The process of manifestation begins by knowing what we want to attract into our lives. Once we are on the path to creating our desired outcome for ourselves, it is not uncommon for us to have our intentions challenged by others who question our desires.
As we find ourselves working toward our given goals, we may find ourselves having to defend our intentions in the face of external criticisms and doubts. Others might consider our choices foolhardy or unrealistic. They might feel that they have a better idea than we do as to what might be a beneficial outcome for us. When this occurs we may feel that we do not need to defend ourselves against these onslaughts, only to find our silence merely welcomes continued criticism.
Within these criticisms and judgments lie golden opportunities to foster our power of manifestation. Our critics are unknowingly offering us an opportunity to strengthen our intention. When we accept the invitation to defend ourselves against our naysayers, we are shoring up our certainty in wanting the specific outcome we set for ourselves. The exercise of defending ourselves gives our original desires validation that we may need along the way, presenting us an opportunity to remember the original desire that fueled the intention. Our opponents serve to remind us to do this when we forget to do it for ourselves in the mundane process of working toward our goals.
Not only do these opposing opinions invite us to confirm that our desires are still in alignment with our actions, having to defend ourselves encourages us to dig deep to uncover why we want what we want. Rediscovering the deeper justifications adds kindling to the flame of desire that fuels manifesting energy.
It may feel like our challengers are trying to beat us down, but they are strengthening us more than we may realize. This does not mean to make the purpose of our accomplishment an opportunity to “prove them wrong”, it means they are merely the external voice of our internal uncertainty. When the uncertainty is voiced from outside ourselves, it becomes easier to challenge than when it is our own internal doubts, doubts that have needed to be brought to the surface, doubts that we have needed to confront and defend against. The act of defending our intentions against external criticism serves to silence those same doubts we have within ourselves and allows us to reaffirm the strength in our convictions.