This is a guest post by Steve Rice at Karmic Kappuccino.
When I was first exposed to the Law of Attraction, I resisted it. Because of my conditioning in society, I did not want to believe that I had so much power; and therefore, so much responsibility. A little book that helped me to absorb the truth of the Law and to recognize its power in my life was James Allen’s As A Man Thinketh.
I would divide the 7 essays from Allen’s book and read one each day of the week. I did this for months, if not years, until the power of his words seeped into my soul.
How Does This Manifestation Thing Work?
Once I had accepted the Law of Attraction, I immediately set off on a new pursuit. Because you are reading Deliberate Receiving, I know that you and I share this pursuit. That is the pursuit to figure out manifestation. After watching the mega-hit, The Secret, I remember thinking, “Okay, I get it…and I agree with it, mostly. But I gotta figure this out for myself.”
I was wrestling with a major shift in paradigm. The Law of Attraction challenged the foundation of how I had lived my life to that point. I was sorta excited and at the same time, really kinda scared. I knew that if I started taking responsibility for my internal world (my focus, thoughts and emotions), everything would change.
I wasn’t disappointed. It did. But it has also been a challenge. As I have said, I know that you are engaged in the same pursuit due to the fact that you are reading Melody’s blog. You, too, want to “figure it out.” Right?
Well, let me scramble your eggs a little bit. You are going about this whole thing the wrong way!
How do I know? Because I was too! As soon as we recognize the truth of the Law of Attraction, we want to figure out how to make manifestation work for us, right?
This isn’t bad. Think about your basic physical science class in grade school. Do you remember learning about gravity? Do you remember learning Newton’s laws? You learned that by adjusting a fulcrum, you could leverage your energy and magnify your efforts with the use of levers and pulleys.
We do the same thing with the Law of Attraction. The problem is that we are trying to apply a spiritual / emotional law using analysis. The Law of Attraction is one of emotional energy. You can’t successfully make a task of it. In the same way, it would be futile to ride a roller coaster and say, “Okay, now I’m going to really use gravity even more to hold me to the ground.”
Honey, you got on the ride, there are other laws (propulsion and thermodynamics) which influence your experience on the ride. It is a good thing, too. Otherwise, you would peak at the pinnacle of the roller coaster and zoom to your death if there were no other laws at play.
What You Really Want To Know
We say we want to figure out how the LOA works, but what we really want to know is how can I learn to manipulate this system to get what I want?
Tell the truth. You want to figure out the “key” so that you can break the rules, right? We want to figure out a way to game the system. I want to figure out how to manifest what I want when I want it without really doing the work to properly align the energy that I am presenting to the world.
It won’t work. Believe me!
When we focus on manifestation, we have diverted our consciousness from the now to the fantasy of what we wish our lives were instead. You can’t jump into the future that way.
Remember this: There Is No Future, There Is Only NOW.
The future into which we would propel ourselves is a farce. It doesn’t exist and never will. The only thing that will exist is the present moment. So live this moment. I think Jesus said it best when he said, “Don’t focus on tomorrow. It will take care of itself.” (my paraphrase)
Great…What The Hell Do I Do Now?
Okay…I know you may be a little P.O.’d at me right now. I’ve just told you to let go of the LOA and quit trying to “use” it.
So now what?
Here’s my advice. Manifestation in regards to the Law of Attraction is not a task to “do”. It is not a chore you assign or a goal you set to accomplish. Manifestation is a reflection. What has appeared in your life (actually, your perception of it) is a direct reflection of your internal world.
It is a law. You can argue with me. You can explain every reason why the law doesn’t apply to you. Truth is, it doesn’t matter if you believe it wholeheartedly or just a little bit. A law is a law.
So…knowing this, if you want to produce something differently in your life, you have to be someone different.
No, that’s not really correct. You have to remember who you already are and the power you already have. There is no separation. The only disconnect is in your belief that there is one. Time is a construct and is quite literally, relative. Professor Einstein showed us this. The distance of time you resist in the process of manifestation only exists because you hold it as a belief.
A Course in Miracles teaches us that infinite patience produces immediate results. Meditate on this truth and see what happens for you.
Just remember…you are the divine spark. There is not separation of you from the Creative Source (whatever you name it). Instead of becoming frustrated at what you are (or are not) manifesting, and thereby creating more of that which you are frustrated by, focus on remembering the truth.
In the movie The Matrix, our hero, Neo goes to visit an oracle who will tell him if he is the chosen one. While waiting to be received, he talks with a young boy who is bending spoons with his mind. The boy says something to him that I have remembered all these years. It is one of the best lessons I think any of us can ever learn.
“Don’t try to bend the spoon,” he tells Neo. “That’s impossible! Instead, focus on the truth.”
“What truth?” Neo asks.
“There is no spoon.”
Remember the truth of your physical world. It is all a playground for your soul. Your physical experience is an expression of the joy of your spirit. So when you get caught up and frustrated trying to “bend the spoon” (by fighting the now and trying to manipulate manifestation), remember that none of it exists, really.
Your emotions are real. Your thoughts are real. The rest is just a reflection.
Steve Rice is a speaker and renegade who lives on the edge and tells stories that make a difference for those ready to take a leap. You can learn more about Steve and the shift he describes in his debut book, An Imperceptible Spark: Finding the Courage to Live a Life of Joy at his blog at Karmic Kappuccino.