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Can You Manifest What You Want?

Do we actually have the power to manifest our own reality?

This might appear counter-intuitive but, as a matter of fact, it is the truth. Sure, a lot of people will no doubt see the preceding statement to be preposterous to say the least! But to be honest, this can be expected among individuals who have no information relating to The Laws of Creation or faith in manifestation! 

The same thoughts explained in the Laws of Attraction, and the presence of these universal laws is indisputable – given the intensity of one’s faith and drive, and placed in the ideal circumstances – each of us possesses the capability to manifest or make real the material or situations that we long for in our lives. This is all about taking charge of your life, stepping into your sovereignty and being fully embodied in the King archetype.

The thought of shaping your very own reality is not a new idea or concept or invention; in fact, it’s a proposition that harks back to the learning of our ancestors. A quick survey of the archeological findings has revealed that the system  was respected even in antiquity – the early Egyptians were demonstrably familiar with the science of manifestation and “conjuring” reality long before their grand monuments were even finished!!

Of course, this sort of system might sound mysterious or supernatural, which probably explains why the details have been blanketed in secrecy through the ages. Yet you are a modern sorcerer, perhaps obsessed with understanding and applying the Laws of Creation, Attraction and Manifestation to change reality.

And you know what? There’s actually nothing baffling about this practice. It’s an innate human capability. It actually shows up in the Bible, which itself is quite clear about the manifestation process (ask and it shall be – well, you know the rest, yes?)

So. Modern days! The first modern rendering of the ideas of manifestation was in a book by an author named Napoleon Hill, writing in the 1930s, at a time when the Great Depression was destroying millions of homes and livelihoods all over America. Hill summed up the main ideas of this Active Co-Creation process in his book “Think and Grow Rich”. This well-known book has remained a favorite among enthusiasts of all stripes ever since.

I have this irksome suspicion, however, that many of Hill’s readers are unable to thoroughly grasp the ideas that the old gentleman explained in it. Hill made the observation that there were clues contained in all chapters of his book about the processes and requirements of manifestation. It certainly feels like he thought that only people who could actually grasp his core ideas were worthy of the wisdom he was imparting!

Yet, ironically, it’s not not really indicated in Hill’s writing just what he did regarding the secret of manifesting reality. To be fair, he did describe all the points, principles and ideas that are essential to successfully produce one’s own reality –  independently of whether your burning desire is financial wealth, an ideal sexual relationship with your soulmate, fame and recognition, or some other equally compelling objective.

Invariably, in any discussion of a theme that suggests manifestation is worthwhile, the core factor is always to start with a pretty definite goal in mind and to picture your own circumstances AS IF you currently possess that objective in your life. Every aspect is invaluable, because by imprinting your vision on your subconscious as a painstakingly detailed image, you are able to summon up intense motivation for this particular form of your desired outcome.

Of course, there needs to be a compelling enough reason, a profoundly significant reason why you should want your stated objective. This is because without a driving force, or without sufficient motivation to accomplish something noteworthy, you will almost certainly lack the intense emotional or mental energy that powers the process of manifesting reality.

Manifestation: Imagine Your Relationship In Every Detail

As many prominent thinkers revealed, including Napoleon Hill, desire and belief, both locked into the possibility of you achieving your goal, are indispensable for the vision to appear as a reality. 

The idea here is to find something which makes your heart sing, and then move forward with clear intention to accomplish your goal. Moreover, Hill also highlighted the necessity to have a group of people, for which he proposed the term a Mastermind group, which is made up of like-minded friends who will be completely behind you as you manifest reality.

And for sure, when you have a group of minds supporting each other, the ingenuity and enthusiasm generated is, without question, much more than one would probably anticipate, because this tight circle of like-minded individuals generates an energy field which nurtures your belief in the reality of accomplishing your desired outcome.

Why does that matter? Because with any self-defeating ideas, doubts or beliefs, or if you yourself are not totally convinced that you have the power to accomplish your goals, there just isn’t the slightest hope that it will become part of your reality.

And to deal with doubts that prevent you realizing your objective, you really need to explore your subconscious mind, and establish what those negative beliefs might be.

When you get past this, you will have to reframe them in some manner to enable you to replace them with a personal belief structure that permits you to work naturally towards your dreams. Then, and only then, can you apply the Law Of Attraction in your life easily and effectively.

The Law of Attraction is a reality – we know this because it has been proven over the years by the experience of people who manifested whatever they want to bring into their lives.

This includes money, wealth of all kinds, prosperity and abundance, good-quality relationships, new jobs, new employment, new attitudes of mind, and improved quality of relationships, both sexual and nonsexual.

