If you’re like me, you have a great appreciation for all the Law of Attraction concepts as presented by Rhonda Byrne and Abraham via Esther and Jerry Hicks, provided a boost by Napoleon Hill who was standing on the shoulders of William Walker Atkinson. I could continue to lay down the trail of bread crumbs that lead us to the original conceivers of LOA (as the cool New Age kids call it), but those crumbs would invariably be devoured by the murder of crows from the order or what-does-it-really-matter.
If you continue to be like me, you’ll find yourself simultaneously applauding while rolling your eyes at the beautifully absurd simplicity behind the Law of Attraction idea. It’s the fairy godmother of New Age-ology, with one’s desire serving as the star-capped magic wand, leaving a trail of glitter and pixie dust with every wave, manifesting material gains out of pumpkins and mice.
Do I find the concept of manifestation from desire preposterous? Not in the least. I fully subscribe to it. Now I get to confront the skeptics and critics with the self-proclaimed title of Realists censuring me for disobeying the laws of physics and science and good old-fashioned buzzkillery. Flanking them are the people who have burned their copies of The Secret and Ask and It Is Given and Think and Grow Rich while turning out their empty pockets and point to vacant parking spaces where a BMW should be standing.
Figuring out what we want is the cornerstone to manifestation. However, that is the proverbial banner in the wind, the bar of soap gripped too tightly in a wet palm. What makes this so elusive is the trouble with really knowing what we want at the core. We might start with grabbing our legal pad and making our what-we-would-do-if-we-won-the-lottery wish list without ever figuring out the main theme of the story. Most of those items are merely the outer skin of the onion. If we dig deep to ask ourselves why we want the things on that list, we will uncover a desire that resides beneath that, from which each bulleted item sprang.
The Westerner approach to looking at what we desire is merely the skin on the pudding that has been in the fridge too long. It is comprised of Madison Avenue employing the Joneses with whom we need to keep up. Our idea of what we want is suggested to us by pictures generated on the sides of our browser windows based on our previous searches. Yet we feed our desires in a consumerism exercise of Whack-a-Mole, where we purchase that thing to temporarily scratch that niggle of want, only to resurface when the shine of novelty has worn away from our trinket, and the familiar persistent wanting rises again.
In order to truly manifest our desire, we have to be able to identify the deepest want that serves as the wellspring of how that desire appears. It often comes in the form of single descriptors such as love, safety, recognition, peacefulness, joy, acknowledgement, appreciation. When we can identify and unveil these desires in their most basic forms, we can address them without all the shiny distractions, and we will find our manifestations from these desires will be created more purely than we could have ever imagined.