Why do certain people seem to have more success than others in applying "manifesting techniques"? "Manifesting techniques" here refer to a broad range of activities like meditation, focus blocks, visualization, etc. (Thats why the words manifesting techniques are in quotes)
Is it because the people who do not have much success are not applying these techniques correctly? Or is it because of something else that lies even deeper?
Since you are using the word "manifesting" then I'm assuming that you mean utilizing those techniques (whatever they are) in the pursuit of manifesting something physically rather than just for mastering those techniques in themselves.
From my observations of people who are having trouble with these ideas, I notice four major stumbling blocks again and again.
Getting stuck in 'Mind'
All techniques are basically focusing frameworks. They provide a mental structure onto which you project your mental focus. The framework provides guidance for what you should focus on.
The problem here is that because these are mental structures (effectively just mental games we are playing with ourselves), some people mistakenly think that the entire manifesting process is a mental one.
But really it's a emotional process that is guided by that mental (Mind-based) framework.
Without the emotional guidance, one's focus just gets trapped in playing with the minutiae of the rules of the mental structure instead of concentrating on effectively channeling the flow of spiritual/creative energy that the emotional element indicates.
Lack of emotional sensitivity
Following on from the above, if emotional guidance is lacking then it doesn't matter how much you play with the mental framework, you just don't know how you are flowing that creative energy that leads to physical manifestations.
Modern society, generally, condemns emotions, especially negative ones.
We are so often taught from an early age to put physical action first (above emotion), to "push through" our emotional difficulties, to suppress them and ignore them.
It's no surprise then that so many people have actually shut down their emotional guidance systems - often through the use of drink and drugs - in order to conform.
They've been trained to turn off the only thing in their lives they can truly trust and instead put their guidance into "external" systems such as mainstream religion, government, educational systems etc.
Further information: How can I reconnect with my emotions?
Unwillingness to put 'feeling good' first
Following on from the above, even if you have your emotional guidance system tuned-up, you still need to acknowledge the guidance it gives you.
The simple rule of life is Good Feels Good.
If you don't put this rule first in your life, you're lost...you've got a map but you are just not using it :)
Babies and young children, who have "freshly emerged" from Source, intuitively understand this. Try and make them do things that don't make them feel good and you've got a battle on your hands :)
It takes years of societal programming to make them conform to ideas that other criteria are more important, such as keeping your room tidy, passing exams, or pleasing your boss at work :)
Further information: Why is negativity/lower consciousness so addicting and prevalent?
'Feeling good first' also means being willing to put 'feeling good' first even if there is no sign of you physically getting what you want. You have to not care even if you see no evidence that what you want is coming.
Further information: Why is my manifestation taking so long?
Lack of consistency
Even if you have all the above in place, if you don't apply your chosen technique consistently, you might as well not bother.
I've remarked many times how people are willing to acknowledge that it takes years of practice to play a musical instrument (such as piano, guitar) at a reasonable level and yet many people will only try a "manifesting technique" once or twice before proclaiming that it doesn't work.
Consistent practice creates empowering habits. Empowering habits lead to effortless results.
So while, at the start, there is effort involved in setting up those habits, the habits then take over and the consistency comes automatically.
I notice many people have trouble even getting started and I think it's because they have their senses so entrenched and seduced by the realness of their physical reality that they find it almost impossible to take any steps to move out of it.
Often, it seems to take a life crisis of some kind to provide the impetus to actually get started to creating those empowering habits that lead to consistency.
I have pretty good success with manifesting my wants and needs. I can't speak for others, at all, and don't know why they have success or don't since we are all different, and what works for one, doesn't always work for another. Furthermore, what is a good measure of success for one, is not for another. I guess my point is, to relax and not judge the achievements of others, nor weigh them against our own. I never think about the manifesting skills of others! For this reason, I have success. I also never worry about time frames; I allow the universe to work all of that out. In this way, what I want and need all comes to me in good time. I trust it will and it always does.
answered 01 Dec '12, 10:56
We have a thinking mind, a feeling mind and an observing mind.
Our subconscious mind speaks to our conscious mind through emotions and feelings and sensations. If our conscious mind is paying attention, it can use this information, like playing the game of Hot and Cold. When these two minds agree, we get beliefs. The thoughts from our conscious mind agrees with the emotions from the subconscious mind and solidify as beliefs. We create our reality with our beliefs.
All around us is potentiality. It is when we observe something that colapses the wave function and selects which version you experience, that becomes your reality. When the two minds agree, and a belief is observed by the observing mind, that is your conscious awareness, the whole that contains the two parts, it crystalizes into reality when the wave function is colapsed.
So, to deliberately manifest, it requires belief, agreement of the thoughts and emotions, and observing yourself express that belief. Change your thoughts to match your emotions, or change your emotions to match your thoughts, or both and observe.
Some really good answers here Kakaboo.
I recently came across an answer from Stingray to a question http://www.inwardquest.com/questions/5901/manifesting-experiment-2-the-focus-blocks-method-manifest-what-you-want-by-deliberately-feeling-better-about-it. Stingray highlighted the need to tackle the small issues with the aim of keeping your vibration high across the board.
I think where some people trip up is that they try to get into the vortex on their big issues so whilst they are consistent and diligent it is hard work. They then never get around to tackling the background noise issues that lower their vibration during the day. I now carry a notebook with me and note down any minor issue during the day ready to add to the list. I'm now working on 40+ focus blocks (3 or 4 a day on a random basis) whereas I used to work hard on three or four issues I had a lot of resistance around.
This is just a part of the puzzle but I was so impressed with Stingray's answer that I thought it worth flagging up here.
answered 04 Dec '12, 16:40
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