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Manifestation – A Universal Law

The Law of Creation

There are some simple but fundamental principles of manifestation which you need to know before you even try and co-create your reality.

Why do I say “co-create”? Because you are not responsible for creating your reality alone; the universe is deeply involved with it!

Certainly when you set out to manifest an objective using the Law of Creation, or the Law of Attraction as it is sometimes known, you are setting into motion a series of universal forces which you can’t directly observe.

In essence, by coming up with an objective, and then “releasing” it to the universe, you are asking the universe to set in chain a series of coincidences and synchronicities which will bring it about – i.e manifest.

However, the universe will only respond if you do this with enough energy and enough sincerity to empower the process.

And by energy, that means emotional energy: and the interesting thing here is that any kind of emotional energy will activate the creative force – it can be anger, it can be hatred, it can be joy, it can be love, it can be gratitude, it can be happiness.

It just has to be sufficiently intense to signal to the universe that you’re serious about what you’re trying to achieve. Sincerity, on the other hand, is another word for faith or belief.

Absolute faith, or absolute belief, in the power of the universe to manifest what you want is absolutely essential. If you have the slightest doubt, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to manifest anything.

So the process of co-creation is simply a shorthand which refers to the way in which any one of us can engage the universe on our side to work for us in the creation or the manifestation of a desired outcome.

The Law of Attraction and Creation

The interesting thing about the laws of the universe are that they operate whether you believe in them or not.

I’m assuming that you do in fact believe in them anyway, because you’re reading this right here, right now, and I think it’s unlikely you’d be doing that if you didn’t want to manifest, or create your world.

Nonetheless it’s worth remembering that these are universal laws, and that even though they may be beyond our understanding in the physical world, they are a very real and practical system by which you can live your life.

It follows, doesn’t it, that the concept of us all being part of one whole could explain manifestation? At the very least, it could make believing in manifestation a whole lot easier! So: do you believe that you are but one manifestation of the divine on this planet at this time in our evolution?

Of course, as always, it doesn’t matter whether you believe this or not: you can still make manifestation work. But what I’m asking you to consider is the possibility that you are a fundamental part of the fabric of the universe, in physical form, just as everyone else is.

This is, in reality, just another way of saying that we all have a connection with the cosmic intelligence, the divine force, the great mystery, “all that is” – you choose your name for the universal force, it’ll be just as good as mine.

Carl Jung, one of the pioneers of modern psychology, wrote extensively about the universal consciousness, or the cosmic consciousness, and for me it’s easier to envisage a collective unconscious, to which we can all gain access, as the source of manifestation. But however you see these things, we are all connected.

You probably know that already, at some level of your being.

So the Law of Creation depends on this interconnectedness, and the fact you can put out a request for a particular objective, outcome, person, or event to manifest is nothing but a reflection of the fact that we are indeed all connected.

It’s Your Divine Right To Create Your Reality

Religions have taught us that we are full of original sin, that we must throw ourselves on the mercy of the great God, atone for our sins, and hope that he will help us in times of trouble.

Well, it’s not quite like that in reality! The truth is that everything the universe offers to us is neither good nor evil, positive or negative, masculine or feminine. In fact it’s all of those things at the same time. Only our definitions of what’s real, and how we perceive it by a frame of reference that we ourselves have constructed, gives anything meaning on the earth.

And there’s no denying that some of those meanings are extremely important in our Earth-bound consciousness: any right-thinking human being doesn’t want cause pain or misery to any fellow creature on this planet. At the same time, we have a choice about how we use our ability to manifest things.

Indeed, the universe demonstrates this neutrality just by the fact that is possible to use the Law of Creation both positively and negative (in human terms – remember that the universe doesn’t make value judgments).

And another issue is that because we are free to use the Law of Creation in any way we choose, we can equally easily create a reality that is mundane and unexciting and unfulfilled.

Look around you – yes, examine your own reality right now. What do you see?