When you hear this, it sounds like some kind of modern day scam that is trying to persuade you to invest your money! You know what I mean – the kind of thing that goes “have it all, with no effort whatsoever!”

But of course the law of attraction requires a considerable amount of your time and effort – and it’s certainly no pushover to make it work. As I mentioned above, being in your King archetypal energy is necessary to get results. (Find out here what the King archetype is all about.)

If there’s any doubt surrounding the law of attraction, it exists entirely in the minds of the people who successfully persuade men and women that with a few minutes’ visualization every day, and by engaging in some ridiculously simplistic rituals, they can manifest their deepest desires.

Now of course this may sound like the esoteric way to get what you want, but in fact it is a natural part of being human. But it isn’t about getting something for nothing! Life isn’t like that, as you have probably realized, although you may still be hoping that some part of your being the discovery that things come easily!

Forget it. If you want to use the law of attraction (and this is the place to get a full understanding of it!) to manifest anything – a sexual relationship, money or anything else – then you have to work quite hard.

What that work looks like is this: being absolutely clear about what it is you’re passionate to have in your life, and then believing in that dream with more commitment than you might have ever shown for anything in your life up to this point.

Now I know that you probably want something very badly indeed right here in this moment, but I wonder whether you have the intense desire that will sustain your motivation when you’re faced with the everyday problems and challenges of life around you.

For, make no mistake about it, unless you do have a consistent and persistent desire for something within you, and held consistently with intense commitment, nothing is going to manifest any time soon.

When people talk about the Law Of Attraction they make it seem very simple, but it isn’t. Or at least, the principles are simple but the execution of it is rather more complicated than you might imagine.

Manifestation: Imagine Your Relationship In Every Detail

I’ve already alluded to the need for intense desire to make manifestation work, but not only do you need intense desire (which is sustained over a long period of time), but you also need an absolute belief in the certainty of your being able to manifest whatever it is that you’re trying to attract into your life.

One of the reasons for this is that the process of manifestation depends on you putting sufficient emotional energy into it, to convince – and I use that word loosely – the universe that you’re sincere and your desires to have whatever it is you’re envisaging.

But whatever the exact nature of the mechanism, we know that a high level of energy on the part of the person’s visualizing is very necessary for it to manifest in their lives – and that includes you, just as does anybody else who wants to bring about a certain outcome.

Beyond desire and belief, you also need expectation – expectation is a quality which allows you to believe that these things can happen for you, and that they will happen for you. You may well have a belief that other people can be rich, for example, because there are plenty of examples of them around the world – and you could hardly deny their existence!

But could YOU be rich? Perhaps that’s a slightly more challenging thing to believe in?

So expectancy is the expectation that something is going to manifest for you, no matter what your background, no matter what your history, and no matter what your cultural circumstances.

This, I think, more than anything else is where a high level of evolved consciousness may be necessary to people who want to change their lives for the better.

What I mean by “evolved consciousness” is this: it’s quite obvious that people don’t have the same success as each other in manifestation – some manage to do it all the time, and some don’t manage to succeed at all.

Whether or not you succeed is probably a reflection of your commitment to the process, at least in part.

In addition it’s also a reflection of the amount of time and effort that you’re able to bring to the process of visualization or meditation which is the fourth adjunct to co-creation (another word for manifestation).

Visualization or meditation are processes which require you to enter a slightly altered state – one in which your brainwave frequencies slowly down into the Alpha frequency range of 7 to 14 cps.

For some reason that is not entirely clear, it appears that this brain frequency (and what we refer to by brain frequencies is the frequency of the electrical activity that pulsates through the brain) is somehow a facilitation device which enables you to connect to the universe at large. This connection seems to act as some kind of “carrier wave” that will carry your desires and intentions to the universe.

Now I need hardly say, I’m sure, that this is rather a challenging thing to do, because we’re all faced with a busy everyday life that keeps our brain highly active and maintains our inner brain frequency range far removed from the Alpha waveband.

So you will be required – and it’s an absolute requirement, for sure – to sit down and relax and meditate and to develop the habit pattern of doing this until you are adept at it. Without this frequency of brain patterns, you will not be able to visualize whatever it is you wish to bring into your life in a way that will make it happen.

And finally, you won’t be surprised, I’m sure, to hear that the very final step of manifestation is to take action of some kind that demonstrates to the universe that you’re committed to achieving your goal. Even so, manifestation is worthwhile, and the core factor is always to start with a definite goal in mind!

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 confused.com [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 gocompare.com, 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.