Mastering the art of manifestation involves becoming a magician in your own life. This requires drawing upon many different elements within yourself and your environment in order to “make it happen.” In this article, I will outline what I believe it takes to bring into existence your dreams and desires. To master anything means to become skilled at it – an adept. However, this does not mean that you will never make a mistake again or, that there is nothing else to learn. This piece is a guide only based on my personal experiences…I am sure that you too have plenty of wisdom to share, or to draw upon, from your own experiences.
If you have not reached a place of wholeness within, you will never really know what you want let alone know how to go about getting it. It is not necessary to consult a therapist or healer, not unless you need to, or feel guided to, for some other reason. The process of discovering who you are by facing your pain or darkness and then transforming it into something empowering, will eventually reveal to you who you are and why you are on the planet at this time (i.e. your purpose). Some of you may know your life’s purpose from childhood, but it may get buried in negative social conditioning or other responsibilities and issues (e.g. raising children, an illness and so on). If you want to manifest your wildest dreams, at some point you will need to rearrange your life in order to make it happen.
Another major issue that needs healing is a lack of self-worth. Do you really believe you deserve what you want, what you dream about? Sometimes when I think of ‘deservability’, I am reminded of the scene in the movie “Wayne’s World” when the protagonists bow down to Alice Cooper chanting “We’re not worthy, we’re not worthy…” In the movie this is funny, but in real life most of you are saying this subconsciously (if not consciously) over and over again until it becomes a fact of life…and this isn’t so funny! You need to believe that you are WORTHY and start acting accordingly. A good place to begin is to remove yourself from people and situations that are harmful to you…you know what I’m talking about here, so do it, NOW.
Listening to Self
This one is all about developing discernment – really listening to what is going on inside as a barometer of what is right for you. When you know thyself after healing the worst of your ‘stuff’, this inner guidance comes much easier. There are many and varied ways to do this: meditation; spending time in nature; through your dreams; your emotions (i.e. what makes you happy?) and your body (e.g. a light, uplifting warm feeling, especially in your heart, is an absolute YES to whatever you are considering).
This one is related to the first two because your ability to imagine or visualize what you want is strengthened when you are whole and following your guidance. Many will tell you to see what you want and to even write it down or create vision boards. This is great in the beginning but when you have transformed yourself beyond this, you will find that you ‘see’ things without even trying. Be still and allow your inner fountain of wisdom and spiritual vision to pour out – this will present you with accurate information far quicker than anything else. You will also need to take action (more on this further on).
Faith involves trust in a higher or greater power as well as yourself – in truth, you and this power are one and the same. An effective way to know if you are faithfully listening to yourself is to pay attention to the signs in your physical world – if they mirror what you are receiving internally, then you are on the right track. Or, the external signs are clues as to what you could do in order to fulfill your dreams. This has happened to me many times in various ways, but more recently it has been in relation to the publication of one of my books. I always knew it would be self-published because I wanted to keep it real and to maintain the rights to my work. I encountered many obstacles and almost gave up several times, but the Universe always sent signs to make sure I kept going, usually in the form of people showing up telling me to do so. It is now published…and so it is! As above, so below; as within, so without.
Once you know what to do, you can go ahead and do it: phone calls, emails, meetings, writing or creating in some other way…the types of actions you may take are limitless. However, even when you have set the wheels in motion, this does not mean that things will manifest instantly or even in a short space of time. Manifestations will not always show up in ways that you might expect either, so keeping an open mind is important. Recently, I saw the following statement on a billboard “unexpect the expected” – it’s a good one to remember especially when you are faced with the unknown. Maintaining your faith in yourself and the Universe is the best way to navigate uncharted territory.
Taking action is appropriate only after some inner work. To go the other way first – which is what we are raised to do in the West – usually wastes much time and energy, which then leads to a sense of hopelessness and powerlessness. Sometimes the most effective action you can take is to rest in order to get more ideas, or to be ready for your manifestations when they arrive. At other times, the action taken may be to tweak or abandon something that is no longer working or, that wasn’t so brilliant to begin with. Again, this is not encouraged in the West where it’s often about sticking to what’s been done a thousand times over or trying to fix something that really isn’t worth salvaging.
All we need is just a little patience…this has been the most difficult thing for me to do and yet, so much of life is about timing. People are not taught to adhere to this – going with the natural rhythms of your own life, the planet, the seasons and, the Universe, too. There are many reasons for the need to wait especially in relation to your own journey: lessons that need to be learned; healing that needs to take place; other people and situations being ready for you, your ideas and work; karmic ties severed or healed…and so forth…
Appreciation for all the good (and sometimes not so good), makes life sweeter, in most circumstances. However, when it comes to manifestation what it does is amplify all that is already good which then tends to attract, or bring about the conditions, that allow for your dreams to manifest. Some days it can be difficult to be grateful about anything especially when you are experiencing some major tragedy. At these junctures in life, focus on the absolute basics: you are alive, you are breathing and functioning in this world to the best of your ability. From this vantage point, you can do anything.