Manifesting: Where Your Attention Goes Your Energy Flows

There’s a lot of talk about manifesting. The DVDs The Secret and What the (Bleep) Do We Know tell us that we can manifest whatever we want in life: a successful career, financial security, happy and loving relationships... This is accomplished by focusing on what we want, investing our energy in it, and expecting it to show up.

Sound too easy? Surprise—it is easy. We do it all the time. The glitch is, most of the time we’re manifesting what we don’t want. Or at least what we say we don’t want.

As you head to work or school in the morning, what are you thinking?
“Today’s meeting will be totally unproductive, as usual.”
“The boss will be as demanding as ever.”
“I know the professor will have a killer pop quiz today.”
“My co-workers are totally obnoxious.”

And what do we think at the end of the day as we drive home?
“Another unproductive meeting.”
“Why does the boss have to be so demanding?”
“I knew that quiz would be a killer.”
“My co-workers are the most obnoxious people I’ve ever met.”

We asked for it and then we complained when we got it. We programmed our day by focusing on specific things, fueling that with emotion (fear, trepidation, anxiety), and expecting it to manifest. We know how the boss will behave. We know our co-workers will be obnoxious.

Big U (Universe) doesn’t decide, “He asked for this, put emotion into it and expects it, but it’s not what he really wants.” Well, we did ask for it, didn’t we? We did expect it. The Big U hears our expectations, feeds on the emotional fuel we’ve provided, and gives us what we expect. That can be a flat tire, a fight with a friend, a promotion, a passing grade...

What is it that makes the difference? The words, for one thing. Instead of thinking, “The professor will give a killer quiz”, think “I know this material. I’m prepared for any question the professor might ask.” Instead of “My boss is demanding”, think “My boss and I partner to make our company successful.”

We do the same thing in other areas of our lives—we use terms like War on Drugs, War on Crime, Global Warming. By repeating those terms over and over, we’re telling the Big U that’s what we want. We want to have a war on something, we expect global warming. We invest our energy, and we all know what happens with a bad investment. Look what our expectations and invested energy have done to the economy.

The solution? Examine your wording when you think of something. What do you ask for; what do you expect? Where do you invest your energy (your emotions)? Then consider if this is what you truly want, or if it’s what you dread. Do you really want to manifest an impossible boss, obnoxious co-workers, an unproductive business deal, a failing economy? Changing the outcome is as easy as changing your words, changing your imagery, changing the target of your emotions, and believing that you can manifest what you truly want.

The person recently downsized can think, “Oh my God, I’m unemployed!” Or she can think, “Here’s my opportunity to do some of the things I haven’t had time to do, and try something new. I can blog, I can network with friends...” Instead of thinking “I’m a failure”, she can think, “I’ve outgrown that job, which gives me the opportunity to succeed at my next challenge.”

Take a moment to look at your life—really look at it—and see what messages you’re sending to the Big U. You can take the path to success or the path to failure. Remember what Led Zeppelin said in Stairway to Heaven—

Yes, there are two paths you can go by
But in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on.

Which road do you want to take?
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