I had a class with L.K. Ludwig this weekend. Well, with her Nature Journals book. It took some figuring out but I wanted to make my own journal enough that I finally tackled it. When I actually see something being made, I pick up very fast. Doing it from a book takes longer. What I really like about this journal is that I used items I already had, staying true to my resolution.
The Universe doesn't do it for you -- you do it for you. I've been thinking about this Universe thing. Apparently, you must word your wish exactly the way you want it, using the right words, because, it seems, the Universe is "literal." Now, here's the thing: For me that's saying that the Universe (a euphemism for God, as I understand it) is, um, stupid. It doesn't know what's in your heart, what you desire: you have to spoonfeed it with just the exact words. Or else.
It seems to me, this has nothing to do with the Universe, but everything to do with the individual and taking responsibility for yourself. It's the subconscious that is literal. You clarify your desires for yourself, and then work to make it happen.