Jan 272008

Main Points

  • Detachment is important for manifestation, and for general happiness in life, because it helps you to be happy and remain happy even if you don’t get what you want.
  • When testing IM, a lot of people are too attached to the outcome of whether IM works or not, and viewing every intention as a pass/fail test of IM’s existance.
  • Sort of like meditation asks you to return to the breath whenever you start thinking, return to the original intention and desire and simply affirm that you do want that thing, and then stop thinking.

Detachment to the outcome is an important state to be in for manifestation. I want to differentiate it from non-attachment, which is literally having no desire. Detachment, doesn’t mean you don’t have feelings, just that you remind yourself that you’ll be calm and happy regardless of whether you get whatever you are intending for or not. I know that seems paradoxical, because it is almost like not caring if you get whatever you want, and its not that. Detachment is knowing that getting whatever you want will only add to your happiness, and not diminish it if you don’t get it.

Even in a non-IM sense, the theory goes that being too attached to events or people or things causes negative emotions. This is an important idea from Buddhism, too. Detachment helps to make your happiness not hinge on any external thing, but to bring it inside and be happy all the time, regardless of what your “objective” position might be. Clearly, being happy all the time is the best place to be for manifestation, as well as in life.

However, when first testing IM, people can become too attached to the outcome of whether IM works or not, and that will just contaminate all their intentions. Early on, I found that I was not able to manifest even a blue feather, not because I was attached to the blue feather, but because I saw every intention as a test, pass-or-fail for IM. But, if the theory is correct, then it is my skill that needs work, and that appears to be the case.

The way I’ve found around that is to return back to the desire. You can’t resist, you only create more resistance, so I can’t forcefully resist thinking about whether IM is real, or how this thing will come to me, or what have you. I find it much more helpful to simply return to the desire, to the original intention and just focus on that. My favourite intention phrasing is simply that, “I would like x”, or that, “I want y”. Clearly, setting up an artificial experiment for what you don’t really, or that you limit yourself to only one or a few ways for IM to work won’t work in this scenerio. IM works best in real-world conditions, so start applying it to one area of your life and see what happens.

Meditators know that when you find yourself thinking, the solution is not to think yourself out of your thoughts, but to simply return to the breath. I would suggest that here, too, to simply return to the original desire.

You can find an example of a good detachment here, in Acting Like Godot’s new blog, A Little Magic Everyday:

And then I detached from the outcome …. by telling myself that even if none of the above ever happens, I am pleased with what I’ve already managed to achieve in my poetry so far, and that I appreciate all the joy & satisfaction that my poetic endeavours have already given me through the years.

More Reading:

Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra – The chapter called, “The Law of Detachment”. It can be found online, here.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

  4 Responses to “Life/Happiness/Intention-Manifestation Tip”

  1. […] you can find a link to that in the quantum leap link in my sig. I talk about detachment here: Mind-Manual » Life/Happiness/Intention-Manifestation Tip And quote the end of a post by ALG: "And then I detached from the outcome …. by telling […]

  2. […] it was real or not that it contaminated all my intentions with this intention. More info here: Mind-Manual » Life/Happiness/Intention-Manifestation Tip and at the Quantum Leap link in my sig. __________________ Mind-Manual A Quantum Leap in […]

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  4. Happiness is a state of mind that really depends how we see the situations in our lives each day. you can have all the riches in the world but still see it as a lonely place.:*”

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