Creating our life consciously, by manifesting our dreams, is commonly approached in terms of a linear trajectory between desire and realization, between vision and outcome. From our mind, we approach the creative process in a straight line. Even though most of us know life moves in cycles, we tend not to apply this principle in our creative process. What you want to create doesn’t matter. The same principle applies for art as for starting a business, shelter for the homeless, a new laptop or perhaps psychic abilities. Most of us work our way towards our goals, although some may believe that isn’t necessary anymore, once you get the trick of the law of attraction. This is magical thinking. Magical thinking is detrimental to your actual success, but that doesn’t mean there can be no magic. Magic is a principle of life itself, like other high-vibratory elements such as love, compassion, presence, emptiness and equanimity. Magical thinking is a contradiction in terms, as thought cannot create magic. It can only create imaginary constructs and beliefs. This doesn’t mean the mind has no creative power. This just means thoughts by themselves do not have create power.
Mind is the space that harbors thoughts, wherein a lot more happens than just thinking. Intention, feeling, the vibration of the desire; all of them live there, in mind. Equally important, next to these creative forces, is perception of what is happening now, of your abilities, of your skills and your joy. Your self-awareness is this moment, in all of those facets of your being. Then, you follow – in your perception – the course of events from past to present. You are aware of your life’s cycles. You know what is behind you, how your life is unfolding and in what theme’s. This makes you conscious of what you’re working on, where you are moving towards. There’s greater and smaller cycles, cycles within cycles. Not until you have a general view on these movements, will you know how and even what to create. Life creates for you, as well, from your vast subconscious space, the iceberg under the water. In the approach to manifesting our dreams, we tend to draw a straight line across all these cycles, not even considering them to be of influence to what we wish to bring about. That is why a linear method of vision to outcome so often doesn’t work. It seems practical, but it cannot really be applied to reality, which is always moving in this iterative motion of cycles.
How do we work with the cycles of life, while being creators in the process to learn to harness creative power. It is not as easy as it often is portrayed in the well-known books like “The Secret” or techniques like energy pulling. Energy pulling is another visionary technique to magnetize a desired outcome towards you. In the process of doing such an exercise, realize it will cost you something. If you start moving energy around, you will need to exchange it with something you have. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing, yet it can surprise you when you didn’t take into account energy comes at a price. Source energy is free, infinite and potent. Energy that already exists (you pull something towards you, stating it is already there) needs an equal exchange. Often I see this painful drawback people find themselves in, after having relished a period of high energy manifestation of their dream life. Apart from a questionable motivation behind their desires (not in all cases) they’ve moved so much energy inwardly, it has to be balanced. Also, in many such cases, their manifested reality turned out not to be too well aligned with their true self. I always stress this if the subject comes up. If you want to aid creation as a sovereign being, be sure you’re not creating more of the same. By that I mean, not more of the same of what is already here too much. Lots of programs are aimed at wealth, getting more than you need, conquering your private space in the world, wanting, wanting, wanting. The argument of being able to give more once you have more, contradicts the whole principle of the forces behind these techniques. Why not start with your real goal in the first place. You begin where you are. You move forward from there. Your desire might be to set up an intentional community. But how do you know that’s the right thing to do? Is it just a nice idea, to reach lots of people this way? Is there truly a deeper plan behind it, moving things along, or is all of that just thinking? Ask yourself, do you really know your plan is from the deep dwellings of your soul?
If you want to create in harmony with creation, you will not have to trade energy. Source is abundant, infinite, because it brings itself into form. It has done this with you, you are this energy. Source inspires you through your soul’s desires, infuses you with a contagious drive to move forward. You have to tune in to that movement, otherwise you’ll miss it. Mind chatter prevents you from hearing, until you start to listen. Once you found this frequency of stillness, creating in alignment with life becomes so much easier. We’re too impatient with life, believe waiting is a dirty word. Waiting is not as in passive lethargic hanging around in boredom. Waiting means we acknowledge ourselves to be an organic part of life, needing to adjust to the changing environment while we take each step deliberately, purposefully, into the direction of our vision. Our vision is not a static, two-dimensional drawing of images and ideas. It’s a living substance, inspired by our very soul who paints it artfully before our very eyes. Moving ahead in small steps prevents us from running all over the place, being obsessed with results in comparison with our ideas. When they do not match, we feel like a failure. No, that’s not the way. Failure is what we get by doing things from thoughts and ideas that are so often not our own. We have accumulated enough failure feedback to start doing things differently. Individually we will reach such a point, as also collectively. Collectively we seem to need more failure feedback, before we can move into alignment with life and stop acting like hungry ghosts. Failure is the doorway to learning to do things the right way. The right way cannot be molded into some formula that works for everyone. However, the principles behind life will not be ignored, as we cannot escape life. Working in accordance to natural ways should never become clouded with quick and simple ten step programs to reach your success. Life isn’t cheap like that.
Being deeply and intimately involved in the process of our own life might sound basic and perhaps a little old school. I love old school, but I’m also very interested in contemporary practices. They must however have a solid ground. Most of this stuff is still too wishy-washy, no matter how popular it is. Popularity is no measure for quality and depth, as we have seen with so many things in the past. To be is a first, create from that place where you can rest in your own being, then move forward and be there; repeat. You’re actively involved moment to moment. That’s not boring, even though mind chatter might try to convince you of that. There will be people, perhaps quite a few, who don’t like this kind of criticism on manifestation techniques. Some think there’s some dark program behind discouragements of such methods. I must tell you, I have had similar suspicions not that long ago. I was entertaining the idea, trying to lure people into The Now was a way of distracting them from their mission to create something into being here. Form what I’ve come to know, my investment in The Now, in Zen, was never an obstacle to creation. In fact, inspiration became stronger and stronger as I invested attention into the moment, including everything; thoughts, emotions, sense perceptions, the body, the mind, the heart. These suspicions came up at a pivotal point of my practice. It was a deepening into the timeless realm, the stillness, where the water becomes so clear, you see aspects of yourself you didn’t see before. Only now, these deeper aspects were not controlling me. I had to adjust to this new way of being. It is a way of being where you see yourself, without being at the mercy of personal whim all the time. There’s a much greater being there, in all of us. We have to be willing to meet this being first, before we can know if what we are trying to manifest is the right thing. Inspiration has a quality of freshness and depth, it feels so different from mere imagination. With this knowing, all of my suspicions against the Now movement vanished. Becoming a creative force requires a relinquishing of the small vehicle of creation; the persona. With the words of a renowned teacher, I conclude this article.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – beloved Jesus