We’ve all heard the term “MANIFEST.” Especially in spiritual circles. So much so, that sometimes you might want to roll your eyes if someone tells you they are “manifesting” something…
I think that’s because when we hear the term, we can think of it as passive “hoping” and wishing.” And, let’s be honest, that doesn’t feel true. We all know there’s more to creating what you want than that.
I see “manifesting” as a very active term. It’s a verb. As artists, that’s exactly what we are doing when we create something out of nothing. We see/feel/hear something in our imagination, and we bring it into the world.
Something internally clicked for me about the word “Manifest” when I started reading Neville Goddard. Neville was a new thought leader and mystic, who started in the theater (and worked with the Schuberts!), and then became a great lecturer and author. His books include “The Power of Awareness” and “Your Faith is Your Fortune.”
One of his quotes that I love says: “Health, wealth, beauty, and genius are not created; they are only manifested by the arrangement of your mind – that is, by your concept of yourself…Your reactions reveal where you live psychologically; and where you live psychologically, determines how you live here in the outer visible world.” – THE POWER OF AWARENESS, Neville
He was a bad ass. He knew about doing the work on “the inner,” and talked about how “the outer” became a reflection of those inner beliefs.
“Change your conception of yourself and you will automatically change the world in which you live. Do not try to change people; they are only messengers telling you who you are. Revalue yourself and they will confirm the change.” ― YOUR FAITH IS YOUR FORTUNE, Neville
What I love about this is that it gives us the responsibility (and opportunity!) to change our concepts about ourselves. It makes me look at what ideas I’m carrying around in my head, and how those thoughts might be asking for attention. They point out places where I need to examine my belief systems.
So, in these Feminine and Masculine aspects of “Manifest,” we are going to look at how we become active participants in creating our work and our lives.
The Feminine Principle behind Step 6:
We are all connected. And since this world is energy, we are always connected to everything we need on the energetic level.
I like to think of it this way: I couldn’t have a desire for something if it didn’t exist in the world and actually want me too. It’s supply and demand.
So, I have this meditation exercise I do, and I call it “PULLING IN.” I sit in silence and I imagine that I have these alive energy strings that are emanating from my body…they stretch outward – and reach infinite lengths – connecting to the thing that I wish to manifest. Then, I imagine my body as this magnet, totally turned on and pulling to me the thing that I desire. I actually see it, in my mind’s eye coming toward me.
There’s a few things I love about what this exercise creates in me: 1) It raises my expectancy level. Instead of going through life feeling disconnected to something, I actually feel very connected to it, and I now I’m looking for it to come my way. It helps me experience the world with new eyes. 2) It also raises my energy. Because now I sense it coming to me, I start to get excited! My vibration gets higher, and I walk through the world with an inner knowing, feeling completely charged. 3) It makes me ready for the unexpected in life. I never know what channel something might come to me through, and so it opens me up. I become more receptive to the different ways life is communicating.
“We can have anything that we can accept mentally: but if we cannot accept it mentally, we cannot get it – no matter what we do.” – Catherine Ponder
The Masculine Principle behind Step 2:
BECOMING AN EXPERT
Become the Michael Jordan of what you do! In this part of manifesting, you don’t wait for what you want to come to you – you go out and become the thing you want. Take joy in developing excellence at what you do. Become a master.
“A staff is given only to he who already holds one.’ — Zen riddle
There is magic contained in the dedication to the mastery of our craft. When we become masters of something, we breakthrough boundaries and limitations and enter into a realm where anything is possible.
If you are called to be a street sweeper, sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” — Martin Luther King
When we show up to our life with devotion and presence, it puts us in touch with our personal power. When we do our work with an eye for excellence — not to get anywhere — but because we see it as a gift, it can’t help but be attractive. We take our eye off what we want to get, and focus on what we are here to give, and our lives starts to glow with the powerful authenticity of our being.
Steven Pressfield has an incredible book called “Turning Pro.” It is ass-kicking in the best possible way. There’s so much gold, it’s hard to just pull one quote, so I’ll pull two:
“Our intention as artists is to get better, to go deeper, to work closer and closer to the bone.” — TURNING PRO, Steven Pressfield
“When we raise our game aesthetically, we elevate it morally and spiritually as well.” — TURNING PRO, Steven Pressfield
I think when we create, we are trying to get to a place inside of ourselves that is the most true. And only we are in control of that. When we touch that place in us, and bring it into the world, we are touching what is sacred. We are actually making the divine manifest.
So, try holding one in each hand — PULLING IN and BECOMING — at the same time. See what happens when you experiment with feeling of what you want coming towards you, as you actually work on becoming that thing itself.
And let me know what happens!