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Live From The End

It sounds quite compelling, doesn’t it?

“Live from the end.” But what, exactly, does it mean?

Well, it’s what Wayne Dyer described as a “most troublesome and unconventional idea” – the idea that you can train your imagination so that it accepts anything placed in it by you isn’t about a future experience, but represents your reality, right here, right now.

Video – Wayne Dyer – Attracting, Manifesting & Living From The End

You will, very probably, have heard of manifestation and Law of Attraction gurus who speak of the need to visualize things as though they were present in your life right now.

This is because the currency of the subconscious mind does not appear to involve any sense of past, present or future. In other words, it can’t tell the difference between your imagined image of something that might happen in the future, and something that is a reality right now.

It looks like Wayne’s technique is all about increasing the efficiency of visualization, the most common method of manifesting anything.

Of course, Wayne is right when he makes the observation that you are being asked to put your five senses into a box, so they can’t persuade you about what they perceive as reality right now.

But in a religious framework, using quotes from the Bible, such as Romans 4:17, Wayne explains what he means: “call those things which do not exist as though they did.” In other words, when you turn your imagination to the highest principles of your higher self, and you imagine a picture in your mind as though it was already a reality, you align yourself to the way God works.

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We are all part of a bigger whole, so we can connect with something larger than ourselves and attract our own reality

God, or the Universal Intelligence, or the Great Mystery, or the Cosmic Consciousness – whatever you prefer – is of course beyond time and space, for he/she/it is everywhere, simultaneously, and always has been. “Live from the end” therefore means exactly this: you visualize matters as you wish them to be at the end of the affair.

You picture your goals as though they were already your reality.

You imagine the way you want the world to be.

And it comes true. Your wishes are granted, the universe responds by manifesting your desires.

This is, of course, the way the Law of Attraction works. You are, effectively, already God, and you have the power to shape reality.

As the 20th century sage Neville observed, “disregard appearances, conditions, in fact all evidence of your senses that deny the fulfilment of your desire. Rest in the assumption that you are already what you want to be, for in that determined assumption you and your Infinite Being are merged in creative unity, and with your Infinite Being (God) all things are possible. God never fails.”

This is indeed powerful stuff for anyone interested in manifestation. Of course your imagination is powerful, for it is the link through your subconscious to the creative intelligence around you. Yet at the same time your five senses are also powerful – and they’ll certainly be attempting to convince you that they are the only way in which you can see reality as it is.

So how can you overcome their power? As Dyer suggests you can explore this area further: for example, say aloud to yourself “by placing my new reality into my imagination my future dream is a present fact.”

And as you do that, which of your five senses seems to be most resistant and irritated by your assertion that your future reality exists right now?

No matter how resistant your senses are to perceiving your new reality right here, right now, you can remind yourself that you do indeed have the power to use your imagination as you see fit, and that everything you wish to manifest in the real world – the physical world – around you has to start in your imagination and end in physical reality.

As Neville observed, “to incarnate a new and greater value of yourself, you must assume that you already are what you want to be and then live by faith in this assumption… in confidence that this new valuable state of consciousness will become incarnated through your absolute fidelity to the assumption that you are that which you desire to be.”

In other words, within your imagination you have the power to visualize everything that you want to be the reality of the world around you. You have to do this with absolute certainty. You aren’t hoping for a good outcome. You believe totally that your outcome is assured.

Desire, belief and expectancy are all needed for effective attraction
Desire, belief and expectancy are all needed for effective attraction

Law Of Attraction Requires Desire, Belief and expectancy

It’s the force of your assurance and faith – call it belief if you prefer – which will drive the process of manifestation, and the more you practice this, the more able you will become to resist the seduction of your five senses which are trying to keep you attached to a way of being that does not help manifest your desires.

Thinking from the end is thinking from a position where you know what you want to happen will indeed happen, where your imagination will come true.

And of course this requires considerable force of will: but then living a life of determined outcomes – living from the end, as Wayne Dyer has it – is a demanding way of being. This is why so few people who practice manifestation actually achieve what they want, or at least what they say they want.

(And you have to bear in mind many of these people are lukewarm about their desires anyway, so their failure may be coming from a failure of desire rather than a failure of belief.)

If you can reach the state where the picture you create in your imagination is already your reality, then you are literally already where you want to be.

This is no mere play on words – it is the way the Law of Attraction works. The universal, ineffable Law of Attraction, which will not let you down, when you meet the conditions under which the universe operates.

Can you imagine yourself living in a mindset where every image that you sum up represents your reality, and you are 100% certain of that fact?

Life has probably taught you less than positive things about yourself: the truth is that most children have many negative experiences in life, where they learn they are not smart, or good enough, or loved, or clever, or they can’t get what they want, or they have no power or control over their lives… And as adults, that’s how they continue to live.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Attract your reality and change your life.
Get what you want by living from the end.

The very fact that you’re reading this demonstrates you are not average. The very fact that you’re reading this demonstrates you have a desire to rise above where you are in life right now.

Overcoming the beliefs given to you by other people during your childhood about what you could and could not do involves considerable work. But it is possible.

If you want proof of how possible it is, read the book Dying To Be Me.

This is an example of a woman connecting with the highest possible level of self: the part of her – and you – which represents your connection to the divine, to the universe, to the energy of something much greater than yourself.

Wayne Dyer suggests that you run through “as large an inventory as you can of the things that you would like to define your life.” And then, he encourages you to shift from saying that you are not, or you are hoping to become, to “I am”.

For example, shift your thinking from “I am poor” to “I am rich and increasingly wealthy with every day that goes by”.

Shift your thinking from “l’ll never get a job” to “I have many excellent qualities to offer an employer, and employment is assured.” Shift your thinking from “I’m not good enough” to “I’m more than good enough in every way.” From “I’m poor” to “I’m rich.”

Defining yourself at the highest level possible will expand your power, transform your energy, and put you into contact with the higher elements of yourself that connect with the higher energies of the universe.

Think only positively about yourself, and constantly affirm your own magnificence. Use the form “I am”….. as in I am capable, I am magnificent, I am confident, I am worthy, I am growing, I am a powerful human being, I am an agent of the divine, I am everything I wish to be, I am in ultimate control of my destiny.

Practiced enough, you will soon come to understand that there isn’t a shred of doubt about the power you have, and your ability to manifest whatever you want.

The Alchemy Of Faith

The title of this post is taken from Deborah L. Price’s book, Money Magic – Unleashing Your True Potential For Prosperity And Fulfilment.

In the chapter of her book with the same title, she’s talking about what she describes as the most essential ingredient of financial well-being – faith.

She describes faith as essential element in the confidence and trust necessary to manifest a greater reality.

Yet, as she also says, many of us find faith difficult – particularly when things are not moving too well for us, or perhaps in the direction we want.

The irony is, of course, that while it’s easy to have faith when everything is going well, the moments when we need our faith the most are precisely those when we are least likely to have it, and we lose touch with the the higher power or the spirit within us.

She also makes the observation that faith is something which has just become another commodity in our society – it comes and goes, and seldom lasts.

The vicissitudes of life are considerable, and life is indeed unfair, painful, and difficult beyond all expectation and reason. Maintaining vitality and energy takes a lot of time, effort and courage – and no wonder therefore, that to live on the basis of faith, on the basis of what might happen or could happen, is challenging.

