Question: is it best to remove any and all doubt when doing the manifesting? Does doubt sully the pure communication, or should one acknowledge doubt so as shrug to say, “screw it, I am in your hands.” I am asking about the optimal attitude for one to take with your technique.
The answer depends on how you do manifesting. So, let’s discuss how manifesting works, and explore some techniques.
Manifesting is fundamentally about sending instructions to ethereal software. The software then acts on those instructions to influence events. The main technique in manifesting is the method for sending your instructions. And, depending on which method you use, your doubts might affect the results you get, or might not.
Today, I’m going to explain how doubt affects manifesting in a normal, default technique. Tomorrow, we’ll take a detour and explore an alternate hypothesis — that maybe doubt doesn’t affect manifesting at all. Friday, we’ll return to magick techniques and discuss the method I use for manifesting, which I know from experience works regardless of doubt.
How Manifesting Works
Here’s Yvonne’s manifesting technique, from her blog:
[...] simply fuse our emotions with energy, then give the whole bundle form according to one’s intention. This is the simplest kind of New Age magick. First you get into the spiritual body (use the theta wave if you meditate), fuse your thought/intent with emotion (visualize it) then, pow – push that puppy out!
You can get fancier, with runes and candles and chants. That’s where most mages seem to focus: On the physical actions and conscious thoughts you have as you send out your intent. But regardless of those actions and thoughts, most of the magical action involves two things:
- Which ethereal software you use, since different software will influence events in different ways.
- How the ethereal software reads the instructions from your thoughts.
Once the ethereal software has your instructions, it handles the details. There is actually a lot you can do to influence how it does that, ranging from changing your phrasing, to changing your settings and preferences stored in the ethereal software, to using different ethereal software. But if you’re interested in doubt, you really want to focus on how the ethereal software reads your thoughts.
By default, most software will connect to your mind, read all of your thoughts, and try to figure out what you want. If you’re conflicted, or doubtful, or angry, or any number of other things that would influence how you, in this moment, would act on your intent, chances are* the ethereal software will pick that up, and include it as part of the magick you were asking for. Whether you just send your intent or add runes or rituals, the ethereal software will read your mind in essentially the same way.
*Saying “Chances are” = “This is speculation.” It’s possible that some software is programmed to distinguish between conscious and unconscious desires, and filter out unintended instructions.
Ona on A Little Death blog has a great description of how this might work:
Say, for example, that you want to find an apartment. Your will, cleanly stated, is to have a great apartment for a great price in the right location. If you try to do a magickal working for this purpose though, it is often the case that that your simple will is colored by endless thoughts such as: “I hope this works. I really wish I could find an apartment soon. I want to have an apartment in this neighborhood.” Hoping and wishing become part of the magickal intention and the result ends up being that indeed, you wish, you hope and you want, but no apartment comes into your hands.
This problem isn’t inherent to manifesting, though. It’s caused by relying on the ethereal software to handle 100% of the communication, which requires it to sort through all the different ideas in your mind to figure out what you really want. If, instead, you handle some of the magical communication yourself, you can select the thoughts that go to the ethereal software, and ensure that it only acts on the instructions you intend. We’ll discuss that Friday.Other posts in this series: