It’s recently come to my attention that there is a flip side to this whole positive manifestation business. In one of my early articles, ‘Is the Law of Attraction Even Real?, I spoke about the basic premise behind this universal rule.
Essentially it boils down to the notion that whatever beliefs, fears, wounds or illusions we carry around within our emotional pain body are reflected back to us in our physical everyday reality, or as the famous Hermes Trismegistus quote states: “As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…”
I very much subscribe to this notion, and have been able to see it in action as I have progressed on my own awakening journey. However, I’ve noticed that the whole thing can take somewhat of a sour turn, resulting in undesirable circumstances, especially the very circumstances you were hoping to avoid. I’ve learnt that it really does depend on what your core intentions were when you sent your wishes out to the universe.
Let’s say for example that you have a pattern of working jobs that leave you feeling unappreciated and unvalued, and you decide that enough is enough: “I want respect and validation god dammit!” Or you repeatedly attract unavailable partners who leave you feeling like you are unloveable, so you bend over backwards trying to be the ‘perfect’ partner to prove that you are worthy of a mate who will stick around for more than a hot minute.
What transpires is that you end up attracting a job that seems to provide you with the respect and validation you crave, or you finally attract a partner who says and does all the right things to indicate that they’re in it for the long haul. However, this is where things can start to go haywire.. a colleague at your new ‘perfect’ job undermines you, and your ‘reliable’ new partner suddenly ghosts you with little or no explanation.
This is where the manifestation malfunction kicks in. Despite the fact that you initially seemed to attract the perfect job and a devoted partner, it has all fallen to shit in the most spectacular fashion, leaving you feeling even more depleted and cynical than before.
This is because you haven’t addressed the core issues that have kept you stuck in negative cycles, attracting the same circumstances over and over in different packaging.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not pointing the hand of judgement. I’ve experienced many manifestation malfunctions on my own journey that have left me in states of frustration, exasperation and utter hopelessness. I’m certainly not immune to shaking my fist in anger at the universe for ‘punishing’ me. I mean, haven’t I been through enough already? Give me a freaking break for just a damn minute!
However, when the dust settled and I returned to a state of relative normalcy, I could reflect on the lessons that were being presented to me through these challenges. I realised that these experiences are all part of my soul’s plan to get me to wake up, smell the coffee and heal those wounds that I wanted to avoid like Jehovah’s Witnesses at your door on a Sunday morning.
The real learning and growth lies in one’s willingness to face the core issues that are being highlighted through these manifestation malfunctions. Everyone’s journey is different and we are faced with obstacles that are unique to our soul’s growth and evolution. However, there are three main fears embedded in the collective human psyche: fear of not being good enough, fear not not being loved and fear of not belonging.
If we are able to identify which one of these fears are being highlighted through our manifestation malfunctions, we can trace them back to those painful past experiences which have lead to those fears. Then we can work on releasing and healing our repressed pain. Although it can be a difficult exercise, it can also be empowering to take control in this way and leave us with a strong sense of, ‘I got this!’
And yes indeed, you do.