In my previous blog post, I said that when we really get right down to it, manifesting is the fundamental nature of who we are. In any moment of any day, we are manifesting. While we give a lot of names, labels, and ideas to manifesting, at it’s core manifesting is one thing:
The process of transferring our potential source energy into kinetic energy in the world.
With that in mind, let’s flashback to high-school physics class…
All energy can be in one of two states: potential energy or kinetic energy.
Potential energy is stored energy. It is energy ready to be used. Potential energy is within a lawn mower filled with gasoline, or a car on top of a hill waiting to roll down.
Kinetic energy is the energy something has because it is in motion. It’s when the lawn mower starts mowing or the car starts rolling down the hill. Another way to look at kinetic energy is that it is the manifestation of potential energy. Here’s where it gets interesting…
The split between potential and kinetic energy can be traced back to Aristotle’s original thoughts on potentiality versus actuality. According to wikipedia:
“The concept of potentiality, in this context, generally refers to any ‘possibility’ that a thing can be said to have. Actuality, in contrast to potentiality, is the motion, change or activity that represents an exercise or fulfillment of a possibility, when a possibility becomes real in the fullest sense.”
In other words, what we’re really looking at with these energies is how potential “possible” energy is transformed into kinetic “actual” outcome. So when I say that manifesting is the fundamental nature of who we are, this is exactly what we’re doing.
Every moment of every day, we are dancing with possibility and actuality. Our thoughts, emotions, and sensations are filled with possibility. They are the potential that each of us human beings has access to. But until we DO something, it never becomes manifested in our ‘actual’ lives.
Therefore, the question of how to manifest most effectively is not merely about thinking better thoughts of possibilities. That only affects potential. Manifesting is the expression of potential energy as actions in the world that actualize those possibilities.
Manifesting is when we stop thinking to ourselves, “I’m smart enough. I’m pretty enough. And gosh darnit, people like me” and we engage with projects and people who help us maximize that latent potential.
Manifesting is when we go beyond feeling happy, and we actually share that happiness with others in tangible and meaningful ways in the world.
Manifesting is what happens when we let go of our ideas about who we should be and how we should act, and instead express ourselves in new ways in the world.
Manifesting is, unfortunately, also when our negative thoughts lead us into a downward spiral of self-fulfilling prophecies of self-sabotage.
So regardless of whether you like your thoughts or not, if you ever do anything (including breathing) in the world then you’re manifesting something. Until you’re dead, your physical body is the vehicle by which you are manifesting in every single moment of every single day.
The question is — will you manifest consciously, or let your subconscious do it for you?
On a side note, Aristotle did not hold every possibility in the same regard. He emphasized that the most important possibilities are those which manifest on their own when conditions are right and nothing is stopping them. In other words, he believed that less friction and more ease was a more effective way for possibilities to manifest.
Sort of like when your subconscious AND conscious minds are working in unison towards common goals. 🙂
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