The likely reason that you can easily manifest small things is that there’s nothing at stake. Say you are manifesting a parking spot… it’s probably more like a little game with yourself to see if you can do it.
But when it comes to manifesting “bigger” things, we tend to clam up. All of a sudden, the stakes are much higher—we might even be in a desperate situation where the success of our manifestation is vitally important.
Money is one of the hardest things to manifest, at least in my own experience. (I wrote a post about how I used to struggle manifesting money here.)
It’s because most of us have heard things like “Money doesn’t grow on trees,” or “From nothing comes nothing” (as we Germans say).
Or who could forget the biblical “Money is the root of all evil” (actually, that’s not true—see below) or the saying about the rich guy and the needle’s eye.
A lot of us grow up believing that you can’t be a good person and have money at the same time, or a spiritual person with money. As a consequence, we all suck at manifesting money because we feel it’s wrong and somehow “evil.”
Speaking of mixed messages!
First of all, what the Bible actually says is this: “For the love of money is the root of all evils, and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith and have pierced themselves with many pains.” (Timothy 6:10)
Quite a difference from “Money is the root of all evil,” huh? So it says that if you love money so much that you forget about God, you’re in for some bad times.
Same for the biblical saying, “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24)
The context here is that a rich man asks Jesus what it would take to gain eternal life. Jesus tells him to sell everything he has, give the money to the poor, and follow JC. The rich man realizes he can’t do that and leaves in a sad mood. Then follows the “camel” quote.
Again, this is about the love of money. If you cling to your material wealth and make it the most important thing in your life, that’s obviously not a good thing.
So how do you get over your $$$ manifestation problems?
By realizing that money in itself is neither good nor evil. Like everything in life, intention is the key here. How you get your money, how you feel about it, and what you do with it is essential.
There are tons of rich people who are genuinely good and generous. Take Sir John Templeton (1912–2008), for example. He was known not just as an ingenious investor of the likes of Warren Buffett, but as a truly kind and philanthropic man.
As it says on the Templeton Foundation’s homepage, “His financial feats were matched by early signs of John Templeton’s larger vision in life—a profound respect for learning, a belief in the centrality of spiritual life, and a higher purpose beyond profit for profit’s sake.”
There’s a good reason that Jewish people believe in tithing (i.e., giving 10% of your income to your church—or if you’re not part of a church, to charity). There is power in giving possessions away, including money.
Why 10%? The number is important because, let me tell you, it’s an amount that truly hurts. It’s hard to part with 10% of your income. You might have to squeeze your budget to do it.
But if you do, and give with a grateful heart, the rewards can be amazing. You’ll see.
Back when I lived in Sedona, my roommates and I had an agreement: Whenever one of us felt that they were getting too attached to any given material object, they would give it away.
I gave away jewelry, books, clothes, CDs, paintings, and sacred objects that I loved and knew I wouldn’t be able to replace. Sometimes the recipients were complete strangers.
It was tough, but also very liberating. Sometimes it even felt as if the object I’d been holding onto was meant to go to a specific person at a specific time… and I just “knew” when I had to let it go.
As for the first part of your question, how to make what you manifest more specific, I recommend writing a manifestation list. (I wrote a post about it here and am going more into detail in this free report here.)
That depends on how you define “resistance.” Usually, when I mention “resistance” in the context of Law of Attraction/manifestation, it’s a synonym for “Tests from the Universe.”
Resistance—i.e., a virtual brick wall suddenly popping up that keeps you from manifesting your heart’s desire—usually happens when you’re trying to manifest something big and truly life-changing.
I recently wrote a post about it that explains quite well how resistance works and how to overcome it.
However, if you mean “resistance” as in your own reluctance to manifest or the mixed messages you’re sending, then the answer is, you need to work on aligning your thoughts, feelings, words, and action.
As long as you contradict yourself—for example, by trying to manifest money but constantly saying, “I can’t afford this,” or “I’m broke,” or by thinking about your lack of money when visualizing—it just won’t work right.
You need to believe that the abundance you’re looking for is out there and available to you. All you’re waiting for is its manifestation in the 3D world.
One thing that helps when trying to manifest money, I found, is giving. If you’re a Christian, you may want to consider tithing—that means, giving one-tenth of your income to your church. If you’re not a Christian, give one-tenth to a charitable cause of your choice.
One-tenth sounds brutal, and I’ll tell you, it’s not easy to just give away a chunk of money like that when you’re already struggling to pay your bills.
But there’s magic in this too: You may suddenly find all kinds of unexpected cash arriving at your doorstep. The (financial) blessings you send out literally circle around and flow back to you.
That, by the way, also goes for non-material blessings—and the curses—you send out. (Find out how to send blessings to yourself and others with my free report, The Goodwill Manifestation.)
Ultimately, you’ll realize that your outer reality is a reflection of your inner reality.
That’s not what I would call “manifestation,” that’s black magic. Which, needless to say, nobody should ever engage in.
I believe that causing other people harm will ultimately come back to haunt you and destroy your soul (aka, put you squarely into the territory of the “Dark Side”).
Even if you “only” wish something terrible to happen to someone (vs. actively doing something to harm a person), it’s an act of evil. Leave the punishment for bad deeds up to God… and trust that evildoers will get their just desserts sooner or later.
