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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?”

Manifesting Money With Napoleon Hill

The Mystery Of Manifestation

Napoleon Hill’s most famous book is undoubtedly Think and Grow Rich. It’s sold over 100 million copies since it was published in the 1920s – a fact which testifies to its extraordinary power.

Think And Grow Rich
Think And Grow Rich

But it may not help you work out the meaning of manifestation or help you find a practical way to manifest your desires.

You see, although Napoleon Hill wrote that “in every chapter of this book, mention has been made of the moneymaking secret which has made fortunes more than 500 exceeding the wealthy men who might have carefully analysed over a long period of years”, I don’t think the secret is either clear or obvious.

Hill wanted to tease people because he thought it would be more valuable to them if they could find out what the secret of manifestation was for themselves.

Even so, if you read the book you may well end up mystified as to exactly which secret he was referring to! The truth is that manifestation is a process that everyone can do, and we don’t need to be teased by a guru from the 1920s!

So I’m going to review this book chapter by chapter, and then tell you exactly what it is that Napoleon Hill was so reticent about revealing.

Because although he may have wanted to keep the secret hidden for his own reasons, perhaps of all the books that have been written about manifestation, Think and Grow Rich is the one that explains the principles most powerfully.

But in modern times, we need to put the prejudices of Hill’s time aside and ignore the way he speaks about race and culture and gender. Even though those anachronisms do not alter the value and truth of the principles which Napoleon Hill set out in this book, it can be, in places, an uncomfortable read. (Racism in particular, was so much more common then – but Hill’s book is full of unconscious prejudice of one kind or another.)

Instead, you can use my summary of the principles of manifestation!

So, Think and Grow Rich was written in the 1920s, and the men in the book who Napoleon Hill studied as he investigated manifestation and Law Of Attraction principles included the industrial barons of the time like Henry Ford and Andrew Carnegie.

I’ve heard people say that times have changed, and there are no longer the kinds of opportunities for making money open to those rich industrialists around the turn of the 19th century. Yet this is total piffle!

If you think of people like Richard Branson of Virgin, Steve Jobs of Apple, Bill Gates of Windows, and Larry Page and Brin Sergey of Google, amongst literally thousands of others, you can only conclude that opportunity has always been available – and still is….

Sidebar: Steve Jobs inspiring Harvard students. The text. Let him inspire you, too. Or just watch the video below.

The video. Success is made, not born.

Sidebar: Success Is A Product Of Your Own Creation

From The Guardian newspaper, England, November 2014. 

Who’s Hayley Parsons? She’s a 41-year-old Welsh entrepreneuse. She left school at 16 with [few qualifications] , got a job making tea in an insurance office, then got a job selling insurance for a company called Admiral, where she helped to set up [an insurance comparison site]. And it was at this point, in 2006, that she spotted a niche in the market for a Welsh insurance price and product comparison site…

You’d think someone would have got there first. But no one had. So Parsons set up, which crucially let people compare policy details as well as prices, worked hard and made the company a huge success while her husband Mark quit his job to look after their two children. She’ll get £44m [ that’s 44 million UK pounds – about 68 million US dollars ] for selling her stake in this deal, on top of whatever else she’s already made.

 Of her success, Hayley says: “I think a lot of it comes down to attitude and personality…. I’m not afraid to go for something and do it… I meet so many people in business who just get stuck up their own backsides and that’s not me at all.”

For those who are ready to manifest wealth and success – or indeed, anything else that they want – the opportunities are always available.

Truly, all riches do have their beginning in an idea.
Truly, all riches do have their beginning in an idea.

And remember, the techniques you have available to you today for transforming the way your mind operates are far superior to the ones available in Hill’s day.

Manifesting What You Want

Hill talks a lot about “autosuggestion” which basically seems to amount to writing out instructions to yourself on a card, and then carrying it around with you, memorizing it, and reading it yourself several times a day.

Nowadays this process of re-programming the subconscious can be done in many other ways, much more efficiently … and yet, oddly enough, Hill’s methods will still work if you use them with dedication.

In the introduction to Think and Grow Rich, Hill says we are all the masters of our fate because we have the power to control our thoughts.

Grasp this, for it is the most important factor behind every single aspect of your life today.

The mind has incredible power, the power to adapt the world around you to match the way that you’re thinking.

And the power of the mind can work to produce both positive and negative outcomes. It will convert just as quickly thoughts of poverty into physical reality as it will thoughts of riches.

With that in mind, and in a spirit of open-mindedness, let’s begin on the facts and information Napoleon Hill provided which can entirely change your financial destiny.

Read on in the next post all about the first principle of success.