Someone asked me on Quora: "Where do you put your attention when you manifest? I believe in manifesting, and I have manifested, but I don't know what I'm doing. "
I was about to give a simple answer, but then felt compelled to go deeper. So here it goes.
If you really want to “know what you’re doing,” you need to come from a higher level of knowledge and insight.
There are several levels to manifestation.
At that stage, manifestation becomes effortless. At the same time, desires mostly vanish because you realize that everything is exactly the way it's supposed to be. This stage is hard to reach, though, and even harder to maintain unless you’re a hermit monk or something.
If you have a day job, a mortgage, a wife/husband and the statistical two and a half kids, it’s way too easy to get bogged down by after-school activities, paying the bills, and staying on top of your workload.
Don’t feel bad; we’re all in the same boat here… just do your best and keep working on it.
Here are some tips how to raise your level of awareness when manifesting:
For example, I’m a firm believer in putting the Creator back in the creation. I’ve met powerful Native American medicine men, and they all said, “I’m not the one who’s doing the healing, the Great Spirit is.”
So I feel we should also give Spirit/God give credit for our manifestations. That includes gratitude (for blessings provided and for blessings to be provided) and the humility to recognize that we’re not all-powerful and that we don’t always know what’s best for us.
You want to cultivate this attitude of “I’m aligning my will with God’s will/the Divine Plan, and so I create in harmony with the Creator.”
Then add to this the attitude that separation is an illusion and that oneness is the reality. If you have a hard time believing that, there are some great videos out there that you can watch. I recently found two TED Talks about how the brain/mind is actually creating our “reality” and that the objects you believeyou see around you are not at all what you think they are.
Here’s my favorite one by cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman: Do we see reality as it is?
If you visit the link above, you’ll see more of this sort in the sidebar. Super-interesting stuff.
Now, with your new-found attitude that you are working in alignment with the Creator and that everything is one and not separate at all, you go and visualize.
Visualize the outcome, not the way to get there. Leave that up to the Creator; He/She/It will take care of it. Make your visualization so vivid—including deep emotion and all five senses—that it feels completely real to you.
Feel such deep gratitude for having your desire come true that you could (and maybe will) cry as you are visualizing.
Repeat at least once a day for a set time frame. I like to do it for 21 days because that happens to be the time that affirmations take to become fully embedded in the subconscious.
After that, leave it alone and don’t think about it anymore. That’s the “letting go” part where you put the built-up energy out into the universe and let Spirit do His job.
For very complex manifestations, I often write manifestation lists… but they should complement, not replace the visualization.