This is something I've been thinking about for a while. A pretty simple question, really.
If you know, or feel very strongly, that a physical manifestation of a request is going to happen in the near future, is it a good idea to make decisions in your life from a material/physical standpoint based on the assumption that the manifestation is definitely a fact--that it is definitely happening?
For instance, let's say that you've requested a paid-for vacation for a certain amount of time in an upcoming month. You then get an offer for a job or work at the same time that you are expecting your request will manifest. Do you turn down the job offer, whereas otherwise (if you were not expecting the request to happen), you would have taken it?
Another example. Let's say I have made a manifestation request to be living in a different country within six months. Then, a month later, you get an invitation to a friend's wedding which will occur after the six months. Do you turn them down, in expectation of your manifestation, whereas otherwise you would have gone?
Would this help or hinder the manifestation? Or does it even matter?
One pro I can think of to this approach is that it certainly is an act of faith, which would seem in line with this whole process.
One con I can think of, which might interfere with the manifestation, is that you are now doing things "in the physical" rather than just ignoring physical reality and letting the Universe handle everything.
Another possible con I can think of, is that you risk "letting the steam out" of the manifestation, or as McDonald would say in Message of a Master, you are letting the "wild bull" out of the stockade. Just like talking about a manifestation before it occurs, might you give the manifestation an outlet which "thwarts" it before it happens?
I am interested in any insights here. Although I would not try to do anything physical to "make way" for the manifestation (I'll leave that up to the Universe), yet sometimes I am confronted with situations like the above where I am given a choice about something which pertains to the same time frame as the manifestation. When I am confronted with a decision like that, it makes me consider the process from a practical standpoint.
EDIT 8/17/2012 6:30 PM
After thinking about Fairy Princess's answer, I am adding the following for clarification:
My dilemma is that there SEEMS (to me) to be two principles in conflict here. If I say "yes" to the wedding, then I am going with the principle of saying yes to whatever one enjoys, and feels inspired to do. However, by saying "yes", it seems like I might also be showing a lack of faith in the manifestation that I expect to occur by that time, in effect trusting in physical reality over vibrational reality.
I think the answer to the essence of your question has already been well presented here i.e. don't worry about it, just feel good, follow your inspirations and the universe is abundant and unlimited enough to automatically take care of the details - including any apparent scheduling conflicts.
Instead, I'd like to address your title question as a standalone concept...
Over the past couple of years, I've become quite enamored with an idea that I first heard from Eben Pagan, a former dating guru that some may recognize under another name.
I thought I would use this opportunity just to highlight it here in case others find it an interesting and valuable alternative approach to traditional action-taking (goal-setting) ideas.
The idea is that of Inevitability Thinking.
Here is Mr Pagan explaining the idea himself:
The basic idea is that rather than take action with the direct intent to bring about a particular goal or result in your life, you just take actions that make the goal or result inevitable.
It's a subtle, but important, vibrational shift in mental attitude.
It basically helps you honor your belief system as regards what actions you believe need to be taken towards helping a physical manifestation come about while still keeping yourself non-resistant to having those actions directly manifest that outcome.
With Inevitability Thinking, you are not trying to make something happen with action, you are taking actions that will allow what you want to just naturally occur by itself.
It's like a gardener planting a seed and letting it grow naturally. The gardener doesn't force the seed to grow, s/he just provides a suitable environment (watering/weeding the soil etc) for the natural process to unfold itself.
I don't have experience to share about manifesting on a time schedule - I haven't got that far, personally, but I am seeing something in your questions that you may want to reconsider.
It seems that you may be taking a limited view of the Universe's ability to deal with the details. It is the feeling you are manifesting, the essence of your desire, and the Universe has billions of ways to bring it to you, so why shouldn't you have it all? :)
If you want the job, why not take it and the vacation? If you want to go to the wedding, why not move out of the country and come back for a fun visit to attend the wedding?
The details of how this could occur are not your concern anyway, so why limit yourself? It's as easy to manifest a castle as it is a button. :)
answered 17 Aug '12, 21:40
Take inspired action. And don't limit the how, when, who, where. Be open to all possibilities. Say yes to the wedding, understanding that you may be out of the country by then, or you may meet the opportunity to live in another country at the wedding. If the job feels right to you, accept it with the understanding that you may be taking a vacation soon, and maybe the job will provide the opportunity to take this vacation.
So take inspired action being open to all possibilities and don't set limits on the who, where, how, and when. Enjoy whatever you decide to do and have faith that things will be great. Be excited for new opportunities while enjoying the present.
Edit: To address the title question: Does anybody prepare...? Sometimes. The other day, my friend was over and my son was being dexterous with his fingers, so she suggested he learn the guitar. I never asked him if he wanted to, it was late and he went to bed. Then next day I did't see him before I left to get my client.
I took my client to Goodwill, and there was a nice guitar case with a book all new looking. I thought about getting it, but we didn't have a guitar and I didn't know if my son was going to be interrested in playing one. So I didn't get the case.
On the way to take my client home, I saw a yard sale and felt a pull to stop. I took my client home first, and went back. There was a guitar in great condition with a flimsy case. I tried to call my son to ask him if he wanted it, but I couln't get in touch with him. So I offered the guy half the asking price since I didn't even know if my son would want it. He didn't even hesitate. So I bought it and brought it home. My son saw it in the living room and asked who's it was. I said it was his. He said, "Cool, I wanted one after Amina mentioned it." The next day he said he didn't like the case though. So we went to Goodwill and the nice case was gone. Had I taken the inspired action, he would have the case too. So I listened to one hunch and not the other. However, if I knew he was interrested in playing, I would have gotten the case in faith that the guitar would show up.
There are many examples in the Bible of this very thing. Moses in the desert telling his people to dig ditches! They were tired, hungry, thirsty, there wasn't a cloud to be seen in the sky and yet Mosses was telling them God said to dig ditches. God said though there be no clouds now we should dig and he will fill those with Manna and Water. They dug their ditches and the ditches were filled as God promised.
In the movie Facing The Giants there was a talk of two farmers. Both prayed for rain, one prepared his fields for the coming rain. The other waited to see if it would rain first before preparing. God answered the one that prepared his field because he had faith that the other farmer lacked.
When Jesus prayed he always thanked God before the event of the granted prayer as if it had already happened.
The preparing is the faith that this is coming now and "We had better be ready to receive it!"
Waiting to see if God answers our prayer has no faith at all, it is waiting for the event to happen, or (I'll believe it when I see it!) We are blessed when we believe after witnessing a blessing. But anyone can believe after they see results that is not creating but waiting to see what happens. But when we do not see results and prepare because we know we will have results, we are fully expecting results!
Then oh what great faith this is!
This sounds similar to an allowing process from the book law of attraction.When I read it I instantly liked it an applied it.Im sure it contributed to the manifestation.
Here is the process.
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