Do you see an inspirational life, full of vitality, excitement, satisfaction and fulfillment ?

Or do you see a mundane life which is boring, vaguely troubling, perhaps a struggle, emotionally unsatisfying ?

Can you accept that whatever is around you right now is the product of your own creation, the product of everything that has happened to you, right up to this point in your existence on this planet in this incarnation?

If you answered “no” to that question, then I suspect you might be blaming other people – your parents, teachers, priests, abusers… And of course in many cases you can indeed point to things these people have done which have affected your history and no doubt your present as well…..

I’m not going to insult you by suggesting that what happened to you was “a gift” to bring you to this point so that you could assert your own authority over the the universe and find your own truths. Suffering is suffering, and even if it has a purpose (which is an open question), it’s human nature to blame those who inflicted pain on us.

However, there is another fundamental principle which is more important: you are now responsible for your life. And everything around you, whatever it may be, is manifesting in your life because it is the product of the thought processes and belief systems which you hold right now.

Which means, in case you hadn’t noticed, that the only way your reality is going to change is when you do something to make change happen. You’re not going to be saved, and you’re not going to be rescued by a fairy godmother.

Your future, the creation that manifests around you, is down to you and nobody else.

You Have the Power To Change Your Situation

So, the interesting question you need to ask yourself at this point is, “Are the belief systems by which I’m running my life out of date, or do they serve me in my current reality?”

Manifesting Your Desired Outcomes

Sidebar: Expect the Unexpected

As you may know, one of the things that seems to happen when you start manifesting reality is that you get unexpected results. Or you get something that you didn’t want. Or you get something that doesn’t match what you were programming for.

For sure, anyone who’s used the Law of Attraction to manifest anything will have had these experiences, and they can be very destructive of your belief and confidence in conscious creation if you don’t know why it’s happening that way.

Whenever you experience something manifesting that you didn’t think about, that you weren’t expecting, it’s almost always a necessary steppingstone, an intermediary stage, on the way to some other end result. As Mike Dooley puts it, these steppingstones represent the cursed hows – the things that we don’t have to worry about, the things we can leave to the universe.

When you think about most manifestations in your life, you might recognize that they were only made possible through a series of events that was so complicated and extraordinary it couldn’t have arisen “by chance” ,
but could only have been the product of some extraordinary cosmic force maneuvering events around to produce a particular outcome.

Manifesting A New Relationship

I remember when I was visualizing myself in a wonderful relationship with a soulmate. Many years ago this was, but I was spending my time imagining every afternoon for an hour or so what it would be like to be in a wonderful relationship… with juicy images of all the wonderful things that might flow from that happy state of being alive!

And then I decided to go on holiday to Greece. I booked my two-week slot at a wonderful retreat center, on the edge of the Aegean Sea, and sat back and relaxed in anticipation of the voyage to come. But before the journey even started, I had to cancel my booking and shift it forwards to the next two week slot because of some domestic problems (14 years on, to be honest, I can’t even remember what they were).

Long story short, when I got there I met my soulmate. It turned out that she had to “coincidentally” shift her two-week booking two weeks backwards because she’d been invited to a wedding unexpectedly.

Of course the consequence was that each of our two weeks’ holidays on this beautiful Aegean island occurred at the same time, and as they say, the rest is history. Fourteen years on we are still together and deliriously happy.

Now even that, simple though it sounds, involves a mindbogglingly complex series of events which the universe had to control and direct for the two of us to meet. Is it any wonder, then, that experts on manifestation advise us not to worry about “the cursed hows”?

Video: the cursed hows

It is, as Mike Dooley rightly says, very good evidence for all of us being part of the divine, connected in ways we can’t even imagine, and able to influence each other – and the world around us – so we get what we want … provided we have a clear intention, or outcome, and as long as we put energy into the process of manifesting it.

To repeat: the reason this might be EASY for you and me (and everybody else who’s doing it) is the fact that out of 8 billion people on this planet probably no more than 0.1% of the people alive today are seriously using their innate ability to manifest their reality.