Yet Deborah is fundamentally talking about the spiritual aspect to faith, giving the word a deeper meaning which goes beyond the mere ability to maintain your belief in yourself or your aspiration when the going gets tough. (That’s what we call belief – read more here.)

And she reckons that forgiveness is a major element of this process – she says that when you forgive, “the Spirit within you wakes up and allows you to be free and available to the possibilities waiting for you. In working with my clients, I have found that those who are willing to forgive experience a higher degree of abundance and prosperity. Conversely, those who are unwilling to forgive themselves or others seldom move beyond their archetypal pattern.”

Now that’s a sobering thought. How many people in your life have you not yet forgiven for what they did to you? Could this be holding you back from manifestation success?

Manifestation and spirituality
Can you forgive those who have trespassed against you?

Well, let’s try and find out. In what way could forgiveness help the process of manifestation?

Spirituality, Forgiveness and Manifestation

Forgiveness, says Deborah, is the one of the most important steps we can take on the path toward fulfilment.

And the reason for this, she says, is that the unhealed wounds, the resentment and blame, which we all feel when we’ve been a victim of something or someone, are obstacles that block the flow of good into our lives.

It’s an important point, yet you need to remember when you’re considering your anger towards those who’ve sinned against you that forgiveness does not mean forgiving the act, it means forgiving the person who trespassed against you.

You can always change the energy that exists between you and another human being, alive or dead. And the point perhaps is this – when you forgive somebody, the energy which you are currently using to hold yourself hostage to the relationship between you and that person, is now available for you to use in manifesting your wants.

If you take spirituality to a deeper level, then of course it means a connection with the divine, or the world around you, or the universal intelligence – or whatever form of words you want to use for the power which exists is greater than ourselves.

And of course if you take God as meaning the Universal Intelligence, then you already know that this power is within you, since you are an integral part of the universe, and your subconscious mind is a direct connection to the universal intelligence.

Prayer, says Deborah, is one of the most powerful spiritual tools available to us. Yet praying is not about making demands of the universal intelligence, nor about pleading with it or begging. It is the best way to establish a relationship to spirit.

And furthermore, prayer is not something that should leave you feeling small and powerless. This is a connection between you and another part of yourself, the cosmic whole. This is actually a connection between you and another part of yourself.

And in this frame of mind, prayer becomes more about gratitude and asking for guidance than about asking for some specific objective.

Reconnecting With Your Spiritual Self

It’s possible that the widespread sense of dissatisfaction and unhappiness in society comes from the lack of connection we have with spirit.

And this isn’t just about being caught up in material wishes and demands – it’s about the loss of connection with spirituality or God or the universal intelligence.

This loss of connection is because we need to go inwards to find our spiritual truth – and life constantly demands our attention goes outwards.

Indeed, it sometimes seems that society and the world at large is becoming more and more demanding of our outwardly directed attention – which naturally leaves us less time and energy to contemplate the internal, spiritual, aspect of our existence.

If you want to manifest successfully, then I suggest that you explore the spiritual side of your existence, and perhaps develop a spiritual practice which can aid you in connecting to the divine, the universal intelligence, or the world around you.

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Spirituality is helpful in manifestation

You may be wondering, particularly if you’re new to the concept of a spiritual practice, what constitutes spirituality and what makes for a spiritual way of connection with the force greater than ourselves, outside of ourselves (the universal intelligence or God)?

There are many ways.

Essentially, each and every one of them involves directing your attention internally, rather than externally to the world around you.

A few minutes’ silent contemplation each morning, or deep relaxation and meditation, or a walking meditation barefoot in your garden each day… There are as many different spiritual practices as there are individuals living on the face of this planet, and each and every one of them will serve you in a different way.

But the more you develop the connection between yourself and the spiritual world within and around you, the more successful your manifestation will be.

It can be hard for some people to accept the connection between spirituality and manifestation, but it is there.

And at the same time, even just writing your goals down every morning will help you manifest what you want, so it’s not as though spirituality is an absolute prerequisite for successful manifestation. No, the point, I think, is more that having a spiritual practice brings you more closely back into line with who you truly are, and emphasizes your connection to the divine.

And since manifestation comes from that energetic and mysterious place beyond yourself, and since the Law of Attraction depends entirely on you establishing connection with that greater and wider space, so you can make contact with the energy of the universal intelligence, it follows that any spiritual practice which helps you develop connection in this way will also help you manifest more successfully.

 

Get Serious About Manifesting

Desire is the thing that keeps people alive in seemingly hopeless circumstances.

A concentration camp victim in the Second World War who became famous for his work after the war in the field of human psychology, Victor Frankl, explained how some people stayed alive in the most appalling conditions because of their desire to see their home again, or their family, or because of their sheer willpower to survive.

Others gave up easily, yet their physical condition was no worse than the survivors: they just lacked the hope and desire that gave others the motivation to survive. They literally had nothing to live for. Or at least, they didn’t have the desire to keep them alive.

Sure, that’s an extreme example, but it serves to make the point that desire is one of the most powerful motivating forces in the human mind.

So no matter what you want, you have to find some way to instil the desire to make it happen, to drive your manifestation.

And one way to do this is to think about the benefits of getting what you want.

So, for example, if you wanted to be in a romantic relationship, then you would have to go some way beyond the idea that “it would be nice to be in a relationship”.

What specifically would excite you about the prospect being in a relationship: would it be the prospect of marriage, romance, wonderful sex, companionship, children…?

Only you know what it is that fuels your desire. Your wish to manifest something.

And of course, it follows that if you can’t find enough things that are exciting and powerful enough for you to put the energy and manifestation, then you may well not achieve your goal.

And you won’t achieve your goal if you think it’s a great idea now, but in a couple of weeks’ time you somehow lose your enthusiasm and passion for it.

Having identified the reasons why you really want something, you need to think about those reasons regularly – and get excited about them!

And the more ways you can find of reinforcing the feelings of excitement and anticipation that will fuel your desire to make your goal manifest, the better.

So you might cut out photographs that represent your objective, and look at them every day, spending time feeling the emotion that might be associated with having that objective in your life. (That’s what people call a Vision Board.)

Or you might record an MP3 speaking of the advantages and excitement that you would feel after manifesting something successfully, and play it yourself in a hypnotic state every day.

You might think about how achieving your goal could make your life better, and improve the lives of people around you.

By focusing on the excitement and anticipation and benefits of achieving your goal, you can increase your desire and maintain it at a high level.

And when you do that, you’re much more likely to be successful manifesting.

Wishy-washy “wanting” simply won’t cut the mustard.

Get real here! The life you’re living right now is not a rehearsal. It’s the only one you’re going to get.

And if you’re going to get what you want in your life, then you have to be serious about manifestation.

You have to stop the distractions. You have to maintain focus. You have to have a good reason for actually getting what you want to manifest.

You have to have a clear plan of how you’re going to manifest anything.

And of course more than anything else, you have to know what it is that you want – and why you want it.

But the point is that once you know why you truly want to manifest your goal, you can begin working more powerfully by continually sending the right messages to your subconscious mind.

And that will inform your subconscious you are serious about manifesting your objective, so it will help you achieve whatever you wish to have in your life.

Let me make something clear to you: you’re going to greatly increase the chance of getting what you want by focusing on it, and acting “as if” you already have it in your grasp.

