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Do you believe thoughts are powerful? Do you believe they're powerful enough to shape the way your face looks, the way people treat you, your surroundings, and your present situation on a deep level? I can accept that. But are they so powerful, so tangible, that they can make manifest the heart's deepest desires, like a car, an apartment, a soul mate, or even world peace?
The ideas in the of Law of Attraction, Intention Manifestation, Vibration Harmony, and other New Thought theories are provocative in their presentation, and logical in the metaphysical sense, but they come up short in widely observed physical delivery. Each new flavor assures us of the same message in more or less chapters. If we think it, if we truly believe it and desire it, if we claim it, and it jives with the will of the universe, this item will come to be.
So Who's Propagating this Message?
Many people are. And they span a long range of history!
Prentice Mulford, in Thoughts Are Things (1889), tells us that:
"The spiritual mind today sees belonging to itself a power for accomplishing any and all results in the physical world, greater than the masses dream of."
Wallace D. Wattles tells us in The Science of Getting Rich (1910), that:
"All things are made from a thinking stuff that, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe."
"A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged in the thought."
"Anyone can form things in thought and, by impressing that thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing to be created."
"These basic statements are the essence of the creative process and form the foundation for all that follows [in this book]."
"To control circumstance a knowledge of certain scientific principles of mind-action is required. Such knowledge is a most valuable asset. It may be...put into practice as fast as learned."
"Every thought tends to become a material thing. Our desires are seed thoughts that have tendency to sprout and grow and blossom and bear fruit."
"When we understand that the mind is the great creative power, what does not become possible?"
James Twyman, in his book, The Moses Code (2008), explores God's revelation of his name to humanity, I AM THAT I AM, and the power of thought in combination with the Creator's intimate name. He documents his own account of using the Moses Code to manifest his book as the #1 bestseller on the day of its Amazon release. Twyman says of the code:
"You can use it to attract everything you've ever longed for -- wealth, the perfect relationship, property, and so on."
"Your wish is the Universe's command, whether it's conscious, or unconscious. It will give you everything you ask for..."
T.D. Jakes, a modern day Christian evangelist, in his book, The Great Investment (2000), while interpreting the opening verses of the Book of John, and then amplifying some, says:
"Verse 3 declares that all things that are tangible were made from the expression of thought."
"Whatever you are thinking, that is what you are creating in your life. When God gives you the power to get wealth, one of those powers so often ignored is a divine thought."
Even Steven Covey, in his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989, 2004), which describes the impact of paradigm shifts, and informs us about our own attitude's impact on our happiness and success, talks about becoming your own creator, with respect to the second habit of a highly effective person:
"Through imagination, we can visualize the uncreated worlds of potential that lie within us. Through conscience, we can come in contact with universal laws or principals with our own singular talents and avenues of contribution, and with the personal guidelines within which we can most effectively develop them. Combined with self-awareness, these two endowments empower us to write our own script."
The list of authors and thinkers that suggest, and even outright declare the reality of Intention Manifestation extends on, and on, to great length! My list is barely an adequate sample of the literature that is out there.
Are They All New Age Crap?
Let me be clear about something: I love these books! I own every one of them. I have four book shelves in my office over flowing with books, and a large portion of them are about personal growth of one sort or another. I've taken most of the principles in these books to heart and over the years they have shaped my behavior, refined my perception of what life is, and educated me on how vast and incredible our universe, our existence, is.
All of the quotes above are taken out of context, to some extent. It's impractical for me to deliver each chapter enveloping the quotes. What should be noted is that all of those books also share "greater" messages. The Moses Code, for instance, will tell you that God's name, with intention, will bring you anything that you desire, BUT, there is a much greater cause to be concerned with.
The Bigger Messages.
T.D. Jakes' book was probably the first sound book I read on fiscal responsibility (It was an incredible gift from my mom before a deployment overseas, and his direction prompted me to open my retirement Thrift Savings Plan at the young age of 22). He preaches of abundance, but he shepherds responsibility and maturity in finances.
