I often have wondered why it is that when I first started intentionally using the law of attraction, results came so slowly. But now, they come extremely quickly, sometimes in a matter of days.
It's hard to relate to those who have been waiting for months or even years for their manifestation. Yes, I was there once, but that is no longer my reality.
And as I do with anything, I analyzed this question. I put it out there to the Universe.
And, well, the answer I got seemed rather simple, but upon further reflection, it really is not at all.
So what is it? What is that thing that causes some to be able to manifest quickly, while others seem to be slogging along?
Faith: The Key to Faster Manifestations
Now, faith is something I've very, very rarely discussed on this site, and never at any great length as far as I can remember.
Trust, yes. Letting go, yes. But both of these are different from, albeit related to, faith.
Faith seems to be that key that just makes everything much smoother.
I mean, it's not the only key. I've discussed persistence, will, and any number of other elements to the law of attraction.
But today it's time to discuss faith.
What Is Faith?
So first, what exactly is faith?
Obviously I don't mean faith in any particular religion, deity, cosmic being, or any other such thing.
By faith, I simply mean the belief in this whole process—the belief that you do have power to create your own life—the belief that the Universe is supporting you.
I'm fortunate here, because even before I believed in the law of attraction, I knew that the Universe supported me in whatever I did. No matter what happened, no matter what mistakes I made, everything would always work out in the end. I used to say that I had the best luck of anyone, because I just knew that everything would always work out, and it always did.
But coming into this, I had some disadvantages as well. I was skeptical of “spiritual laws”. I had had some negative experiences a few years before that had made me distrust spirituality.
By this point, I had several years of disappointment under my belt: one failure after another with trying to fulfill my purpose. And so, I also lacked faith in that arena.
I neither had faith in my own ability to create, nor in the purpose I had once felt I possessed.
And that's why my manifestations were sluggish at the time. I had a brief string of successes, but I simply didn't have the faith in myself to continue.
So by faith, I'm talking about that basic belief in your own worth, in your own creative potential, and in the Universe.
Once I started to have that faith, things began to change drastically.
The Effect of Faith on the Law of Attraction
As I've mentioned many, many times before, the law of attraction requires quite a bit of spiritual development to really master it.
I mean, without that spiritual development, you can probably manifest smaller intentions that feel easy to you. But without it, you simply cannot manifest the bigger things: those goals that really matter to you, or, above all, your dream or vision in life.
Faith is one part of that spiritual development that simply cannot be dispensed with.
You see, when you can have faith, you are enabling the Universe to act on your behalf. You are giving up control over the situation as ego, and handing it over to the Universe.
If you can do that even just a little bit, truly amazing things can happen. For example, in my sink-or-swim experience I often discuss from two years ago, I just kept telling myself not to panic, because everything would work out somehow. And, of course, it did, because of that little bit of faith I had.
That's why, I think, the Bible records Jesus saying that it only takes faith as small as a mustard seed to effect change.
But, assuming that the author recorded his words accurately, I have a sneaking suspicion that he only said that to get people through the door, so to speak.
Get them showing at least a little bit of faith, and getting that little bit of proof in return.
Because, as you attempt to manifest bigger and bigger things (and yes, there is such a thing as “big” and “small” with manifestation), it requires more and more faith.
While you might be able to manifest $20 easily enough, you probably can't manifest a million dollars with your current level of faith.
Unless, of course, you can—and if so, congratulations!
Growing Your Faith
But I think that if he did say that, it was only to get them to start in the first place. Because once you show a bit of faith, and it's proven effective, then the next time, you'll have more faith at your disposal.
That's what happened to me. After that first time two years ago, I had a bit more faith—not much, but a bit.
Then after a while, seeing some more results, I had even more faith.
At first, I thought that perhaps this all was a fluke.
But after a while, I started to really believe something was going on, at least most of the time. But then I didn't have as much faith in my own ability to use it.
After about a year of constant progress, something clicked for me, and all my manifestations just started working.
And so as I got those bigger results, my faith grew. And as my faith grew, I got even bigger results.
What appeared to be a “big” manifestation to me near the end of 2016, now seems like a moderate or even small manifestation today.
Heck, last month alone, I made almost double what I made last December, when I had my biggest financial manifestation to date.
It was simply a process of growing my faith little-by-little, and of course learning the inner mechanics of the law of attraction as I did.
But no matter how much I knew how it all worked, it wouldn't have accomplished anything without the increased faith.
And every time I come to grips with one level of this whole process, the Universe introduces me to the next level, which, of course, requires even more faith.
The manifestations I'm dealing with today feel just as hard as the ones a year ago, but they are far bigger in scope.
The More You Use It, The More It Grows
A talk I was recently listening to by Vishen Lakhiani described faith as a reservoir.
The first time you tap into it, perhaps it is very shallow and you barely get anything out.
But, the deeper that reservoir, the better results you can get.
And the great thing is, as I discussed above, the more you tap into that reservoir of faith, the deeper and deeper it gets, until it never dries up.
I also like to think of it as lifting weights, as cliche as that metaphor might be by now.
Perhaps at first you can barely lift anything before you exceed your own strength.
But the more often you lift, the more you find that you are able to lift heavier and heavier weights.
You can accomplish more with the same muscles.
Or in other words, your same faith now runs deeper, and enables you to accomplish more with it.
But here's the thing: when you're lifting weights, you never lift some amount that is easy to you.
If 75 lb is currently hard for you, perhaps in a week or so it'll become easy, because those muscles have been torn down and rebuilt stronger.
But when that happens, you don't keep lifting 75 lb. You move up to 80 lb, or 85 lb.
Your goal, in other words, is to make it just as difficult to lift weights as it was on day 1. The only difference is that you're lifting a heck of a lot more than you were on day 1.
So perhaps on day 1 of manifesting, I could manifest $20 pretty effortlessly.
But one month later, when that faith muscle is stronger, or that reservoir runs deeper, I'm not going to keep manifesting $20.
Why? Well, #1, it'd get boring. If I always manifested the same thing, there'd be no challenge. No one wants to do something that is easy for them.
But #2, my faith simply would stop growing. If I remained at the same level, my faith would have no reason to increase any more than it had, because I'm not requiring more of it.
If you don't constantly put your own faith to the test, requiring more and more of it, then it will simply stop growing. Your faith reservoir will be as deep as it needs to be to meet the demands of your creative efforts.
If you're content manifesting parking spaces and blue glass the rest of your life, that's up to you.
But if you want to achieve true greatness—to always be reaching for more and more—then the only way to do that is to be constantly requiring more and more of your own faith.
While this is far from easy or “feel-good”, it is essential for the kind of success my clients are generally looking for.
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How About You?
Now it's your turn. How is your own faith? What are you currently doing, or what could you be doing, to grow it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
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