Do you think, for example, Nelson Mandela would have achieved freedom for the indigenous populations of South Africa if, for all those years that he was imprisoned in jail, he’d been thinking about defeat rather than victory?

The answer is obvious, isn’t it?

But what you might not appreciate is that even allowing doubts to creep in can be destructive of your success in manifesting what you want.

Indeed, I’ve heard it said that perhaps “even the slightest doubt” will stop you getting what you want to manifest.

I’m not sure I completely believe that, but I do know that the more you focus on the achievement of what you want, the more likely you are to get it.

The more energy and desire you can summon up for your objective, the more likely it is that the universe will manifest it for you.

The more you are able to direct the focus of your subconscious mind, the more likely you will get what you want.

And the more intense the desire you feel for a certain outcome, the more likely it is to manifest in your life.

If you truly want to live a particular kind of life then you will make the effort to sustain your desire for your goals.

And if you discover that they aren’t quite right for you, then you can adjust them: in fact, that’s quite a normal process – if you find you going off track you bring yourself back onto the right track.

But make no mistake about it – manifesting successfully requires your constant attention to whatever you’re trying to achieve.

And that attention is needed for only 10 or 15 minutes twice a day – not a high price to ask for a life that will look very different when you have manifested your goals, surely?

No – and you still need to commit to doing it.

Can you do that, right here, right now? Are the goals, objectives and outcomes that you claim you want in your life sufficiently powerful for you to find the time to focus on them twice a day during visualization sessions?

Are those goals and objectives sufficiently powerful and important for you to find ways of increasing your desire to have them in your life?

You need to decide that right here, right now.

Making Money & Manifesting Your Purpose

How Can You Live Abundantly, With Prosperity, And In Harmony With Yourself?

When you live a life which is out of line with your basic purpose or mission, there’s a part of you which always knows it is being cheated of its true expression.

That’s your inner voice, your soul, speaking.

This is the part of you that makes you look in the mirror and wonder how you arrived right where you are, right now – and then makes you question what happened to the dreams you had as a child, teenager and young adult.

Although this may sound sad, it doesn’t need to be. Even if you’re well aware that you’re not living the life that’s right for you, you can always find your mission or purpose, get back on track, and live it more fully.

But we’re not living in a society which has the ceremonies and the skills and the elders who might help us find our path, so many people struggle for a lifetime trying to discover what it is they are meant to be doing.

Before they die, unfulfilled, never having discovered this.

(See The Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying at the bottom of this page.)

On the other hand, as long as you’re constantly working towards manifesting your true purpose in life, it’s fair to say that there is no such thing as a mistake, just “learning experiences” which can help you find your true path.

Now, you may or may not believe that there is one specific purpose that you’ve been put on the earth to fulfill, but suppose for a minute that were true.

How would that change your vision of the future and what you wanted from life? 

In fact, consider this question: could it be that you’re not following your true path because you believe “there’s no money in it for you” or “you can’t afford to make the change”?

So many people want to make changes, feel trapped, don’t know how to find the thing it is they need to do. Most commonly, this is because they feel trapped by money (or the lack of money).

Indeed, most people think money is a one way ticket to freedom.

For most of us money represents a solution to all our problems, which is why so many people spend so much time trying to manifest it using the Law of Attraction.

Yet those who write about fulfillment generally say “follow your heart and the money will follow” – or some variation of that philosophy.

What they’re saying is that all we need to do is follow our soul’s path, rely on our intuition to take us along our own individual path, and that somehow prosperity and abundance will come naturally.

What a fearful prospect for the majority of us! Abandoning what we know…. for the unknown…..

Eckhart Tolle: Your Soul Purpose

The Law Of Attraction Never Fails – You Just Have To Trust It

Most of us aren’t in touch with our souls, and we certainly don’t know what our soul purpose might be. The very idea that we have a soul purpose may even frighten us.

So for all our lives something, somewhere in our souls remains unsatisfied and the question is always present, rarely expressed: “How will I feel if I die,  never having fulfilled myself and manifested my purpose and potential?”

No wonder, therefore, that we start trying to manifest money using the Law of Attraction.

We perceive money as a commodity that can give us power and freedom and control over what happens to us – including the opportunity to manifest our deepest desires.

Wow! What a paradox!

Does money come before we discover our true purpose, or does money come from discovering our true purpose?

The fact is – it can happen either way round. Just as well, really.

We live in a society where materialistic values rule. We are all in some way dependent on having enough money to sustain our lives. And most of us don’t have the mechanisms to look into ourselves, discover our true purpose, and make it manifest.

Video – Manifesting Money

So What’s The Solution?

Deborah Price – in her book Money Magic – suggests that it’s important to know the difference between abundance and prosperity. She defines abundance as having plenty – or more than enough. And she defines prosperity as being successful or fortunate.

Most of us think that prosperity means we need to have a fortune in the bank account. Yet true prosperity comes in many different forms – it’s the reward of following a path which matches your basic life purpose.

Some of those forms of prosperity are – love, contentment, happiness, true friendship and companionship. And more.

Indeed, prosperity is usually the product of following your path to fulfillment – your individual mission or purpose in life (I use the words interchangeably).

When anyone discovers – or to put it more accurately, recovers – this part of themselves, they truly begin to shine in their magnificence.

Yet many people fail to discover their gift because they are constricted by the belief that the expression of their gift must have something to do with their occupation or vocation – in other words, how they earn money.

The fact of the matter is that what you do to earn money will not always reflect who you truly are.

And those who manage to find a connection between their spiritual path (i.e. their mission or purpose) and the way they and their livelihood are indeed truly blessed.

In part, it’s a lack of faith or vision that prevents us from seeing how often our livelihood and purpose can be intertwined.

Most people seem to believe that earning money by following your path in life is the exception rather than the rule.

That’s because so many people are restricted by fear, or possibly because they simply choose to see life that way.

In reality, when someone steps on to their path with complete commitment, the universe produces miracles of manifestation which facilitate their progress.

What is needed to achieve this happy state is both faith, and surrender.

Yet all is not lost if you are not yet in a place where you can generate enough faith to surrender to the “will” of the universe.

All that the Law of Attraction requires to operate for you, just as it does for everyone else, is your belief in what you’re trying to manifest, your expectancy that it will do so, and your intense desire to have that outcome in your life, and some action which will bring it towards you.

If this is how you choose to approach manifestation then you could usefully consider how you might express your true gifts and talents separately from the way you earn your living.


Top 5 Regrets Of the Dying

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

See it all at Bronnie Ware’s blog:

http://bronnieware.com/regrets-of-the-dying/

See the book based on her experiences (the link will take you there):

http://www.amazon.com

 

Finding Your Purpose

Deborah Price has written a book called Money Magic, where she describes some really interesting ideas about how we can all achieve our true potential in the area of prosperity – and fulfillment.

She says in her introduction, “The advertising and media industries have convinced is that we are nothing without money and material possessions. We have been brainwashed into believing that material possessions are what we are supposed to want, that fulfillment comes from what we have rather than how we live and feel….

[Shopping malls and Internet virtual shopping malls] allow us to shop 24 hours a day – all to fill a void that we deeply feel but failed to understand.

Meanwhile, the billions of dollars we spend exploiting a mass addiction for buying things we don’t really need could be used to save the Earth as it teeters on the edge of disaster.”

