Twice this past Tuesday I predicted something would happen. I thought to myself on the way to belly dance practice, wouldn’t it stink if my BD teacher forgot her zils (finger cymbals)? I should have brought my extras. Lo and behold, CH forgot her zils! Later that night I was at the QFC in the Hollywood neighborhood. It was the first time I had been there. I was thinking to myself, wouldn’t it be weird if I saw one of the Barnes Road QFC employees here? I had lived near a different QFC before moving to the Hollywood area. I was walking down the frozen food aisle and I literally did a double take. I saw the man who had always worked the self-checkout at my old QFC. I actually walked up to him to ask him to verify my suspicions. I was correct!
Did I manifest these things, or were they just coincidences based on life experience? CH had forgotten her zils once before, so the chance was there that she would do it again. There are a few QFC stores in the area, and it is not unheard of for chain stores to ask employees to switch to a new location. But they both happened on the exact day that I thought about them! I don’t have these thoughts every day, and those events don’t happen each belly dance class or every time I go to the grocery store.
Every once in a while I also predict events that have no historical basis. A few years ago I had a premonition, minutes before it happened, that I was going to get rear-ended in my car. I was sitting at a stop light with no cars behind me when the thought came to me. Not five minutes later it occurred!
Do YOU believe in manifestation? If you do, is it because of your own personal experiences? I truly believe I have manifested some things in my life. I think if you focus hard enough, open up, and allow the universe to bestow its gifts up on you, you can actually make something take place. Perhaps the universe just allows you to open your eyes to an opportunity that you may previously have overlooked. Maybe—if you believe in science—we activate energy waves that bounce around and physically appear when we put our utmost focus into them. Many people do believe this. In fact, there is a whole movement on that topic, highlighted by books and movies such as The Secret and What the Bleep Do We Know? They detail the science and ancient tradition of the power of the mind, your energy waves, miniscule particles…whatever you want to call it. I asked my coworker LE if she believes in manifestation. She said yes, absolutely! Then she put her fingers to her temple and intoned “Cupcake cupcake cupcake!” She noted that unfortunately it doesn’t work all the time. I wonder if she really put some elbow grease into that intonation and she wished with all her might, then a random coworker would suddenly appear with leftover cupcakes from a baby shower. It’s been known to happen!
As The Secret describes (and I am totally paraphrasing here), as soon as you think about something, the thought particles begin being in the universe and therefore are more apt to reveal themselves in your life. Not every single thought you have will appear in physical reality, but once the thought is manifested, the universe begins its conception. What, then, is the difference between manifestation and clairvoyance? Where is the line drawn? Clairvoyance is the alleged power of perceiving things beyond the natural range of the senses. Manifestation means “(of a disembodied spirit) to appear in visible form.” So when we say we manifest something (to our physical reality), are we also displaying an indication of clairvoyance because we perceived it before it actually appeared?
I don’t have any answers to these questions; I only have my beliefs. I’d love to open up a dialogue and hear what you believe and why. Tell me about your experiences! And in the future, be careful what you wish for. It just may happen!