When I first read the famous book "The Secret", by Rhonda Bryne, I thought this is the missing piece in my life. The ability to create whatever I want, simply by focusing on it. And even though the Law of Attraction isn't quite as simple as just asking for what you want, it was going to lead me to my divine destiny! The book is chalk full of famous experts who sing the praises of our desires shaping our world. It delves deep into the thought processes that support manifestation. Yes I said it, the magical buzz word; manifest! It's everywhere. On t-shirts, pictures, iphone cases, and New York Times Best Sellers. People are telling us how to do it and how much it has changed their lives. But as familiar as we are all with the word, really what is manifesting? How come it doesn't work instantly? And does it really work at all?
What is Manifesting?
I think we all have a basic understanding of the power of positive thinking. But manifesting is something different. It is the power to intentionally create what you want by using your thoughts and feelings. The dictionary definition is to show something clearly, through signs or actions. Many specialist in the fields of metaphysics, mystical principles, and the field of science have all confirmed the power of this principle. Spiritual manifestation revolves around the new age idea of The Law of Attraction. In simple terms, this law states that if you think and act in a positive way, then good things will happen to you; conversely if you think and act in a negative way, then bad things will happen to you. This concept has been around for a very long time, from the ancient Hindu idea of "Karma" to what it is known in modern times as "Positive Thinking", Mental Science", "Pragmatic Christianity", or "Practical Metaphysics". The benefit of Manifestation is it is aimed at having a more targeted response, unlike "Karma" which is much more random and vague.
How Does Manifestation Work?
Manifestation works in three different ways; spiritual, psychological, and physical. On the spiritual plane, it is believed that thoughts carry their own energy, which attracts whatever the person is thinking about. This energy is not considered good nor bad; it is a neutral energy. It is believed that in order to harness the energy you must first know what you want, ask the universe for it, feel and behave as if you already possess it, and finally remain open to receiving it.
On the psychological plane it is more like a "self-fulfilling" prophecy. If you believe in what you want and know that it will happen one day, then you act in a different manner than if you believed the opposite. Everyone faces obstacles but if you know that what you desire is on it's way to you, you see the obstacles as temporary setbacks. Unlike someone who thinks their dreams and desires are unattainable, they will see obstacles as a sign of failure thus giving up.
Lastly, on the physical plane there is potential scientific evidence for how it works. Human thought is a biochemical process of neurons being transferred between different synapses in the brain. Positive neuroplasticity refers to the brain's ability to adapt and change. Research shows that the adult brain changes over the course of one's lifespan based on negative or positive intrinsic or extrinsic influences. It seems science believes you can retrain your brain to heal past trauma and other disorders. We can now rewire our brains if we dwell on positive feelings such as joy, productivity, and peace.
Why Doesn't Manifesting Work Instantly?
There are times when you hold the intention for something and it comes to pass; sometimes in a way that feels very supernatural. Synchronicities happen, new people or circumstances come into your life to make your desires possible, probably, and best of all real. But other times you feel as though the process is not working. What happens then? Your thoughts are electromagnetic waves. The Universe reflects back to you what you are thinking. If you fail to be clear about your intentions, and don't put enough energy behind it, then the Universe is unable to create it in the physical world. Holding your intention requires persistence even when and especially when there is no evidence of it coming to fruition.
It can also take a long time to manifest your desires if you are not really committed to it. If you are not truly passionate about your intention, it doesn't have the energetic steam it needs to manifest. It takes honesty to identify whether you truly want something or if you think that you should want it.
If you hold a unclear intention it can be harder to create what you want. The best way to get what you want is to be clear and focused. The more specific you are, the better it is to achieve. Finally, if you intentions conflict with your beliefs, you are not likely to manifest it. The Universe has divine insight. It knows when you are embodying the qualities, characteristics, habits, and behaviors of gratitude for what you desire.
Does Manifesting Really Work?
I think most of us have experienced wanting something like a new pair of jeans, obsessing over them and finally getting them as a gift for your birthday. This is a simple way to see how manifesting works. Everything around you was once just a concept in someone's mind. Our current lives are a reflection of the decisions we've made or the goals that we focused on. So does manifesting work? Yes. You currently live in the reality that you created whether consciously or not. What manifesting does not do is to eliminate sorrow or hardship from you life. There will always be barriers and hurdles to overcome. But what is hopeful is the limitless potential in the Universe. Inside of you is the ability to access it. Manifesting is the key to that potential. Remember that manifesting takes skill, training, patience, faith, and best of all, gratitude.