Manifestation and the law of attraction have attracted a great deal of interest in recent years due mainly to the publication of Rhonda Byrne’s book, The Secret, in 2006.
Although Rhonda presented concepts that have been known for generations – as epitomised in Norman Vincent Peale’s book Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude, Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich, and even Wallace Wattles’ book The Science of Getting Rich, she presented the information and facts in a way that suited modern tastes.
You see, one of the things about esoteric processes like the law of attraction manifestation is that people are put off by language which they do not understand and cannot relate to.
In seeking to find a popular presentation of the concepts behind the law of attraction, Rhonda Byrne did us all a great favor. She made manifestation easily understandable – if you want to know more about it, you can look at this website http://www.therealsecretsofsuccess.com – and introduced a whole generation of people who would not otherwise have heard of manifestation to the idea or reality creation.
But the question is always the same when it comes to matters like this: “Can I make it work for myself? Can I get what I want by visualizing with the power of my mind?”
And that of course is more problematic because one thing that one comes up time and time again wherever one looks on the subject of manifestation and law of attraction is reports of people’s failure to achieve anything. It seems few get what they want by means of techniques that have been presented to them as totally reliable and simple and straightforward.
Yet as anybody has tried manifestation will know, it’s not a simple process, and no matter what we might like to believe about creating reality with power of our minds, it takes both skill and practice, and probably also a good mentor and tutor before we are able to actually do anything of the kind.
You see, some people will say that the way to do it is to visualize what you want in great detail, indeed, in minute detail, while others will say that the way to get it is to simply picture the broad image of what you want in general terms, and then to surrender to the universe.
These are two very different approaches, and it’s extraordinary that the same aspect of human psychology (or, some would say, parapsychology) can be presented in such very different ways.
Is there actually any way of reconciling these different approaches?
Yes, the fact of the matter is that there are ways in which you can reconcile this difference.
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I’ve recently been see a presentation by Mike Dooley, one of the foremost authors of the current generation on the law of attraction manifestation.
He makes the point that most of us specifically ask for tiny details – for example if you’re trying to get a relationship you might specify the exact hair color and height and eye color of the person that you want to meet – but in doing this, we are restricting the universe’s ability to set in motion a course of events that will lead to our desired outcome.
On the other hand, if you ask for something that is general like a heartfelt relationship which is going to make your heart sing with joy, then what you’re asking for is something so general that the universe has ample opportunity to present this to you in many different ways, while at the same time being able to satisfy your needs.
You see the point about Mike Dooley’s approach to the manifestation dilemma is that really what you should be attaching to is an outcome “concept” like happiness, prosperity, abundance, a great relationship, job fulfilment and so on.
You are not attaching to any specific details which might restrict the ability of the universe to deliver what you want.
In the past, it’s notable that most people who spoke about manifestation have advised us to imagine everything in detail about your desired objective – exactly the process that Mike Dooley says will restrict the universe’s ability to give you what you want.
His approach is to say, “Well yes, details do have a role in the process of manifestation: their purpose is to in make your desired objective seem real and vivid, but at the same time you mustn’t attach to the details of what your visualization consists of.”
It’s a very sensible approach, and it’s one I don’t think I’ve really seen epitomized anywhere else – except possibly in the nearest approaches to it which are something like: visualize, ask for what you want, send it out into the universe, and let go of your desires.
This is obviously a similar approach in concept, although it’s not (in my experience) as refined or as detailed in its presentation as Mike Dooley’s explanation of how you can enjoy attracting your reality.
You see the entirety of creation is available to you, and it’s important that you appreciate how significant the process of manifestation actually is – it really is a way you can change your life.
One final thing I want to add before concluding this brief introduction to the subject of manifestation is this: years and years ago, I attended José Silva’s “Silva Mind Control” course which was basically about manifestation, although I don’t recall those words have been used.
It was presented as being about creating the life you want – which to me is manifestation.
In these processes we covered many aspects of the techniques that can be used to formulate a positive attitude of mind which could lead to you getting what you want, but one thing that really did receive emphasis was the necessity to be in what is known as the “alpha state”.
Very few people seem to be talking about this in relation to manifestation these days, but it is absolutely essential that when you’re trying to manifest something and you go into your visualization to explain to the universe – nay, demand of the universe – what you want, that you are in a relaxed state of mind which is predominantly measured by brain frequencies in the alpha band of between 10 and 14 cps.
So it’s interesting that people don’t talk about this, but relaxation absolutely is the first step in manifestation, and occurs before the visualization of your desired objective.