Manifesting Money (2)

One of the most imaginative experiments that I've seen around manifestation of money is Steve Pavlina's million-dollar experiment, which began in November 2005.

This began as an attempt to demonstrate how he could manifest money more easily with individual manifestation techniques. He started the experiment by describing his own financial situation, and he said that he, although comfortable, had been particularly rich by US standards: earning a six-figure annual income from his businesses for many years.

After tax and other deductions, his taxable income was actually five figures. Now financial security has not been a problem for him – bear in mind we are talking about 2005 – and Steve tells us in this post where he introduces the million-dollar experiment that financial security hasn't particularly been an issue for him because he's got extremely high risk tolerance.

So one of the reasons that he was financially secure is that both he and his wife run 10 or so businesses with different income streams, and the risk is spread across different areas.

Most of their income comes from Internet businesses, which gives the much control over how money comes in. At the time of writing, Steve said that he had no debt except for a home loan. And of course, despite all of that, he's not really a "gazillionaire" - although that's perhaps because he's never tried to be!

As Steve says in his post, tactics and strategies which succeed for you are not always the most obvious ones.

He quotes an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation: called “Peak Performance?” In this episode Commander Data plays a game called Strategema against a humanoid opponent named Kolrami. Everyone expects Data to win because he’s an android, but he actually loses. However, later in the episode Data and Kolrami play a rematch, and Kolrami gets more and more frustrated and eventually gives up, so Data wins the match by default. Data reveals how he played this second game differently. Data realized Kolrami’s strategy was based on the assumption that Data would be playing to win, so Data broke Kolrami’s strategy by striving to play for a draw instead of a win. Data passed up obvious opportunities for advancement in order to maintain the status quo, and those decisions threw his opponent off balance.

And what he says he learned from this is that you don't have to pick the obvious strategy when you go through life.

Indeed, as Steve observes, quite correctly, much of the world is designed around the assumption that most people will go for the obvious route forward in life.

And in practical terms, for the majority of people, that means getting a job and earning a salary.

But he also points out, quite correctly, that that's generally really inefficient way of making money, because you trading so much of your time for cash.

There's a lot of competition, and in general it's not a strategy which is going to make you rich. And these days, unfortunately, one of the main reasons for following this pathway through life – job security – has become somewhat uncertain.

Now part of manifestation is actually about intention: it's about having clear ideas of what you're going to do and following them with focus and dedication and commitment.

I won't deny that there are other aspects to manifesting money, including the metaphysical aspects, but I think we can all agree that having a clear intention, a clear strategy, and knowing what you're trying to do is massively important when you're trying to manifest anything, let alone money.

So I think Steve Pavlina probably is a person with great focus and commitment – he says that it took him six months of working as an employee to work out that this was not an approach he wanted to follow in life and he decided to start a business instead.

And indeed, as anyone who has earned money from the Internet will know, starting an Internet business can be a route to freedom, one that gives you the opportunity to spend comparatively little time working, whilst your income continues to flow in.

Certainly putting Google ad on his blog proved to be a major money earner for Steve, demonstrating that making money can sometimes occur in most unexpected ways.

His objective,  from what he writes, was to set up an Internet business which he could work on for as little as one hour a week, while it continued to produce large amounts of cash flow.

So one of the challenges – at least I take it to be that – which Steve puts to us around manifesting money is the question "what would you do if you had enough passive income that you didn't have to spend your time working for money?"

If you think about it, that's an incredibly powerful question: if forces you to consider whether or not you are living the right life, in other words the life that will make you happy, the life that will give you the fulfillment that comes from doing something related to your "soul purpose".

He also makes an interesting point which have experienced myself – he talks about how, in his early 20s, invested a lot of time developing himself as a person.

And somewhere along the way, he just as many of us have done, discovered that internal development and personal growth was so rewarding in their own right, that they became much more rewarding than achieving external success.

As it happens, what I've discovered is that external success tends to manifest more easily when you're actually fulfilled internally, but it's an interesting point.

It makes me wonder how many people who are pursuing material success and wealth, and how many people who are obsessed with manifesting money, are actually trying to compensate for an inherent feeling of disappointment or failure or lack of success.

But even leaving that aside, many can provide useful opportunities to grow and develop in many different and unexpected ways, so I would never disrespect anybody who said that they were trying to manifest money.

I guess my concern would be that they might also be focusing also on their own personal development, and not allowing the pursuit of external material wealth through the use of the law of creation or the law of attraction to overcome the necessity to be aware of what your soul is telling you to do.

One of the things that Steve observed in this post was that it would be "interesting to have the experience of being financially wealthy on top of the time freedom I already enjoy".

And so, as a result of that, he decided to try an experiment to see if he could attract a large sum of money into his life, opting for $1 million – a very common figure amongst people who try manifesting wealth using the Law of Attraction.

Now Steve was using the intention manifestation model (which simply means formulating an idea with the law of attraction principles and then going for it).

However, this was a purely personal challenge when he first formulated it, in which he wanted to enjoy the challenge of making money, so allowing himself to be guided by intuition rather than planning every single detail of how he was going to raise the money.

This was an objective over and above his existing income sources, and started from scratch, as very many of us who are trying to manifest money have also done.

Now what I suspect may have played into the outcome of this experiment was his statement that this is an experiment "that has me more curious than anything else".

You'll recall that one of the conditions for successful manifestation is intense desire or some other strong emotion which fuels the process of manifestation.

If, as Steve says, he was doing this experiment in a state of mind that was "more curious than anything else", it occurs to me that perhaps he didn't have the emotional energy to make it succeed.

He started from a position where he says that there was nothing in his life that was already in motion that would produce $1 million except something over the very long term – in other words, he had no idea how this actually might happen, and he did it with out a plan to create it, in the best form of manifestation, which relies on the universe to manifest the intention, without the individual who is doing the manifesting seeking to set out the exact method in which the money appears. (As Wallace Wattles said, don't mess with the "cursed hows".)

Now I have to say that if I was actually trying to manifest money I wouldn't be doing it out of a sense of childlike curiosity about what happens when I start, because I have quite a bit of experience of manifestation, and I'd be doing it with far more serious motivation than this.

Nonetheless, it is an interesting experiment, and Steve did add criterion which is an interesting one – he specified that the money would manifest "for the highest good of all", which is something I've heard often appended to manifestation techniques. Sometimes it's stated as an absolute requirement, but I would not go so far as to say it was – I would fall back on my belief that the defining factors manifestation process are only those which you believe to be defining factors. In other words, if you believe that programming for money to appear in your life under the condition that it only appears "for the highest good of all" is essential for manifestation, then it probably will become essential for manifestation.

Now interestingly enough, soon after he started it, this experiment was revised into a group experiment so let's move on and find out what happened next.

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