So what are the other 99.9% of people doing? Yes, you got it.

And quite how easy it would be to produce our desired outcomes if 10% or more of the Earth’s citizens were manifesting, I leave to your imagination.

Manifesting Success Requires Passion

To illustrate this more clearly, think of J K Rowling. She is one of the world’s most successful novelists, a fact which testifies to two things: first of all, the fact that she lives and breathes her dream (to be a successful writer who entertains others). Second, that when she (or anyone) lives their dream, the universe provides them with the means to achieve end results beyond imagining.

You ARE What You think You Are

The way you’re living, what you do every day, what you’re passionate about, and in particular what you’re constantly thinking and speaking about, will bring to you not only people and circumstances which manifest those things, but it will also produce feelings which hasten the manifestation of those visions, dreams, and outcomes – which is why it’s essential you focus on the positive.

The universe provides whatever you need to manifest your thoughts, and therefore if you’re thinking negative thoughts, you face a real danger of bringing negativity into your life.

You Really Do Get What You Pray For!

How is it that “the rich keep getting richer”? Well, there isn’t, as far as I know, any connection whatsoever between wealth and intelligence. I’ve known that for a long time, because some of the richest people I’ve spoken to and worked with are, shall we say, not over-endowed with thinking and creative ability.

No, the real reason the rich get richer is because they have certain qualities the rest of us don’t: perhaps including an ability to imagine an end result that pictures their burgeoning wealth, or a level of self-confidence far higher than average, or a skill at following up opportunities which most of us lack, or perhaps they simply never doubted they’d be rich. Maybe it’s all of these things. Maybe it’s something else entirely.

But in essence you can guarantee that none of the rich people you are looking at, and perhaps envying, ever doubted that they would succeed. In the end. Of course, how many trials and tribulations they went through on their way to that success surely depends on their belief system (i.e. what they believe about the difficulty they would experience acquiring a fortune).

I think if you look at somebody like Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, or Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Anita Roddick, founder of the body shop, Hillary Clinton, even Margaret Thatcher, you have to agree they most likely never experienced any doubt about their capacity to manifest a particular outcome. If you want inspiration, I highly recommend that you read biographies of these women and men.

One of the things they all had in common was inordinate self-belief – and, I might add, their self belief was pretty impregnable to other people’s dissenting views. They surrounded themselves by people who supported their visions and their actions. Yet they weren’t afraid to hear what other people thought (at least the people they trusted), or to listen to counsel from wise people and their mentors.

Video – Mike Dooley – thought become things

Let’s go back to where we were: how do you manifest success and happiness (and other juicy, desirable things) in your life?

Do you find manifestation easy, are you having success with it? Or do you say something like “I’ve tried and tried, and I just can’t get it to work!” or perhaps “Whatever I do I just can’t make enough money.”

You see the irony here? What you’re saying is actually a very accurate representation of what your end results are, and the beliefs you hold about yourself which might stop you getting them. (No money – no surprise – you just can’t make it!)

You can’t expect to make much money when you’re literally telling the universe that no matter what you do you can’t make money!

And you see the same principle at work among people who tell you that “I just can’t lose weight!” As Henry Ford once said, “Whether you believe you can or you believe you can’t, you’re right…”

We might well change this old maxim to “Whether you say you can, or you say you can’t, you’re right!” Your thoughts and your words and your deeds make you exactly what you are and dictate where you are going!

Perhaps the old maxim about having a positive mental attitude has a more fundamental truth to it than simply feeling good. Perhaps the real reason for maintaining a positive mental attitude is because thoughts become things – especially where you, me and everyone else is concerned.

Making Manifestation Work

As Mike Dooley observes, anybody who’s got $20 million in the bank can justifiably say or think everything they touch turns to gold.

