Some people seem to think that manifesting is difficult. Do you actively try to manifest your desire, or do you just let go and let the Universe do its thing? Do you visualize daily, or ask once and don't bring it up again? Do you have confidence that it is coming, or do you foster detachment in the result?
I understand there's a bit of confusion. And I think it really stems from two basic different types of manifesting: the passive and the active.
Okay, not very original. I'll give niftier names later on.
But, which is “better”? Which should you use? Which gives the best results?
A Seeming Contradiction
Meanwhile, lately I've been focusing on the importance of confidence, persistence, and specific goals. Keep in mind that even the third step of my original Effortless Manifestation Process was “Deliberately Envisioning Your New Reality”, which was all about being very deliberate about using the law of attraction.
So, what the heck? Which one is it? Accept everything that comes, or confidently choose and pursue your goal to the end?
The answer, of course, is both. Or, well, either.
These two approaches outline two methods of manifesting, which I've already mentioned are the passive and the active.
I'm also calling them the Zen approach to manifesting, vs. the magical approach to manifesting. A lot more interesting, right?
The truth is, they don't contradict at all. They both serve their purpose quite well, and it just depends on your own preferences, and where you are on the path.
The Zen Approach to Manifesting
Let's start with the Zen path, or passive manifesting.
The Zen path is characterized by surrender and radical acceptance. It is all about detachment and allowing.
It reminds me most of the Hermit Tarot card, because one on this path is purely accepting, and finding their fullness within. The Hermit is all about withdrawing into oneself, and allowing life to flow as it does, but without giving up his inherent power within. You may then also call this the Hermit path.
To the Hermit, everything is okay as it is. It is okay to have a preference for something you'd like to happen, but you can't be attached to that outcome, or else you are resisting what is.
Want a new car? That's perfectly fine. But, first make your current car, or your present state of carlessness (just coined that word), be okay as it is. Make it be more than okay.
The idea is that when you fully and completely accept what is right now, you release your resistance, since resistance is really just the desire to escape the present moment.
And so as you release that resistance, your vibration rises, and you naturally start to attract better things into your life. You feel appreciation for your current car, and so more things like appreciation start coming into your life.
The Hermit might not even focus on wanting the new car. It's too resistant at the moment, and the best thing to do is to appreciate the current car, or not think about cars at all.
The difficult thing about this path is that you need to get to a place where you honestly couldn't care less if you get that car or not. It'd be cool, but you don't need it.
So, it is a lot of letting go. If there's still that attachment to having the new car, you have to release that, using some resistance release method.
Pretty soon, you realize that you wanted the car because of what it represents to you, which you can choose to experience right now, with or without the car.
And then, of course, the car comes.
This approach definitely works. I've used it successfully myself on many occasions.
The strengths of the Zen approach to manifesting are that, well, you certainly release a lot of resistance. Detachment really is a helpful thing, as is radical acceptance.
The weakness of this approach is that you are focusing a lot on resistance, unless you are careful. You bring up the desire, and check if there's resistance. If there is, you apply some technique to release that and feel less attached.
Of course, there's resistance just about every time you bring up the desire, so your subconscious mind starts to associate resistance with that desire. Pretty soon you've trained it that when you think of the desire, it should go and look for some piece of resistance, and manufacture something if it can't find any.
In other words, what you look for, you will often find. Look for resistance, and you'll often find it.
If instead you choose to ignore your desire, well, it's still going to be coming up somewhere, or it wouldn't really be a desire. You can lessen your attachment to a desire, but you can never lessen the desire itself.
If you really want a new car, it's not going to be so easy to forget all about it and focus on other positive things going on in your life. If you want it, you want it.
The Magical Approach to Manifesting
On the other hand, we have the magical approach to manifesting.
This is the yang to the yin of the Zen, or Hermit approach. This is active, bold, and courageous.
It can also rip you apart if you're not ready for it. 😛
This path can be likened to the Magus Tarot card. The Magus knows his power, and uses it to create what he wants. He has all the tools at his disposal, both material as well as spiritual, and will use them to his ends. He is confident, bold, and applies his will to shape reality around him.
