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Last month we examined this question from the perspective of blockages or resistance to the natural flow of life energies in terms of the necessary conditions and timing that allow and/or promote manifesting what you want in your life. In short, without learning (or having already learned) particular life lessons, balancing karmic energy, and/or releasing trapped (mostly past-life) energy (as revealed in your astrological natal chart), all the effort you can muster likely will not manifest what you want.
There are additional blocks to manifesting that have less to do with the conditions for manifesting and everything to do with the techniques of manifesting. There is a big difference between the necessary conditions and the techniques you apply for your manifesting efforts to “work” as you intend or wish. As my wonderful grandmother-in-law used to say, “If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.” Manifesting, like any other area of life, requires that you take responsibility for creating your life. Conscious intention to manifest is critical and the necessary conditions are essential, but these have to be followed by the right kind of effort or else little (or nothing) happens. So if you really want to manifest something successfully, it is imperative that you stop wishing and start creating the right effort, and then implement your efforts in the most effective manner. So, just what is “the right effort?”
Managing Your Beliefs and Expectations
The very first (and some would say the most important) thing you need to do in order to manifest is to manage your beliefs and expectations. What is a belief? I think of beliefs as your “thoughts on steroids.” Abraham says simply that:
• “A belief is only a thought you continue to think; and when your beliefs match your desires, then your desires must become your reality.” ~ Abraham (channeled by Esther Hicks; Money and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Health, Wealth and Happiness, 2008, p.105)
So if you are not able to manifest your desires, guess what the most likely culprit is? Your beliefs! Most people will not recognize this, let alone accept it, because to do so is to admit that the problem is not “out there”. The fact is that it’s “in here”—within yourself! I previously wrote about what psychologists call the “fundamental attribution error” and how it systematically leads to distortions of one’s perceptions and decision making. Human beings tend to blame “bad” things on something in their environment (external attributions—people, situations, etc.). But manifesting is not just about positive outcomes—for which we humans tend to take as much credit as possible (internal attributions—effort, ability, etc.). Manifesting is really about what we create in our lives (both positive and negative) and how we go about creating it. In other words, “Your thoughts (and especially your beliefs) create your reality”. Welcome to the world of Conscious Living and taking personal responsibility for creating your life!
In short, negative beliefs are at the core of most difficulties in manifesting. What is a negative belief? Any belief that does not feel good or does not feel uplifting (does not feel a little better than you feel right NOW). Use your emotional indicator to check your beliefs about manifesting, including the likelihood that what you are trying to manifest will happen, and whether the outcome will be “good enough” to meet your needs. If your emotional reaction to a belief is positive (uplifting) then go with it. If not, you need to change your thoughts repeatedly until they become a more uplifting belief. Most importantly, check your beliefs about YOU being good enough, to be worthy of manifesting what you desire. The single most destructive (blocking) beliefs have to do with self-worth.
Expectations are a natural consequence of desires and beliefs. If your expectations are negative (if the outcome is not likely), you are very unlikely to manifest what you desire. If your expectations are negative, check to make sure you are working only with positive beliefs. If your beliefs are positive but expectations are negative, seriously consider re-evaluating your desire in order to ascertain whether it is realistic in terms of what you need rather than just what you want. You are far more likely to manifest what you need than you are to manifest some fantastic, unrealistic wish because your expectations will likely be greater. But if your genuine expectation of actually manifesting your desire is positive, you have the basic requirements for manifesting in place. Remember, the cardinal rule with the Law of Attraction is that you get what you believe.
• “And when your desires and beliefs come together, expectation occurs. And once expectation for anything is within you, it then comes quickly into your experience.”
~ Abraham (channeled by Esther Hicks; Money and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Health, Wealth and Happiness, 2008, p. 180)
Expecting that positive things will happen increases the likelihood that, in fact, they do happen. But attachment to them actually happening (especially when, where, and how—under what conditions they will happen—blocks the flow of energy so that they are actually less likely to occur. The problem in this case is not the expectation; it is the attachment to the outcome. Expect that you will attain your desire, do what you need to do and what you can do to attain it, and then let it go. Allow the energy to flow unhindered by any constraints or conditions and you will be on your way to greater success in manifesting.
Reprogramming Your Subconscious Mind
Maitreya, one of my most important teachers, often spoke (and wrote extensively) about “unused” or “trapped” energy in the subconscious mind, most of it being the residue or “garbage” from past-life experiences.
• “You do not know how much of your life is spent in past-life energy! You wander through life oblivious as to what you are doing regarding past-life experiences. 85% of your [current] life experiences are caused by past-life experiences. Everything you do is created by past-life energy; the Universe creates the situations you need to repay or to be repaid for.”
~ Maitreya (channeled by Margaret McElroy; The Power of Past Lives)
Your conscious thoughts are influenced by your brain’s interpretation of outside events through your five senses. But the brain’s evaluation of the sensory information triggers a conscious emotional response (I like it / I don’t like it) that influences your conscious thoughts. In my forthcoming book, Conscious Living, there is a diagram illustrating that, for most people, their subconscious emotions are the major driver of both their subconscious thoughts and their conscious emotions. These, in turn, are the primary internal contributors to their conscious thoughts. In Conscious Living, however (a different diagram), one's conscious thoughts are the major driver of one’s conscious emotions as well as influencing (modifying) the thoughts and emotions in one’s subconscious mind. But Conscious Living is a developmental process. It takes time to “grow” (perhaps “mature” is a better word) into Conscious Living. Changing your subconscious thoughts and emotions—reprogramming the subconscious mind—is an essential and invaluable strategy for maturing into Conscious Living.
There are a number of very effective tools that I recommend for reprogramming the subconscious mind. Among them are Affirmations, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Emotion Code© Therapy; Hypnosis, Past-Life Regression; and Matrix Re-Imprinting. Which subconscious-mind reprogramming tools should you use? Investigate more about them, consult a professional for clarification and recommendations, and then choose the tools that best resonate with you!
Clearly, the most readily available and easiest tools for everyday use without professional assistance are Affirmations and (once you have been properly trained) the healing modalities of EFT and/or Emotion Code© Therapy. You can use Affirmations throughout your day in conjunction with your daily activities. They can (and should) be used frequently, and they are not publicly conspicuous. The only drawback is that it is very easy to undermine the effectiveness of your affirmations without some simple training or instruction (a major topic we’ll discuss in future newsletters). Both EFT and Emotion Code© Therapy use affirmations as a formal and integral part of their procedures. Just think of them as a way of putting your affirmations on steroids!
Hypnosis, Past-Life Regression; and Matrix Re-Imprinting are less convenient because they require more time, a quiet and private space, and they involve more intense and specialized training. They are, however, extremely effective, and self-treatment is possible even for these modalities. You should, however, seek professional assistance with any modality while you are learning it, if you feel “stuck”, or if it is “not working” for you.
We’ll discuss additional techniques of manifesting next month. Until then, I encourage you to sincerely and honestly evaluate your beliefs and expectations—especially your core beliefs about you.
Have an interesting and enlightening month!