The question came out unexpectedly while I was studying with Dr. Ganesh Mohan in Bali last month. During the Svatha Yoga Teacher Training, we have Yoga Philosophy for one hour every morning. Albeit you would think one hour is too short, trust me, it's long enough to get your wheels spinning. .
Quizzically Ganesh looked at me, and then his eyes flickered upwardly to the left. I can tell he is pondering my question carefully, like he always does with everyone’s inquiries. Seeking through the insurmountable knowledge within his cortex… physics, quantum physics, biochemistry, astronomy, yogic philosophy…
‘ No, I don’t.’ He replied.
‘ There are many things that contribute to your current life situations…like willpower.’ He continued.
Ganesh’s answer was straightforward, scientific and frankly logical. Simply sitting on my couch and meditate would not manifest my wildest dreams. It dawns on me that willpower is the secret sauce to my manifestation pot.
Since young, I’ve always been fascinated with manifestation. I like to write down my intentions in specifics and whispers to the Universe quietly that if you grant me X, I will thank you first, and then complete Y. Not sure if that’s the correct way to manifest, or is it simply a trade with who ever grants us good or bad luck. One thing I do realize is, whatever I thought was granted to me, I also paid my dues for them. That includes, dropping out of Uni to pursue a dance career, pack my bags twice for life’s adventures, living in Southeast Asia for 2 years on visa runs and open myself vulnerably to true love.
Manifestation must come with willpower.
Let’s put it this way, I truly believe that manifestation is a spiritual or an ambiguous way for goal settings and plan executions. It requires tremendous amount of willpower to anchor you when things get tough. I had to convince my parents (whom if you haven’t notice are Asian) to start a dance career that guarantees zero financial securities other than artistic satisfaction. It took immense willpower to travel with no destination or life goal in mind; to have to leave a country every 3 months simply because you’re always a tourist regardless of how you try to make it your home. Finally, to submit myself to complete free fall when it comes to the man I love. Without willpower, I wouldn’t have achieved any of them.
We all have willpower. It’s a matter of how we apply it. We can easily have willpower to not change in midst of stagnation, the willpower to stay in a violent relationship and the willpower to believe the world is filled with unhappiness. Do you know of someone like that? I sure do.
On the tips of our fingers, we can search online and receive ways to manifest our wildest dreams in split of a second. Much like shopping at Indigo, I often feel as if drowning in a pool of advices at the Self-Help section. To manifest our wildest dreams, we have to create our own tools.
My favorite quote by Sri Dharma Mittra:
“ You have to find your own tricks!”
For sure having some guidance in the process will help. In this vast Universe, it’s quite likely that someone else has also conceived, pondered, planned, executed and experienced the same thought I have. So I came up with ways to manifest dreams that worked for me. Here they are:
1) Decide on 3 things you’d like to do or achieve:
One seems too definite and two becomes an ultimatum. Having 3 choices in life helps you narrow down the infinite things you can do. Once you go beyond 3, you start morphing into a dreamer. So don’t go there.
2) Envision yourself doing each of the 3 things:
Again, if you can’t imagine yourself doing it, chances are you don’t want it enough. Before I moved to Thailand, I envisioned myself living there, doing daily tasks like getting groceries, walking to yoga class and making dinner. It felt right and possible, so I moved there. Period.
3) Out of the 3 envisions, find the one that resonates with you the most:
Not how it sounds like telling your friends, or pleases your ego. Sometimes, what resonate most with us is not the most adventurous or the boldest choice. Instead of moving to a strange island and setting camp, you might feel grounded and content just by taking a short holiday. We don’t always need drastic change in life to- make a change in life.
4) Consolidate, plan & execute
Here is what sets you apart from dreamer to achiever. Dreamers dream and achievers…well achieve. Manifestation is an empowering word for good plans executed correctly at a timely fashion. Even with the clearest intention, if you don’t go out there and get it, you’ve just missed the boat.
5) Lastly, stay fluid
Your intention should be focused and unwavering but the ways to get there should not. Just because you want to set sail to the Greek Islands now, you might want to finish your last semester at school. Give yourself reasonable timeline and sounded approach to reach your dreams.
Of course, there are a million other ways to manifestation. But of all of them, there’s one that stick out the most and it is –Take Action. However small that action might be, as long as we propel our body, mind and spirit towards our goals slowly but surely, we can manifest our wildest dreams!