The Rule of Order

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Part 5 of Five Steps of The Manifestation Process

“Do calmly, without excitement, whatever the circumstance seems to require. This will lead to the further unfolding of other circumstances in the same direction. By addressing each one as it appears, you are moving step by step toward the accomplishment of your desire.”

Life is all about transformation. A seed is dropped in the ground in one form and it emerges as another. And, “unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24).

And so it is with the manifestation process. In a very real sense, this process is about dying to one state of being so that another may come forth. As you move from where you are to where you want to be, you must release the old and take on the new.

Watching the new emerge is an exciting process. When you see evidence of your desire beginning to manifest it is easy to become overzealous in your attempt to hurry things along. External action can be addictive. Things begin to happen and you want them to continue and so you may start trying to “push the river” as someone put it. The writer of Psalms also warned against over-zealousness when he wrote, “zeal for thy house has consumed me” (Psalms 69:9).

Every step toward your desired good offers something of value, even in those times when nothing seems to be happening. Hold your vision in an attitude of expectation, enthusiasm and in the knowledge that everything is working together for you good in right and perfect order.

 

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Doing the Work

Five Steps of The Manifestation Process

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Wait until some circumstance pointing in the desired direction begins to show itself. It may be small, but it is the type and not the magnitude of the circumstance that is important. This is the first sprouting of the seed.

Chalk it up to my rural Missouri upbringing, but I really appreciate the earthy simplicity of Thomas Troward’s approach. So many writers inject the element of magic into the subject of manifestation, over-looking the fact that we have all been engaged in the manifestation process from the day we were born.

When you set a goal, you are really telling yourself to start paying attention to opportunities, even small ones, that will enable you to move closer to that goal. Creating a vision is really the practice of creating awareness in the direction you want your life to unfold. Without this awareness, opportunities can and do pass by unnoticed.

Troward is pointing to a relaxed awareness, which is very different than a frantic searching for opportunities to further the manifestation of your vision. There are, of course, times when you make things happen. You are inspired with an idea which you act upon until you bring it to a successful conclusion. There are other times when you are presented with ideas that are beyond your comfort zone. You may be tempted to rationalize your hesitancy to pursue it means it is not right for you. This could be the very portion of the manifestation process that has been standing at your door knocking. When you take action, one of two things will happen: either your initial discomfort will begin to dissolve and you’ll find new strength and inspiration, or it will become crystal clear to you that the path represented by the idea is indeed one to be abandoned.

There really are no hard and fast rules concerning the choices you make in the manifestation process. It is a fact that this process is occurring right now and you are steering it with choices you are making. Develop a keen awareness of your choices, and you will find your life unfolding in a way that is much more to your liking.

 

 

 

Embrace Your Desire

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Enter your daily routine with the calm assurance that conditions are either present already or will soon present themselves. If you do not see evidence at once, know that the spiritual prototype (your desire) is already in existence.

For many, this may be one of the most challenging steps in the manifestation process. The principle is illustrated in a gospel story when the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom would come. Jesus pointed out that the kingdom was already present, as a potential within each person. The implication is that the kingdom will manifest in accordance with the individual’s level of expectation.

Every time you think of your desire, get the feeling that it is complete even if you see no evidence to support it. Your vision and your accompanying feeling serve as the blueprint—or as Troward called it, the spiritual prototype—from which the manifestation evolves. By holding your vision, you become attentive to unfolding possibilities.

Jesus again expressed this principle of knowing in his story of the woman who had ten silver coins and lost one. She swept her house clean looking for it. She knew she had that coin. If she couldn’t remember whether or not she had ten, she would not have put the same kind of energy into her search.

You are to think of your desire as the equivalent to your having the manifested version. Do not be frantic about looking for evidence of it. Just go about your life doing what you need to do while holding your desire in the back of your mind as a completed fact.

There is, of course, a certain excitement that accompanies your vision and the feeling that it is now present. You do not want to deny this, but you do not want to let it drain your energy either. Follow Troward’s suggestion of calm assurance. In due time, the evidence that it is coming forth will show itself.

 

 

Calm Expectation

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Know that you are working with law. With calm expectation of a corresponding result, you know that all necessary conditions will come about in proper order.

I have said many times that we can better understand the word faith by exchanging it with the word expectation. When you say, I have faith in God, you may not put yourself in the same assured mindset as when you say, I am working with divine law, therefore I expect results. When you say you have faith in God, you may be saying, I believe God will have mercy on me and act on my behalf. When you think of yourself as working with law—as in working a mathematical equation—you step out of the imposed perceived personality of God and enter the realm of cause and effect. Your desire becomes a cause and its manifestation is the effect. The attitude of calm expectation becomes a magnetic atmosphere of developing possibilities.

How clear is your desire? Have you written it down? Can you see it and feel it the instant you think about it? If you cannot, then go back to step one and continue clarifying and developing your desire. The reason this is important is that your desire becomes a cause. If your cause is blurry, the effects that follow will be blurred as well. If you have clarified it, you can enter this second step of calm expectation with the assurance that you have set into motion a cause that will produce a specific effect.

