“Ask and it will be given to you…”– Matthew 7:7
There is a lot of information out there about the law of attraction and manifesting your dreams. Manifesting is the process of bringing forth events, things, and experiences into your life through the energy, thoughts, and intention you put out into the world. I began in the 1980s, through my various mentors, to very effectively use this method to acquire jobs, relationships, and travel experiences that I wanted to enjoy. Over the last several years, due to health problems, the death of my mother, a major life change, and, oh, yeah, the pandemic, I have allowed thoughts of fear and doubt to slowly infest my mind and rob me of the peace, joy, and adventures life has yet to offer me.
The Neil Young lyrics “in the field of opportunity it’s plowing time again ” remind me that I have the opportunity at any time to plow up these current negative thoughts, feelings, and habits and to plant the seeds that will restore my ability to once again manifest my desires. Seeds like faith over fear, peace over anxiety, and love over hate. My manifesting muscle, that had become extremely weak through lack of use, needed to be worked again to return it to its full potential. We have all heard the saying “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” I believe manifesting is like a muscle and can be strengthened with use. The path we need to restore and maintain that muscle will be a lifelong journey, but definitely, a journey worth taking.
To begin, I had to look back at the advice of my mentors through the years and filter through all the books, articles, and presentations to figure out the most effective way for me to quickly strengthen my manifesting muscle. Although there are many teachings, ideas, and information on the subject, the best method for me to maintain a practice and to instill a habit must be simple and succinct. So, I have outlined the four essential steps that require only minutes per day to see amazing results.
“When you visualize, then you materialize.” – Denis Waitley
When you wake up in the morning, leave something beside your bed to remind you not to get up immediately. It is so easy to automatically start your day the same way every day, so this will help. It can be a note, a glass of water, a crystal, anything that will remind you to start your day manifesting.
First, you need to see in your head what it is that you want in order to begin manifesting it into your life. To begin to build the manifesting muscle you can start small with something like a feather, a good parking space, or communication from a loved one. When you visualize the item, person, or experience in your head, give it as much detail as possible. Some people like to put an energy field or light around it, others just vivid pictures, but just spend a few minutes with this visualization.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t –you’re right.” – Henry Ford
Another important aspect of this process is to believe that you have already acquired the item or experience and see it in your head as if it has already been given to you or that you are already experiencing it. How do you feel, where are you, and who is with you? Are you happy, excited, or proud? What are the feelings and emotions that surround you as you are looking at what you are manifesting? If you do not believe it yourself, then you will not attract the people, things, or events necessary to manifest your desires.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy
This is a huge component of manifesting. Be grateful, as if you have already received what you want. Be grateful for everything that you have and everything that you want to receive. Any religion or beliefs that you hold close, your concept of God and the universe, is part of this energy force that wants you to experience peace and joy. Whether you choose to believe in it or not, it is still there and exists as an energy field in this world connecting us all together. Live every day with an attitude of gratitude for everyone and each experience.
Let It Go
“Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life.” – Eckhart Tolle
Finally, surrender it to the universal field of energy and continue your day. Do not obsess about whether it will show up or how. Keep your mind and eyes open daily to the miracles that are all around you. When you open yourself up to the beauty that is already there, by putting your intentions on positive outcomes for yourself and others, by focusing on the heroes and not the villains, and choosing your thoughts based on what you want and not on what you fear, then doors will begin to open, and you will attract all that you will need to manifest your dreams.