Q & A: Law of Attraction & ManifestationDecember 7th, 2007 by John Wolfe
Question: I see you writing a lot about the law of attraction and how each one of us is responsible for creating our own reality. I’m interested in knowing how these principles have worked for you in your life? I’m not being sarcastic with this question. It’s just that I enjoy hearing uplifting stories about how others have been able to use these ideas for manifesting the changes they desire.
Answer: I believe we are all responsible for every outcome that presents itself within our lives. With that being said, I can honestly say a large portion of my life was spent creating things that weren’t bringing me a lot of joy, because I wasn’t a very happy person.
As I look back on these past experiences I can see the direct correlation between my mindset (along with my predominant emotional states) and the results, which consistently kept replicating in my life. I know you were referring to more desirable manifestations in your question; however I mention my past undesirable ones because they’ve helped me to realize my thoughts and feelings have always influenced my reality.
It’s very empowering for me to look back and say, “Hey, if I had the ability to create in that manner, just think of what I can do when I intentionally direct my thoughts and feelings.”
To provide an answer to your question about how my life has beneficially changed by applying these principles- I would have to say that by far the most amazing change has been an internal one. While I still have many old disempowering habits within my thought processes, I now find myself primarily working actively with my emotions.
I also intentionally look for moments of stillness throughout each day. These are brief instances, where I tap into a feeling of releasing my thoughts (as much as possible) and only observing and feeling oneness with all things. I’ll take a few minutes in the morning or evening to do this, observing aspects of nature or the night sky and really feeling the vastness of it all; yet simultaneously being aware that it all springs forth from a connection within.
I set aside time to feel intense feelings of appreciation for the gifts in my life (including those I feel that are on their way). I also work on going within to explore ways I can be of service or benefit to others- in many ways, but specifically through this site. And speaking of this site…
The entire creation of Wind of the Soul, along with my Halloween website, came about through so many interesting synchronicities. They’ve both definitely been two of the most thrilling recent physical manifestations in my life.
There were so many things about these two projects that seemed to line up perfectly, from coming across the right people at the right time, to things that fell into place, which I wasn’t even trying to accomplish, and more. Of course, there’s been a lot of work that’s gone into building both sites, but it’s been so much fun and is so fulfilling. They’ve provided me with a level of happiness and satisfaction that I’ve yet to feel during anything else I’ve been involved with.
Question: What’s more important for seeing results manifest in our lives, determination and perseverance or relaxing and expecting things to happen? I’ve yet to actually see proof that anything fully manifests without exerting a lot of physical effort.
Answer: You may be interested in the post I recently wrote entitled: Manifesting Desirable Results Through Balance. It addresses these same types of questions.
I understand where you’re coming from about exerting a lot of physical effort. I used to believe that the only way to get anywhere was to practically kill myself. I’ve approached jobs in the past in this manner. I’ve also been very much into physical fitness and bodybuilding and used to approach exercise with this same mindset.
I abused my body for years trying to make things happen (both in the gym and at work), yet the payoffs were never worth the effort I exerted. Yes, I earned my wages and yes, I gained muscle, but in terms of fulfillment I was empty. There was a missing part in my equation, which prevented my extreme investment of labor from yielding any abundant gains.
That missing part consisted of exuberance, fire and passion for what I was doing. And even though I enjoyed lifting weights, I was burnt out (and emotionally out of touch) in so many other areas that any amount of physical action was not translating well.
I believe when we are on fire and emotionally squared up with the actions we are taking, then the results flow naturally to us. Not to mention that our actions don’t really feel all that determined any longer; they feel much more effortless. Being determined and persevering only feel like a necessity when we are solely relying on our physical actions and specifically when taking actions we are not enjoying.
Does manifestation require some physical effort? *Absolutely; however that effort seems miniscule when we are pointing it toward something which ignites our passion [*I do believe there are people with the ability to manifest objects “from thin air” with almost zero effort, however the majority of humankind has not adopted an unwavering belief in those abilities yet].
Do the people our society deems successful work fewer hours than those that are deemed unsuccessful? No, usually not. Yet, the difference in the rewards reaped is usually astronomical, in terms of fulfillment as well as material gain. But, I can almost guarantee the ones deemed unsuccessful (I’m only using these labels to illustrate my point, not to judge) are exerting their effort on things, which do not ignite their passion. They are going through the motions of physical labor, yet they are not on fire; performing the type of work or activities they enjoy.
As we continue to approach life in this manner and we associate with others that do the same, we start to believe it takes large amounts of determination to “succeed.” The ones who feel they are the most determined, to force something to happen, hardly ever end up acquiring the status of being successful (by society’s standards). Especially, when they neglect the most important aspect of taking action- the way it makes them feel prior to and during its unfolding.
An aside to all of this: we have to remember our emotions are all about where we are in terms of feeling our power. If determination feels more empowering for someone, then that’s great, however it’s not an ideal emotion to hang around in forever. Once we begin pursuing those actions which positively stoke our emotional furnace, then a relaxed expectation of manifestation will become our predominant way of feeling.
And that does it for this question and answer installment. I really appreciate the interesting questions I’ve been receiving. If you have any metaphysical, self help or spiritual development questions you would like to see addressed, feel free to contact me. As always, your name will be kept private unless you request otherwise.
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