Each morning as you awaken, picture your desire and give thanks that some aspect of it is working into your life this day. Do not be concerned if you see no evidence that this is happening. When you plant a seed you never see immediate evidence of its growth. But you plant with the calm expectation that it is growing.

Calm expectation of your good is like a computer program running in the background. You go about your daily life while holding this expectant attitude always. At night when you go to bed, you make your picture vivid, giving thanks that it unfolds even as you sleep. Living with calm expectation keeps your heart open and joyful.

Visualization

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Form a clear picture of your desire with the understanding that, by so doing, you impress your desire upon the Creative Life Force. This understanding takes this first step out of the region of fantasy.

Last week I gave an overview of five step of the manifestation process originally given by Thomas Troward in his book, The Edinburgh Lectures. There is value in further exploration of each of these steps so we may clearly understand their importance in bringing desired change to our own life.

This first step is agreed upon by nearly all who advocate visualization techniques associated with goal setting. In truth, we all carry a picture of the life we believe we deserve and we are living out that life on a daily basis. The problem with this picture is that it may not be the one we really want. It may be driven by circumstances, talk of hard times, short-sighted opinions of others or the ratings-hungry media.

We need to put forth the effort to define our desire so clearly that we are aware when we drift away from it. A good way to do this is to write it down. Start with a general overview of the thing you would like to see manifest and then rework it until you feel you have a clear statement of the good you desire. Once you have this, ask yourself this question: How would I feel if this desire were manifested now? Spend time considering your feelings and then rewrite your statement in a way that includes them.

A vision consists of an image and a feeling. See yourself free and happy that your desired good has come about. Never see yourself struggling to make it happen. As the step points out, you are impressing your desire upon the Creative Life Force, infinite wisdom and intelligence that knows no restrictions and is never hindered by appearances. You are working in cooperation with God by forming and holding steady to this picture. Read your statement with conviction at least twice a day, once in the morning and once at bedtime, and then throughout your day when possible. Do not struggle to make it true. Know that it is true.

 

 

Five Steps of The Manifestation Process overview

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Overview: adapted from The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science

By Thomas Troward

Edited by J Douglas Bottorff

These are the steps of the manifestation process according to Thomas Troward. I have taken the liberty of editing them because, reflecting the common writing style of his day, Troward was quite verbose and sometimes difficult to understand. These steps can be useful to anyone interested in setting their life in order based on spiritual principle. 5 part series follows.

  1. Form a clear picture of your desire with the understanding that, by so doing, you impress your desire upon the Creative Life Force. This understanding takes this first step out of the region of fantasy.
  2. Know that you are working with law. With calm expectation of a corresponding result, you know that all necessary conditions will come about in proper order.
  3. Enter your daily routine with the calm assurance that conditions are either present already or will soon present themselves. If you do not see evidence at once, know that the spiritual prototype (your desire) is already in existence.
  4. Wait until some circumstance pointing in the desired direction begins to show itself. It may be small but it is the type and not the magnitude of the circumstance that is important. This is the first sprouting of the seed.
  5. Do calmly, without excitement, whatever the circumstance seems to require. This will lead to the further unfolding of other circumstances in the same direction. By addressing each one as it appears, you are moving step by step toward the accomplishment of your desire.

 

The Call

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“Sometime, somewhere, every human being must come to himself. Having tired of eating husks, he will ‘arise and go to my Father.’”   – Emilie Cady

Quoting from the parable of the prodigal son given by Jesus, Cady is stating an encouraging truth. The life many of us are living is likely but a representational fraction of the life that is trying to express itself through us. We sense the call to arise, to come up higher, and we translate this call into a vision of better, more freeing external conditions. The conditions we envision, however, may not be the true reflections of what God has in store for us. We are responding to the inner calling but we may not be fully surrendering to it.

Acknowledging that you are being called by God is the first and most important step toward the life you seek. Many do not realize that their desire for a freer life is really the expansive nature of God seeking to out-picture through them. By holding the thought that our desire for freedom is a product of personal ambition rather than a divine movement, we restrict the universal flow of greater good to a personal vision that will not exceed our senses-based understanding.

It is important to spend quality time laying aside all personal imagery of what we think our life can or should become and meditate on the inner call to arise. Jesus reminded us that it is the Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom. The giving of this kingdom is not an act that will begin once we prove to God we are worthy of receiving. It has already begun. Our job is to learn how to receive it in its unconditional, unrestricted form.

In your quiet time, focus on your inner urge for a better life knowing this urge is the voice of God drawing you up to a free and satisfying experience. The attitude of surrender will free you from the tendency to tell God what you need or want and will align your thoughts with the higher purpose. As you go about your day, affirm something like, “Thy will is now being done,” and know that everyone and everything is coming into alignment with this inner calling.