Last week when discussing how divination works, it was explained that we as humans live simultaneously in the physical and astral planes. Our subconscious mind, or soul, if you will, resides in the astral. Because vibrations move faster in the astral plane than they do in the physical plane, everything that happens to us in the physical plane first happens in the astral.
How do we communicate with the astral plane? By our thoughts! Being conscious of our thoughts is the greatest work we can do in practicing manifestation. When we think negative thoughts, we are telling our subconscious mind to create negativity in our lives. Our subconscious is like a puppy. It will do exactly what you train it to do. It doesn’t know the difference between what is good for us or bad for us; it just does. So, if we’re constantly thinking “I’m too fat.” or “I’m unlucky” or “Why can’t I be successful,” remember that you are training your subconscious mind to fulfill your command in the astral, thereby eventually manifesting it in your physical experience. The work is to change those negative thoughts into positive thoughts: “I am my perfect weight,” or “I am lucky” or “I enjoy my profession and all the abundance it brings into my life.”
Notice that these affirmations are IN THE PRESENT TENSE. We would not say to ourselves “I will become my perfect weight,” or ”I am getting lucky” or “I will be successful someday.” Your affirmations confirm THE NOW!!
Is there a way to make your affirmations even more powerful? YES! By adding as much positive emotion to your thoughts, your thoughts are energized. The best emotion to use is gratitude. While you’re making your affirmations, fill your heart with gratitude for knowing that you have what you need or want right now!
This combination of positive thinking coupled with positive emotion C.C. Zain calls DIRECTED THINKING and INDUCED EMOTION. Zain recommends that at least 50% of our metaphysical studies should be focused on directing positive thoughts and empowering those thoughts by inducing positive emotions around them.
Oh, and there’s one more thing…We need to take positive steps in our lives toward fulfilling our hopes and dreams. For example, we can’t affirm that we are rich and famous authors if we haven’t written the book!
To summarize, the three steps we take to manifest in our lives is:
1) Affirm in the present tense that we ARE what we want to manifest
2) Energize this positive thought/affirmation with a positive emotion like gratitude
3) Take positive steps in fulfilling your goal
This is how we can exercise our will – the will of The Magus – to make magic happen in our lives. It is how we manifest. Manifest well!
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