But if you have nothing in the bank, you would have to be an absolute “spiritual maestro” to be able to say those things and act as if they were true. However, if you can hold on to that vision, hold on to that vision as your end result that is, and not lose faith in that vision, despite the reality the current state of your world, you can probably make $20 million manifest easily enough.

And manifestation’s a lot easier when you actually understand how it works, when you understand you don’t have to figure out the exact way in which your desired outcome is going to manifest.

You see, the universe has a particular way of operating, a way that will give you what you want when you do the right things in the right order. Knowing that makes it a lot easier to maintain your faith in manifestation.

Unfortunately, if you start behaving as though you do indeed have $20 million in the bank, and you keep telling people that (when you’re broke, that is!) somebody’s gonna want to get you medical attention. So only share these principles and ideas, and your visions and dreams, with people who unquestioningly support you and know you’re not crazy.

And of course the first thing you have to do is to decide exactly what you want your ideal life to look like.

So write it down, right here, right now. Think the change through and then write it down. What would your ideal life look like? Where would you want to be, who would you want to have in your life, how would you like to be living your life? Only you know the answer to these questions, and only you know whether or not you’re passionate enough about the vision to achieve it.

Be Selfish

Be Selfish – It’s a Good Thing!

I know that’s not what most people will tell you. There’s a cultural taboo on selfishness.

Yet what I mean by selfishness is something different to what most people mean – I mean something like putting yourself first, and taking into account in your life choices your own needs, wishes and desires. I mean following your heart, and making sure that while you respect the rights and responsibilities of others, you don’t spend your life serving others at the expense of yourself.

You see, when you do something that fulfills your own needs and your innate desire to be happy, it will also almost certainly put smiles on faces of the people around you. Richard Bach put it rather nicely in his book Illusions: “Anyone who has ever given anything meaningful to the world has been a divinely selfish soul.” Does that shock you? In truth, the most important thing in your world is to express your own desires, wishes, needs and values. In short, to live authentically.

Self-Fulfillment Is Everything

You see, there’s something inherently disrespectful towards the universe about not becoming everything that you can truly be. The universe has given you a unique set of gifts and abilities, talents and skills, and it’s open to you to use them for the greatest joy and fulfillment that you can achieve in life.

You see, others can only keep you from happiness if you allow them to.

And yes, certainly compromise may be necessary if you’re in a relationship and the two of you want different things. Indeed, it may even be necessary for you to break up with a partner if you want very different things from life, and your mutual growth will be achieved by going separate ways.

The overall point is this: self-fulfillment is not just about material wealth – it’s about emotional satisfaction and spiritual fulfillment as well. And perhaps the best way to achieve this is to follow your heart wherever it leads you.

And of course, it might be wrong for you to lay waste to the world around you when you have some responsibility and commitment to that world. You can’t abandon children, for example, and you may not want to abandon your partner, and you may even feel responsible for sticking at your job. So under certain circumstances, “follow your heart” may not be a maxim that’s currently practical for you.

But if you have NO idea what you want to do in life, and if you aren’t going to jeopardize the well-being of your immediate circle, why not take a leap of faith? Why not move city, change your career, go back to university….. Or whatever?

Be sure that if you don’t honor your choices and preferences, then no-one else is likely to do so! The truth is, others don’t know what your heart is telling you, nor do they know the gifts you have which you’re not using, and they certainly don’t know what that inner voice has been whispering to you all these years.

Can you accept that your greatest responsibility is to be true to yourself? To express your natural talents and abilities, and to respect your preferences, values, and beliefs? By doing this you will increase your self-esteem, you will certainly increase the probability of getting what you want in life, and above all you won’t die with regrets about the things that you never dared to try.

Quieting The Mind

When I’ve been trying to manifest anything, I’ve observed something interesting, both in myself and others.

Ready for it? Here it comes: a busy mind can get in the way of you being able to produce the state of mental energy necessary for successful manifestation.

I’m beginning to think that perhaps this is one of the most important reasons people fail to manifest anything, no matter how hard they try.