And how true this is! How exactly she has summed up the overriding drivers of the human being,  a species on this rich planet, and like every other species, dependent on each other for our continued survival.

There seems to be something about human nature which is fundamentally acquisitive. Perhaps it’s a genetically determined survival “program”. Perhaps not.

Surround yourself with people who share your ambition
Surround yourself with others who share your approach to life and philosophy. Keep your spirits, energy and motivation high.

In either case, perhaps it’s not too late for us to change. Maybe even to save ourselves.

For although we may feel that acquisition of material goods and financial wealth is somehow important, it can hardly be our individual or collective purpose on this planet.

The truth is you, I and everyone else was born to do something on this planet other than accumulate wealth and material possessions!

True prosperity and abundance are about fulfillment, about finding a life purpose which expresses the essence of who you are, and justifies your existence on the planet.

For it is true that you have the power to make a difference, and to become part of the conscious few who present solutions to the difficulties facing us. Are you part of the problem or part of the solution?

The Role of Money In Being Human

Why do you wish to manifest money
What does money represent to you?

Of course money itself is not inherently evil or bad – in fact, you can see it simply as an energy. It can be used to create, and it can be used to destroy. It is both spiritual and material. And of course it can energize and propel us, or cause us fear – or even terror which paralyzes us.

But when we find a way to look beyond the power that money has over us, we can surely manifest a better way of being in the world, and if then we can make money from that way of being – well, how wonderful our lives would be.

And I don’t want to give you the impression that I believe every attempt to manifest money – or, if you prefer “financial abundance” or “prosperity” – needs to be based on a spiritual dream.

What I’m really talking about is the need for personal fulfillment, and also the (hopefully obvious) fact that if you are doing something you love, the energy of the money which you acquire through doing it will be more gracious and wholesome.

Compared, I mean, to the money you acquire by doing something way out of line with your basic values and personality.

What is fulfillment?

So let’s start by considering what personal fulfillment really is.

I like to think of it as being the internal experience of satisfaction that comes from doing something in line with your deepest values, something that makes you understand what your life purpose is. Something that uses your true talents and abilities.

The sad fact is, however, most people on this planet are indeed disconnected from their soul.

You only have to look at the way people behave towards each other and towards themselves: addictions, illness, violence, conflict – all of these negative experiences, including disconnection from the planet, indicate a loss of connection with soul.

(And if you want another definition of soul: the part of our being that connects us to our higher selves, the part of our being that makes us know there is more than the physical world and the physical life that we live in it.)

Worse, we have lost the spiritual mentors and teachers who can guide us to a greater understanding of our soul purpose and our connection with God (or, if you prefer, the universe, the universal energy, the cosmic consciousness, spirit, the great mystery… Whatever you call it is fine by me).

And in the absence of such spiritual mentors and teachers, we struggle to find a purpose in life ….  indeed, we struggle to find fulfillment.

These are concepts fundamental to the idea of manifestation using the Law of Attraction.

Negative beliefs which stop he Law of Attraction working
Could life really be this simple? Or do your limiting beliefs about yourself get in the way?

We grow up, emotionally wounded, deliberately or more likely accidentally by our families, the people around us, and our experiences in the world, and with each wound our vulnerability and openness becomes closed down until we finally reach the point where we are disconnected from ourselves and each other.

But those wounds control how we run our lives as adults, making our decisions for us about our occupation, our spouse, our relationships, and our partners, and our children.

All these decisions are based on the unconscious beliefs we learned about ourselves as we were growing up. And those beliefs can prevent us using the Law of Attraction effectively – or indeed at all….

So finding our path becomes ever more difficult: finding ourselves becomes ever more difficult.

And yet, it can be done. We’ll look at this more in the next post.

To Ensure Your Success

As we’re beginning to see, manifesting reality isn’t as simple as The Secret made it seem!

No surprise there, I guess!

But if you’re really trying to get something that you want, and it’s just not working, what are you going to do about it?

To start with, have a look back at some of the other posts on this blog, which deal with this very problem. Then come back here!

In this post we’re going to look at more ideas you often see repeated by writers on The Law of Attraction, and see how true they are.

But What Do You Have To Actually Do?

Something that you hear a lot when people talk about the Law of attraction is that it’s not your job to make anything happen….

It sometimes seems all you have to do is form the vision, believe in the vision, expect the vision to be created and it will manifest automatically.

But this is so wrong.

And if you believe that idea, then you’re being more than a little bit naive – the universe works according to certain universal laws, and the Law of Attraction high on that list, but another universal law is “you don’t get something for nothing”.

You actually have to do something.

Will you manifest your dreams
Will you do whatever it takes to manifest your dreams?

Yes, that’s right, you have to take action if you want to manifest your desires.

I suspect very few people would find that a surprise – were all custom to the law of cause and effect work in our lives: you do something, something happens.

Some physical action, I mean.

But even here, the “experts” don’t agree. Some say you have to take “Massive Action” (goodness!)

Others say that all you have to do is just take some small action which demonstrates to the universe the are actually serious about your intention.

Again, how can we to sort out the truth from the flim-flam?

Manifestation requires action
Actions speak louder than sitting around visualizing what you want to manifest!

Well, it’s obvious that you can’t just sit around visualizing your objectives and hope they will manifest.

You do have to do something to give the universe plenty of opportunity to manifest it in your life.

So taking tangible steps isn’t just about proving to the universe you’re serious about what you want. Indeed, it’s by taking action, by creating opportunities, that you allow the universe to deliver what it is you want.

I don’t agree with the proposition that you really have to act as though there was no other possible truth for you (ie take Massive Action) – that’s called burning your bridges, and while it demonstrates commitment, I don’t think the Law of Attraction or the universal consciousness require it of you.

But I do think you need to demonstrate your commitment in some very positive and tangible way – for example by taking steps towards your objective that are realistic for you.

Taking massive action can destroy your belief in what you’re trying to achieve. If I wanted $1 million, and I visualized that appearing in my bank account, for the purpose of buying a beautiful retreat center in natural woodland, let’s say, the concept of “massive action” might include going to the bank and raising a $1 million mortgage before the money had appeared….. oh dear.

Indeed, it might do, and for some people that probably would work.

But for many others it would destroy their faith and belief in the process, and cause them more difficulties than they can cope with.

In other words, they would be taking a step too far for their belief system to cope with!

You, like everyone else, must take steps that are geared to your belief system, geared to your capacity to believe in what you’re trying to do, and match your ability to influence events in the physical world.

There are so many aspects to this: when you start believing, really believing, in something that you really desire, and you take action to manifest it in the world, the universe will start offering you extraordinary coincidences and synchronicities which can rapidly take you further towards your goal.

These are your opportunities, and they may only be around for a short time – your challenge is to grab them when they present themselves.

Indeed, it’s your challenge to pay attention to the signs and clues that are presented to you, and then it’s your challenge to act upon them.

So Is Massive Action Necessary?

No:  in my opinion it’s not.

You can manifest your desires by taking small actions: get on your phone and speak to someone whose name cropped up in a conversation. Get some information on how to achieve a certain objective. Start researching the informational resources that you need to bring your dream into reality. Buy the domain name for your website. Post the package. Take the trip…. Whatever it is, do it now.

The Universe Is Calling You to Action

Make no mistake about it: ideas don’t turn into reality on their own.

