What the heck is manifesting?

I’m not entirely sure what the point of this post is going to be. I think it may turn out to be some rambling and probably some points that don’t make sense together. I think I mostly just need a place to put my thoughts about this down, and maybe I’ll be lucky enough for someone to see it and spark a conversation with me.

As I’ve been learning more about mindfulness practice and exploring what exactly my spirituality is/isn’t, one thing I come across from time to time is manifesting/co-creating. It’s actually been something sort of annoying to learn about. When I stumble on it in a podcast or a blog post, it doesn’t seem to be spoken about in depth. Then, when I turn to Google, I’m almost immediately turned off by an advertisement telling me to buy some sort of book or kit to help give me the life I want and deserve. More than a few times, my efforts to learn more have been stopped by the marketing. One of the reasons I started on this path was my dissatisfaction with the life I was leading, which included blind consumption. Buying a infomercial-y feeling kit definitely didn’t feel like a step in the right direction.

I had sort of given up on learning any more about it, until I stumbled on this post¬†which states, “If we focus on what we lack, we will attract that.” That statement was pretty powerful for me to hear. Part of my journey is dealing with my tendencies to be pessimistic or cynical. Is it possible that these types of negative thinking, or thinking about things I don’t want to happen, has actually led to the manifestation of these things?

I focused for many years on money and thought a lot about not having enough of it. I also spend a lot of time in fear that I’m actually facing abandonment or rejection from those I care about. When these uglier realities have actually happened, did I really do that to myself? Why would any one will negative things to happen to them? Surely, all of this must be kind of hocus-pocusy, right?

The Law of Attraction suggests that focusing on positive or negative thoughts brings positive or negative experiences. Based on the idea that thoughts are made from energy, this suggests that like energy attracts like energy. So, the outcomes in life are directly tied to what one predominantly thinks about.

This is a concept that I’m going to begin working into my daily mindfulness routine. Perhaps it makes the most sense for it to happen at the beginning of my day. I did get three phone calls today about interviews; as part of my nightly journaling practice I’ve made it a habit to write down a short list of things that I want to make happen. Could it be that I’ve been practicing a form of co-creating/manifesting? I’ll have to focus more energy on this and see where it takes me.

I’m going to end things here with this quote.

“The law of attraction works universally on every plane of action, and we attract whatever we desire or expect. If we desire one thing and expect another, we become like houses divided against themselves, which are quickly brought to desolation. Determine resolutely to expect only what you desire, then you will attract only what you wish for.” Ralph Trine