About Brain Frequencies

We know that meditation and visualization,  as well as prayer and reflection, and many other types of mental “discipline” too, for that matter, cause the brain to slow down.

Or, to be more exact, these practices cause the brain’s electrical activity to slow down to a rhythm of between 7 and 12 cycles per second. This is called alpha wave activity.

By contrast, normal brain activity takes place above 12 cycles per second. This is called beta wave activity.

So there is something different about the electrical activity of the brain when we are in the right state to visualize a desired outcome.

Now nobody really understands what this slowing down of the rhythm of the brain really represents, but we don’t need to know that.

What we need to know is that this slow rhythm – the alpha wave frequency – produces a mental state in which we are capable of looking inwards, and connecting with the forces beyond ourselves.

Those higher brain frequencies – the beta wave frequencies – direct our attention outwards into the world around us.

And to achieve the alpha wave state that is necessary for connecting with the elemental forces of the universe that are responsible for manifestation, it’s necessary to have a slow brain frequency…. And that, in turn, is produced by relaxation or meditation.

It’s not produced – in fact you can’t be in an alpha wave state – when you’re thinking busily or frantically about what’s going on in your world, or when you’re anxious, or responding to stimulate in your environment.

So the question is for all of us, how can we slow down our brain activity and come to a place of calmness and centeredness, from which we can manifest whatever we wish to create in our lives?

Many Techniques Are Available

And of course the problem we all face is that quieting the mind is not easy. Yet it is essential to manifest anything successfully.

So your normal everyday mind is very busy, and likes to analyze and think about how things work; it likes to reflect on what’s happened, consider new possibilities; and perhaps above all else, it likes to worry about what might be going to happen in the future.

Stopping this happening – stopping the “babble” – can be frustrating, but the rewards are worthwhile.

One technique suggested by Lenedra Carroll in her book The Architecture Of All Abundance (a book which is essentially about manifestation) is to take one issue or person, one question or topic that you want to illuminate, and to write it on a piece of paper – and then to lay it in front of you.

But rather than actively thinking about it, she suggests that you let your thoughts drift and become more abstract.

Every time that you find yourself becoming agitated or thinking about the matter, she suggests that you “go to a place in your mind where the matter can exist in a state of great possibility and peace.”

The aim is to experience the question or the issue on more subtle levels – but for no longer than 10 or 15 minutes – after which you should leave it for a time, allowing a day to pass before you sit with it again.

She recommends that in the meantime you train your mind away from the thought each time it comes up…. and of course, as you know, if it is an obsessive thought, this will happen a lot!

The point of the process is this: slowing the body and slowing the thoughts will effectively create a space between the constant input of the busy mind.

And into that space will come new ways of looking at existing patterns and problems… and from that will come new ideas – and perhaps also an opportunity to look at the body’s response to the situation as well. (For, when it comes to these matters, the body never lies.)

If you like, this is daydreaming:  but daydreaming for a purpose – to allow you to develop a technique to quench the flow of continuous, rapid mental activity.

Or if you prefer to put it another way, to break a habit (incessant thinking) which can be relentless – and replace it with a state of mind in which you have the possibility of entering into communion or contact with the inner realm, the one responsible for manifestation.

Grounding Yourself Is Essential Too!

I believe it’s fair to say that without some mental technique – be it meditation, deep relaxation, self hypnosis, or some other aid to shifting your mental energy from activity to quietude – you are probably not going to be successful in manifesting whatever it is that you want.

The simplest method of doing this is to purposefully and slowly relax your body as much as possible before you start trying to visualize your desired outcome.

Video – Creative Visualization 

If you watch this video you will see the emphasis on several aspects of the process that are going to make manifestation much easier for you

1) visualizing when you’re in a relaxed state of mind – for the reasons that I described above

2) imagining your desired outcome so vividly that it could almost be real 

3) the power of using all of your senses in your imagination

4) the need to do this every day of your life!

5) the need to TAKE ACTION AS WELL!