Ideas become reality because you take simple tangible steps that drive you constantly towards your goals.

Vision alone is not enough.

You know what your vision is, and you hopefully also know that you are not concerned with what are known as “the cursed hows” – in other words, the exact way in which your desire is going to manifest.

But make sure you keep a journal and a record of the things that occur to you, of what the universe seems to be telling you, of the opportunities that present themselves.

When ideas and plans occur to you, write them down. Why? Because if you try and remember them all, you’ll forget them.

Next, prioritize what you need to do, and focus on a few selective things that will get things moving.

You don’t have to be all things to all men. You don’t have to do everything that occurs to you.

But you do have to do something. Choose the things that you believe will give you the biggest impact with the least effort.

And stay focused! Don’t allow the distractions of Facebook (and all the other stuff available to you) to take you on a different path, for example.

And there are plenty of other distractions on the Internet: but a sign of your sovereignty, the strength of your inner king or queen, is your ability to stick to the path that you have chosen and work towards getting what you want.

It’s all too easy to find other things to do while you should be working on your goals, but they won’t serve you in the long run. Even when your mind is bored, or your attention distracted, there’s always something you can do which is more profitable and more useful in keeping you on the path to your ultimate objective.

So in this regard, make sure that your days are structured, and you know what you’ll be doing when.

Remember: You Don’t Know Everything

And nor can you. And nor should you. Get help and support where necessary, find information wherever you can, and take the opportunities that the universe offers you to improve your knowledge and skills.

Constant self-development – not necessarily in a spiritual sense, but in a practical sense, may really help you to achieve your objectives faster and more easily.

Only you can know the skills that will help you get to where you’re going: learning a language, developing greater computer skills, training in some craft, taking a course in business administration…. When you open your eyes to the possibilities, you see one thing that generally escapes us in life: opportunity is everywhere.

And YOU therefore need to make the choice about what’s most important for you, about what will drive you towards your goal fastest.

One thing’s for sure: if you’re off track, the universe will give you a sign and an opportunity to get back on track.

A Mastermind Group Can Help Manifest Anything

Surround yourself with people who share your ambition
Surround yourself with people who share your ambition

One of the ideas that you come across repeatedly in reading about the Law of Attraction and manifestation is the idea of the mastermind group.

I think this came originally from Napoleon Hill’s writings. He described a group of people working together as having brainpower and emotional energy many times greater than that of an individual working alone.

The effect is not additive, it’s geometric – in other words the power of five people’s minds working together is much more than five times the sum of their brainpower.

That’s why you need to be around people inspire you: you need to be around people who excite you: you need to be around people who are successful: you need to be supported by people who can mentor you and show you what success really means.

You could do this alone, of course, but why believe some old story about nobody being there to help you?

The truth is there are plenty of people who would willingly accept you as an apprentice, a partner, a colleague, a supporter –  and show you what to do to be successful.

When you form a mastermind group, make sure that the people in it are truly supportive of you and what you want to achieve. Meet regularly, and discuss ideas in a positive and supportive way.

Brainstorming with a group of people like this who are on track to achieve the same or similar objectives can be a massive step forward in making your own success manifest.

More Keys to Success

One of the questions I get asked time and time is one of the simplest: why doesn’t the Law of Attraction work for me?

After all, The Secret made it sound so easy.

There are a few reasons why things might not be working out for you.

First of all, just to recap a little bit from one of my previous post, are you coming from your head or your heart?

Desires from the ego may lead to failure....
Desires from the ego may lead to failure….

If you’re coming from your head, thinking of the things that you might like to have in your life, then I’m wondering if perhaps you’re being influenced by the world around you…. By what we are conditioned to want through adverts on TV and other ephemeral rubbish.

To what extent, in other words, are your desires guided by the cultural norm?

However, in my opinion, there’s no reason you shouldn’t try and manifest material goods and wealth. If you’re serious about what you want, you might even be successful. In fact you probably will.

The problem is when you’re coming from your head in this way – which means coming from your ego, or coming from a place where you’re basically concerned with status or appearance or something materialistic in nature – you often don’t have the energy to sustain the process of manifesting your desires.

manifesting happiness or money
Happiness or money – which would you prefer to manifest?

For one thing, the desires of the mind, the desires of the ego, can be distracted by the trivialities of everyday life that call upon us.
Imagine, then, how this compares with your soul purpose: if you’re trying to manifest something which is essentially about the nature of “who you are” and “what your purpose on the planet is”, I guess you can put a lot more energy into creating your reality.

That’s because heart-driven objectives will provide you with more vital energy to sustain the process between coming up with the idea and manifesting in your life.

To put it simply: you just don’t want it enough. Oh dear.

In addition, of course, heartfelt desires are not superficial, unlike the desires that we come up with from our minds in response to fads and fashions or what’s seen as desirable in society at the moment.

On the other hand there is a danger in listening to experts on the law of attraction who become too puritanical and claim that there’s no point trying to manifest anything unless your objective is in line with your soul purpose.

That’s just a viewpoint which goes to the opposite extreme and is no more helpful. Fact is: we are given the ability to manifest material goods, and many people use it successfully.

So If You Keep Your Energy Focused, Will Something Manifest More Quickly?

Manifestation - the universal connection
You are connected to the Universe, and it will always help you get what you want…..

You’d certainly think so, wouldn’t you, from reading so much of the Law of Attraction material which has been published recently?

I mean, almost every author speaks of the need to constantly focus on what you want, to provide your vision with emotional energy all the time.

Indeed some people will say that you need to become almost “obsessed” with your objectives.

However, there is another point of view. It’s this: what about the idea that constantly obsessing about what you want will actually stop things manifesting for you?

Sidebar:  at this point you may feel some frustration, because what I’ve written above is probably a minor representation of so much material on the Law of Attraction. One author says one thing, another says the opposite. Both say that their views are correct. Both swear their views are correct. Indeed, both say that you can’t possibly manifest anything if you follow any advice but theirs. And clearly that’s ridiculous. So where does the truth lie? The simplest explanation of this is that what you believe determines how successful you are with manifestation. So if you believe something is essential to the process of creating it, then it becomes so for you. Perhaps that’s why authors who’ve had success with their own system of manifestation will so clearly and fervently affirm that theirs is the only way.

I agree that it’s certainly possible that obsessing may get in the way of your desires manifesting.

But there are other explanations too; the simplest of them is this – there really might be different ways in which you can achieve success at manifestation.

It’s All So Confusing – Make Your Own Mind Up

Michael Mackintosh says that for him success comes when he does the opposite of trying to think about what he wants and believes he has. As he says:

“Ironically, every time amazing things happen in my life it is after I’ve done the following:

1 Got clear my heart’s true desires.
2 Surrendered to the divine and felt so full inside myself that I must don’t need anything. He calls this receiving divine power and freedom.
3 Let go of any desire to have the things I want completely.”

In other words he is saying that the magic happens when he truly no longer wants the thing he was thinking about, because the universe then somehow brings it about for him. He calls it bizarre.

mind-conceive-believeAnd indeed at first reading it does sound pretty strange. He says however, that on countless occasions, within one second up to 24-hours after letting go, amazing things have shown up for him.

To quote him again: “This is a strange surprise because I have just given up wanting it completely and have no interest in it.”

You’ll see that the key to this, the key to this method of achieving your goals, I mean, is letting go, surrendering, and feeling full before the desire has been attained.