The so called New Thought leaders from the turn of the century also speak directly about manifesting whatever a man wants, but it almost always comes with a broader definition of "wealth" that is much more than money.
These books have great messages, and I buy into them. I believe in the idea of thought being energy, and all of us being a part of creativity. I am certain that a person with a negative attitude will draw to himself negative situations (I've seen first hand examples of it), and because of that it is plausible to me that positive thoughts will draw positive situations. I believe it's plausible, even to the extent of directly manifesting something that I desire.
BUT, Has it ever been proven? Has it ever been documented by someone besides the now-wealthy motivational speaker or best-selling author of whom most of his wealth can be attributed to sales of the book that describes that system of wealth?
I'm going to try it for myself.
There are three things I'm currently working with in my personal exploration of higher conscience, and the three of them tie in nicely together, so we're going to conduct a three-stage time trial.
The most basic of the three is a simple intention, written, spoken, focused on daily, and held in the mind. Steve Pavlina introduced his Million Dollar Experiment which evolved into a group intention. The experiment to date has manifested 5.7 million dollars between 1,600 active participants.
Averaged, that's only $3,562 manifested per person, when the goal is a million. I will admit that 1 million is too lofty at this point in my life to intend upon without subconsciously undermining myself. I'm going to modify mine to $100,000 and the intention, adopted from Steve's reads like this,
In an easy and relaxed manner, in a healthy and positive way, in its own perfect time, for the highest good of all, I intend $100,000 to come into my life and into the lives of everyone who holds this intention.
Print it. Copy it. Put it on your cell phone. It is an intention that you hold, and focus on throughout the day.
I AM, The Moses Code.
Next to the intention, the spiritual element that Twyman points out in The Moses Code intrigues me. Since I was old enough to read the Bible on my own, I was always fascinated by the name that God gave to Moses when he asked for it. "I AM THAT I AM. Tell them that I AM sent you." The name becomes an idea that transcends simple interpretation.
Twyman proposes that you claim the name of the creator and progress from levels of ego, to soul, and eventually onto unity with your creator. From "you are," to "I am."
In dwelling on that vast concept, and the journey to get there, he suggests meditating with the name. Using it to claim that which is a desire of yours, an intention. Think on the desire, exhale with the words, "I AM THAT," and inhale with the words, "I AM." Just the act alone breeds concentration, and focus. I've enjoyed using it as a focal point in my intentional breathing and thought.
In practical use, over the last 30 days, I've been intently focused on watching a music video project of Hard Knock Laughs that we produced go from launch, to its desired goal of 1,000,000 views on YouTube. Through our marketing efforts we reached 29,830 and have been stalled there for over 7 days.
This is a very material desire, but it is a passionate one for me for business reasons. 23 people came together to make that incredible product, and I long for its success to see the rewards it will bring on the people who worked so hard to make it happen.
As well as my intention of seeing $100,000 manifest, I will be using the Moses Code to meditate, concentrate, focus, and will be directly applying its implications to my Hard Knock Laughs project.
30-Day Prosperity Simulation.
I stumbled across this today, and this is actually the driving force behind my experiment. The Prosperity Simulation is otherwise known as the Abraham-Hicks Prosperity Game. The purpose is to change the way a person is thinking about money. In their words, it's to change the money vibrations in your head.
The challenge also offers practical use though. If you received $30,000 tomorrow, but you could only keep it if you spent it all within one waking day, would you have clear direction for that money? There are several versions of it, but I prefer the lower denominations to force myself to really think about it.
On day one you have $1,000 that you have to spend. Record a detailed log of how you're going to spend it. Detailed. Not just, bought a trip for two to Vegas. On day two you have $2,000. On day three, $3,000. 4: $4,000. And 5: $5,000. Gettit?
As you document this spending, the vibrations in your head change, and consequently, whether you intended it or not, money starts finding you.