Monday, August 13, 2007

Manifesting is Not Spiritual

“Manifesting – the business of doing nothing more than bringing into form a new aspect of yourself.” --Wayne Dyer

This entry is for those of you who are a bit hung up on asking for what you want. Do you feel guilty or selfish? Or do you feel like your life is “good enough”? Do you feel it is not spiritual to “ask” for anything? Let me tell you my take on manifesting…According to the world of manifesting (and what I have seen in my own life), we prevent more from coming into our life by thinking we can’t have it. We think we can’t have it from fear we are holding on to. That fear keeps us from feeling truly wonderful, joyful, and blissful. The fear keeps us from fully evolving to fulfill our deepest potential. It keeps us from being the best we can be; from being the source of joy to the world we are all capable of being.

When we release the fear, our whole world opens up and love and joy floods into our life. We become more loving and compassionate. Of course, now that you released the fear, you then receive all you were trying to receive. Ironically, you then don’t even feel you need whatever it was you wanted in the first place because your joy and contentment is now internal.

Manifesting isn’t about using the universe as your “personal concierge” (although, you could!) Manifesting is about uncovering another layer of yourself. Releasing your fears and unleashing your joy. Imagine what that would do for those around you. Are you a parent? Spouse? Friend? Relative? Coworker? Imagine showing up in the world from pure joy and love. I can always tell just by seeing another if they are joyful and it is so wonderful to be around those people. It is time for you to be one of those people, too!

Here is another of my favorite manifesting quotes.
“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” (by Mark Twain)

What if…

Okay, so let’s start with the first step in manifesting. Play the “what if…” game. “What if I had my dream job?” “What if I had my dream spouse?” “What if I won the lottery?” “What if I had pure contentment in my everyday life?” Begin to just dream about what you want in your life. Don’t limit yourself with “It is too late” or “I’ll do it when I am retired.” Or “I will do a bit less than I really want and it will be ‘good enough’.

Really, what would your life be like if you had all you dream of having? How would let feel? Let it go. I found it took me about 6 months to really let myself dream fully – to not limit myself at all and imagine what I really want in life. Hhmmm…delicious is my best word for it.

What is Manifesting?

If you aren’t familiar with the hubbub around manifesting, let me give you a brief summary. Manifesting is using the creative energy of the universe to be, do, or have whatever you want. Sounds a bit mystical, doesn’t it? Actually, it is quite simple and is, believe it or not, scientifically proven – it is the basis of quantum physics. (Makes you wonder why everyone isn’t doing it, doesn’t it?)

Okay, stick with me here. I am going to take you through a quick introduction of the Universal Law around attraction. We are all energy. Remember learning that when you were in school? We seem to be solid, as does your computer, your walls, your desk, but actually we are swirling molecules that are comprised of atoms. What quantum physicists have discovered is that at the foundation of our atoms, we are merely energy. Energy is what holds us together. That energy and our atoms are moving all the time. The rate of their movement is what we often refer to as our vibration. The faster they are vibrating, the better we feel. Yoga raises your vibratory rate – which is why you feel so good after a yoga class. Eating foods that are good for our bodies raises our vibration. Our thoughts also strongly affect our vibration. If you are feeling negative, your vibration will be low. If you are feeling joyful and loving you are vibrating at a very high rate and it is delicious!

So, what does this have to do with manifesting? There is a Universal Law (meaning it is true whether you are aware of it or not – like the Law of Gravity) called the Law of Attraction. The Law of Attraction states that like attracts like. It is referring to your vibration. Your vibration attracts like a magnet other objects, people, and situations that will continue you vibrating as you are. If you are feeling great, you bring wonderful things to your life. If you feel bad, more bad things happen. Hhmmm….sounding more intriguing, isn’t it?

Our brain has around 60,000 thoughts each and every day. Every one of those thoughts is sending out a vibrational message that is attracting something back with it. But, of those thoughts, we have only 8-10 different subjects. We tend to have the same thoughts each and every day and the more we have on a subject, the stronger the message being sent out. What are you sending out? I can tell you exactly what you are sending out. Look at your life. Where things are going well, you are sending out a wonderful message. Where things are not going well, you are sending out negative messages.

I know you might be thinking, “I didn’t create this! It is because of my reality that I think this way!” Believe me, your thoughts and beliefs around that area of your life came first that then created what you consider to be your reality. That ideas is one thing we will study extensively in the program.

Manifesting is about helping you make your unconscious thoughts conscious so you can begin to attract better things into your life – wonderful things! The only reason you don’t have what you want is because somewhere inside of you you really don’t believe it is possible for you to have it. Again, something we will work on in the program.