“It is my intention to live my life on purpose, and I know you have the same desire.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer
Manifesting in the ‘now’
I was first introduced to ‘presence’ when reading the book – ‘The power of now’ by Eckhart Tolle. Presence is when your mind is calm, peaceful and still: you could say fully in the present moment.
If you often feel agitated, stressed and overwhelmed, try doing nothing. It is the most powerful spiritual practice, to just rest in stillness.
the fasting of the mind”
Presence – the opposite of doing
Presence is the opposite of doing, just pure being. How long can you sit and do nothing for? Try just sitting still and being alert for 5 -10 minutes. Most people find this challenging as their ‘monkey mind’ drives them crazy.
Your ‘monkey mind’ may sound something like this: “ You have no time to sit and do nothing, get a move on !” or “Don’t just sit there, do something !”.
Self-talk and creativity
The conscious mind is the part of the mind that you use all day long: your inner voice or self-talk. Your self-talk can have limitations when it comes to creativity. The conscious mind can only make sense of the world based on logic, reason and understanding.
Nothing truly original or creative can manifest without going beyond the conscious mind. It rejects and filters most of the best idea’s that you think of, dismissing them as unrealistic or too much of a risk.
Your conscious mind will always try to convince you to play safe. This is because it doesn’t understand anything new and hates change. The conscious mind’s intention is good, to look after and protect you.
However, in order to manifest something new, exciting and original, you have to bypass the conscious mind. This means stepping out of the past and into the present moment.
How you experience life within yourself, is reflected in how you perceive the world outside. When you feel agitated and stressed, this influences what you manifest and bring into your life.
This is what is meant by the concept of the microcosm is a reflection of the macrocosm. This is where just being, placing your attention on the body and not doing anything else, brings you back to this grounded meditative state: your natural state of being.
Presence will help you to manifest from a higher state of consciousness. Presence is the best place to start with creativity. If you are unsure how to practise presence, watch this youtube video with Sri Mooji. When your mind is still, your ability to manifest is much better.
“Even when in the midst of disturbance, the stillness of the mind can offer sanctuary”
Stephen Richards – The Ultimate Cosmic Ordering Meditation
Visualisation – what success would look like
Visualise what you want to manifest in your imagination. The mind is like a mental workshop where you can practise visualisation. When your mind is calm, you can let your imagination run wild and visualise your desire.
This develops the creative part of your brain as well as driving your motivation towards what you want to manifest. Visualisation is very powerful as it uses your imagination as a tool to manifest.
Re-direct your self-talk
Meditation is a great skill to develop and master. Meditation is about focusing your attention in one place. Whether it is focusing your attention on your breath or focusing your thoughts on what you want to manifest, practise the skill of holding your concentration in one area for a period of time.
Say you are writing a new blog post, think about creative insights that you could write about. Direct your self-talk to discuss what you are working on. This helps to drive your motivation and makes writing the new blog post much easier.
Self-talk, in this way, can help you achieve your goal. New insights and creative ideas can come out of your mind.
When you get tired – rest
It is only a matter of time until you become tired of working on your new project. When this happens, take a break and let it go. Working on a new project can be tiring. Step back from the idea, and do something completely different.
When you come back to the project, it will be much easier to make progress. Nobody said blogging had to be hard work. Blogging should be fun! So practise presence, visualisation and redirect your self-talk. Oh and when you have done this, take a break!