Michael illustrates this more clearly by saying it’s one thing to imagine you have a nice car and feel good because you are daydreaming about it; and quite another to feel quite contented with your life now regardless of any cars or other circumstances.

In other words, his suggestion is that you need to just be content with the way things are now. It’s a form of surrender, of letting go, perhaps even of being open to the Highest Good for all concerned.

Michael calls this a secret, and if it’s true, then it probably is a greater secret than any so-called secret in The Secret!

Oh, by the way, he says that this won’t work if your motivation is simply to get stuff. In other words, there has to be some spiritual aspect to your motivation.

To summarize again: you need to be willing to genuinely surrender and let go of your desire. Replace it with the knowledge that the universe can supply all your needs, all the time, and is ready to do so. (Indeed, it aready has. All you have to do is ask for them.) And then open to whatever manifestation represents the highest good for all concerned.

But how do you let go?

Well, of course we are materialistic animals, and completely surrendering and releasing your desire for something is not so easy.
The question is, as Michael so rightly says, how can you want something with all your heart and yet not care whether or not you get it?

This is probably what people mean when they talk about releasing your desires.

One technique which I have seen repeated in several places is to imagine the scene of your desired manifestation inside a bubble and then to release it back into the universe, offering it up to God, and allowing yourself to relinquish the dream if it isn’t for the highest good of all concerned. (It’s probably good idea to ask for something which IS  for the highest good of all concerned.)

I won’t discuss everything Michael says about this process here, I think it’s worth getting the book if you’re interested in learning more about this.

But it’s a highly evolved spiritual position, I think, where you can accept that the universe is ready to give you everything that you need, if you can completely surrender your desires.

It’s summed up in an expression that you may well have heard in many different situations: all you need is within you now. It’s a profound statement which is true on many levels.

Working For Your Highest Good

Some experts on manifestation say that you can expect more success if you try and manifest things which are in line with your highest values.

But what do we mean by highest values?

Well, basically something that is one of your heart’s truest desires.

Another way of putting it is this – your soul purpose.

Now,  I’m not so sure that I completely believe this, because my experience has been that the universe will manifest lots of things in response to a sincerely held desire and a firm belief in the likelihood of it manifesting.

Of course many things you think you want (and get) might not be in your best interests.

You see, I believe the universe is neutral – it will manifest something that’s in line with your hearts desires and your soul purpose just as easily as it will manifest something that is purely materialistic and ultimately harmful to you.

And so you might want to try manifesting something that matches the values of your highest self, because there’s no question that creating or manifesting things in your life which are in line with your soul purpose will be much more fulfilling to you.

So, supposing you want to try that, the question on your lips is probably “How do I know what’s in line with my soul purpose?”

Well, there are several ways to find out. It’s certainly true that the answer to that question isn’t always obvious, so you might need a bit of help.

Manifesting Soul Purpose

First of all, you need to get in touch with your innermost desires – easier said than done, perhaps!

But pausing for meditation and quiet time, and reflecting on the messages from your subconscious which then make themselves heard can be a start.

If you ask these questions of your mind, and you are open to the responses, you will find out what your innermost desires are.

(But a lot of people find this quite challenging, because distracting thoughts can shift their attention onto everyday trivialities.)

One of the things that you need to know here is that your body never lies; in other words, your body may be a source of better information about your true feelings than your mind.

If you come up with an image of what it is that you want to do, or some other representation that fits for you, how does it feel? How does it feel in your body? What emotions do you experience?

If they are positive and exciting, and if what you envisage feels normal and natural, that’s a pretty good sign that you’re on track.

If you want to read more about this technique, get hold of the Kindle e-book “Why The Law Of Attraction Doesn’t Work For Most People“. There are other techniques in there which you can use to offer up your vision to the universe, and see how it feels after the universe (aka God) has been able to receive your vision.

Finding A Dream To Make Your Own

Time out in nature is especially good for connecting with yourself and the world around you. And those connections can really help you discover the truth of what you want to manifest.

Note well – you won’t get anywhere if you submerge yourself in day-to-day work, or if you rush around frantically from one task to the next.

And you also need to ask the right questions in the right way.

According to Michael Mackintosh, author of “Why The Law Of Attraction Doesn’t Work For Most People”, there are seven questions that you can use to discover your heart’s true desires.

Again, take this seriously – this is not some small issue. It may well be your entire future that you’re looking at here.

How seriously, then, do you take the task of finding out what it is that you need to do in your short existence on the planet Earth?

To what extent are you prepared to put yourself and the manifestation of your soul purpose before the trivialities of everyday life?

So many people have difficulties here: responsibilities to family, commitment to work and the things we see as essential for our everyday existence… these can seem so much more demanding of our time and energy than our own welfare and the manifestation of our soul purpose.

At the end of the day, only you can make the decision about how you allocate your time to these important matters.

But the degree to which you’re prepared to spend time working on your own vision of your own life is a measure of how spiritually advanced or evolved you are.

Now, I’m not one of those gurus who thinks that only the people who can claim to be spiritually evolved deserve to have success manifestation.

We all deserve to have success in getting what we want, and in creating the life that we most desire.

But the fact is that in terms of finding your soul purpose, it’s clearly better for you spiritually to try manifest something that is in line with your higher values.

Sidebar: Video: Jack Canfield and Spirituality and Law of Attraction

So here are those questions. The answer should come from your deepest mind.

1 What would be the highest physical manifestation of your inner nature?

2 What represents the highest good for all?

3 What would you like your legacy – the thing you will be remembered for – to be when you die?

4 Who is it that you want to help? And how would the people whom you help benefit by what you do?

5 What life situations bring you joy?

6 If you were immune to the influence of society (such as advertising and television), what would be your deepest desire?

7 What vision do you have of yourself five, 10, and 20 years from now?

By writing down the answers to these questions, and acknowledging whatever comes to you, you will find a place where your heart suddenly feels fully engaged and excited with what you have written.

And then, when you know that your soul is speaking to you, and your passion is engaged, you will perhaps have found something that approaches your true nature or your true purpose on the planet.

Why does that matter? Because, if it isn’t already clear to you, the more you use your gifts to make a meaningful contribution to others, the more fulfilled you will be.

John Assaraf has written about the spiritual aspect of the law of attraction as well.

He claims that it doesn’t work for 99% of the people who try to use it.

Interesting, isn’t it?

The Secret sold hundreds of millions of copies – surely, if the “secrets” in there were correct, then people would be having great success manifesting reality?

You’d think so, and it raises the question of whether The Secret really did reveal the secrets of manifestation or not.

(As it happens, I don’t really think it did, but that’s another story. And by the way, these things are not “secret”. They’ve been known for generations.)

As John says, when you visualize a specific goal or outcome you send out energy at a particular frequency. The stronger the emotion, the more powerful that frequency – the more likely it is to impact the universe’s grand design.

But of course over time – at least for most people – the power of that vibration diminishes.

He says that to achieve success, it’s necessary to create “an internal symphony” between your conscious mind and your subconscious mind.

In other words, between your vision, goals and beliefs, and your habits – or to put it another way, what you believe about yourself.

In other words, for John, the key is emotionalizing your desire and impressing it into your subconscious mind.

That sounds to me very much like aligning your unconscious and your conscious beliefs. That’s to say,  dispelling limiting beliefs about yourself. You can read about that here.

