When you look at all of the many different methods used to direct spiritual power to manifest results, and strip away the dogma and fluff, you find that the core process behind all of them is pretty simple.
Essentially, the core process looks like this:
- Believe that you can do it.
- Resolve to make it happen.
- Expect positive results
That’s it. Just three simple steps to manifest anything you may wish to have.
Of course, this is just the simplest of outlines, and doesn’t cover the many details on HOW to actually follow these steps. This outline is like someone telling you that to paint a picture, you just apply paint to the canvas until the image on the canvas looks like the image you had in mind.
In and of itself, this process description is helpful, but not much, especially when you’re just starting out. However, when you’ve mastered the techniques involved, this will be all you need to remember.
Even so, this process description can serve as a guide to help you understand what is required, what isn’t, and the role that the more detailed techniques serve in the process.
For example, nowhere in this description is there an instruction to pray to a Divine Being, nor are you told to form an image in your mind of what you want to manifest. Neither of these are required to manifest what you want, although they may serve to help you establish the conditions of belief, resolution, and expectancy.
(Yes, I realize that expectancy is another word for belief. Just go with it. In this case, ‘belief’ refers to the belief in what CAN happen, whereas ‘expectancy’ refers to the belief in what WILL happen. For many folks, these are two separate things.)
Although it is theoretically possible to reduce this process down to a single step (i.e. – expect positive results), in actual practice, few folks are able to jump to that step without consciously “doing something” that—at least in some respect—provides a logical reason to expect positive results.
By consciously choosing to believe in the possibility of manifesting change, and then consciously setting an intention to produce the desired change, we activate that subconscious need for a logical sequence of events.
This is why the core process is usually found hidden within a larger process, such as praying to a Divine Being, chanting a mantra with candles and incense, tapping special points on the body, or visualizing the end result in vivid detail.
The larger process exists primarily to give your subconscious mind a reason to believe that the desired results will be forthcoming.
The core process as I have described it here engages both your conscious and subconscious minds. Specifically, the decision to believe in the possibility of positive results, and the resolution to produce those results are a function of your conscious mind. The actual belief and expectancy come from your subconscious mind as a response to your conscious actions.
Those who have studied these matters previously may recall that your conscious mind comprises only about 10% of your entire mind, while your subconscious mind counts for 90%.
This is why the vast majority of teaching regarding the use of spiritual power have focused on the subconscious function of belief, because this is responsible for 90% of your results.
However, as those who have tried to change their beliefs can attest, it takes conscious effort to believe something that has never happened before. In a very real sense, it takes an effort of willpower to make the change.
And this is why a significant number of traditional teachings stress the importance of will in the manifestation process. Some teachings go so far as to suggest that will is the ONLY factor responsible for directing spiritual power to manifest desired results.
However, those of us who have studied a wide range of material have found that those who seem to get results from using willpower alone have a healthy BELIEF in the power of will, and therefore they are using both will and belief to produce tangible results.
Variations on a Theme
Depending on individual preferences, the core process can be described in a variety of ways. Some of these include:
- Believe, resolve, expect. (Core process described earlier.)
- I can, and I will.
- Faith, focus, and a feeling of harmony with the Divine.
- Plant the seed thought into a fertile Universe, and shower that seed with expectancy and joy while keeping out weeds of doubt and negativity.
Each of these alternate processes work the same way as the primary core process, by combining conscious attention and subconscious belief.
The simplest process is based on the thoughts, “I can, and I will.” This simple affirmation reminds you to believe in the possibility of success while resolving to actually make it happen.
Those who enjoy a more imaginative approach may wish to use one of the other “working models” which involve either a Divine Being or a process of ‘radiating’ a thought into a responsive Universe.
We’ll cover a wide variety of working models later in the course.