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reader comments: manifesting

9 Dec 2000
We are all manifesting our lives according to our own beliefs. In reading your article on manifesting it is obvious that you have manifested a life based on straight-lined, logic based, I'll believe it when I see it beliefs. I lived in that world for most of my life. I also took the attack attitude as you have because it challenged my intellect. Open-mindedness came when I found myself in a terrible spot and asked, prayed, thought intently, meditated or whatever you may wish to call it, for help from unseen sources. Belief followed the results of this action. What used to seem paranormal has become part of everyday life. No, I don't understand it, but that doesn't mean it's not happening. Until I set my intellect aside, and became as a child <unbound by learned beliefs> I could not enter the the kingdom of heaven <magic, conscious creating> I am not religious in the least, but I do believe there are great insights into the nature of reality in many sacred writings. I personally never saw it until I was able to cut past the dogma that surrounds it. Have I created what I would call an ideal life? Absolutely not! The demons <doubt, fear> step up when I get bold. I will eventually succeed because I am committed.

I'm sure you will correct me if I'm wrong. I think you want to believe these things are possible. You just want proof up front. If I'm wrong, you'll just brand me as an idiot or, If I'm right, someday you'll be sending a similar message. Miracles occur in my life because I believe they do!

J. Gookin

reply: I won't brand you as anything. You can't help yourself any more than I can. I wish you well, but must insist that being open-minded is not the same as believing whatever makes you feel good. Nor is a person closed-minded simply because they won't cut you some slack on things like "manifesting." Some of us have come to our beliefs after some examination of the issues. We're not closed-minded simply because we won't validate your beliefs.

19 Nov 2000 
Having read your views relating to Manifesting, I find it amusingly ironic that one of your final criticisms of this practice is that it involves "a lot of . . . selective thinking." Hmm, coincidence . . . I think not.

Granted, there are a few bad apples out there: the woman who speaks to her garage door is definitely not practicing manifestation and I have never, would never and will never chant "John Payne, John Payne, John Payne" before settling in for my morning meditation.

I believe that manifesting, at its root, is about the power and untapped potential of the human mind. Not only do most people only utilize a fraction of their mind's potential, scientists are yet to adequately account for the known workings of the mind. Manifesting is the means by which we are able to control our thoughts, emotions, beliefs and energy in order to tap into the most powerful regions of our minds such that desired results abound. A rudimentary and well documented example of this concept, which you have failed to recognize or mention, is the placebo effect.

I would also like to briefly point out that manifesting is not about "refusing to accept co-incidence as a fact of life." Rather, it is about whole-heartedly accepting that coincidences are a fact of life; they are a significant part of our lives.

Without belaboring the issue, I think that the practice of manifesting can best be summed up with the following, and you can quote me on this:

"The human mind works in mysterious ways!"

reply: I'm sorry, Derek, but I find it hard to believe that something which scientists can't adequately account for or understand has been mysteriously grasped by the intuition of a few people while meditating. One positive thing I find in manifesting is in the advice not to heed the adage that "all things come to those who wait." Another is in using visualization to prepare for tasks that require skill to perform. 

Making sense of coincidences is just one more example of the human brain's natural tendency to relate and unite disparate data in an apparent effort to make sense out of everything. (Am I becoming an evolutionary psychologist?!!!)


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