There’s a lot of talk out there about manifestation. It’s the new buzzword, the new thing to do. It’s what the cool kids are doing after school. You know what I mean? So, I thought I would take a moment and talk about it directly. One on one. Mano a Mano. As it were. (Even if I was never a member of the cool kids.)
Often when I hear people talking about manifestation, they’re referring to something specific, as in, “I manifested a new job,” or “I want to manifest a new relationship,” or “I’m going to manifest a great vacation for myself.” They talk about one specific goal, one thing they’re focused on and one thing that would reveal their ability — be the thing that proves their ability — to manifest. Even if they don’t know what that really means. Or what exactly they’re doing to make it happen.
For many people, their ideas about manifestation come from The Secret, the movie about the power of positive thinking, the power of focus and how it is that the energy we send out comes back to us. For example, if we want something particular in our lives, like a particular house, we need to keep our focus on this house in a positive way.
But this applies to a single, isolated event, as if when you’re not focused on a particular goal in a positive way, you’re in a neutral space of non-energy, non-connection, non-manifestation. Just living your life, having no particular effect on the other conditions of your life, no particular responsibility for or ability to do much about your fate.
The truth is that you’re manifesting all the time. Every single moment. In fact, you can’t NOT manifest. You can’t not manifest because you can’t ever not have an energy, a vibration — a feeling. There is never a time when you are not resonating at a certain frequency — whatever that frequency might be: high or low. Even as you read this, you’re reading it in a certain vibration. And that energy is going out and finding other similar energies to bring more of that originating energy back to you. What you manifest is a response to your energy, your vibration. In other words, you manifest the conditions consistent with how you feel, consistent with the energy you are experiencing right now.
If you want to know what frequency you’re usually resonating at, look around you. Your life, your friends, your situation, your moods, your attitudes, your reactions all reflect your frequency in some way.
This brings us to the $1,000,000 questions: Are you aware of the energy you’re putting out into the universe? Are you creating this energy consciously or unconsciously? Are you deciding and actively pursuing the energy (aka inner state or feeling) you want to experience? Or are you making your inner state dependent on outer conditions? This comes down to your ability to master your creative powers.
We all have four creative powers: our thoughts, speech, actions and feelings. These are not just the tools we use to navigate this world. They are the tools of creating. And they are creating all the time. At different levels. In different ways.
Your creative powers create according to your inner state. When your inner state is calm and balanced and orderly, you say, think, feel and do calm, balanced and orderly things and you bring to yourself things that are calm and balanced and orderly. When your inner state is chaotic and anxious and fearful, you say, think, feel and do chaotic, anxious, fearful things and thus bring to yourself things that are chaotic and anxious and fearful.
When we aren’t conscious of how we’re using our creative powers, we create haphazardly — by the whim of the outside world. And we get inconsistent results. So, the biggest challenge we have is in being able to be consistent in maintaining a calm, balanced and orderly inner state. No matter what.
This means we have to stop thinking about things we don’t want to have happen. For example, let’s say you’re worried about how your daughter will do on her driver’s test. She has already taken off the front bumper when she hit the tree by the driveway. So, you feel justified in worrying about her future performance based on this evidence.
But, by constantly worrying — and telling your friends that you’re worried, and posting on social media that you’re worried, and telling her teachers that you’re worried — your build more things to be worried about. You are sending out the “I’m worried” vibration, and you get back more things to worry about. This energy will also affect your daughter, the object of your worry. She receives more and more of your energy of doubt and fear which will contributes to her smashing the back bumper as well.
So, what do you do? Pay attention to what you’re paying attention to. If you are focusing on things that bring you more pain and misery and frustration, drop these ideas as soon as you can. Stop talking about them. Stop reliving them. Stop thinking about how you might act in a similar situation in the future. When you talk about, imagine or relive these things, you are experiencing them right now. Again. And this lowers your vibration. Which brings more misery into your life.
Take a break. Take a nap. Take a bath. Relax. Listen to music. Call a friend. Take a walk. Breathe. Find a way to turn the vibration around and reclaim the inner beauty, balance and order you want.
You don’t have to think positive. You don’t have to pretend to be happy when you’re not. Just stop thinking about things you DON’T want to have happen. And see what sort of miracles start to manifest in your life.
*A version of this article first appeared in the Redding Sentinel (Redding, CT) on March 2, 2023