I once had a friend who was an almost religious advocate of the power of mind over matter - our ability to consciously create, alter and manifest the reality around us. She had studied countless metaphysical techniques and modalities, and in the process had healed herself of a serious illness - an experience that fuelled her evangelical enthusiasm.
Despite her dedication, discipline and occasional results, however, she would often confide to me her frustration: "I just don't get it," she would say, "I'm doing everything right, but it feels like nothing is changing, and like life is actually laughing in my face and throwing more dysfunction into my world."
She had followed all of the usual new age prescriptions: the vision boards, the visualizations, the meditations, the carefully crafted affirmations, the energy work, the extirpation of 'negative' impulses. And yet none of it was bearing any fruit - in fact her reality more often than not directly contradicted all of her affirmations and visualizations. Something wasn't working.