When I allow myself anything I desire, I will receive all that I have invited into my life. Power comes not to us so much as through us. If we expect appearances to be substance, we will get neither. Those who deceive understand innately or intrinsically that appearances are more important to us and the deceivers will disappear before we realize the inherent lack of substance therein.
Our notions about how the Universe works is borne—incorrectly—of our perception of past results. As your saying goes, good things come in small packages. Do not be seduced by bigger and better appearing “packages”—often these are hollow or short-lived. You are often surprised when you have succeeded in manifesting your heart’s desire. It is when you can completely release your heart’s desire into Universal Source that manifestation occurs.
At the source of your unhappiness is the answer to all that you have come here to accomplish. Anything—or anyone—which can be manifested “outside” of your physical body originates from within. The externalization of your desires—or your sorrows—is the natural result of thought-forms being expressed into Universal Source. This is as it has always been; however, with the increase the luxury of the delay which allowed previous generations to make the “mistakes” of “wrong thinking” more easily corrected. Do not let yourself become overly concerned with controlling your thought.
First of all, your goal is not to “control thought”, but to prepare your awareness in such a way as to not have “wrong” thought emerge from your unconscious need to control your environment. You have perceived the Universe as a “result” of your actions; this could not be further from the actual truth. The Universe delivers apparent results PRIOR to action through thought-forms. Much like speech, actions are the physical manifestation of your thoughts. By learning to shape thought-forms prior to their emergence into your physical reality, you will begin to notice how this has always occurred. Surprise will no longer be a function of your realization. Instead, you will be prepared to accept this as a natural result. This is when joyful and harmonious living can truly be realized.