The Principle of Manifestation

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we must endeavor to impress upon our subjective mind the idea of that which we desire quite apart from any conditions. This separation from the elements of condition implies the elimination of the idea of time, and consequently we must think of the thing as already in actual existence.”  – Thomas Troward

A few days ago I was sorting through a catch-all box of odds and ends which, among hundreds of other small objects, contained a black pebble and a navy bean, both roughly equal in size. How or why these two items ended up in the box was unknown to me. In their relative context—items in a catch-all box—they would be thought of as being part of a collection of junk. Taken from this box, however, both objects took on very distinct, differing meanings. Holding the bean and the pebble in my hand, I thought of both in completely different ways. Drop both objects in soil and the bean would become a plant while the pebble would remain unchanged for eons.

Similarly, the catch-all box of the human mind contains a multitude of thoughts, many of which, like the pebble, will never produce anything meaningful. They do little more, in fact, than occupy mental space. There are certain kinds of ideas, however, that are different. The idea of security, for example, is a persistent desire that translates into a perpetual quest for prosperity. Yet we often find this quest for security fruitless and elusive, wishful thinking among a box full of other mental objects. If we pluck this idea of security from our mental box and drop it into the soil of the creative process by thinking of it “as already in actual existence,” something different will happen. Conditions reflecting security will, according to Troward, begin to manifest.

Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:23-24).

Hold the idea of security as an already accomplished fact. Take this statement: God, the unfailing source of my good, has now established me in absolute security. I am now free from all want, free from all fear and free to express the good I am here to express. Do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, and it will be done for you.


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