Turn Manifestation Failure Into Success

Why Doesn’t The Law of Attraction Work For Everyone?

According to Michael Mackintosh, an important secret that’s missing from most people’s understanding of manifestation is this:

Not all desires are the same.

So, according to conventional thinking, when you use the Law of Attraction, you can manifest anything you want, and, within reason, you should be happy as a result.

But think of lottery winners – a classic example where manifestation  – or at least good luck – turns sour so often. Did you know that 90% of lottery winners are back in the same financial situation with two years of their win?

Clearly if they haven’t been able to use their winnings in a good way – which they presumably haven’t if they return to their previous  financial status quo – then you have to conclude there are things we can achieve, acquire, manifest and desire that are not in our best interests.

Sidebar: See this. And this.

The interesting thing here is that the Law of Attraction will give you what you think you want to make you happy ….. even if it’s going to make your life worse.

Sidebar: Video – Eckhart Tolle & Manifesting Reality

In other words, as I’ve said before, the Law of Attraction and the universal energy behind it are neutral.

They won’t discriminate between what’s good for you or what’s bad for you, between what’s going to have a good outcome for you and what’s going to have a bad outcome for you.

They will give you what you want…. at least some of the time.

motivation is critical in manifestation
Money isn’t everything…. your motivation may be more important when manifesting….

And if it’s true that most of the things you think you want will not result in you being happy or fulfilled (e.g. lots of money, big houses, big cars, etc), then it follows that you need to be REALLY discriminating about what you’re trying to manifest.

Only by being discriminating and careful about what you’re asking for can you have a reasonable chance of acquiring something that really fulfills you.

And the further conclusion which seems to stem from this is that if you ask for something, and you get it, this may not be a particularly good thing for you.

In other words… you need to be able to handle the consequences of actually getting whatever you ask for.

Manifest Success Not Failure

Now, how on earth are you going to be able to tell what is going to be good for you and what is going to be bad for you?

The answer seems to be that you need to identify and distinguish between wishes that come from your heart and wishes which come from your ego or your mind.

Things which come from your heart are probably the things you really do need in life to be happy or fulfilled.

Things which come from your ego, your thinking, or your mind are less likely to be fulfilling for you.

You might know that already – for example, when you come from your heart, you are much more likely to establish a meaningful relationship with other people than when you come from your head.

Manifest from the heart not the ego
Why do you want money? Is this manifestation desire heart driven or ego driven?

Why is this? Perhaps because the energy of heart desires is much more subtle – and powerful – than the energy of ego-driven desires. In fact, some say that wishes and desires which come from the ego are weak and superficial.

They may be the kind of “here today, gone tomorrow” wishes that don’t deeply ingrain themselves into your soul, or excite you when you think about them.

And in truth, if you are able to look into your heart and ask yourself what you truly want, then you might find things that are driven by your ego are just illusions, and that you don’t really want them at all.

Law Of Attraction - Love
Is this a heart driven manifestation?

Don’t forget that if you get something which doesn’t serve you in a spiritual sense (if you don’t understand what that means, think of it as being something that serves your highest good, and the good of those around you) then you’re likely to be given a “learning opportunity” for spiritual evolution!

To be honest, a learning opportunity for spiritual evolution means something which can show you what you need to avoid in future.

That doesn’t apply to everyone who manifests something from the ego: some people just remain stuck at the same level of evolution in life, learn nothing, and go on to live a life just as miserable as it was before they manifested whatever they thought they “truly desired”.

The fact is, simply manifesting something from your head – like a lot of money – can result in drama and chaos, because it’s not a true spiritual request.

As Michael Mackintosh points out, one of the ironies of The Secret  is that many of the people involved in it ended up in legal squabbling!

Far from being in the joy which The Secret was supposed to be about, they’ve ended up in unpleasant, very “real-world” consequences which are far removed from the spiritual aspects that should underpin manifestation.

So how can you identify your heart’s pure and true desires?

Well, you can start by coming from a place where you see yourself as a truly wonderful part of the universe – an eternal being whose essence is love and power and joy.

If you can do this, in a spiritual sense there’s very little you will need to complement your existence.

And Another Viewpoint Of Manifesting Reality?

While we are beings with our heads in the clouds, we surely have our feet on the ground, so it’s worthwhile manifesting things that can make our earthly existence better.

To do this from a pure place, from a spiritual place, in other words from your heart’s true desires, you can meditate and reflect on what it is that you really want.

And Michael Mackintosh has a few questions which should allow you to identify the truth about your desires….

For example, he asks you to consider “What would be the highest physical manifestation of your inner nature?”

And he suggests you consider this: “At the end of your life, what would you like to be remembered for?”

And since the essence of manifestation from the heart is about service, perhaps one question you could ask yourself is “What would be the greatest service I could render to the planet, the one which would leave me most fulfilled?”

If you want to know the other questions, I suggest you buy Michael’s book – you can find it here. (Title: Why The Law Of Attraction Doesn’t Work For Most People.)

These are not small questions. They are very spiritual questions: finding your heart’s true desires and then manifesting a way to enact them is highly spiritual.

When you think of this kind of manifestation you’re thinking of people like Florence Nightingale, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, and Nelson Mandela. And you’ll observe that for those people there was a great deal of personal sacrifice involved in the manifesting their dreams and desires – because they weren’t ego driven.

They were driven by a heartfelt desire to improve the world around them.

Find A Mission That Matters

To feed your soul, you might engage in a mission which involves helping other people find their true level of fulfillment and satisfaction.

That way, you’re almost certain to have your own needs met and your own problems solved.

And this is the meaning of something that you may have heard before when looking for ways to manifest your desires: “Follow your heart and the money will follow”.

This is a principle that suggests that money, and not only money, but also abundance and love, will come because of what you’re doing.

manifesting happiness or money
Happiness or money – which would you prefer to manifest?

In other words, when you find a state of being (such as happiness) which comes from a desire to truly serve others, you’re more likely to find a way of making money from it.

For example, if you manifest money for a specific purpose which is in tune with your best interests and the best interests of the world around you, then manifesting money is fine.

That’s because money becomes a resource from which you can develop other possibilities to serve.

In other words, to put it more simply, money in itself is not evil or bad, nor is it good.

It’s just a commodity which you can use in a spiritual way for service or an ego-driven way for materialistic purposes.

Another way of putting this: if you are planning to use money in a way that seems more spiritual, then you’re more likely to be successful at manifesting, simply because your ego is “out of the way” and your spiritual purpose is aligned with the universe.

But interestingly enough, some people do not know if their desires are really what they want (i.e. heart driven desires) or an illusion that serves to indulge themselves (i.e. ego driven).

Michael Mackintosh offers four methods you can use to establish the nature of your desires.

Number 1: Simply to ask yourself “does it feel natural?”

Number 2: Tune into God and the universe, to ask them what is right for you, and be open to a new and different vision.

Number 3: Consider how the product of number 2 feels.

Number 4: Relax, allow, and let go of your expectations, so that you can stop trying to produce an answer to your questions and instead wait for the answers to come to you.

And in keeping with the old mantra “Ask and it shall be given unto you”, it is possible to ask for answers to the most fundamental question of all – “What are my heart’s true desires? What should I be asking for?”

How Spiritually Evolved Are You?

