People have been co-creating their experience since we’ve been conscious, but we haven’t always been conscious creators. Fortunately, the more we learn about the process, the more likely we are to create what we want–consciously.
By this time, I’m assuming that most folks have at least heard about manifesting, The Law of Attraction, or co-creating–whether in casual conversation, through the movie or book, The Secret, or by way of some other printed or recorded source. We might even have seen that guru manifest a rose on late-night TV way back when. The very thought that we can influence how we experience our life is exciting, provocative, or even scary, depending upon our personal beliefs.
While there have been countless speakers and authors on the subject, none has given the whole story, and followers of particular methods have given up in frustration. “Tried it; it doesn’t work” is a common response to the mere mention of manifesting. The truth is, manifesting or co-creating is much more complex than presented by those jumping on the bandwagon with books or recordings including “The Law of Attraction” in the title.
Shakti Gawain, one of the most popular spokespersons about methods for using “mental energy and affirmations” to fulfill desires in her book, Creative Visualization (1978), later published a follow-up book, Creating True Prosperity (1997), wherein she addressed some of those complexities. Even so, she writes, “We usually receive exactly the amount of money we need to do the things that are truly right for us (p.44).”
In the Seth Workbook, Create Your Own Reality (1984), Nancy Ashley acknowledged the complexity of creating and included nine lessons addressing personal beliefs. Likewise, Sanaya Roman and Duane Parker included sections on beliefs, gratitude, and joy in their book, Creating Money (1988). Certainly, Esther Hicks who channels Abraham has made us aware of the importance of our feelings, our magnetic vibrations, in all her books, including Abraham Speaks (1986) Ask & It Is Given (2004), The Law of Attraction (2006), and The Vortex (2009).
And Lawrence Crane, sharing the work of his mentor, Lester Levinson, in The Abundance Course, takes the role of emotions a step further in his exercises on attachments and aversions as he teaches us how to release personal obstacles to manifesting our desires.
Some who have failed to manifest will resort to explanations from astrology–almost a “save-face” excuse for their inability to get what they wanted–by saying something like, “Money isn’t in my chart. I was foolish to think I could do something that isn’t in the stars for me. Some of us just weren’t meant to have money.” And then they might become practitioners of astrology-based rituals such as those found in Rochelle Gordon’s The Secret Powers of the Moon (1991) or “new moon wishes” as described in Jan Spiller’s New Moon Astrology (2001).
Or perhaps they go for spells like those listed in Barrie Dolnick’s book, Simple Spells for Success: Ancient practices for creating abundance and prosperity (1996). Or they become devotees of The Lords of the Seven Rays, ascended beings one can call on with prayer and incantations (words) while visualizing (mental imagery) as directed in a book by that title written by Mark Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet (1986) or their more current Creative Abundance (1998) or Manifesting, A Master’s Manual by Khit Harding (1988).
Even Napoleon Hill, the most noted of those earliest writers about manifesting, described in great detail the importance of all those complexities–including ritual and language, beliefs, gratitude, and emotion–in his book, The Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons (1926) which he reportedly wrote on commission for one of the many secret societies that allegedly include most of the American presidents and members of Congress!
With so many resources available to teach us about getting what we desire through co-creation or manifesting, then why isn’t everyone hugely successful? I believe it is a combination of factors, including resistance to accepting responsibility for one’s experience–all of it.
And why are so many interested in learning how to do this co-creating, especially now? I believe it’s related to the event we’re all going through now–whether or not we know about it–that concludes on October 28, 2011.
I also believe that the pursuit of co-creation isn’t only about the desire for money or relationships or success in business, but that it is an inherent desire to become the fullest expression of who we are: multidimensional beings. I further believe that each one of us can actualize that fullness through what I’m calling “conscious creation” which takes into account all the complexities previously mentioned–beliefs, words, mental images (visualization), repetitions (ritual), joy (emotion), personal responsibility–and more. How about you?
If you share these beliefs, if you share the desire to become all you can be, then please join me in this series, where we’ll explore the process, pitfalls, and personal development required to become co-creators so we can manifest our heart’s desires.
Till next time,
Please be kind to everyone you meet, for we all have our hidden sorrows. ~Tzaddi
FYI: This series was posted in 2011, the year I began this blog. If you read articles in my series called “The Irony of Life”, you know that I was able to manifest everything I wanted. But now I’m looking at three giant things to manifest so I thought it appropriate to review what I had learned about manifesting.