THE MAGIC OF MANIFESTATION
Wouldn’t it be marvelous if you had a magic wand? Some sort of device that – if used properly – would bring you exactly what you want a la Harry Potter? Just swish and flick and bingo, it’s yours! Did you know that you actually possess the ability to do just that?
Yeah, I know it sounds crazy, especially when things seem to pile up around you and circumstances (like a broken down car and a crumbling relationship and a pile of bills) tell you otherwise. But what if I were to tell you that you have the ability to control every aspect of your reality; that you have the power to swish and flick that metaphorical wand and create the kind of life that you have always wanted instead of being controlled by circumstances and by those around you?
I still remember the absolute freedom that came the day that I realized that every aspect of my reality was under my control. That I and I alone was responsible for the reality that I was living. That there was not some unknown quantity determining whether I would be rewarded or punished for the things I do or thought or said and that everything I was experiencing was the result of those thoughts, feelings and emotions that I had been entertaining.
I’m not going to go into details, not here and now, not yet. But to suffice it to say that it happened. After years of searching; after years of attempting to understand how things worked and how some people always seemed to get what they wanted no matter what while others while were always dreaming about it; after reading piles of books and listening to hours and hours of sermons and self-help books and praying to God and charging the Goddess and drawing down the moon, I woke up one morning and suddenly knew.
Talk about totally liberating! The realization that there is no one that I am required to appease or avoid in order to create the life I had always dreamed of; no one and nothing (but myself) standing in my way; I literally sat down and cried for about a week. Amazing! I felt totally liberated. Simultaneously I had never felt more afraid in all my life.
Yes, it was frightening.
Think about it. Instead of being able to go ask mommy or daddy or the spirits of the earth or air (depending on your particular religious beliefs) to help make things better or to give you what you want, you suddenly realize that you are both the one doing the wanting and the one who is passing out both the rewards and the punishments. You are the one who is giving out the gifts and the one who is receiving them. You are the individual that is dependent on specific needs– and you are the universe that has an unlimited supply of everything and will give to whoever asks you.
This is not to say that there may not be gods or goddesses or elementals; beings that will bring you what you ask for if you ask in the right way or if you do something for them. Plenty of people believe in them. My point is that there is something far bigger than any of them; something much larger that contains us all and that we are all equally a part of.
This largeness; this bigness that contains us all is not one entity with a personality and an ego that has to be appeased before it will grant our requests. It is the power, the source that binds us all together; that gives us life and animation. It is also the source of creation; all of creation, not just the light and love and purity or innocence, it is also the source of anger and fear and darkness as well and it is readily available for anyone that knows how to tap into it regardless of what they are planning on using it for. There is just one catch; this power is magnetic. That is, whatever you create out of it will attract more of itself to you.
Call it Karma; call it ‘cause and effect’; call it the law of attraction; the result is the same.
If I (the individual) dwell on the negative; on the worst things that could happen, then I am going to draw those things to me. The more I focus on the dark and the negative, the more dark and negative things will be drawn to me. If I dwell on love and light, or on the highest definition of who and what I really am and strive to bring that into my existence, then it will come, bringing more of itself with it; drawing more of the same energy to it. There’s just one problem. This source of creation that you or I tap into in order to bring these things into our physical reality, it knows what we are really thinking.
I can’t trick the source (which includes my higher self). I can talk love and light and happy chirpy birds until I am blue in the face (or until I manifest Snow White, whichever comes first though I know which would send my sanity over the edge) but if in my heart of hearts I don’t believe that it will happen; if I think that it is all a crock; if I am reserving judgment until I see proof, or if (most importantly) I feel that I somehow don’t deserve what it is that I am asking for, then the source, the universe (a.k.a. my higher self) knows it, and since it doesn’t know the difference between expressed thought and unexpressed thought, it will simply give me what it is that I am focusing on the most (either consciously or unconsciously).
This is why mastering everyday mindfulness as well as emotional mindfulness is so very important, because it isn’t just enough to realize that you have the power to control your reality, you have to be constantly aware of your thoughts and feelings and emotions and beliefs in order to bring them into alignment with who and what you really are.
Without awareness you are not in control of your life, but you are being controlled (though not by an outside entity, but by your own beliefs and limitations). You are not creating situations that will serve you and that will help you to achieve your highest potential and to be a benefit to those around you, you are reacting to things that are happening around you; knee jerk reactions that make you feel overwhelmed and powerless and victimized to the point that you are desperate for someone or something to take the reins and to make sense out of it all.
There is no question about the universe (a.k.a. your higher self) bringing you those things that you are most focused on (whether consciously or unconsciously). Seriously, take a look around yourself right now. Take a long hard look at your life, at the people that are in it; your job, your house, your car, your beliefs, your attitude; everything. Right there at your fingertips you have a snapshot of what you were focused most intently on yesterday, last week, last year or even ten years ago.
If you think carefully about where you were and what you were thinking, you’ll see that I’m right. You created this reality. Every aspect of it reflects yesterdays (or last week’s or last year’s) views and hopes and dreams and, yes, fears.
No, I’m not saying that every genetic defect and every illness were called into being by your higher self. We are human animals after all; inhabited by spirits, (souls if you will) but still subject to the laws of physics, of thermodynamics and the impulsive squirts of hormones that our brains get doused in on a regular basis as they respond to physical stimuli. It comes with the territory and those are things that we do not have any control over but which we have to learn to live with and to understand.
Where we do have the control, however, is in how we perceive the life that we are living and in what we consciously and intentionally choose to experience and those people and situations that we choose to let into our lives.
Yes, I know, it sounds like some kind of new age mumbo jumbo; some sort of psychobabble or, at the worst, like some kind of magic, though in a way it is magic, just not the kind of magic you might think.
This isn’t the kind of magic where you wave a wand and something suddenly “appears” in your life because you said the right words or mixed up the right ingredients in your cauldron. This is the kind of magic that works on a far more subtle basis. This magic is the magic of belief; a magic that works its spell on your mind and, through your mind, makes its impact on your surroundings; aligning things and people and circumstances in such a way that a year from now, or a week from now, or maybe even tomorrow, you will find that what you have been focused on has indeed become your reality.
And if you do look around yourself and you don’t like where your focused thoughts have brought you there is a simple solution; change your focus. It’s that simple. Mind you, it requires that you be aware of your thoughts and emotions until they become focused on what you want to create in your life, but once the technique clicks into place you’ll find yourself laughing uncontrollably at how simple it actually is.
So much for magic wands!
Swish and flick baby!