do with some advice on this matter.

    Thank you
    Sherrie

    • Margaret Blaine says:

      Hi Sherrie,
      It’s sometimes hard to trust your universal connection but hang in there. Go to your local group and find people to chant with you and support you. We all need this when we are facing difficult challenges. there will be experienced practitioners there who can show you how they dealt with big challenges in their lives. Confronting adversity is how we transform our destiny and ultimately attain Buddhahood.
      You might read ‘On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime’ for a discussion of the spiritual struggle you are engaged with. And it is a spiritual struggle, to keep manifesting our Buddha nature and not fall into disbelieving it. If doubts are coming up, make sure you resolve them. You can get ‘On Attaining Buddhahood’ at your local SGI bookstore or online at http://www.sgi-usa.org.
      Let me know what happens.
      Margaret

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