There are teachings out there that tell you that if you close your eyes, think of a Ferrari and then open your eyes, it will be there.
Technically, this is along the right lines. But manifestation is not wishful thinking. And although working with the Law of Attraction is simple in theory it is not always easy in practice.
Discipline, work and effort seem to be banned words in certain sections of the get-rich-quick ‘create your own reality’ community.
Movies like The Secret are wonderful introductions to the Law of Attraction, but they are just baby steps and the absolute tip of the iceberg. Simply knowing about the Law of Attraction and thinking ‘what a nice idea’ will do nothing to change your world.
Creation is not as ‘fast food’ as taking two quick steps to a sportscar or a soulmate or a multi-million pound bank account. Instead, it is more like a hundred consistent steps to get to our destination and requires a real shift in mindset. It doesn’t have to be a long, laborious journey- but getting on-track does require effort. (And, I have to add here, life is not about manifestation anyway. It is about the joy-filled journey to the manifestation.)
The thing that unites champion athletes or A-list movie stars or anyone at the top of their game is disciplined focus. They have all practiced their minds into believing they are the best at their craft; they have ‘done the mental work’ required to create their own reality.
It took me a long time to realise that to ‘let go and let God’ was not about sitting back and doing nothing. If many of us were to just sit back and do nothing we’d go back to our own (often negative) thought habits rather than flow to all that we want. It takes effort to let go of those oars and flow with the stream of life; it takes, as Abraham says, a consistent reaching for a thought that feels better.
Further ideas can be found in my first book, The Power of Feeling Good, which offers powerful ideas to help you move from theory to daily practice. And thanks to Caroline Myss for inspiring the title of this week’s blog!