I’m learning to fly but I ain’t got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing
~ Tom Petty, “Learning to Fly”
I love how there is a whole grip of New Agey books that want to tell you how you can manifest all the wonderful and shiny things into your life that heretofore you could only gaze upon longingly through the outside of the department store window. You know what I love about these books? They seem to omit the truth of the whole business of manifestation… that we constantly manifest.
Personally, I think the point that we are perpetual manifestors needs to be hammered home before we can talk about boats, cars, winning lottery tickets, vacations on islands surrounded by azure waters, stoles of some variety of small animals that are part of the weasel family, that one true hot burning love of your life, et al. ad infinitum ad nauseum.
The best way to consider this whole manifestation business is to put it in the same category as breathing. How interested would you be if someone came up to you and said, “Wanna learn how to breathe?” You’d be like, “Thanks, but I can already breathe. You ain’t teaching me nothing I don’t already know how to do.” If you’re reading this, you’re breathing. If you’re reading this, you’re manifesting.
The truth of the fact of the reality of the matter is that everyone knows how to breathe, but few know how to breathe most effectively. You can spend an hour breathing in very short, shallow breaths. Sure, you’re breathing but your oxygen intake and your carbon dioxide expenditure are not at very efficient levels to really do your cells much good. Yet how often do we truly inhale and exhale deep enough to exchange the waste gas for the energy gas in our bloodstream? For many of us, only when we pay attention to it and do it consciously.
Same with manifestation. We do it whether we are aware of it or not. Many of us do it rather inefficiently. We play the mental and emotional game of whack-a-mole as to what we want and don’t want, then we find ourselves in a set of misfortunes and oopses and why-do-things-never-go-my-way litanies. That’s us not paying attention to the source of our manifestations… our beliefs, thoughts, intentions, and desires.
Once we start grasping that idea that we do create our realities through the aforementioned sources, we get this idea that we shall create rainbows and butterdrops and gumshines and all things saccharin and cloying. Let me cluck my tongue and wag my finger and stop you right there. When we learn that we can focus on creating deliberate manifestations in our lives this does not mean there is only up and right and white and warm and light in our future. This belief will only drive us into a head-on collision with that box containing the down and left and black and cold and dark which we tried to seal with our pollyannic denial.
The first step to creating our desired outcomes is to acknowledge we create our undesired outcomes as well. The next step is to understand that these undesired outcomes are not as undesired as we believe them to be. If we want to do ourselves a big manifesting favor, we need to set our intentions and know that their outcome is a package deal containing that which we want as well as which we don’t. We need to stare the yin and yang symbol with its crooked smile in the face, order up a plate of sweet-and-sour and get ready to fly, knowing that gravity is just loaning us weightlessness.