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.

asked 17 Aug '12, 10:18

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All you do, is do the thing that is the most fun thing to do, at every given moment. Following your highest joy is a complete bundle- it organises all the intimate details for you awesome, dream life as you tune into it. Sigh Yes, it is way too simple but sadly the truth :D

(17 Aug '12, 11:11) Nikulas

@Nikulas, thanks! I'm definitely trying to enjoy everything and have as much fun as possible.

(17 Aug '12, 18:36) lozenge123

sorry, this is a bit late - just happened upon the question.

I had to cancel some dental appointments due to the money I had manifested not having shown up in my bank account yet.

The kicker being that dental things are usually best solved as early as possible because they can become increasingly problematical and expensive.

(18 Aug '15, 06:55) smellingtheroses
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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...

Does anyone prepare "materially" for a manifestation that you know is going to happen?

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.


answered 18 Aug '12, 15:15

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@Stingray - I like this. Instead of searching out and working on clearing obsticals to manifestation, its creating a clear path for them. Same thing, different vibration - and it feels easier.

(18 Aug '12, 17:00) Grace

Oh wow. I haven't looked at any of Eben Pagan's stuff for a while. I just want to thank you for bringing that to my attention Stingray. I'm currently feeling a bit "disorientated" just from those few thoughts. Thanks. :)

(20 Aug '12, 04:46) Liam

@Stingray - Thank so much for this. I haven't been able to load the videos yet (my internet connection at home has been acting a bit wonky the last 24 hrs), but I am eager to do so and learn more about Inevitability Thinking. In fact just the name of this approach gets me excited. Thank you once again for taking the time to give your feedback and advice. Thus far I have found it all invaluable!

(20 Aug '12, 13:22) lozenge123

You're welcome all. My little twist on Inevitability Thinking (or, at least, I haven't seen Mr Pagan mention it) is instead of asking what "actions" you should take to make success inevitable, ask what "habits" you must have as a person to make success inevitable. When one creates a habit, it feels effortless so this is an alternative approach to getting what you want effortlessly :) ...the habit provides the effortless action, the Inevitability Thinking provides the inevitable result :)

(20 Aug '12, 15:46) Stingray

@Stingray - Thanks for the info...I like the "habits" approach better than the "action" approach as well. I'm going to use it. Thank you again.

(22 Aug '12, 14:17) lozenge123

@Stingray Thanks for explaining "Inevitability Thinking". This kind of thinking brought me my best deliberate manifestations in the past before I knew anything about the LOA. " Btw Mr. Pagan has a course called "wake up productive". It's all about habit creation and I find it extremely valuable. IMO he integrates many ideas of Abraham, Bashar and Mark Forster into his programs. I'm quite sure that he knows all those channeled information. He once recommended watching "the secret" with Abraham.

(30 Jan '13, 23:03) releaser99

@releaser99 - Yes, I worked through Wake Up Productive when it was first released and found it quite insightful regarding setting up of habits and morning routines...very Kaizen-like. I think Mr Pagan is a bit constrained by his audience's expectations of him. If he was suddenly to launch in flow-blown "woo-woo" Law-of-Attraction-works proclamations then most of his current audience would probably go elsewhere :) So he does seem to tone it down a bit and dress it all up with "science" :)

(07 Feb '13, 08:01) Stingray

@Stingray This is exactly what i was thinking :). Given that he is a professional marketer, he knows how to sell spiritual ideas to a scientific audience. And btw "woo-woo-marketing" and therefore dressing like a hawaiian shaman is Joe Vitale's job :).

(07 Feb '13, 09:23) releaser99
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Hi @lozenge123,

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

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@Grace - Agreed. It's only from our limited, physical perspectives that we believe it must be "this or that" instead of "this and that"

(18 Aug '12, 04:09) Stingray

@Grace - Thank you for the suggestions...beautifully put! And well-said...the Universe can give me everything. Sounds like I should never worry about these things and ONLY choose whatever seems like the most enjoyable and inspiring path to take from moment to moment. Thanks again.

(20 Aug '12, 13:18) lozenge123

@lozenge123, you're welcome. It almost seems too good to be true, doesn't it? Too easy, too much fun. :) But for me, when you really break it down, the logic holds up. It works.

(21 Aug '12, 02:27) Grace
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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.


answered 17 Aug '12, 14:00

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edited 20 Aug '12, 18:52

@Fairy Princess, thanks very much for your response...wise words. 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 you might also be showing a lack of faith in the manifestation that is supposed to occur, by in effect trusting in physical reality over vibrational reality.

(17 Aug '12, 18:29) lozenge123

You can travel back for the wedding if that's the case. However, if you don't set time limits, you might find a pleasant surprise.

(17 Aug '12, 21:10) Fairy Princess

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!


answered 17 Aug '12, 15:34

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edited 20 Aug '12, 18:04


@Wade Casaldi, thanks for the insights, and agreed! Faith and expectation go hand in hand.

(17 Aug '12, 18:34) lozenge123

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.


A void or a vacuum is always waiting to be filled. As an example, lets say your looking for more clients.By making a space in your filing cabinet for new clients, even by labelling some empty file folders with the words "Next new client," it does two things-it sets the intention that you want to attract new clients and it also creates a void to be filled. Saying "Im waiting for new clients," or "I have only a few clients," can be rephrased as "I have room and space for new clientele". Do you hear how optimistic that sounds? Does it feel better?

Some voids can be created intentionally. For example, go to your daytimer and enter this on your calender, "New client here," or "New appointment goes here," or "Sales happen here".Now you have created the void and intention to attract those things. When you look at your calender you will be reminded of your intention of what you want to attract in those time slots, thus giving it more attention, energy and focus.

The other kind of void is unintentional. Its when a client cancels. When a client cancels, most people will complain or worry about too much time focusing on the cancellation and giving it negative attention.You can change the vibration by saying "I have just created a void to attract a new client or " I've just created some more room for another project in my business." Now thats Allowing.


answered 19 Aug '12, 11:18

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edited 20 Aug '12, 04:09

@Satori, this is cool and so easy! It also has a very playful vibe (to me), and I seriously lack that sometimes. Thanks for sharing!

(19 Aug '12, 16:35) Grace

@Grace-Thanks Grace,its the only way these processes will work.Maybe something you could use?:)

(20 Aug '12, 04:08) Satori

@Satori, it is. It's another layer to how I want to live. I live in expectation of something wonderful happening to me at any moment. Really. Any face, whenever I hear my name, or even when a stranger addresses me, I look at the face and wait for it - this could be great, or at least a little drop of beautiful... Even the posts here, especially the ones that begin with Dear Grace, :). But really all of them; you never know when the Universe is going to rock your little world....

(20 Aug '12, 08:58) Grace

....I've also learned to pay close attenton to the posts on subjects that seem unrelated to me, if I feel a pull toward them. The Universe can be sneaky, and I'm convinced there is a divine sense of humor behind so much that I learn. Oh I am ready! :)

(20 Aug '12, 09:01) Grace

@Satori, thanks, this seems like a great approach. I'll give some thought to how I can make some more room in my life and schedule for "allowing." All the best!

(20 Aug '12, 13:23) lozenge123
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