Reasons Why Things May Not Be Happening For You

First of all the Law of Ascension.

It will not have escaped you, I’m sure, that despite the assertions you hear over and over again that each and everyone of us can use the Law of Attraction equally well, some people do seem to be more successful than others.

Could it be that they are spiritually more evolved?

Some people seem to manifest things effortlessly. Indeed, I have experienced this myself: sometimes just a simple thought has been enough to make things change overnight.

Other people can practice and practice and practice, yet manifestation never seems to deliver for them.

What Michael Mackintosh calls the Law of Ascension is a way of representing our level of conscious evolution.

Conscious Evolution & Manifest Success

It’s our level of conscious evolution that determines how much power we have when we attempting to manifest using Law of Attraction principles.

You see, like it or not, it is a fact that we are not all equally developed or evolved as conscious human beings: I think you only have to look around you to see how true that is!

And the simple fact of the matter is that in terms of connection with the universe, the higher your level of consciousness, the the higher your level of spiritual evolution, the more power you have to manifest things.

This is because with a high level of consciousness you are nearer the plane of spiritual evolution that leads to enlightenment.

By definition, enlightenment is connection with the universal life force, the field from which everything emanates. To put it another way, the higher your level of consciousness (or spiritual evolution), the more of the time you’re going to be in close connection with the universe.

This makes manifestation much easier and consistent.

Mediation changes brain waves - could it be a key to spiritual evolution?
Mediation changes brain waves – could it be a key to spiritual evolution?

Regrettably, if your level of spiritual evolution is low (in other words, if your level of consciousness is low), then your personal power is low, and your connection with the universal energetic field from which everything manifests is much weaker and – probably – less consistent.

What that means is that you’re less likely to be able to manifest anything. And indeed, if you do manifest things, these outcomes will probably appear inconsistently in your life.

Now, it may not seem fair to you that we do not all have the same level of consciousness, but it is a regrettable fact. Even though we live in a democracy where we are all supposed to be equal, the truth of the matter is that as far as manifestation is concerned, there is no such concept of equality .

Some people are more gifted at manifesting, at co-creating reality, than others. It’s as simple as that.

Will you manifest your dreams
Will you do whatever it takes to manifest your dreams?

And it equally follows that if you wish to become more effective at using the Law of Attraction then you need to increase your level of consciousness, or engage in a process of spiritual evolution.

That’s because simply sitting there “thinking about something” won’t be effective in bringing it into physical reality in your world unless you have the energetic power and the level of evolution of consciousness necessary to focus your mind in a consistent way.

To put this another way, it’s like saying that manifestation is not the product of the effort you put into it. Rather, it’s the product of the level of spiritual power and conscious evolution you have.

So, if you don’t have the power to feel good, to think positively, and to attract new things, then you may use Law of Attraction – at least as it is traditionally taught – day in, day out and you’re going to have zero success.

Manifest Success

Manifestation - the universal connection
Your are connected to the Universe, and it will help you get what you want

The more evolved an individual is (in other words the higher they are up the spiritual evolutionary tree), the more remarkable their manifestation will be – effortless, easy, and consistent.

Indeed, in states approaching enlightenment, manifestations appear so often they make an individual’s life look like a series of constant miracles and synchronicities.

Regrettably it can be shocking to people to discover the real truth about this. (We are not all equal, after all.)

But when you know that how well the Law of Attraction works for you depends on your level of conscious evolution, you are empowered…….. because you can do something to advance your spiritual evolution.

Some of things that can help you to do that include

  • spiritual practice
  • meditation
  • deep psychotherapy
  • clearing out the emotional wounds from your past
  • not investing your emotional energy in defending against those wounds
  • accruing more energy to focus outwards into the world and the objectives you want to achieve.

Of course when your spirit is diminished energetically because your vital force must be used to defend against emotional wounds from childhood, you’re less likely to have energy available for spiritual practice of any kind

Maybe that’s why manifestation doesn’t work for some people who haven’t taken any steps along a path of personal development.

Positive thinking achieves your outcomes
Positive thinking can achieve almost anything…including conscious evolution.

Make no mistake about it: letting go of old limitations and delusions about “where you are in life” will unquestionably allow you to access higher energies that can raise your level of consciousness….. and therefore make manifestation more successful and reliable.

The truth is that no matter how enlightened you or any of us may feel, we are all still carrying emotional baggage from the past which will, to a greater or lesser extent, be affecting our ability to see the world as it truly is.

That means we cannot manifest reality in the way that we might want, nor can we focus the energy which we need to drive the process of manifestation.

In short, you may not be seeing the world as it is – you may be seeing a distorted version of the world because of your obscured perception and comparatively low level of consciousness.

So how easy is it to let go of old limiting beliefs and develop a high level of spiritual evolution?

Make no mistake – the object here is to become innocent and work towards being “the person you always were”. And that’s a truly wonderful path through life.

But it takes time…. so I suppose my question is: “Are you willing to make conscious evolution a part of your life, so that the inhibitions and limitations of the past will drop away from you, and you can manifest what you want in the world today?”

Or will you give up, as you may have given up with different things many times before, and live a dreary and banal life, dying as a loser?

One technique which can definitely help here is surrendering to a higher power. And that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to believe in “God”.

Changing your beliefs can be liberating
Believe in something outside yourself.

It seems to be a fundamental human need to believe in some kind of higher power – an energetic force or entity which is given various names by people such as the Divine, the Creator, Cosmic Consciousness, the Great Mystery, the Unity, and of course many other names as well.

But whatever you believe, it’s certainly true that if you have some kind of spiritual relationship with a higher power, you’re going to find it easier to raise your level of consciousness than if you don’t. (By the way, synchronicities reveal as much. They occur much more often for spiritually evolved people.)

Why? Because having a relationship with a higher power that is personally meaningful reminds you that in fact you are part of the universe, and not an isolated individual being here on the planet Earth. 

Sidebar: You are part of the whole, and as such, it would only be natural for you to have an ability to communicate with the universe and to connect to it in such a way that you can influence how things manifest in the world at large.

And along with this, there is some responsibility on you to be loving to all life, and to respect and honor both the planet that you live on, and the other lifeforms with which you share it.

Ego Desires and Heart Desires

As you can see around you all the time, every day, when things come from the ego, or when actions and thoughts and feelings are driven by ego, selfishness and self-interest (at the expense of other people) tends to be the order of the day.

When you’re working from your ego, what you see is the world distorted through your own desires and needs and wants. Click here to learn more.

That’s when you don’t see the world through a vision of love and cooperation, of sharing and harmony.

It follows, therefore, that the more you can stay in a place of love and acceptance, a place where you honor all living beings and the world around you, the more likely you are to be in a place from which you can communicate effectively with the universal energies.

This idea has been expressed in various ways, including the concept of surrender to the highest good – also described as “aligning with the divine”.

But the essence of it is simple: the principle which drives everything positive in the world is love, so when you align yourself with love, you are aligning yourself with universal forces and divine power, as well as surrendering to the highest good for all concerned, and letting go of attachment and ego….

And this, perhaps more than anything, can help you to manifest what you want as quickly as possible. With the proviso, I might add, that you are seeking to obtain something for the highest good of all concerned rather than your own self-interest.

(As we discussed earlier, when self-interest comes into play, things tend to go wrong with the process of manifestation.)