It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses. – George Eliot
The first time I read the spiritual classic – “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda, I was amazed by all the manifestations accomplished by enlightened beings in the book including Yogananda. During the great teacher Yogananda’s life, he learned from many miraculous people how to manifest the essential reality of his life. “ …You realize that all along there was something tremendous within you, and you did not know it”. Paramahansa Yogananda
After reading Yogananda’s book and many other mystical texts over the years, was consistently resonated with me was how much of our reality, consciously or otherwise, is shaped by our attempts to manifest our inner worlds. Lately, all of us are experiencing levels of uncertainty and anxiety about the future. In the time between Spring 2020 and Spring 2021, a decade of change will happen. Around the world, millions are seeking positive ways to see through the shadows ahead. Act now to begin to manifest a more positive reality.
When researching the concepts around manifesting, there are many references to the Law of Attraction (LOA). LOA – believing positive or negative thoughts brings positive or negative experiences into a person’s life. Although increasingly popular these days, the Law of Attraction comes from the 19th Century “New Thought” spiritual movement. Some of the ideas incorporated into LOA thinking include the more familiar self-help mainstays of visualization and affirmations. Focusing your attention on more positive ways of thinking will increase the positivity, and so your reality will become more gratifying. Conversely, focusing less negatively weakens the detrimental impacts of negativity. According to Deepak Chopra “Whatever you put your attention on will grow stronger in your life. Whatever you take your attention away from will wither, disintegrate and disappear.” Manifest the positive.
There are no shortcuts or one-size-fits-all programs with a 100% guarantee of success when it comes to manifesting positiveness. But the good news is you already have the power within you – we all do. You just need to find your ways to refocus your energy less towards tangible desires and more towards the intangible truths. For instance, Buddhists believe craving pleasure and material possessions leads to suffering, because those wants can never be fully satisfied. Seeking such things will keep you forever anchored to the suffering of endless wanting. There will never be enough. Goals centered around self-actualization have far greater benefits. Manifest the idea of wanting less.
Sadly, so much energy is spent every day on desiring specific possessions and sensual experiences. Every day millions of people focus on such things as: newest iPhone, a luxury SUV… Billions of times a week, around the world, people say I want____ rather than I need _____. You need food, you don’t need gourmet foods. Limit your wants in order to obtain your true needs. Manifest what you need not what you want.
It is not possible, by the sheer force of will, for the average person to effortlessly manifest a material object they desire. Without some mental and spiritual effort, no amount of intense wishing will make your dream object appear in front of you. No amount of just sitting around thinking positively will change anything if the thoughts are nit directed towards actions. And focusing the mind on being rich instead of having what you need, will only lead to frustration, dissatisfaction and desperation. Understanding the answer to the question, “what do you truly desire?” will aid you in your efforts to manifest what is real. Reducing desires is one of the first steps towards becoming more enlightened. A myriad of desires are abandoned by the side of the road as one journeys along the path to understanding essential reality. Manifest positivity.
For Americans, the holiday strangest holiday season in living memory is upon us. With devastated economies around the world, so much death and suffering, let’s put our hearts together globally and manifest a better future.
I discuss many of these ideas in my writing:
Unboxing Your Soul: Spiritual Self-Help
Positive Light: Novel
Shine a Splendid Light: Poetry