Question- I hear a lot about manifesting in the metaphysical community. Is “manifesting” real? If it is, it seems very focused on material gain. Are there other applications?
Answer- When the metaphysical community discusses the art of manifesting , we believe we have a certain amount of control over what we manifest; that it isn’t all left up to luck and fate. We believe that limiting possibilities is a learned behavior to be overcome. With this kind of ideology, discussions of “manifesting” in the metaphysical community can be easily warped into an affirmation of personal importance and into a special mantra for material goods and social status. To avoid this and in order to keep the discussion of manifesting sane, we need to keep two basic ideas in mind.
1) Living from our hearts and for the purpose of spiritual awareness is the only thing that is infinite. Our soul is the only thing we take with us when we die. The collection of 1950s baseball cards is staying put and someday we are moving on.
2) We are lucky to live in a country where pursuing personal wealth is possible due to national resources and social consensus.
While our country thrived in the 1980s and we were blessed (and still are) to live in a secular society where spirituality is neither dictated nor denied, we experienced a boom in metaphysical teachings. This boom was able to grow in large part because our relatively new industrialized society created a strong infrastructure that perhaps, partially inadvertently, supported the luxury of pursuing both spirituality and material goals. The last century’s puritanical values faded into the minority and gave unintentional birth to a new freedom of thought. From this time of new self confidence many metaphysical books were written on creativity. Some of these books had good information about creating a satisfying life. The good points in these books were about listening to your own information and forming a life that reflected you as an individual. They discouraged the idea of conforming and monotony and promote personal transformation so that a person could follow their heart. Recognizing one’s passions and talents was taught as a guide to unlocking the soul. These points, in my opinion, were and still are solid relative information.
But, when the possibilities for manifesting become both sociologically and ideologically possible, as it has for many Americans, caution must be applied so that these particular points don’t become twisted. Possibilities must be pondered with sensitivity so the discussion does not grow into a grotesque mantra for spoiled Americans to feed their egos and sense of entitlement. When the ego is not kept in place, embarrassing affirmations erupt like the “I deserve” attitude that started in the 80’s.
While some people take this “I deserve” phrase very seriously I call for restraint because what people think they deserve in America is usually wildly out of proportion to the rest of the world. I’m grateful to live in a country where I can achieve my dreams but I am not willing to concede that I truly deserve something more than people who live in impoverished and war torn parts of the globe because I was born in America.
If you are ethical and responsible you deserve something, if you aren’t you don’t. Unfortunately many ethical people will never have the opportunity to manifest their dreams simply because of the country they were born in. If they were to look at a video of a bunch of Americans sitting around in a circle chanting (which happens in metaphysical circles) about how they deserve something, they might be revolted, and I think they should be.
When we discuss manifesting we should be talking about a part of our evolution, not wondering how many things we can buy. We should be talking about opening up our possibilities to include more than we previously imagined. We should use this discussion to push the boundaries on our current understanding of life. These discussions should lead us forward and provide the drive to grow, change and become better people. Manifesting is fun and uplifting to talk about. Expanding our possibilities is full of promise and hope. But having access to possibilities before we can ground and properly assimilate them is similar to having access to advanced technology prematurely. An immature civilization (like us) will corrupt new advances if we get them too soon.
In our human species, when we talk about possibilities and combine it with our general immaturity, the seeds of hope that spring from this discussion often jump quickly into materialism. It is a reflection of our immaturity as spiritual beings to think that while we open up the possibilities of a better life for ourselves, we are somehow elite. When this happens, the freedom of thought discussing new possibilities actually morphs into status and materialism. How successful a person is at manifesting material and competitive goals wrongly becomes an indication of whether someone has “made it to the next level.” This does not advance metaphysical study but instead repeats the age old mistake of pursuing happiness through earthly gain. Metaphysics excitedly discusses material gain like it is something new rather than a recycled mistake of the ages.
While it is part of our process to want to create our desires, the most important thing in life is and always has been completely immaterial. Placing the search for wealth above spirituality even when wrapped in a mystical metaphysical cloak, is still searching for something outside of yourself. (And the mistake of searching for something outside of yourself has been done a million times before.)
Balancing spiritual growth while striving for personal goals is difficult to do even when you would never be tempted to sell your soul or someone else’s. It simply takes a lot of energy. Some people believe that you shouldn’t even try to balance the two. Either because they think it is impossible to not fall victim sooner or later to temptation of a modern day version of idol worship or because they believe the energy it takes to follow your dreams impedes spiritual progress. But I am not so cynical.
In order to live a spiritual life along without suppressing or denying personal goals and desires takes one simple clue. Always put your connection with yourself first. You can never sell a part of yourself or betray another person in order to attain something outside of yourself that you might consider valuable. Something that you want to manifest can never be more important than a connection with yourself and what is bigger than yourself. In other words, if you aren’t able to create what you want, be willing to live without it. Accept the loss instead of selling out in order to attain it. Ethics ALWAYS come first. And if you don’t have enough power to attain your material goals, then so be it.
If everything is in place. If you believe that your connection with yourself and your ethics is more important than material gain, then you are ready to play with the energy the universe and the earth have to offer. The oversimplified version of manifesting goes something like this:
- Know that what you want is true to you. (Decipher the difference between your own information and the expectations that were dictated to you.)
- Only pursue personal desires that are also universally true. (In other words all pursuits need to be ethical and be pursued ethically.)
- Imagine letting this intention of what is true to you and true to the universe float out beyond the earth’s atmosphere.
- Ground this intention by processing any contrary blocks that might be stored in your chakras. (This part can be quick or sometimes takes years depending on how much you have to overcome.)
- Be willing to work for it. It may happen that something you want will effortlessly appear in your reality, but most often you still have to work to find it and hold on to it.