Every Wednesday night, from 7 to 9 pm at the Center for Spiritual Living in Carson City (1927 North Carson Street, in the Frontier Plaza, on the corner of Winnie Lane) I have the pleasure of facilitating a wonderful group of people in a book study. We are just finishing up a book called the Laws of Manifestation by David Spangler. It’s a great little book, with only five chapters and 157 pages. We figured we would be done with this book in two months, tops. It will take us about 4 1/2 months to finish it. But this group is profound: they ask intelligent questions, they offer wisdom and insight that is refreshing. The result of that is that while we often have deep discussions that solve all the world’s problems in a two hour span, we sometimes make little progress in the book. We like it that way, and have a lot of fun while we are doing it. You are free to join us, anytime! It’s a book study, not a class! That means you can drop in as you wish, come and go, no commitments, no homework, just good talk, fellowship, and learning in a very practical way how to apply what we teach to our individual lives.
We anticipate finishing up with The Laws of Manifestation in two weeks, and will begin with the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz starting May 18. Order the book from the Amazon portal at our Center web site: http://www.cslcc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=31&Itemid=118. Then show up to the Center on Wednesday, May 18 at 7 pm! We always have coffee and tea, and sometimes surprise snacks show up.
Meanwhile, I thought a summary of the Laws of Manifestation might be in order. We have decided to make the phrase, “be the bungalow” our secret handshake. Guess it’s not a secret anymore huh? We had a lot of fun with this one last night as we read through a section in the book that resulted in telling us that if we wanted to manifest a bungalow, we must be the bungalow. Being the bungalow refers to a basic law of New Thought: if you wish to manifest something, you must become it. It works with everything: if you want a loving relationship, you must be love. If you want abundance, you must embody the principles that abundance represent to you, such as freedom. If you want a bungalow, you must be the bungalow.
Spangler breaks it down into four stages: Right Identification, Right Imagination, Right Action and Right Attunement.
Right Identification comes from self knowledge, and self knowledge at the levels we are talking about here comes from disciplined spiritual practice. We are talking about the knowledge that God is within.
Once we have that knowing, that peace that comes from a connection with Spirit within, we are ready to move to the next step, that of Right Imagination. It’s really a variation on visualization. Spangler talks about “precise thought and visualization on the mental levels.” But he expands that visualization technique to visualizing more than just a thing. We need to also visualize what that thing means to us. In the case of the bungalow, we have to decide whether the bungalow fits our vision of who and what we are in the community, will the bungalow serve our purpose? And again, Spangler stresses that in order to create, we must start with silence and meditation.
The next step is Right Action. I call this doing the next indicated right thing. In Centers for Spiritual Living we talk about “treat and move your feet!” Spangler describes it very well: It is “the willingness and ability to do whatever is necessary on physical levels to bring the manifestation about.” He adds, “Manifestation is not always about having something ‘drop into one’s lap.’ “ In addition, right speech and gratitude are very important aspects of this step. Right speech refers to speaking positively and avoiding things like gossip and criticism. And gratitude means more than giving thanks. Gratitude is a verb, it’s all about the action. If you are grateful for having received something, what are you doing to care for it, and to use it with skill and wisdom?
And last but not least, we have Right Attunement, which really brings us back to being the bungalow again. Right attunement is the combining of the first three steps, using all of them to access that incredible power that we all have. I hope to see you at the Center soon, either while we are still in the Laws of Manifestation, or when we start the Four Agreements! And I hope this little primer on manifesting helps you to achieve whatever you want in life!