There are some very simple rules and guidelines which make manifestation work – and you need to know what they are, because without them you’re doomed to failure!
First of all though, let’s talk about the relationship between manifestation and the Law of Attraction.
It’s really very simple, although a lot of people seem to be confused about it.
Manifestation is the process by which you make something you want appear in your world. To put it another way, you make something manifest by using the power of your mind to propel – one might even say “force” – the universe into producing it for you.
The Law of Attraction is the principle that lies behind manifestation. It’s a universal law which says that when you present the universe with a request for something in the right way, following certain principles, the universe has no choice but to give you what you want.
That’s a very appealing idea!
And of course that’s why books like The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, which you’ve probably heard of, have become so popular. To put it bluntly, the idea behind popular books like that – and it’s an idea which appeals to many people – is the concept of “something for nothing”.
But to think that you can get something for nothing is a little bit naive, to say the least. Even so, when you take concepts like manifestation – particularly when they’re described in the way they are in The Secret – to the limit, it looks like all you have to do is just sit down in a chair, visualize some wonderful image of wealth or abundance, and it’ll appear in your world in no time at all.
Surprise, surprise! Things just don’t work like that.
As you might know, most people fail to manifest anything, and give up in disappointment or dismay. And, having failed to manifest anything, who do they blame? Anyone but themselves. Usually, of course, they blame the whole concept of manifestation by saying that “there’s no such thing” or “the whole idea is garbage”… or something similar. They conveniently disregard the fact that they themselves were trying out the idea only short time ago!
So why doesn’t the Law of Attraction work for more people, more of the time?
I think there are some simple reasons. When people set an objective and try to get it, they often don’t really want it passionately enough for the universe to set events in motion.
And often people don’t even know what they want. They may start out with some clear objective, but within a few days their clarity has dissipated, and they’re wondering if something else might be better for them. You’ve probably experienced this yourself, if you’re honest.
And then there are plenty of people who just aren’t persistent enough – they can only maintain the energy of desire for some change in their lives for a short period of time before they get distracted by everyday life.
But perhaps the most important reason why people don’t get what they want is because they have some limiting belief in their minds which stops them from fully believing they can get what they want.
And nowhere do you see that more clearly than when people try to manifest wealth or financial abundance.
The very fact that so many people are poor, or just “getting by”, is clear evidence that most of us are not programmed with a belief system that we can be rich or that we are worthy of earning lots of money.
The problem is that when you start talking about limiting beliefs, most people will deny they have any such thing, and even if they do admit – perhaps rather grudgingly – that well, yes, maybe they don’t particularly believe they are able to achieve financial abundance, they still can’t see how this can possibly interfere with the manifestation of money in their lives.
The same is true, by the way, of absolutely anything you’re trying to manifest, be it a good relationship, financial abundance, prosperity, happiness, a nice car, a great place to live… or whatever.
Attraction Of A New Reality Requires Commitment and Effort
Now, as you know, we live in a society where a lot of people expect things “to be given to them on a plate”, as the saying has it. To some degree we’ve lost the connection between the effort we put into a situation and the reward we get out of it – and nowhere is that more true than in the field of work and reward.
People are often willing to work for a pittance – without ever seeking to improve their situation or find a job that more truly represents their worth or what they can offer to an employer.
On the other hand, employers and companies have lost what looks like a sense of social responsibility and justice – in other words the moral commitment to pay their employees decent wages means nothing any more.
And perhaps this disconnection between cause and effect has something to do with the reason why people turn to the Law of Attraction as a way to generate a better situation for themselves, and then expect it to manifest with very little effort.
You see, the point is this: you’re never going to manifest anything unless you are prepared to put in a considerable amount of mental effort and perhaps also a degree of physical effort.
The extraordinary lack of commitment most people have to changing their circumstances by means of manifestation shows up very clearly indeed when you consider how little time is needed to maintain your focus on what it is you’re trying to achieve.
Let’s assume that you’ve decided visualization of your goal is the way you want to achieve it – indeed, that’s actually the most common way in which people try to manifest things.
You need to spend 15 minutes twice a day, every day, visualizing, and you need to do it with commitment and dedication.
Yet when I talk to people who have expressed the most fervent desire for some change in their lives, and who haven’t yet experienced any significant changes, the most common thing they tell me is that they don’t “have time” to visualize their objectives.
Amazingly enough, they’ll say this with a straight face, apparently not even conscious of the discrepancy between what they claim they want and their willingness to commit some effort into getting it.
So, breathtaking though this may seem, it’s a fact, and what it tells me is this: if you’re reading this, and you’re ready to commit to making a small amount of time available every day, then you’re already well ahead of the majority of people (who will probably never get what they claim they want).
In the next post I’m going to explain the basic principles of manifestation, and mention the specific formula which determines whether or not the Law of Attraction will work for you in manifesting whatever you’re trying to bring into your life. (Read more here.)
In the meantime, you might enjoy this video, which is something I found on the Internet, and which gives a very interesting and useful introduction to the subject of money creation – and indeed, also to the subject of limiting beliefs, which we’ll be talking about an awful lot on this blog.
You’ll find this guy has a whole series of videos, and if you’re interested I recommend that you have a look at one or two of them, so that you get a fair idea of what’s required to manifest anything successfully.