I've been reviewing the book entitled The Council of Light: Divine Transmissions for Manifesting the Deepest Desires of the Soul. Today I'd like to focus on the concept of manifesting, as presented in this book.
No doubt you have heard about manifesting in one version or other, either through Norman Vincent Peale's The Power of Positive Thinking or Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich or Rhonda Byrne's The Secret. Basically, it involves using one's mind to hold one's goals in a high vibration so that the goals eventually become reality (a version of Hermeticism's "as the inner, so the outer"). To my mind, this brings a whole host of problems with it, namely, what about karma? And, are we humans to be more powerful in creating our life than what was planned by our Higher Self/Creator? It can also turn back on itself, as when something bad happens. It's very easy for this viewpoint to create a judgmental attitude and point to the suffering person and say, "You're not thinking in the right way. You've created your miserable reality" or something to that effect. It's something I really can't stomach.
This book sidesteps that issue. Yes, it says, do hold your desired reality in mind. But don't forget to find the joy that you can in your present reality. Find joy in your Now, it says. And in finding that joy, perhaps the outer goals aren't that important after all. I like this solution. In focusing on our present joy, we dissolve whatever resistance to our present reality that we hold. So often, future goals are based in resistance to our current situations. We don't like the job we have now, we want a different one. We don't like our current spouse, we keep looking for another "perfect" mate. This book stresses that we need to find our joy NOW, for that is all that we have. And in finding our joy, we evolve to a higher vibration.
At least, that's my take on this book. If you are so guided, go ahead and read it and make your own judgments. Enjoy.