When it first emerged, the book and film ‘The Secret’ made waves and brought the principles and ideology of the Law of Attraction to the main stream. In the process, it made Rhonda Byron a very wealthy woman. While the ideas and principles behind this fascinating philosophy are not new, the ability to translate mere ideas in to practise remain elusive, not surprisingly because of the ‘too simple to be true’ perspective given in the film – simply visualise what you want and it will come to you.
The unfortunate experience for the vast majority of people who have watched the film has been that the manifestation technique as described in the film does not work as simply or as quickly as they would like. This does not mean that the principles as explained in ‘The Secret’ are incorrect or that they are wrong. It is simply that The Secret focussed on what appeared to be the most compelling aspect of desire and left out a few important explanations and steps.
4 Important Steps to Manifesting
In this post we share with you some of the most important details of manifesting that The Secret left out.
One of the most compelling images for me from The Secret was the one of the man in his living room, sat in his chair imagining that he was driving the car of his dreams. He sat, eyes closed, arms extended, legs stretched and the scene cuts to him seated inside the car driving.
For so many of us, visualising is akin to imagining – imagining we’re inside driving our dream car, imagining that we are in the living room of our dream house, imagining that gorgeous dress wrapped around us and wearing that sparkling diamond necklace. Unfortunately though, imagining, picturing and placing ourselves in an ideal situation is not quite enough – visualising is more than picturing yourself in an intended situation.
True visualisation involves a tapping in to a deeper sense of having already ‘arrived’. It requires the process of tuning in to several different parts and aspects of the intended situation, among the most important of which is emotional tuning.
Tapping in: Emotions
When we imagine ourselves in a situation different from our own, ideally a situation in which we aspire to be, the greater part of our psyche, the one that we are trying to reprogram has already been formed and fixed in a large way from our every day life and experiences. We know exactly what it feels like to be living life the way we currently are.
In order for visualisation to be potent and effective it is essential to be able to tune in to the emotions that we would feel for a particular situation in which we are wanting.
For example, when visualising driving a dream car, don’t just imagine sitting in there surrounded by the luxurious dash and the feel of the soft leather. In order to really tap in to the visualisation process, note how it feels to be driving the car: the comfort of the smooth drive, the satisfaction and contentment that washes throughout your body as you enjoy the responsiveness of the steering. Feel how good it is when the pedals respond to the slightest touch and how pleased and proud you are to be driving your new car.
Revel in all of these emotions. Tune in to each feeling and feel the depth of each of these positive emotions. Let the joy, excitement, satisfaction and fun wrap all around you like a cloak. Stay with these as long as you are able and with practise you’ll find that these feelings will be available ‘on command’.
The ‘High’ Feeling
As you reach for and feel all of these emotions and as you do this regularly, you will begin to find that deep within your centre (sometimes in the navel area, sometimes in the chest) there is a feeling of barely contained potential and excitement. This ‘high’ feeling is the emotion of little children: that middle space between anticipation, excitement, expectation and satisfaction.
It is the whirring, bubble-rising feeling of waking up on Christmas morning as a child, knowing that a treasure trove was there waiting.
When you begin to sit (and stay) in this state of excitement and expectation, of ‘knowing’, you will find that things begin to happen, opportunities occur and paths begin to reveal themselves.
Learning to Let go, Learning to Trust
When you start to find yourself in that constant state of happiness and excitement, it is also a timely point to begin to let go of your greatest desires.
Letting go in this case does not mean discarding your dreams and wants, but letting go and trusting that things will always work out well. Everything is working our for you and in your favour. Learning to Trust that all that you desire will find it’s way to you.
One of the most challenging things about desiring is the ability to stand where you are currently and accept that all is well. The key to being able to move forward regardless of your current situation relies on your ability to look beyond what you see on to the vast fields of dreams and opportunities and at the same time, not despair of where you are but look at all of life’s experience as a journey of different parts.
(Read a story about Trusting: Sailboats in the Wind)
In the end, it is essential to remember that where you are now, is but a bus stop along the journey of where you intend to get to. This bus stop offers you some views, a new perspective, even some fun and new friends long the way. Every experience is but an evolving journey – most of all, remember to enjoy the ride.
(Read also: Affirmations Why and How They Work?)