Manifestation processes help to initiate, commune and confirm your relationship with the Divine. They offer the budding spiritual aspirant evidence they need that divine energy is present in their lives. The processes help to balance your life when it is out of balance. Manifestation is a conscious process of working hand in hand with the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual laws of the universe in order to become a co-creator of your reality. You could say that the manifestation process is a form of spiritual alchemy.
It is considered “spiritual”, because the underlying desire through the manifestation process is to strengthen one’s communion with the Divine. It is “alchemy”, because the spiritual aspirant considers their life a laboratory, where they can experiment with transforming the lead in life into an abundance of golden solutions, but manifesting is not as easy as it seems.
Manifestation processes are often promoted by New Age teachers as a magical way for customers to create the lifestyle they want filled with everything they desire. It’s the New Age’s version of yearning for the Promised Land archetype. This is very appealing to the ego, but the higher purpose of manifestation is to heighten your awareness of the Divine in all things visible and invisible. Manifestation processes are meant to deepen your relationship with the Divine as opposed to providing wealth and a luxurious lifestyle. Enlightened individuals have no use for manifestation processes once they’ve realised union with the Divine, but aspirants who are new to the spiritual path are often mesmerised by manifestation methods and the goodies they promise. However, the manifestation process contains more than one hidden clause. Add to this, the promoters and teachers of these processes are unaware of what they are invoking on behalf of their customers. If the industry really knew what type of powers they were meddling with, they would honour them as a sacred path to your soul’s purpose. But they don’t. Instead, New Age teachers pimp out their version of the manifestation process to anyone regardless of the buyer’s emotional, mental or spiritual health. It is an abuse of spiritual power to sell the manifestation process as a spiritually ethical way to justify the lust for an excessive or abundant lifestyle. It seems that being content with enough is not enough.
Manifestation teachers are teaching their students that the desire for abundance is healthy. It is not. Creating an abundance of any person, place, thought, feeling or object goes beyond enough. The fact is abundance is an excess or oversupply of something. It is simply too much. The Oxford Dictionary defines the word “abundance” as “a very large quantity of something; the state or condition of having a copious quantity of something.” The Oxford Dictionary defines “enough” when used as a determiner and pronoun “as much or as many as required,” and as an adverb: “to the required degree or extent.” Both words have two very different meanings.
The desire for too much is useful when it is applied as a temporary measure to bring balance back into your life, but otherwise, having too much on a permanent basis is gluttonous. And being grateful for abundance is not going to counter a guilty conscience over a lust for gluttony.
Manifesting processes put many at risk in that it inadvertently encourages greed. By giving yourself permission to be a spiritual glutton, you allow a greedy nature to dominate, which leads to hoarding your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual resources. Your emotional, mental and spiritual state needs to be stable and healthy before you begin any manifestation process. It cannot be used to fix an emotionally unstable or spiritually unhealthy lifestyle, so before, during and after you have signed up, you are likely to need the support of a spiritual counsellor.
The romantic and heavenly aspects of manifestation processes are highlighted in the sales pitch. They say that magic, happiness and freedom can be yours. What the sellers don’t tell their buyers is that the honeymoon period will come to an end sooner or later. They don’t tell you this because they can’t. They don’t know it yet, but even the sellers are still swooning on their honeymoon.
Somewhere along the way through every manifestation process, you will encounter massive highs and equally corresponding lows that are a part of any intense and intimate relationship. The manifestation process asks you to surrender or let go of beliefs that no longer serve you because they stand in the way of manifesting your heart’s desires. This is true, but you can also be sure that letting go of anything in your life will trigger the process of healing. Add to this, the healing process contains the potential to activate more than one spiritual crisis. A spiritual crisis is known by ancient and contemporary mystics as the dark night of the soul. Furthermore, since the manifestation process is one of spiritual alchemy, it means yet another behavioural force is engaged in the procedure. The entire process is motivated by the quest to reach the golden, promised land.
By participating in any manifestation process, you invoke five major archetypal experiences to occur all at once. They are the alchemist archetype, the relationship archetype, the healer, the mystic, and the promised land archetype. (Actually, this list is not exhaustive, but these are some of the major archetypal influences)
The archetype of Relationship: spiritual romance and courtship, engagement, marriage, honeymoon and ultimate union with the Divine, including the trials that are a part of any intense and deeply intimate relationship.
The archetype of Healer: The healing process of shock, denial, pain, bargaining, depression, surrender, recovery, rebirth, moving on, and philanthropy.
The archetype of the Mystic: Wrestling with spiritual madness and the dark night of the soul’s five stages of transformation: Breakthrough, spiritual purification, discovery, soul searching and revelation, and the two sub-stages, the Night of the Senses and the Night of the Spirit.
The archetype of the New Age Promised Land: This archetype represents the urge to relocate to the Golden City Lights of the Promised Land in order to escape 9 to 5 captivity. The New Age Promised Land represents a yearning, a longing, a desire, a lust, an obsession or an addiction to comfort, security, abundance, fame, fortune, love, and glamour.
The archetype of Alchemist: A process of experimentation that involves trial, error, rejection, failure, success, research, feedback and testing in order to produce the desired results.
These five archetypal experiences are an enormous, complicated combination of powerful internal and external spiritual forces and dynamic energies. My list does not include the four archetypes shared by everyone to varying degrees. They are the child, victim, prostitute and saboteur, so this might explain why it can be so hard to manifest with consistent success.
Fresh faced spiritual aspirants do not have the spiritual hard-wire to handle the power of more than one archetypal experience at the same time. During the course of the manifestation process, there will be extremely good times, and equally bad times, as you pursue your relationship with the Divine. Therefore, at various stages, you can expect to find yourself enduring physical, emotional, mental and spiritually barren periods of darkness. The dark night of the soul is unavoidable if you want to evolve spiritually. The manifestation process will demand it of you. You can say with certainty that participating in the manifestation process will ignite your journey not only into the light, but also into the dark. Light and dark, up and down, back and front, in and out, yin and yang; there are two sides to every coin.
The problem is that once you purchase the book or finish your lessons on how to manifest your desires, then you’re on your own. The purveyors of these manifestation processes are not in any way equipped to deal with your spiritual relationship crises, your healing emergencies, your alchemical failures, and your dark nights of the soul that accompany your further attempts at manifestation. Instead, they will tell you that your application of their manifestation process is flawed so you should go back over the instructions or come to the next workshop for updates on the process. This causes the spiritual aspirant to doubt their “spiritual” abilities, so they believe it is their defective thoughts or their emotions that are at fault. This is soul destroying, but the new age industry relies on the aspirant’s spiritual misery to keep them in business.
There are very few individuals who really know how help you to navigate your way through these simultaneously occurring archetypal experiences. They know how to sell you the fluffy pink, positive aspects of the manifestation process, but due to their severe lack of experience and genuine knowledge of the anatomy of the soul, they neglect to mention the dark underbelly. If they did, the unsuspecting spiritual aspirant would think more than twice before buying into their manifestation processes.
Your understanding of the nature of the Divine is meant to mature through your application of the manifestation process. Once you master the art of manifestation, your lesson in learning to have enough, instead of too much, or not enough, is complete. Areas of your life that were lopsided are no longer out of balance. When you no longer need evidence that spiritual energy is present in the whole of your life, then manifestation processes will become passé for you. Until then – before, during, and for some time after your adventures in manifesting – it is wise to enlist someone qualified and experienced to support you.