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Manifest Your Dreams - Part 3

manifestation series Jun 14, 2022
Bhakti Rose - Manifest Your Dreams - Part 3

Have you been following this recent series of blog posts on the subject of 'manifestation'? If not there is plenty of time to catch up - just scroll back through this blog and it's all there for you. 

In the meantime let's jump in.  Here's what my dear teacher Maya Tiwari has to say about the art of intention setting:

‘Make a vow - a sankulpa. Like most Sanskrit terminology there is simply no equitable translation in other languages for this word. We could say it is a blessing or a sacred intention or intent that is held in the greater mind (buddhi) witnessed by the sakshi (inner witness), so that we are continually prodded by memory and prana to guide and remind us as we move along in our everyday rhythm. In this way we remember our vow when it counts. And when we forget to remember, we are consoled by the fact that our awareness is growing. Sooner or later we remember.’ – Maya Tiwari

Last month was all about letting go of that which no longer serves us.  This month we're focused on calling in what you want.   There are two ways to think about this.  We can talk about bringing new things into our lives, like new work opportunities, or career opportunities, or a new relationship.  We can also work with energy and intention around what we currently have already.  We can amplify and improve what’s already present and working well for us.

Let’s take an example.  You might be in a long-term relationship that's a little bit stuck - the wheels are spinning.  You can decide to leave this partner and move on.  Or you can decide to work together to reinvigorate your relationship. It’s a choice of whether to work with what you’ve got or direct your energies on something entirely new.  Similarly with your career you can change track completely or work on improving conditions in your existing role. Making this distinction will help you get clear on how and what you want to manifest in your life.

One thing to keep in mind is that the more healed you are - the more aligned your life becomes - the less dynamic change or radical change needs to happen. When we are more settled in ourselves we make better choices, so we don't have to knee jerk against the challenges that we set up for ourselves.  Life flows more easily. 

You were born with your own karmic path, a path that comes with lessons. You are destined to learn and destined to overcome obstacles. You are destined in this lifetime.  With this beautiful knowledge you become aware of the fact that you were born into the body your spirit soul resides in, for a reason, a powerful purpose; to walk in that skin and overcome the karmas that come with it. It is time to embrace the absolute miracle that you are and enjoy the wild ride that is your life.

In the Yoga Sutras, one of the ancient yogic texts, which is over 2000 years old, at the very end of the last chapter (Chapter 4), author Patanjali talks about this.

He says, ‘when you're ready to have enlightenment experiences, when you're ready to have experiences of connection to Source, it might happen in a way that is very surprising to you and at the same time it might feel mundane.’

For example, in business, sometimes we see the overnight success. Like just out of nowhere, someone created this incredible thing, this incredible offering, this blog, this product. What happens before, is the unseen part, and that's the part that often takes a long time.

Attachment and Grasping 

Things speed up when we’re not attached. When we're attached, we’re actually slowing things down from manifesting themselves. They take longer to manifest or they may not happen at all.  There is an energy of grasping and holding on too tight. 

What does attachment mean from a yogic standpoint?

This is a question that yogis have pondered for thousands of years. The Bhagavad Gita, which is our main scripture as bhakti yogis suggests that it takes a certain level of spiritual maturity to work with non-attachment because what happens is that we need to be able to be in the dance of, ‘I really want this thing’, and ‘I'm also able to soften and let it go’. Sometimes that can be very tricky – it can be a hard dance to master.

There's a beautiful word in Sanskrit, it's one of my favourite words, which is ‘swaha’. It requires a bit of explanation as we don't have an equivalent word in the English language. It means to try your guts out for something, ‘to really put your all into it’, and then ‘to let go and let God’. An example I often give is it’s like a job interview that you desperately want. You prepare a perfect CV, the night before you make sure you know who's going to be interviewing you, you have a good night sleep, you wear the right clothing, you turn up on time, you do your very best interview, and then at the end of it you have to let go. Maybe that job is meant for you or maybe there's another candidate who's better. You don't know. I think the best-case scenarios is trusting that whatever works out is for your highest good.

So you may have a deep attachment to a particular job, but the question is, is the outcome that you so desire, actually in your highest interest? Is it aligned with what is really in the highest good for you?

So when we really learn to trust in the Source and trust in the Universe we’re able to soften a little bit and let go, because we realise that although we have this very strong intention, we also surrender – swaha - to the possibility that, this may not be our highest purpose or our greatest alignment. 

Sometimes people get confused and think non-attachment means, I just float through, I don't have to do anything – a hippie kind of vibe. That’s not it! Non-attachment is aligned action and clarity but without a sense of gripping and holding so tight that you actually slow everything down. It all gets very stuck. This is ongoing, this is a work in progress. In my own life it's a part of being human that we're constantly in that dance. Another way that this ‘being stuck’ condition can show up, is in resistance to change.

So, when we're not attached, we learn to flow through life and accept that things are always changing, that we can't hold onto a particular person, or a job, or a situation. We can't really pin things down. We must be able to allow some expansive energy distance softening, and some sense of spaciousness around what's happening in our lives.


 Journaling prompts for this month:

  • Where and how do you practice generosity?
  • Where are you practicing austerity and discipline? For example, not impulse shopping or not having a takeout coffee if you forgot your keep-cup, or saving money rather than splurging.
  • Where are you making more space to be open to receiving?  Saying yes to gifts or help?
  • Pajanjali promises when we nail greedlessness we will understand the meaning and purpose of our lives because we create the space to allow the intuitive downloads to land, when we are not stuck in attachment.  How can you be less greedy and more grateful in your life?



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