Many of us grow up with the idea that “wishful thinking” is a sign of delusion, but we’d do well to question that thought. Recent brain research shows that our neurons can’t tell the difference between real and imagined experiences; they register frequent-use patterns of perception that influence our subsequent perception. In other words, we see what we expect to see. So when you allow yourself a good juicy daydream about something you really want, it might be just the support your brain needs to bust its ruts and head down the neural highway toward that goal. In The Circle, Laura Day (author of the best-selling Practical Intuition) offers a step-by-step guide to manifesting your deepest wishes — especially those you might be likely to dismiss as too pie-in-the-sky. Wishing initiates the state of alignment she describes as “the circle” (think Law of Attraction), that state of flow where things line up to support what you’re seeking. The book teaches about the circle’s nine essential elements, like “synchronicity” and “intentionality,” and includes a number of easy visioning and journaling exercises to help you relax and focus. If you tend to get paralyzed by doubt or distraction when trying to move forward, the orderly steps presented here offer great guidance for staying gracefully on track.