If there could be a slogan for manifestation theory, this would be it:
Energy follows thought. Energy follows thought. Energy follows thought. And by the way…energy follows thought.
For it to work effectively, you must achieve clarity of desire, root into the depths of positivity, fend off doubts with Faith, and repeat. Every minute of every day, give or take. If you let your mind wander unattended into heavier thought-forms, like fear, or lack, or mistrust, then you’ll likely hatch all sorts of chaos and attendant anxiety about that chaos. Notice I said “let your mind wander unattended.” Because, inevitably, all kinds of negativity will cross your mind. If you’re paying attention to that inner dialogue, you can redirect the conversation. If you train your mind to focus on “brighter” thought-forms (like courage, trust, kindness, abundance, one’s right to joy), then you’ll manifest more of those feelings, thoughts, and experiences.
Since energy follows thought, obviously, we want to keep our thinking—especially with respect to our creating our future—as “positive” as possible. But this is nowhere close to easy to do. It’s intense work. Doubts will surface, mental garbage from our past will churn up, our daily life will still include bills to pay, relationships to nurture. Returning to positivity, consistently, can be the hardest thing ever. And the best. And the hardest. Is staying consistently positive even possible? Yes. But it might not be what you think.
Let’s break down “positive-think,” because this is precisely where most manifestation techniques mess with our heads. Positive-think might suggest that it can make the bad things vanish. But “bad things” in life usually require some confrontation and management from our side. What’s really problematic with positive-think is that we’re being trained to use it to try to get what we want. This is shallow positivity. Stay with me. We need to be positive for multiple reasons: because it alleviates suffering, because it’s good for our health, because it’s a form of kindness.
If we’re “thinking positive thoughts” just to manifest what’s on our vision board, then what happens when we don’t get what we want? We crash into negative thinking. Positive thinking has to be rooted in the heart, not in the attainment of stuff. We need to go much deeper.
Deep positivity means that you have Faith that you’ll be okay, no matter what happens.
Not if it all works out for you in the end.
Not if you get what you want when you think you should get it. No matter what.
Deep positivity knows that Life will have your back even when you don’t manifest what you want.
Let your energy follow that thought.
Danielle LaPorte is an invited member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100, a group who, in Oprah Winfrey’s words, “is uniquely connecting the world together with a spiritual energy that matters.” She is author of White Hot Truth: Clarity for keeping it real on your spiritual path—from one seeker to another. The Fire Starter Sessions, and The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul—the book that has been translated into 8 languages, evolved into a yearly day planner system, a top 10 iTunes app, and an international workshop program with licensed facilitators in 15 countries. Named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes, millions of visitors go to DanielleLaPorte.com every month for her daily #Truthbombs and what’s been called “the best place online for kickass spirituality.” A speaker, a poet, a painter, and a former business strategist and Washington-DC think tank exec, Entrepreneur Magazine calls Danielle, “equal parts poet and entrepreneurial badass…edgy, contrarian…loving and inspired.” Her charities of choice are Eve Ensler’s VDay: a global movement to end violence against women and girls, and charity: water, setting out to bring safe drinking water to everyone in the world. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her favourite philosopher, her son. You can find her @daniellelaporte and just about everywhere on social media.