To one on the magical path, the Zen path looks boring. It's just passively releasing resistance and not really experiencing the fun of focusing on one's goal.
The magical path is all about specificity. If you don't know what you want, then you can't possibly wield the power of creation. And if you do know what you want, then you must be bold enough to shape your reality in conformity to your will.
Let's take the same car example as above. The Magus will not try to stop thinking about the new car. He will likely think about it daily, either through specific manifestation techniques, or even using particular rituals to make his intentions more powerful.
He will have confidence that he will get the new car. No other possibility will cross his mind, and for that reason, the new car will come quickly.
He will keep his eyes on the future, to the coming reality of the new car, and not on the present, to what is right now. He will be excited about what he knows is coming. This excitement isn't falsified in an attempt to fool the Universe, but is real, authentic enjoyment of the process of creation.
If that confidence isn't present at first, then he'll do what is necessary to build that confidence. That might include rituals to communicate the importance of this goal to the subconscious mind, or simply immersing himself in the feeling of the goal being achieved.
The Magus will not entertain resistant thoughts. If they arise, he will have the presence of mind to not react to them. He knows how to control his mind and what he chooses to focus on.
Because of the Magus' confidence and focus on the specific, the energy will be moved much more quickly. The strength of this approach is that the goal will likely come sooner, and it will be a heck of a lot more fun.
The weakness of this approach is that if he's not ready for that level of momentum, it'll really, really hurt. Imagine being in a river, and getting caught up in whitewater rapids. If you know what you're doing, you might be able to navigate it. If you don't… things aren't going to end well.
Reconciling These Two Approaches
So, these are two very different approaches. The Hermit is all about releasing resistance and going within, while the Magus is all about shaping reality, and doing it now.
The answer comes down to two things: where you are in your manifestation, and how fast you prefer your momentum to be.
Prefer faster momentum? Then the magical approach is probably the one for you. Would you rather let things come as they will? Then the Zen approach is best.
I will say that since adopting the magical approach myself, I've gotten much bigger, faster manifestations. But, it's not easy, either. It'll trigger you, and you have to have the competence to deal with that resistance and not let it pull you under, much as the whitewater rapids I discussed above.
Do you like the thrill and danger of the rapids? Or, would you rather leisurely float down the river, allowing life to come to you? That's your choice.
However, there is another difference, which may sway your decision to use one or the other approach.
The Zen path is best when you have a lot of resistance. Forcing the momentum to go too fast at this point will only do more harm than good. Taking some time to just let go and allow can really help to prepare you for the next step. It allows you to stabilize in the zero state, which is essential for successful manifesting.
Going back to the car example, if you have a lot of resistance about getting that new car, then focusing on it is just going to hurt you more. Instead, it helps to practice letting go every time your thoughts veer to your resistance on the subject.
Pretty soon, you'll be less and less anxious on the subject, and will begin to accept where you are now.
But eventually, that may get boring, especially if you prefer a faster-paced approach.
Yes, your own inner happiness is all you need, but you are also a physical being. If you release the physical for too long, you'll simply stagnate.
The Magus knows that he has all he needs, but it doesn't matter. He wants what he wants for the sole reason that he wants it. It is not a needy want, nor an attachment, but simply a desire that he will bring into reality.
To simply sit by and let go is unthinkable to the Magus. It is boring and unproductive. He'd rather focus on the future and his desired reality.
Putting It All Together
Both paths are equal. You simply have to ask yourself three things:
- “How much resistance do I have to my goal?”
- “Would I like the momentum towards my goal to be faster?”
- “Am I willing to deal with the consequences?”
This will help you to decide which approach is best for you. There is no right or wrong answer with this: it is just what you prefer for yourself and your own path.
If you take the Hermit path, then start by letting go, accepting what is, and releasing your attachment to your goals.
If you take the Magus path, then start by visualizing or affirming your goal daily, and watching your thoughts to ensure you are focusing on the wanted. The more you visualize and affirm, the faster that momentum gets, and the faster results will be apparent, either as resistance, or as your goal manifesting.
How About You?
Now it's your turn. What path do you feel is right for you? do you prefer the slower, less resistant path, or the faster, more deliberate path? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.