“Manifestation” has been a buzzword ever since the book The Secret was published in 2006. After Oprah featured it on her talk show, manifestation and the law of attraction become topics around the office water cooler.
What is manifestation? By definition, it is either a sign that shows something clearly, one of the forms that something has when it appears or occurs, or an occurrence in which the ghost or spirit of a dead person appears (Merriam-Webster).
For purposes of this blog, and the more common usage of the term when a lot of us woo-woos gather around our water coolers, manifestation is a phenomenon that occurs when an individual’s conscious and subconscious thoughts and expectations influence actual events in their lives. These effects can be as minor as developing better relationships with a rival coworkers or as major as a new business venture becoming successful when the original outlook was dim.
The rune Kenaz (or Kano, depending on your source) represents fire, vitality, creativity and the ability to create your own reality. Thus, it can also indicate our ability to manifest.
For years, I was not the best at manifesting things. In fact, I often repeated patterns in my life because I thought it was what I deserved. That line of negative thinking became a self-fulfilling prophecy. Over and over again, I put myself in positions, or worse created situations in my earlier years that were quite dangerous.
I often wondered if my twenties and early thirties were a time of working out negative karma. Was there a past life connection? I asked myself that a lot. The short answer is a resounding “Yes!” But the longer answer revealed the hard truth that I was not accepting responsibility for this life. I did not make that connection until many years later, after much damage was done. It was so much easier to play the victim. In that victim mentality, I brought about more of the same situations and scenarios.
It was a vicious cycle that continued until I changed my thought patterns and behavior. What we think and say to ourselves really does matter.
It took a complete break down of my reality for me to realize that I had to change things. And change they did. Literally, I hit rock bottom. From that space where things were the darkest, I knew that they will get better. It took the drastic change in my life to realize that I was the creator of this gigantic mess. Once I declared ownership of my life, something amazing happened.
Changing my mind took lots of gentle care and patience. Whenever a negative or self-sabotaging thought came up, I countered it with the words “cancel, cancel, delete” and then replaced it with a positive thought. It took a good year to really change that thought pattern, but the patience really paid off.
I am not 100% all happy thoughts all of the time. I am human. Whenever those thoughts come in, I allow them to go out. It’s like a song that gets stuck in your head for days. The more you listen to it, the more you think about it, the longer the song stays in your head. Make sure the song in your head is worth listening to. If not, show it the way out.
You may be wondering, “How do I change these thoughts I have had for years?”
I have found that guided meditation CD’s really help. There is a brand of amazing CD’s produced by Hemi Sync and they are amazing! You can visit their site here: http://www.hemi-sync.com. They have meditations for a variety of purposes, including quitting smoking, pain management relaxation, and releasing old habits. I have used them personally and recommend them.
Gentle self-care techniques like yoga, meditation, and surrounding yourself with positive people and setting boundaries do wonders in changing your mental dialogue. My husband goes running to relieve stress and re-balance himself. If you’re not the quiet meditation type, perhaps physical activity is a good option.
Whatever you choose, use your intuition to find which way is right for you so you can manifest your dreams today. It may take some time, but I promise you it is worth it.