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.)