Of course, if you’re a Christian, you should go even further and try to forgive that person who did something bad to you. Forgiveness is really mostly for your own sake, not for the other person’s, and it can do wonders for you in terms of stress relief and peace of mind.
Try the Goodwill Manifestation to spread blessings to everyone you meet… even to unpleasant people. It’s a very simple technique, and you’ll see amazing things happen.
A lot of people ask me, "Why can't I manifest a new car/job/partner? What am I doing wrong?"
One answer would be to list all the technical stuff you could get wrong: Maybe you didn't visualize vividly enough. Maybe you were sending mixed messages. Maybe you were too desperate to find a new job and so reinforced the wanting instead of the getting.
But here's something most "LOA gurus" don't talk about. You see, there’s so much more to successful manifestation than most people think.
It is pretty simple, but not necessarily easy. If it were, everyone would do it. (And even if you’re a manifestation expert, I can tell you from first-hand experience that you can still fall off the bandwagon and mess it all up because you don’t have the right attitude at times. I’ve been there.)
The optimal mind set for successful manifestation is one of relaxation, contentment, and exhilaration—like a little kid on Christmas morning. If you come from a place of fear, disgust, resentment, etc., it just won’t work properly.
Now, you may say: “But I just got laid off and need a job!” or “I hate my boss, that’s why I want to switch jobs!”
So how are you supposed to get that happy-go-lucky mindset that’s needed to manifest something else?
Here’s where the spiritual part comes in… and this is why I don’t like The Secret because it neglects the underlying philosophy of what I call “sustainable manifestation.”
To achieve this attitude of relaxation, contentment, and exhilaration, you need to assume the 30,000-foot view.
As long as you’re caught up in your daily grind, the next electric bill, the money for the kids’ back-to-school clothes, the angry boss, and the annoying coworker can appear to be all-consuming problems.
So you need to step back from the pettiness and look at your life from the perspective of your Higher Self.
Realize that you are a spiritual being (aka a soul) having a physical experience. Envision how before this lifetime, you were in your spiritual home beyond the veil, planning (possibly with the help of others) what you wanted this lifetime to be like.
You plotted which family you’d be born into, what talents you’d bring into this life, and what challenges would be presented to you to make the experience more interesting and give you ample opportunity for growth and learning.
Your task in this lifetime is not to avoid all challenges and problems… on the contrary, challenges and problems are the spice of your life, the real reason why you’re here.
What’s important here is how you react to those challenges… what you do to overcome them… never giving up, never breaking, still maintaining an attitude of gratitude even in the face of great adversity.
It’s a fact that we grow and learn the most in taxing rather than easy-going times. But you can make those taxing times easier by going with the flow, believing and trusting in Spirit, and having faith that you will be taken care of.
And knowing that even if you die, you will be okay.
Consider this thought for a moment: Even if you die, you will be okay. If you truly absorb this thought, what in the world could scare you?
That’s why my personal brand of manifestation—which I call “sustainable manifestation”—has a deep spirituality at its core.
Having faith in a Supreme Being… deeply believing that it has your best interests at heart… and having faith that there’s a life after death… gives your manifestation a whole other dimension.
It also keeps you humble and hopefully will prevent you from falling into one of the worst LOA traps: the idea that you’re all-powerful and can/should have anything you want, just because you want it.
“You can have anything you want” is the Dark Side’s line. It’s what the devil whispers in your ear. It’s dark sorcerer Aleister Crowley’s “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.”
This is not what you should be shooting for when you set out to manifest, or you’ll end up in a whole lot of trouble.
So you see, “sustainable manifestation” is much more than just rattling off a few affirmations or writing a manifestation listor visualizing with all of your senses. It’s about developing the right mind set… it’s about becoming the best version of yourself that you can be.
Put your soul evolution first. Put Service to Othersfirst (rather than Service to Self). Put people first. Put love first. Put stuff second (“stuff” includes anything from your unpaid medical bill to the gorgeous red dress you saw at the mall).
And when you put all those things first that I told you, the “stuff” will fall into place all by itself.
Someone asked me whether it is possible to manifest on behalf of others. Yes, it is. In contrast to what The Secret says, you can (and should) do this. It's good karma.
However, you need to be careful not to violate their free will. Just because you feel that your best friend should drop that jerk she’s with and finally find a decent guy doesn’t mean you should intervene. Everyone has to go through their own experiences, including FUBARs.
What I love to do in order to make someone else’s life better is what I call the “Goodwill Manifestation.”
The ingenious thing about it is that you leave it completely up to Spirit what exactly happens. All you do is spread blessings to yourself and the other person or persons involved in the situation.
In a nutshell, it works like this:
I’m describing the process more in depth in my free report that you can get here.
I suggest you try this with everyone you know. This is my all-time favorite manifestation exercise because it asks for nothing, but the results can be absolutely staggering… and often instantaneous.
Have a kid who’s being bullied at school? Try this exercise and see what happens. But you’ll have to bless the bullies too, otherwise it won’t work.
Know someone who’s smart but fails regularly at tests because they get so nervous? Try this exercise.
(I recommend you don’t tell them what you did, though, neither before nor after. They may not believe you had anything to do with it, and I find that doubt and negativity from other people weakens any and all manifestation.)