Something to think about: Getting what you want

By From page A6 | September 20, 2013

The other day I was wandering around my house searching for something I hadn’t already read and wishing I had something really interesting to peruse. I had nothing new except the Via from AAA and the Raley’s “Something Extra” magazine. The recipes made me hungry but didn’t satisfy my reading craving.

I took action the next day at the El Dorado County library but never got past the used book table in the lobby to the new books. The lure of gently used hardback books called to me, and four dollars later, I had new reading material.

The flood gates opened. The next day I received a copy of “Common Core: A Trojan Horse for Educational Reform” to read, then a copy of “Genesis of Korea-American Friendship.” The following day brought a copy of Todd Borg’s newest Owen McKenna thriller, “Tahoe Chase.”  I was suddenly awash in reading material.

Visiting family in Oregon two days later, I was handed a copy of Jane Austen’s “Mansfield Park” and had to fend off the five cookbooks on low cal, cholesterol-free cooking.

Upon returning to work, I found a copy of “Unseen” by Karen Slaughter on my desk. The roll of the dice stopped after that and I realized that this get-what-you-asked-for phenomenon has happened over and over again in my life. It usually works quickly, too. I just haven’t figured out how it works. I can easily manifest parking spaces and books, but money and inspiration for columns and novels, not so much.

If you Google the process of manifesting what you want, you’ll find a vast array of methods that people swear will work. Some of them involve programs that will cost you money, which I think is more likely to be about what the program developer wants to manifest. Others freely espouse tried and true methods that worked for them or for ancient societies that no longer exist.

My favorite method found on the Internet is the one that used “I command” in front of every expressed desire and was supposed to work within 24 hours. That’s all you had to do: express your desire and command it to happen.

I tried commanding several situations and waited patiently for 24 hours. Nada. I attempted to be more forceful in my commanding, but the dog and my husband did not appreciate it. I’ve had to resolve that commanding the universe is probably not my style.

Other manifesting manifestos suggested five sure-fire steps, or seven definite parts of any manifestation, or the absolute, gonna-work 10-step method. Some call for visualization and affirmations, which my husband calls begging. Too much work.

I’ve noticed that the things you visualize, affirm and practice receiving don’t seem to have the same immediacy that just tossing a wish over your shoulder seems to. If I visualized a parking space, stated my intention of having one, affirmed that I am now parking in the perfect parking space and then practiced receiving the parking space, I would have circled the parking garage interior about 20 laps and endangered most of the people in it (I have to close my eyes to visualize). I might have a parking space, but  I probably would have found one 19 laps earlier with my quick wish over the shoulder.

I still don’t know exactly how manifesting-what-you-want works, but sometimes it does. I guess I’ll just enjoy being surprised.

Wendy Schultz is a staff writer and columnist for the Mountain Democrat. Her column appears bi-weekly.

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